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Offline kwdavids

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(Rant) Mindless Virus Email Nondelivery notifications
« on: January 28, 2004, 08:58:57 AM »
:-?  There are virus-infected emails going around--lots of them.
 :-?  They have forged sender names--lots of them.
 :-?  There are email filters that detect viruses in emails and notify the sender that the email was rejected because of the virus--lots of them.

Therefore, there are delivery failure notice emails being sent to innocent victims of header forging--lots of them.

While the senders of these notices (including Lunarpages and Harvard University) may be well intentioned, their implementation is flawed. Given that most all email addresses on virus-infected emails are forged, they do nothing more than amplify the virus problem.
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stephan

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(Rant) Mindless Virus Email Nondelivery notifications
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2004, 09:38:53 AM »
Yes, that's right!

Delivery reports are part of e-mail though, they can't just be switched off or detect if it's been a virus or not.

It is irritating. Apparently this latest virus, is the worst ever.

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2004, 10:03:16 AM »
I think it would be a reasonable thing for email software to be designed to return non-delivered mail to the postmaster of the domain that originated the email (which cannot be forged) rather than the putative sender of the email which is as reliable as [insert your own example of something unreliable here].
Kevin

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(Rant) Mindless Virus Email Nondelivery notifications
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2004, 11:40:07 AM »
Quote from: kwdavids
rather than the putative sender of the email which is as reliable as [insert your own example of something unreliable here].


1) "a compass in a magnetic storm"  :)

2) "mussavcom when he no longer chooses to be a slave"  :love:

All kidding aside ... GOOD points, Kevin!  :thumb: