We used to block that much. I believe we hit 2.5B in the Spring of this
year. Heard yesterday that MSFT blocks over 3B now.
But now our block volume is a lot lower....more like 1 to 1.5 billion a day
as the spammers are largely giving up on getting to us - they just aren't
attempting nearly as much. Complaints from members are down from 12-16M a
day in April to 3-4M a day now. And total volumes (good mail and spam mixed)
to the inbox are down from 450M a day to 280-300M a day now.
And since you are asking, false positives are very low in the spam folder
and calls about blocking from other ISPs are very low as well....we do have
calls, but they are all justifiable and very fixable/temporary once we get
that FBL set-up with the spam infused ISP on the other end of the phone
I would never say it is "over" as it is never and will never be. But we have
a good system and are getting better and better. It is what I would call
Oh, wanna see how we are doing from a non-AOL employee's tracking system?
(you don't have to listen to me :-)
AOL complaints courtesy of Michael Rathburn:
Versus a small internet domain Michael hosts:
On 9/29/04 6:47 PM, "James Couzens" <jcouzens(_at_)6o4(_dot_)ca> wrote:
This is a bit off topic, but since Carl seems fairly active here perhaps
he can verify this:
"The bottom line, according to one presenter, is that spammers are doing
better than ever, if the amount of spam being distributed is any
indication. AOL and MSN are each blocking 2.5 billion messages a day.
Brightmail recently indicated that 60% of all email is spam."
as taken from:
Do you really block 2.5 BILLION messages per day? That just seems
obscenely high to me. It should be noted that the above stated article
(now corrected) was guilty of referring to SPF as "Microsoft's SPF" :/
Director, AntiSpam Operations
America Online Mail Operations