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Re: To send or not to send 'virus in email' notifications?
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 10:54:59 -0400
On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 10:25:28 EDT, Joe Maimon <jmaimon () ttec com> said:
Considering the amount of email traffic generated by responding to
forged virus laden email from culprits like sobig should email virus
scanning systems be configured to send notifications back to sender or not?
It isn't like the A/V vendors can't put a single bit in the description that says
"uses real address" or "uses forged address" and only send a notification when
the "real" bit is set. However, a lot of them seem to be more interested in
pumping out PR and FUD.
Worst part is if one of them had been smart, they'd have invented such a bit,
patented it, and then shipped "New! Improved! Now with less confusing
messages", and used the patent to make sure nobody else did. Now *that* would
be a selling point for their product, but noooo... ;) They've missed their
chance. Feel free to cite this e-mail as prior art if somebody tries it now...