Overview of spam from Home.com

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 56835671384.31full headers
23 Jul 2000 2071226490.25full headers
07 Jul 2000 2641843683.29full headers
23 Jun 2000 1891084437.47full headers
09 Jun 2000 41229041069.96
19 May 2000 1761228455.67
05 May 2000 69488181.92
28 Apr 2000 74484185.76
21 Apr 2000 1591009389.54
07 Apr 2000 1771199449.98
14 Mar 2000 2091383521.17
25 Feb 2000 3172009777.75
26 Jan 2000 2416662.53
24 Jan 2000 2315157.30

Overview of history

Total spam since 18 Oct 19991095477655 28589.72
Peak spam on 3 Jan 2000202415423 5531.08
Peak daily spam on 6 Dec 19994343440 1219.89(3-day average)
Average daily spam33.2235.6 86.75

full history also available

General information about Home.com

@Home is an internet service which provides high bandwidth internet access over cable TV cables.

@Home has a good abuse policy but does not enforce it. This allows spammers based at @Home to run rampant.

In addition, computers connected to the internet via @Home are often mis-configured to act as relays. These are quickly discovered by spammers and used to relay spam.

For these reasons, @Home is (as of Jan 2000) the largest source of spam on the internet.

A copy of @Home's acceptable use policy may be found at @Home Service Acceptable Use Policy

Currently (Sept 1999) hosting Tom Saylor. Posts consist of random subject lines and uuencoded images. Images are rotated from a small pool of porn images. Images contain a reference to a web site owned by Saylor.

Originally added 30 April 1998 due to rogue cancels by Robert Bass. Bass claims that Home.net gave him permission to cancel posts of users on other ISP's due to content. For more information, see thread "fully authorised Cancels of slanderous posts in comp.home.automation" in Deja News.

My ISP authorised me to cancel the posts due to his repeated refusal to comply with the standards of Usenet behavior. He will find his posts completely blocked shortly.
Robert L Bass, netnews article:
"fully authorised Cancels of slanderous posts in comp.home.automation"

Home.com's AUP can be found at @Home Acceptable Use Policy

Home.net seems to have a mediocre abuse policy. Abuse responses are answered by an auto-responder which provides a list of recent abuse cases and how they were resolved. Abuse reports seem to progress through stages "User warned", "User given final warning", "User suspended" and "User terminated". Spammers are allowed multiple spams before being terminated.

Site history

NetNews Feeds

@Home receives netnews feeds from the following sites that I know of:

To report spam, contact abuse@home.com

A complete history may also be available.

General notes:

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