Tuesday, May 06, 2008


This is a timely article on "backscatter," a legacy of spam. It's timely because it just happened to me. Suddenly, I was getting dozens of e-mails claiming my messages were not delivered somewhere in the internet universe. Of course, a spammer had spoofed my e-mail address onto a mailing, and I was getting failure replies. I was upset for a few days about this, not the least because it was cluttering my inbox and was annoying. It turns out I was just one more victim, and there is nothing I can do except to change my e-mail address.

I like to think there is a special place in the underworld reserved for the souls of spammers, and this only strengthens that wish. The internet brings out both the best and worst of humans. It is a constant reminder that one can never cease protecting one's name and reputation.

It's happened to me a few times, too, and it's always upsetting.

But I recently found out that in some cases it puts your domain/email address (presumably via complaints from those getting the spam and thinking you sent it) on various blacklists. I noticed recently that even commenting on a blog here and there will occasionally raise a red flag via its spam control program - and my message is either held for moderation or prevented from being posted altogether.

I'm with ya on those underworld reservations for spammers.

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