hmmm, iv'e been meaning to something about my own for a while now. This thread has been a good jogger in that regard. I can remember a poster here mentioning a site that acted as an email redirection buffer. A person would register with them and they would give you a number of account names that the person could use as a legitament address if they needed to provide one for any particular reason. Any traffic to that address would be filtered by the site, then sent to their real address. It sounded like a really good idea, i'll have to do a bit of a grep through lxfs' data base and dig that one out.
The good thing about the above facility is that the mail gets filtered before it goes to your server. The thing that gets to me a bit is that even if i did my own filtering set up, the mail is still going to my account on my isp, and so, goes onto my "bytes recieved" tally. Meaning i still have to pay money for it.
Also, most of the mail i get will all be sent via the "CC" option. It will be sent to a whole heap of people having some similarity it there names. I only get a small proportion of mail that is actually addressed corectly (grin).
I suspect my server's account lists were scaned, with the regesterd account names extracted, which, aside from sounding somewhat criminal, it also means that not giving the account out wouldn't have any effect in that case.
I think isps' need to provide "point of departure" filtering. That is, if the return address on a pkt dosen't match its' origin then it should be blocked. For pkts that actually originate from that isp, not routed/in route pkts.
Problem there is obvious, it means the isp is conceding to a "duty of care" concept. Taking SCO as an example of just where the state of corporate integrity integrity is these days ... the legal/scam scramble that probably would result as a result of that would overwhelm a lot of isps'. So, i can see "point of departure" filtering never happening.
Also, how is a group like the FBI in saying that it costs them 25K to instigate an investigation, so unless a company/org/person can prove that some activity has cost them at least 5K in "loss of revenue" , then it's not worth while for them to do anything (ha) ... Hows that fou a nudge nudge green light !
In any case, i think the site interseption idea is a good one, at least the stuff wont be tayyed as part of ones down load allocation, and the site concerned offeres that service for free too !
Haven't got there name handy but it was mentioned latst year, so should be to hard to grep for.
I think it's a good idea shifty, but some what futile in the end. You may be better off looking at an already existing site/org and seeing if you cpuld contribute there someway, if you a that keen