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Is AOL your service provider: If so. PLEASE READ!
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0423  Saturday, 30 June 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Saturday, June 30, 2007
Subject: 	Is AOL your service provider: If so. PLEASE READ!

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

My service provider - AT&T Commercial - continues to receive complaints 
that AOL subscribers are receiving "unsolicited commercial email (spam)" 
from the SHAKSPER server 12.101.12.90:

 >Warning!
 >
 >Hardy M. Cook
 >
 >A host (12.101.12.90) within your IP block may be
 >infected with a trojan, virus, or worm; or you may have a
 >malicious user on your network.  The host in question,
 >(12.101.12.90), is sending unsolicited commercial email (spam).
 >
 >If 12.101.12.90 is your firewall/gateway/NAT then it is
 >likely that the offending email is originating from your
 >internal network.
 >
 >Please ensure all of the following actions have or will be
 >completed in order to properly secure your network:
 >
 > . . . If AT&T continues to receive complaints regarding
 >12.101.12.90 we may take further action, including a
 >possible suspension of service. . . .

The complaint in this particular case was in response to an AOL 
subscriber's receiving a regular, listserv mailing from SHAKSPER (i.e., 
yesterday's first post regarding the updating of the World Shakespeare 
Bibliography):

 >Data received in complaint:
 > . . .
 >Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 12:52:18 -0400
 >Reply-To: x
 >Sender: The Shakespeare Electronic Conference <x>
 >From: "Hardy M. Cook" <x>
 >Subject: SHK 18.0417 World Shakespeare Bibliography Online Updated
 >To: <Undisclosed Recipients>
 > . . .

As soon as I received this Warning Messages, as I had done in the past, 
I wrote to AT&T Network Security <
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 >, who responded:

 >It appears that AOL is still either automatically flagging
 >your newsletter as spam or an AOL subscriber on your list is
 >flagging it manually. We have noted our account and will be
 >ignoring this entry only, however, you may wish to purge or
 >reverify all AOL addresses on your list to prevent this from
 >reoccurring. Feel free to reply to this email if you have
 >any further questions.
 >
 >AT&T Internet Investigations and Security Services -
 >Network Security

Over the years, Eric has exchanged messages with the security folks at 
AOL, who are difficult to contact and to follow though with. In the 
past, AOL has returned us to "whitelist" status after being 
"blacklisting" us.

However, in this instance, it is not clear if AOL itself is 
automatically flagging all SHAKSPER messages or if an AOL member to 
SHAKSPER advertently or inadvertently has manually flagged SHAKSPER as a 
SPAM distributor.

Please, if you are receiving SHAKSPER at an AOL account, check to make 
sure that you have not flagged SHAKSPER or 12.101.12.90. In the 
meantime, I will explore what is involved in having to REverify the 
accounts of AOL subscribers.

Thank you,
Hardy M. Cook
Editor

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