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Like anyone who's too loose and fee with their affections email address, I receive spam.  Well, actually I have several email addresses that all Actually a pretty fair amount.  On an average week, my email provider's filter catches 500+ spam messages and lets through about 20 messages which I then have to personally deal with.  Thus I was more than a little shocked to find that in a little over 24 hours, my provider's filter had caught over 1000 new spam messages sent to me. 

More than a little curious, I looked and found out that they were all the same spam message from the same spammer using the same provider's poorly configured email server in the UK.  And when I was say poorly configured, I mean the thing let through thousands, if not tens of thousands of email messages, from one system (supposedly, if not actually, a DSL user) in mere minutes.  That's the sort of poor work on a server administrator that should result in firing, or at least a very public talking to.  My way of complaining was to report each and every piece of spam to the offending provider.  Serves them right for wasting my time.  I do also hope they actually catch the annoying bastage who sent the spam and can prosecute them in a country that actually punishes spammers.

It's things like this that make me think I should work as a systems server administrator.  Thankfully it only takes seconds for me to come to my senses and realise that it would be a much better hobby than a job!

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Date: 2006-06-14 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I dunno, I wouldn't be so quick to judge, especially when it's only your hobby after all. It's easy to overlook things, and mail configuration can be cryptic even if you know what you're doing. It's just as likely that they made a mistake while making an unrelated change than they're morons who just set up their server to relay for anyone..

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Date: 2006-06-19 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wouldn't be so quick to judge, especially when it's only your hobby after all.

It didn't use to be my hobby. I had a 10 year career of systems administration until I realised I prefer it as a hobby to a career. *sigh* Thus my irritation. And, yes, I suppose for the same reasons I should keep in mind mistakes happen. Certainly I made my share. Just hate it when they happen on such a large scale. Especially in this case where the provider seems to have been a large one which means they should have the resources and policies to test changes before going live with them.

But I'm over my irritation now since it was just the one instance and I tend to get over my anger quickly on such things.

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