AOL, spam blocking [was: Re: Which Tungsten C encryption is more secure?]
From: Walter Roberson (roberson_at_ibd.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca)
Date: 17 Jun 2003 23:23:40 GMT
In article <IVnFa.20773$MM4.email@example.com>,
John Joot <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
:funny u should mention AOL. the other day, i tried to email to an AOL
:address and i got back a return info from their automated sys:
:554-The IP address you are using to connect to AOL is a dynamic
:554-IP address. AOL will not accept future e-mail transactions from this IP
: 554-address until your ISP removes this IP address from its list of dynamic
: 554-(residential) IP addresses. For additional information, please visit
: 554 Goodbye
:i mean, who the hell does AOL think they are? i am on DSL of a local ISP
:whose also the main telephone company in the western regions of Canada.
:spams to aol must be really really bad to be doing this.
spams to AOL *are* really really bad. As I recall, the figure
was a *billion* [US billion -- 1000 million] a -day- recently.
:in my 2yrs with my ISP, there hasn't been one instance of spam in my mail
:account with them whatsoever.
AOL is supposed to know that that particular IP address is -you-
through exactly which mechanism? You get automatically assigned a new
IP address periodically [it's once a week here in Manitoba], and the
address you have -now- might yesterday have belonged to someone who
tried to send a few million spams a day to AOL.
AOL is spending tens of millions of dollars on spam prevention per year.
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