Overview of spam from A.S.A.R

15 Feb 2006

Note: Automated spam monitoring stopped several years ago. These web pages are maintained for historical reasons. Some may be updated from time to time as news about the individual sites becomes available.

No spam today

Overview of last 14 reports

11 Sep 2000 75242123.53full headers
23 Jul 2000 195730.82full headers
07 Jul 2000 2511351.25full headers
23 Jun 2000 268844.82full headers
09 Jun 2000 5014075.73
05 May 2000 3610254.93
07 Apr 2000 3112952.81
25 Feb 2000 4915080.96
24 Jan 2000 266238.13
03 Jan 2000 446049.43
14 Dec 1999 299648.02
29 Nov 1999 196030.02
29 Oct 1999 208939.86
22 Oct 1999 188238.34

Overview of history

Total spam since 20 Oct 19994911539 796.77
Peak spam on 11 Sep 200075242 123.53
Peak daily spam on 22 Oct 1999941 19.17(2-day average)
Average daily spam1.44.5 2.33

full history also available

General information about A.S.A.R

ASAR stands for alt.sexual.abuse.recovery. This is not a site sending spam, but a newsgroup receiving it. I could not think of a group less appropriate to receive spam (the bulk of which is pornographic) than alt.sexual.abuse.recovery, so I have added it to the watch list.

The regulars in a.s.a.r were vehemently opposed to censorship, to the extent that they asked spam cancellers to stop canceling spam in the group. Within two days, the group was nearly flooded out of existence by porn spam, and many of the group members left. The group has since reconsidered its stance on spam cancelling.

In the past, the worst offenders have been Earthlink, Bell Atlantic, Superlink, Uunet, Ndi, BellSouth, Seidata, Crl, Netzilla and Magg. Most sites have dealt with the problem.

At present, the worst offenders are MCI, ServTech and Comsec

Sample of one day's post during the April 1998 cancel moratorium:

porn ads from Keyway.net 1
porn ads from Tiac.net 1
porn ads from Sprynet 6
porn ads from MCI 60
porn ads from Erinet.com 6
porn ads from Ibernet.es 1
porn ads from Vianews.com 75
porn ads from Cei.net6
porn ads from Servtech.com3
porn ads from Golden.net1
porn ads from Adelphia.net3
MMF from rr.com1
posts asking about the spam1

Sample of seven days' posts (14-20 Aug 1997):

porn ads from UUNet/dnet.net.id2
porn ads from Bell Atlantic1
porn ads from supernews1
porn ads from MCI/cdcui.com1
porn ads from swbell.net1
porn ads from net999.com1
posts wondering why there's so much spam8
religious spam1
on-topic posts:72
porn ads from psi.net/escortguide145
porn ads from others5
pyramid scams3
other spam1

12 June 1997: The ASAR regulars have asked that spam-cancelling stop.

16 June 1997: The ASAR regulars have asked that spam-cancelling resume.

17 June 1997: The primary ASAR spammer seems to have moved from Bellsouth to Vol.it.

17 April 1998: Progress is being made on creating a moderated sexual abuse newsgroup.

There is no contact info for A.S.A.R. Try postmaster

A complete history may also be available.

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