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Sunday August 11, 2002
07:35 PM

my second-least favorite experience on the 'net

[ #7041 ] long as I'm thinking about icky things...

Within a year of the sig-changing incident, some spammer used one of my addresses in the From header of their mail. The address was one of those 'free for life' ones and forwarded to my less-permanent school-provided address.

I won't mention the provider of that address, as they may have cleaned up their act since then.

I discovered a gazillion bounce messages in my inbox one day, some of which included the bounced message... which was spam. My address was in the From header. I also discovered a large volume of venomous hate mail from folks who had received the spam. While I felt bad for them, I was feeling worse for myself.

A few days later, I got a message directly to my school account from someone who had been unable to reach me at my 'permanent' address. It turns out that my account was closed. When I contacted support, they said that sending spam was in violation of the terms of use, and that they couldn't re-open the account. I provided them with instructions for the trivial From header forgery and they admitted that they hadn't done any investigation beyond looking at the From header... but they still wouldn't re-open the account.

At that point, I was happy to leave them. Sucky service sucks.

This was years ago. Hopefully they've invested in clues since then.


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  • I've three times had my service providers shut me down, or threaten to.

    Once was my Counter Terrorist page on netaxs, back around '96. A single web page had IMG SRC links to arbitrary web counters on other web sites. People would come to my page and just keep hitting reload, and bump up the poor counters of these other sites. Abuse of lack of HTTP_REFERER checks. At the time, I didn't even know about HTTP_REFERER, so I didn't even know if the requests could be blocked; as it turned out, several web page