The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0423 Saturday, 30 June 2007
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2007
Subject: Is AOL your service provider: If so. PLEASE READ!
My service provider - AT&T Commercial - continues to receive complaints
that AOL subscribers are receiving "unsolicited commercial email (spam)"
from the SHAKSPER server 188.8.131.52:
>Hardy M. Cook
>A host (184.108.40.206) 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,
>(220.127.116.11), is sending unsolicited commercial email (spam).
>If 18.104.22.168 is your firewall/gateway/NAT then it is
>likely that the offending email is originating from your
>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
>22.214.171.124 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
>Data received in complaint:
> . . .
>Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 12:52:18 -0400
>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,
>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 -
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
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
Please, if you are receiving SHAKSPER at an AOL account, check to make
sure that you have not flagged SHAKSPER or 126.96.36.199. In the
meantime, I will explore what is involved in having to REverify the
accounts of AOL subscribers.
Hardy M. Cook
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