[funsec] AOL Charged With Blocking Opponents' e-Mail

Blanchard_Michael at emc.com Blanchard_Michael at emc.com
Fri Apr 14 08:46:28 CDT 2006


 but what if the consumer doesn't want ANY advertisement e-mail, even from those companies that have paid the toll to go through?  Maybe that's why I don't have an AOL email address that I use :-)   


Hmmmm, if I was a spammer I'd be all for this system, heck I'd be very happy to pay AOL to allow my spam to go through onto AOL's email users unfiltered.  The few thousand that they charge is sure to be a drop in the bucket compared to the potential revenue....


Michael P. Blanchard 
Antivirus / Security Engineer, CISSP, GCIH, CCSA-NGX, MCSE
Office of Information Security & Risk Management 
EMC ² Corporation 
4400 Computer Dr. 
Westboro, MA 01580 


-----Original Message-----
From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org] On Behalf Of Larry Seltzer
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 7:37 PM
To: 'Fergie'; funsec at linuxbox.org
Subject: RE: [funsec] AOL Charged With Blocking Opponents' e-Mail

Ironically, this is just more evidence of the value of Goodmail. False
positives are inevitable in a mail system the size and complexity of AOL's.
Goodmail allows demonstrably reliable organizations to bypass the filtering
operations which cause them. 

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
http://security.eweek.com/
http://blog.eweek.com/blogs/larry%5Fseltzer/
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larryseltzer at ziffdavis.com 

-----Original Message-----
From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org] On
Behalf Of Fergie
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 6:48 PM
To: funsec at linuxbox.org
Subject: [funsec] AOL Charged With Blocking Opponents' e-Mail

Via C|Net News.

[snip]

America Online on Thursday apparently began blocking subscribers from
sending or receiving e-mail containing the Web address of a petition against
the company's upcoming certified-mail program.

The Internet service provider, which has roughly 20 million subscribers in
the United States, began bouncing e-mail communications with the URL
"Dearaol.com" sometime early Thursday, according to nonprofit MoveOn.org.

A e-mail sent by CNET News.com to an AOL.com address and containing the URL
"www.dearaol.com" bounced back on Thursday afternoon with a system
administrator note that read: "The e-mail system was unable to deliver the
message, but did not report a specific reason."

Dearaol.com is a coalition of companies and individuals against AOL's
adoption of GoodMail's CertifiedEmail, an antispam program that requires
marketers to pay to ensure delivery of their e-mail messages and circumvent
spam filters. The Web site contains an open letter and a petition that calls
on people to protest what it calls an "e-mail tax" that would inhibit the
Internet's inherent free flow of information and create a two-tiered system.

[snip]

More:
http://news.com.com/2100-1030_3-6061089.html

- ferg


--
"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
 Engineering Architecture for the Internet  fergdawg at netzero.net or
fergdawg at sbcglobal.net  ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/


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