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October 8, 2005 12:03 AM

Broken: Yahoo spam

Picture_1TIB reader "aristotle" points out that Yahoo marked its own e-mail as spam. (If you know it's spam, why send it to your customers?)


Wait...if that's identified by SpamGuard as spam, and all messages identified by SpamGuard as spam are immediately deleted, why wasn't that one immediately deleted?

Posted by: John Bauman at October 8, 2005 12:35 AM

Hotmail has tried to block email i sent to myself.

Posted by: gmangw at October 8, 2005 01:04 AM

Perhaps the header was forged to look like it was from Yahoo?

Posted by: Kat at October 8, 2005 01:33 AM

Spamguard doesnt autmaticly delete messages, they are sent to the bulk folder and deleted after 30days

Posted by: Unknown at October 8, 2005 07:41 AM

Hey "unknown", see the screen shot, where it says, "You have chosen to immediately delete all messages that SpamGuard identifies as Spam." But "John" is correct: This message is in the Bulk folder and therefore a) was properly identified as spam and b) was not immediately deleted.

That's broken at least two different ways.

Posted by: stoo at October 8, 2005 08:45 AM

Finally, a truely smart spam checker.

Posted by: Eric Hosmer at October 8, 2005 08:49 AM

Yahoo means it will delete other spam and that way you get theirs by itself,

Posted by: El Gato at October 8, 2005 10:28 AM

I see spam getting worse and worse in its evasion techniques. Its turning into n00b |337 speak, "3nlarge y0ur pe*15" will obviously get marked as spam by even the worst spam blocker. Nice and broken

Posted by: GileX at October 8, 2005 11:33 AM

Heck Yahoo is always sending stuff to my yahoo account that is spam. At least they are being honest. ;-)

Posted by: Ray Stevens at October 8, 2005 08:48 PM

You can always mark any email you get in a yahoo account as spam, and any other mail from that email adress is sent to the bulk folder. So somebody could just set yahoo's email adress as spam

Posted by: Justin at October 8, 2005 08:57 PM

Could this just be a situation where the user manually moved the mail into the Spam folder, without actually marking it as spam, then took a screenshot to ridicule Yahoo, forgetting that the text on the screenshot gives it away?

Posted by: Ciaran at October 8, 2005 10:50 PM

Should have blocked out that email address

Posted by: Phil at October 9, 2005 06:20 AM

whoops... mr smith may find himself geting a bit more spam now

Posted by: no one at October 9, 2005 12:10 PM

Yeah, that's broken all right. It's not a very good spamblocker if it doesn't know to ignore e-mails sent by its host company. dumb and broken.

Posted by: Bob at October 9, 2005 02:50 PM

how do we know aripostle didn't just move it there and take a screenshot? I't not that hard to do.

Posted by: anonymous at October 9, 2005 08:59 PM

*runs to outlook*

Posted by: weesnaw at October 9, 2005 11:06 PM

I'm talking with Yahoo right now about this. They are sending my address guard email to my bulk folder.

Mail FROM me TO me is marked as spam.

I -- as had previously been speculated -- am spam.

Spam I am.

Gwan. Say it.

"I Don't Like Spam!"

Posted by: sparky at October 10, 2005 02:47 AM

When I have tried to mark Yahoo stuff like that as spam it tells me that I cannot mark Yahoo as spam since I signed up for it and if I would like to discontinue receiving special offers from Yahoo go to blah blah blah....Looks like this guy is new anyway. 0% of 1GB used and the message is from June and he is just now posting as broken? Get a life, dork.

Posted by: Morissa2n at October 10, 2005 11:23 AM

Perhaps they are trying to up their karma with brazen honesty in order to make up for helping the Chinese government jail that journalist?

There was a similar outbreak after WW2 Nazi collaborators started helping old people with their shopping.

I still cancelled my paid-for Yahoo email account.

Posted by: Interlard at October 12, 2005 11:01 AM

Adelphia does the same thing.

Posted by: JAC at October 12, 2005 12:26 PM

I tried moving a yahoo message into my bulk folder, and mark it as spam, and both worked easily. Not broken, just a forced iroinic circumstance.

Posted by: anonymous at October 12, 2005 09:26 PM

I submitted the screenshot in June, it was posted in October.

Posted by: Smithhome at October 16, 2005 08:44 PM

why does yahoo spam their own custumors?

Posted by: at October 17, 2005 09:59 PM

Why are they making last minute 4th of July deals in june?!?!?

Posted by: frobie at November 8, 2005 06:25 PM

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