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The Electric Eye Ultimate Banned List
last updated: 2014-12-17
∞ Who we ban
SPAMMERS!  Unsolicited junk email, aka SPAM, is evil.   Those who wish to sell something, typically useless, illegal or part of a scam, put their virtual foot in your virtual door by filling your email box with spam.
Here's who we ban:
  • Unsolicted junk emailers
    • benefitting Domain(s) added
    • benefitting Domain Host(s) added
    • benefitting Domain Administrator Domain(s) added
    • ticker symbol of benefitting junk stock spam added
  • Those who, according to our usage logs, have attempted to hack or attack our network
  • Domains with insistent pop-ups and pop-unders, like the notorious X10.com
  • Online email services who either don't have an antispam policy or don't enforce it
  • Junk Faxers with a discernable or logical Domain Name
∞ Why we ban
We aim to protect our clients and ourselves from scammers and wasted bandwidth.  While each individual article of email might be small, they do add up.  And there is a matter of principle: if we want to buy we'll ask.  Many spammers claim that by providing a 'remove' option they are not spam.  Ahm, no.  By sending the unsolicited email in the first place they are spamming, plain and simple.  And usually the 'remove' option simply confirms your email for them for future mailings or the option doesn't work. Generally, if you see a 'remove' option, ignore it.

Do they really think we're going to buy their products?  Do they really think we're going to invest in their stocks, give them $10 to fix our credit, lustfully seek the naked pictures they (allegedly) have or seek their guidance on increasing the dimension of our privates?

A significant percentage of spam is only sent so that you will enter your credit card and/or other personal information so that they can make you a victim of identify theft.  Always be suspect of any email from any company with which you are not familiar.  Always be suspect of any email requesting information that is allegedly coming from a bank, credit card company or other enterprise that uses security.

SPAM is evil.

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∞ How we (typically) ban
  1. Junk email is received by one of our hosted users
  2. The junk email is forwarded to our IT department who examines its source and content
  3. If it's determined that the item is spam then we investigate who benefits from the item, including the originating Domain(s) and add any related Domains, such as the Administrator and Host
  4. We maintain a running tally of all individual spam received
Note that we've never received a complaint from a 'Spammer'.  This process is done manually, not arbitrarily nor automatically, so those added to this list are worthy of this distinction.
∞ Some banned Domains are not actual Spammers
Some mail server administrators exercise weak security.  This allows those servers to be used as relay points for spam.  Therefore we ban them unless an administrator of that server demonstrates they've fixed the problem.
∞ An effective method of reducing (you cannot eliminate) Spam
This is somewhat complicated.  If you follow this method you will reduce the amount of span you receive, ultimately saving you valuable time long-term.

The concept here is to create disposable aliases.  First, set-up an email user account with a flexible web host, such as Electric Eye (contact us for more info.)  This user account is your primary account with an email address that you never give out.

Second, set-up a series of aliases that are really all part of the same primary account.  All email sent to these aliases go to the primary account, but this is not known to the senders.  Examples might be amazon@mydomain.com, ebay@mydomain.com, paypal@mydomain.com, shopping@mydomain.com, books@mydomain.com, facebook@mydomain.com, etc.  Each of these aliases are used for singular purpose, for example use amazon@mydomain.com for all of your Amazon purchases.  If you receive spam to that alias then it has something to do with Amazon so you can alert them and/or change it to amazon01@mydomain.com.  The time it takes you to change it on the Web Host''s site and on the vendor's site should only be a few minutes.

Third, use an alias for your Domain Name Registration.  This is a primary source of email addresses for spammers since all Domains are public record.

Fourth, always use an alias as your reply-to in emails.  Most email clients, like Outlook, allow you to set your reply-to as something other than your primary user account, and even to have multiple reply-tos.  This rounds out your control of email.  If one of your recipients gets a virus that uses your email alias, or one of your recipients maliciously gives it out, you can change that alias.

Sound like a lot of work?  Yes.  But it saves you time in the long-run.
∞ The Electric Eye Ultimate Banned List Database is available to others
The Electric Eye Ultimate Banned List is available as a MS Excel spreadsheet.  To request a copy see the contact info below.  The List is provided without fee, but also without any guarantee of any sort.
(Note: requests from anonymous free email Domains, e.g. Gmail, Mail.com or Yahoo, will be ignored.)
∞ Searching Functions of this Database
You can search the entire database for Domains or email subjects. Some items have a further description which is displayed by clicking on the respective Domain Name. Detail for each Domain includes:
  • individual emails sent on behalf of this Domain
  • a link to other emails with the exact same subject
  • which Domain(s) this Domain Administrates
  • which Domain(s) this Domain Hosts
  • which Domain is this Domain's Administrator
  • which Domain(s) is this Domain's Host
If you spend some time with the List you'll find there are patterns (email subject, Domain Names, who hosts whom, etc.) and this may assist you in figuring out how to anticipate future spam for your own filters.

∞ Electric Eye Ultimate Banned List Unfortunate Milestones
Total Domains added since the List's inception on Dec 14, 1999:
date milestone per day (this 1,000) per day (in total)
2002-08-03 1,000 1.04 20.84
2003-03-05 2,000 4.67 17.05
2003-06-23 3,000 9.09 15.59
2004-04-28 4,000 3.23 12.57
2004-10-04 5,000 6.29 11.43
2005-03-29 6,000 5.68 10.39
2005-09-21 7,000 5.68 9.52
2006-03-07 8,000 5.99 8.82
2006-08-02 9,000 6.76 8.28
2006-10-05 10,000 15.63 8.07
2006-12-07 11,000 15.87 7.87
2007-01-21 12,000 22.22 7.73
2007-07-21 13,000 5.52 7.23
2008-04-18 14,000 3.68 6.58
2008-09-15 15,000 6.67 6.27
2009-06-28 16,000 3.50 5.76
2010-04-18 17,000 3.40 5.31
2012-05-25 18,000 1.30 4.41
2013-09-05 19,000 2.14 4.00
2014-11-13 20,000 2.30 3.68
2014-12-16 20,067 2.27 3.66

 

Total emails added since the List's inception on Dec 14, 1999:
date milestone per day (this 1,000) per day (in total)
2003-02-23 1,000 0.86 20.84
2003-04-15 2,000 19.61 19.97
2003-05-27 3,000 23.81 19.30
2003-07-01 4,000 28.57 18.78
2004-06-11 5,000 2.89 14.82
2004-10-10 6,000 8.26 13.80
2005-01-24 7,000 9.43 13.02
2005-05-21 8,000 8.55 12.25
2005-10-20 9,000 6.58 11.38
2006-02-16 10,000 8.40 10.78
2006-06-12 11,000 8.62 10.25
2006-09-05 12,000 11.76 9.90
2006-10-12 13,000 27.03 9.75
2006-11-27 14,000 21.74 9.57
2006-12-20 15,000 43.48 9.49
2007-01-09 16,000 50.00 9.42
2007-01-28 17,000 52.63 9.35
2007-03-27 18,000 17.24 9.14
2008-02-08 19,000 3.14 8.17
2008-07-18 20,000 6.21 7.75
2009-03-31 21,000 3.91 7.16
2010-08-17 22,000 1.98 6.24
2013-07-19 23,000 0.94 4.90
2014-07-18 24,000 2.75 4.56
2014-12-17 24,320 2.19 4.44
∞ How to be prepared against Internet (and other) fraud
Try these links:
∞ Whom you contact @ Electric Eye with specific Questions
See our Contacts page from the main site.
We will not respond to telephone nor fax inquiries from those who are on the List.
If you have such an inquiry you must submit it using our online contact form.
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