If you have been spammed, my sympathies
As of 1/3/97, thousands of forged, undeliverable email messages began
flooding my system. Several million have reached innocent victims. If
you have been annoyed by them, believe me, so have I!
This page will give
you a little background on this unfortunate incident, which disabled
this site for over 10 days.
Instant Home Pages
I have been pleased to offer free Web pages to just about anyone.
"The Rules" that must be agreed to establish an account are simple:
Over 1,000 people have taken advantage of this service. The vast majority
have respected the rules to which they agreed.
- Account info must have correct and current email address
- No illegal content
- Use good netiquette when publicizing your page
- Update periodically, or Joe may consider your page abandoned
- One free page per customer
- Joe may delete any page, change or discontinue service
altogether, at any time
One Bad Apple
One person elected to promote his page intially by spamming newsgroups.
In email correspondence, he apologized and seemed unaware of what "good
netiquette" entails. His account remained intact.
Recently, the same account was promoted via an email spam campaign. As in
the first incident, this generated a good deal of hate mail directed at
yours truly. I informed the party that this time his account would be deleted.
The response was swift, massive and ugly. It included threats, forged
messages to spam lists, and mail bombs. Enraged victims have mounted mail, ping,
syn, and other attacks on joes.com, incited to vigilante justice by the forger.
My sympathies if you have been inconvenienced by this unfortunate incident.
Joe Doll, Proprieter
More Details and References
This incident is perhaps the most extensive event of its kind yet perpetrated
on the net. Even professional spammers, who frequently find themselves pressed
to defend (and cease) their practices, have found themselves taken aback at the
practices used here. Particularly unsavory aspects of this case include:
Despite the confusion, many netters researched the evidence and figured out
what was actually happening. Many stepped in to take corrective action by
posting to newsgroups and intervening with the real principals involved.
Mark Welch is
in this regard. He has written an excellent summary article from his
The Weekend IBM.NET Almost Died.
Mr. Welch continues to update this article at his own site.
- Advertised refusal to remove names from mailing lists
- Threats of forged spam against anyone who dares to "flame" the spammer
- Use of addresses from a professional spammer's "do not send" list