It’s finally happened. Send-Safe, the choice of spammers the world ’round, has finally been kicked off the MCI network. Of course Send-Safe had a safe harbour in MCI for way too long – Send-Safe was able to to provide safe sending services to spammers through the MCI network despite months of pressure from the anti-spam industry, including well-known agency SpamHaus, and even sister ISPs, all of whom had been telling MCI for way too long that Send-Safe was one of the biggest providers of anonymous spam sending services around.
Of course, MCI knew that. But, you know, money talks – and apparently it spams, as well. Send-Safe was undoubtedly a high-paying customer.
You may recall that Aunty wrote about MCI’s little problem just two weeks ago in the context of the irony of Verizon, the ISP which won’t accept email from outside the U.S. as part of their spam control policy, acquiring MCI, the ISP which won’t stop spamming.
In fact, one has to wonder whether it wasn’t pressure from the anti-spam groups and ISPs which lead to Send-Safe finally getting the boot from MCI so much as it may have been a fly in the Verizon-MCI nuptials. Anyone doing even the most minor of due diligence (yes, that is – or rather should be – an oxymoron) would have come across the Send-Safe situation – after all, Send-Safe is very open about what they do. In fact this is a direct quote from their homepage:
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“Send-Safe is a bulk email software program based on a unique know-how sending technology. It provides real anonymous instant delivery – you can use your regular Internet connection because your IP address will never be shown in the email headers. Send-Safe performs email validation and displays delivery statistics in real time, which gives you the ability to evaluate the quality of your mailing lists. Send-Safe mailing software is free of charge. Our pricing is based on the number of emails you send over a given period of time…”
And the site goes on to list its “benefits”:
– real anonymity (using proprietary proxy routing – the next wave in bulk email stealth technology);
– sending speed depends on your connection only (thread count control – up to 500);
– lowest prices;
– free client software;
– simple to use;
– all required data client software retrieves from our center automatically (no more hunting for relays or paying hundreds of dollars for open relays);
– you can run many copies simultaneously on different computers;
– no port 25 needed (not affected by port 25 blocking ISPs);
– support, free ugrades, dedicated software team insures that Send-Safe will be able to deliver your emails.”
The irony, perhaps, is in the Send-Safe tagline: “THE MOST TROUBLEFREE MAILER IS HERE” (sic).
Well, maybe trouble-free for Send-Safe spam senders – not so much for Send-Safe hosts.
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Send-Safe is now looking for a new home. They stopped in at Lycos over the weekend, but were quickly shown the door by Monday (today).
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