[Dshield] Extreme increase in spam attempts... any oneelseseeing similar event?

Tomas L. Byrnes tomb at byrneit.net
Sat Aug 18 20:08:08 GMT 2007


I'm not one of those overworked IT guys. I just feel for them.

Not bitter at all.

 

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> [mailto:list-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Tony Earnshaw
> Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 12:14 PM
> To: General DShield Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [Dshield] Extreme increase in spam attempts... 
> any oneelseseeing similar event?
> 
> Tomas L. Byrnes skrev, on 18-08-2007 19:42:
> 
> > You're missing the most basic reason for the "backscatter problem". 
> > The default configuration for exchange servers creates it, you 
> > couldn't disable it until Exchange 2003, and MS doesn't message 
> > changing config to prevent it in any of their best 
> practices or courses.
> > 
> > The average IT staffer is overworked, underpaid, and only 
> knows what 
> > MS and CISCO taught him in training, if they even got that.
> > 
> > Don't blame them for doing their job to the best of their 
> ability with 
> > the information they have been given.
> > 
> > The blame rests with the vendors and oss projects that 
> create systems 
> > that are insecure by default, and require an MS in computer 
> science to 
> > understand and properly operate.
> > 
> > The REAL blame rests with the criminals who abuse other's resources 
> > fro their own financial gain. They're not hackers, they're CROOKS.
> 
> There speaks/writes a bitter man. I'm a Postfix (Unix/Linux) 
> mailadmin; my  (always latest stable) Postfix MTAs 
> consequently refuse mail for non-existent users and do much 
> anti-UCE stuff in addition. We refuse almost as much shoot 
> stuff as we accept genuine stuff.
> 
> I've always wondered why so many Postfix sites are there 
> (from the Postfix mailing list) simply as front ends for 
> Microsoft Exchange MTAs. 
> Well, now I have a better understanding.
> 
> Best,
> 
> --Tonni
> 
> --
> Tony Earnshaw
> Email: tonni at hetnet dot nl
> 
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