Please Stop Bouncing Infected Emails

March 8, 2008 – 2:30 PM

If the antivirus software installed on your mail server is set up to bounce emails with viruses attached, please turn that feature off. Unless you’ve been in a cave for the past week, you know that tens of millions -possibly hundreds of millions- of emails carrying the sobig.f virus have been hammering email servers worldwide. Not a single one of these emails has the real sender’s address in the FROM: field. Not one of them.

The person listed in the FROM: field is not infected with a virus. Someone with that person in their address book is infected. Your bounce message serves no useful purpose and is contributing actively to this problem. Please, look at the CPU and bandwidth usage of your servers. Every email server on the planet connected to the internet is under the same or greater load, and you, personally, are contributing to that load.

Please stop bouncing the virus emails. Route them to /dev/null/ and be done with it.

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