I smite thee, spammers

As the founder of the Smiters of Iniquity, I hereby smite all spammers.

Yesterday, ncane.com and I were targeted by spammers, where a spam email went out to (I expect) thousands of people, purporting to be from me (including my personal details from public DNS records), and a short URL generated by ncane.com.

An over-eager recipient of this spam decided to report it to the entire world. My upstream providers were included, as well as the ISP from where the spam originated. That’s to be expected, and I would have done the same. However, the South African Police were also included, along with various other parties (Federal Trade Commission? Really?).

I’d like to say this guy overreacted, but with the status of spam today, did he really?

I’ve since responded to every contact on the list he reported to, stating that my identity was stolen and abused in this email, so hopefully level heads will prevail. The email clearly did not originate from my server, and my ISP seems to be happy (so far).

I’ve also been forced to update all of my domains’ registration details with an additional layer of obfuscation (without breaking the law of course). I should have done this a long time ago because this was only a matter of time, considering my approach to spammers. But again, why should I have to hide my DNS details in the first place?

If this affects me any more, I think I’m going to throw in the towel and cross over to Google completely, cancelling ncane.com. Seriously, this sort of thing is not good for my mental health.

Some people might say that I should have just deleted the spam I receive instead of reporting it and taking on the spammers as I do, but if I don’t do it, who else will? We’ve become deluged by this spam, and it’s simply unacceptable.

Anyway, that’s my rant for today.