Overview of spam from Psi.net

7 Aug 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 5061530814.12full headers
23 Jul 2000 308786430.39full headers
07 Jul 2000 3121069523.76full headers
23 Jun 2000 230835398.26full headers
09 Jun 2000 218327632347.55
19 May 2000 77353154.99
05 May 2000 5219090.38
28 Apr 2000 88184113.98
21 Apr 2000 52220101.13
07 Apr 2000 61820641008.85
14 Mar 2000 330992541.67
25 Feb 2000 109042032073.84
26 Jan 2000 5217794.13
24 Jan 2000 98531217.86

Overview of history

Total spam since 18 Oct 1999990554483 20929.15
Peak spam on 9 Dec 199995511106 3241.57
Peak daily spam on 9 Dec 19993183702 1080.52(3-day average)
Average daily spam30.0165.4 63.48

full history also available

General information about Psi.net

Psi.net is primarily a bandwidth and POP provider for other ISPs.

PSI is a rogue network provider. They are known to write pink contracts, which are contracts with spammers which expressly permit the customer to spam. PSI is known to forward spam complaints directly to the spammer.

Psi is the service provider to Benchmark Supply, a persistent email spammer.

PSI has its own dial-up ISP business under the name Interramp.com.

PSI now requests that spam complaints be done via an online web page at http://www.support.psinet.com/PSIabusetik

PSI is known to send out their own spam advertising their services. See netnews articles PSI Spams Interic Contacts and PSI now spamming its own services

PSI has a pro-spam policy for web sites which it hosts, provided that the spamming is done from throw-away accounts on other providers. PSI also has a pro-spam policy for its bandwidth and POP customers. Psi's anti-spam policy for its own dialups and dialup customers seems to be very good, although not consistently enforced.

As of Sept, 1998, PSI was responding to complaints with a notice that the offending account has been disabled. These notices are form letters and complete fabrications. See netnews thread pop4mail LARTed

PSI also hosted persistant porn spammer Tom Gartman.

This report includes spam originating from Psi news servers and spam advertising Psi-hosted web sites:

PSI, like many major service providers, exerts the absolute minimum effort required to stay off the Realtime Black List and avoid the Usenet Death Penalty. PSI allows spam problems to get worse and worse until the usenet community takes some sort of action. They then institute whatever measures are required to avoid the RBL or UDP. Sometimes this consists of simply promising to do something about the problem.

Psi's spam policy may be found at: http://www.psi.net/csg/netabuse.html. For additional background, see http://www.psi.net/news/pr/97/nospam.html.

Psi requests that:

If you are writing concerning a violation of our Policy, please forward the full text of any offending message, including all headers containing timestamps and IP adresses, together with your full name and telephone number. Please follow acceptable norms of conduct in bringing net-abuse issues to our attention. "Spamming" PSINet by sending multiple complaints to e-mail addresses other than "abuse@psi.com," for example, is both disruptive and self-defeating, as it impedes our ability to respond quickly to complaints. The volume of e-mail we receive precludes an individual response to every complaint. Please be assured that we will investigate your complaint and take appropriate action in accordance with our Policy.

Ownership & Contact Info

Whois identifies Psi as
   510 Huntmar Park Drive
   Herndon, VA 22070

   Domain Name: PSI.NET

   Administrative Contact:
      Administration, PSINet Domain psinet-domain-admin@PSI.COM
      (703) 904-4100 (FAX) 610-825-8616
   Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
      Network Information and Support Center hostinfo@psi.com
      (518) 283-8860
   Billing Contact:
      Andrews, Ken domain-fee-contact@PSI.COM

   Record last updated on 04-Nov-96.
   Record created on 07-Mar-89.
   Database last updated on 3-Sep-97 04:53:18 EDT.

   Domain servers in listed order:


Site history

Sample Spam

From: Belle@cornhole.hahaha.net Newsgroups: alt.sex.watersports Subject: more sex pics for everyone 35234 Message-ID: <06089812.4026@cornhole.hahaha.net> Date: Thursday, 06 Aug 1998 12:40:26 -0600 Organization: Uncensored Babes NNTP-Posting-Host: Lines: 7 Path: cpk-news-hub1.bbnplanet.com!news.bbnplanet.com! newsfeed.internetmci.com!!news.inet.net! cornhole.hahaha.net Wanna see some real sex pics? You''re gonna love this! Me and my girlfriends just made it! We got a couple thousand pics that you can see for FREE!! just cum to Thanks!^M^M^MHT/FD`fk].H<yZ_)ZaysVm??n$9i2g8V^M

To report spam, contact abuse@psi.com

A complete history may also be available.

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