Feeds

Critics set up anti-SPEWS Web site

This time it's impersonal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Critics of the SPEWS blacklist have set up a Web site highlighting their grievances against the popular service.

SPEWSMonitor.info has been established to "counter the growing number of out-of-date, inaccurate and often malicious listings by SPEWS of entire subnets".

Critics are aggrieved at what they say is SPEWS' hard-line stance in blacklisting entire subnets, a perceived lack of accountability and alleged violations of Internet standards. They argue that the service causes unknown collateral damage to innocent parties who happen to share the subnets of alleged spammers.

It's not the first time Spews.org has been criticised over a alleged blanket approach to blacklisting and difficulties in communicating with its volunteers. We thought it might be the first time that a Web site has been set up to air these grievances. Not true - antispews.org has been around for a while, readers inform us.

But we digress.

Defenders of Spews.org counter that organisations and individuals make their own choices about whether or not to use the service. Its popularity is evidence that many find it more than useful, the argument goes.

Many people who complain against the blacklisting service use ISPs who failed to play their part in dealing with the spam tsunami, hence a blacklisting. Also blacklisting lists are updated more often than Spews.org critics give it credit for.

The merits of the two sides of this argument will doubtless be fully aired on news.admin.net-abuse.email. Hopefully the debate will generate more light than heat but make sure you're wearing asbestos underpants before joining the discussion, just in case. ®

Related stories

Florida spammers sue anti-spam groups
Lawyers enter fray in spam blacklisting dispute

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about
NSA fingered as likely source of complex malware family
You stupid BRICK! PCs running Avast AV can't handle Windows fixes
Fix issued, fingers pointed, forums in flames
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report
Hikvision devices wide open to hacking, claim securobods
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.