Link: New Spamcop Traps Raise Old Issues | The Return Path Blog

New Spamcop Traps Raise Old Issues | The Return Path Blog

Spamtrap operators play a valuable role in the email ecosystem. As stated in “M3AAWG Best Current Practices For Building and Operating a Spamtrap”, spamtraps are “designed to capture any sort of email abuse.” A well-run spamtrap network can identify many types of email abuse, from the very malicious – botnet command and control centers – to the mostly harmless but annoying – email marketers who are inadvertently sending to the wrong subscribers. In order to remain effective, spamtrap operators must frequently update their networks to ensure that they are adequately capturing enough data to identify abuse. As such, many spamtrap operators are continually preparing new traps which they can begin using at any time without warning.
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