Brainless responses

By eweek  |  Posted 2004-12-20 Print this article Print

Brainless responses

Spam is a pain, and the last thing we need is even more useless messages needlessly filling our in-boxes. Thats exactly what were getting, but it isnt coming from spammers or virus writers. Instead, its coming from well-meaning but confused administrators of anti-virus gateway systems.

Many of these systems are configured to respond to every e-mail they block that contains a virus. But these systems apparently havent gotten the message that, for years now, most viruses spoof sender addresses. This means that many of us get tens or even hundreds of automated responses every day, telling us that a message we never sent contains a virus.

Gateway administrators can do themselves and everyone else a favor by turning off these auto-response features.

—Jim Rapoza

Next page: Toothless technology legislation.


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