A friend who works for Blizzard Entertainment reminded me early this
morning of the upcoming Starcraft II release (midnight 27 July Pacific
time). This is unusual in that the online release goes out to New
Zealand first. Depending on your user population, you may see unusual
Just a heads-up...
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Inspired by the open nature of Patrick Gilmore's (Akamai) post and having been asked by more than a few people now if we can answer questions about the telecom/xtra DNS servers.
I have been answering questions as they present themselves for a while now but I never formally said I would answer questions as they arose or openly invited questions about this.
In the same vein as the Akamai thread if there is anything I can't talk about I will say so, however I will answer what I can honestly and openly.
There maybe a delay in some answers if I need to get clarification on our position, I expect some question could be contentious.
So if you have a question please feel free to ask it.
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I thought that some members of the NZNOG would be interested in attending this months ISIG presentation by DIA's Anti-Spam Unit.
As always ISIG events are free to attend, apart from the beer which you have to buy yourself this month!
What: Wellington ISIG Monthly Meeting (http://isig.org.nz/)
Where: 2nd Floor, Chicago Sports Cafe. No.1 Queens Wharf, Wellington. (Next to the TSB Events Centre)
When: 6pm Thursday 29 July 2010
This months speaker is Toni Demetriou from the Department of Internal Affairs Anti Spam Unit. Toni will be discussing the Department's domestic enforcement activity and the challenges and responsibilities faced through the application of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act in New Zealand. This will provide a good opportunity to meet some of the team and hear about what they doing to fight spam in New Zealand, and how they are doing it.
Of particular interest will be a look into the Department's investigation into the Herbal King spamming organisation, who were involved in sending over two million emails to New Zealand addresses alone, between 5 September and 31 December 2007, earning sales commissions of more than $US2 million from this global operation. Spamhaus called this group the “Largest Spam Gang” in the world in 2007/2008.
This investigation resulted in successful High Court action in Christchurch by the Department against Lance Atkinson, his brother Shane Atkinson and Roland Smits. Who paid over $NZ250,000 between the three of them. The United States Federal Trade Commission also fined them $USD 15.5 Million Dollars!
Toni Demetriou is the team leader and senior investigator with the Anti Spam Compliance Unit. Toni spent fourteen years as a serving police officer with the West Midlands Police Service in the U.K. In 2003 he emigrated with his family to New Zealand and in 2004 Toni joined the Regulation and Compliance Branch at the Department of Internal Affairs. In August 2007 Toni then joined the newly established Anti Spam Compliance Unit, at the Department as an investigator. In August 2009 Toni was seconded as the team leader and senior investigator with the Anti Spam Compliance Unit. Toni is commencing a Masters of Science in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation at the University College of Dublin in Ireland.
I look forward to seeing you all there.
Paul McKitrick (ITCP)
Manager Compliance and Security
Domain Name Commission
Fax: +64 4 495 2115
PO Box 11-881, Wellington, 6142
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Jay and all,
just chiming in here.
In general I agree with you Jay. Still not having
a SPF record properly specified should be 'One' check
that should make folks suspicious yet not necessarly
qualifying them as prolific spam originator. Just my
2 cents, FWIW.
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>From: Jay Daley <jay(a)nzrs.net.nz>
>Sent: Jul 22, 2010 4:33 PM
>To: nznog <nznog(a)list.waikato.ac.nz>
>Subject: Re: [nznog] SPF Mail rejection
>On 22/07/2010, at 6:10 PM, SIMON WALKDEN wrote:
>> I've seen a lot of clients' outbound mail rejected in the last 12
>> months due to SPF issues; particularly mail being delivered to
>> secureMX, or Xtra. The plan of attack was usually:
>> 1. do they appear on any RBL's? (self explanatory, I know, just
>> thought I'd list it)
>> 2. does the HELO ID of their server match the MX record for the domain?
>> 3. does the MX record (and HELO ID) contain the terms 'smtp' or
>> 'mail'? (strange I know, but it's made a difference)
>In what way does it make a difference?
>> 4. does a PTR record exist for the mail server's FQDN?
>> 5. does the domain have a valid SPF record?
>> If all these criteria are met, you really shouldn't have any problems
>> passing go & collecting $200.
>I would love to be able to use HELO/EHLO when deciding what to accept but my own testing shows far too many false positives. A few years ago and in another role I saw: http://blog.nominet.org.uk/tech/2005/08/06/incorrect-heloehlo-information-i… but I've seen similar problems recently when I last looked.
>I suspect we need a "Strict HELO/EHLO Day" where enough of the world's sysadmins unite to put strict settings on what they accept to force those with crap in their HELO/EHLO to do something about it.
>> Simon W
>> On 22 July 2010 17:22, Mark Wakefield <mark.wakefield(a)modicagroup.com> wrote:
>>> On 22/07/10 16:36, Regan Murphy wrote:
>>>> It appears that safegas.co.nz have their mail configured to come via
>>>> hosts.net.nz, and their on-premise mail server is enforcing SPF which should
>>>> break for anyone sending them email.
>>>>>> MX records for domain safegas.co.nz Your 1 MX records are:
>>>>>> 10 mta.hosts.net.nz ip=184.108.40.206
>>> mail.safegas.co.nz is W3's server (rua.w3host.co.nz) so they're going to be
>>> the ones to sort it out.
>>> W3 should also look at putting a firewall in front of that server...
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