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Re: Major E-mail Delivery for FTC DNCR Launch

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Wed Jun 25 16:27:43 2003

In message <729306F70E13DB43AA2D7AA0FAD4715D05441718@OCCLUST03EVS1.ugd.att.com>
, "Callahan, Richard M, SOLGV" writes:
>
>Good Afternoon 
>     and forgive the new guy if I break any rules or conventions.
>
>I work for AT&T Government Solutions and we are about to launch the Do Not Cal
>l Registry for the Federal Trade Commission.  At a high level this allows cons
>umers to register their phone numbers to  keep most telemarketers from calling
> their homes.  Penalties for calling a consumer on the list can be $11K per ca
>ll and enforcement begins in October.
>
>We are launching consumer registrations on Friday.  My concern:
>
> - every registration using the web generates an email which must be opened to
> complete the registration process
>
>We are looking at the potential of MILLIONS OF EMAILS PER DAY beginning Friday
>.  These will be from the same address and have the same subject line.
>
>I am worried about denial of service or blocking by spam filters if providers 
>are not aware this is coming.
>
>I am hoping this group is a good medium to get the word out to inform the comm
>unity of this impending event.
>
>At this time I am unable to provide the link or email address, but will do so 
>on Thursday evening if it is of value.
>

You should definitely contact the postmasters for some of the major 
consumer ISPs -- they often have their own filtering policies and 
procedures.  AOL's policies have been discussed on this list in the 
past.  Also watch out for Earthlink's challenge/response scheme.

		--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb (me)
		http://www.wilyhacker.com (2nd edition of "Firewalls" book)






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