Top Sobig Morons: Pace Enterprises

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I previously ranted about moronware virus scanners. Now I shall rant about the morons who run them.

I thought I'd look at some of the Sobig.F bounce messages I'm getting and pick out the stupidest of the bunch. The current leader is Pace Enterprises, with this entry.

Why was Pace Enterprises selected for top moronicity? Let me count the ways.

  • First, spamming people with these useless reports qualifies one for instant moronhood. Pace Enterprises to the clue phone: I did not email you this worm.
  • Next, whoever setup the Pace Enterprises mail system misconfigured it, so it is identifying itself with an illegal Internet hostname (phoenix.paceent instead of, what I suspect should be, phoenix.paceent.com).
  • Moreover, the moronware that Pace Enterprises uses generates illegal mail headers. If you look at the From: and Sender: fields of their report, you'll note my mail server added its own name. It needed to do that to correct protocol violations in what they sent.
  • Finally, and here is the clincher, they add a message to their moronware notice that says (with clueless AOL luser all-caps formatting preserved):
    YOUR COMPUTER IS INFECTED WITH A VIRUS AND HAS TRIED TO SENT A VIRUS TO Thomas Umstead. PLEASE REMOVE THE VIRUSES FROM YOUR COMPUTER, OR WE WILL BE FORCED TO BLOCK YOUR ADDRESS FROM SENDING MAIL TO OUR USERS.

The "we will be forced to block" an innocent bystander threat is precious. In fact, I wish they would--provided they also block me from receiving mail from their misconfigured, moronware virus scanner.

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re: Top Sobig Morons: Pace Enterprises

How about this one attached to a message from the mail server at San Antonio ISP, dcci.com.

If your mail server had virus protection, it would have caused less work for
our server and would have likely prevented one of your users from getting a
virus in the first place!
This is an automated message sent by Declude Virus ( http://www.declude.com ).

They took a completely different tack from most of the mail servers I've seen, they insult you, but at least they didn't send the worm TO you.

re: Top Sobig Morons: Pace Enterprises

I've been getting these messages myself, sent to the e-mail address I use on blog comments. I knew right away, when I started receiving them about a week or so ago, that someone was forging my address because the e-mail address is one that's not an account, it's just an address that forwards, so no mail can be sent from that address, so I know I didn't send a virus from that address.
Today I got one from admin [at] mlrnoc [dot] navy [dot] mil ... Shouldn't a military server be a little more up on the concept of forged e-mail addresses?
Why are these people adding to the useless e-mail problem? Grrr.