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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday April 24 2016, @11:38PM   Printer-friendly
from the spammers-should-be-{insert-punishment-here} dept.

Peter N. M. Hansteen asks the question, "Does Your Email Provider Know What A "Joejob" Is?" in his blog and provides some data and discussion. He provides anecdotal evidence which seems to indicate that Google and possibly other mail service providers are either quite ignorant of history when it comes to email and spam, or are applying unsavory tactics to capture market dominance.

[Ed Note: I had to look up "joe job" to find out what it is. According to wikipedia:

A joe job is a spamming technique that sends out unsolicited e-mails using spoofed sender data. Early joe jobs aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the apparent sender or inducing the recipients to take action against them (see also e-mail spoofing), but they are now typically used by commercial spammers to conceal the true origin of their messages.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 25 2016, @12:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 25 2016, @12:33PM (#336917)

    Google's filtering is almost entirely content-scanning based. This works great when you have lots of identical or similar emails to scan, but when each one is heavily customized and comes from a different source at a different time, the pattern is varied enough it doesn't work great.

    Google can and will remove these emails from your mail box if they figure it out later, though. I don't know if that's good or not...