spammer using cancel evading technique

Paul Tomblin ptomblin at
Thu Dec 4 13:42:39 UTC 2003

Quoting Tomasz R. Surmacz (tsurmacz at
> Paul Tomblin wrote on Wed, Dec 03, 2003 at 10:06:34PM -0500:
> > So somebody needs to make a smarter bot that if it sees in
> > history, but but foo is still uncancelled, it issues a (but
> > only if isn't in the history as well).
> This will only escalate problem with race between bots creating more
> cancel messages and spammers creating more forged cancels.
> Making sure that <cancel.MSGID> really cancels <MSGID> otherwise it is
> not accepted, will solve it permanently.

But that will lock out non-bot cancels.  Self cancels don't obey the
<cancel.MSGID> convention.

Paul Tomblin <ptomblin at>
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