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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion? 279

An anonymous reader writes "I work for a European ISP, and lately we're receiving quite a few complaints from customers about not being able to send emails because of UCEProtect's listings. After checking with their site, we found out that our whole AS (!) was blacklisted. Their 'immediate removal policy' asks for money, around 90 euros Per IP for end users and 300 euros for ISPs, and their site has bold statements like 'YOU ARE LOSING YOUR RIGHT TO EXPRESSDELIST YOUR IP IF YOU ARE STUPID AND CLAIMING THIS WOULD BE BLACKMAIL...' Could this be considered extortion-blackmail ? Has anyone else on Slashdot dealt with this service before?"
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

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  • by hxnwix ( 652290 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @04:23AM (#42386093) Journal

    Adding an IP address to their whitelist is no easy thing. You see, they hire only blind, deaf quadriplegics, so each octet is entered in binary through a mouth open/close morse code interface. But that's only after your request makes it through the queue to be read through tactile forehead tapping tty... Perfectly understandable that these folks detest spam, isn't it?

  • by houghi ( 78078 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @05:23AM (#42386213)

    dynamic-IP blocklists reduce spam by about 90%.

    I have reduced spam by 100% (Yes, one hundred) by also blocking the fixed IPs.

    I don't get any complains as they can only send them by email.

    Now if my provider would do the same and blocks this one email, I would not send in a complaint. I would change providers.

    And this whole fixed/non fixed IP is just a way of selling things that are not there. We do not use modems anymore, so you will need to have the IPs available anyway. Blocking dynamic IPs will just cause another excuse to ask for extra money for a fixed IP.

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