For what it's worth, a solution to any new flood or tactic is most
welcome IMO. In Dallas' defense here... Just as it takes time for the
spammers to develop and adapt new tactics, so too does it take time to
create counter-measures. The counter measures are often a work in
progress until there is a CLEAR pattern established.

I am not sure what all the noise is about in regard to Dallas' decision
to keep this plug in private for a while. I suspect that he is
currently only offering this download (after request) to those he knows
and not just anyone who requests it. I believe we should respect his
judgment here and let him decide if and when he feels comfortable
releasing it to the public.


Dallas Engelken wrote:
> Henrik Krohns wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 10:08:29AM +0100, Justin Mason wrote:
>>
>>> Bear in mind that the spammer who is developing this PDF spam is
>>> only one
>>> person, and he/she probably has at least one non-spammy-looking email
>>> address at his disposal.
>>>
>>> What's to spot him/her from asking Dallas for a copy of the ruleset and
>>> plugin, same as any other SpamAssassin user, waiting a few days to
>>> cover
>>> his/her tracks, then fixing the spam to avoid it again?
>>>
>>> And if you think this isn't already happening, I have a bridge for
>>> sale
>>>

>>
>> If I was a spammer, I couldn't care less if few people were using some
>> secret PDF blocking stuff. It's not like AOL or some big companies
>> are using
>> it.
>>

>
> Based on that logic, it makes no difference if it gets released or
> not....
>
> You dont think big companies utilize SpamAssassin, SARE, or other open
> source products for solutions, or even ideas for similar solutions?
> I think you would be pleasantly surprised.
>