[ntp:questions] Questions from people whose return address is gmail, googlemail, Yahoo, etc.

Mike Edwards mcedwar at gmail.com
Sat Sep 6 16:56:21 UTC 2014


That would be ok, except people that want to keep the information they reveal about their problems by asking a question, separate from the organizations that have the problem, will stop asking questions. 

Mike Edwards

> On Sep 6, 2014, at 6:21, "Charles Elliott" <charles.elliott316 at comcast.net> wrote:
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> Hello:
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> 
> 
>      The questions at lists.ntp.org mail list server receives some of
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> the most detailed, highly technical, arcane, time-consuming-to-answer, 
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> and security-related questions from people whose return address is gmail.com
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> and other, essentially anonymizing, email addresses.  For example, early
> 
> this past summer, the list received mail from a young man who claimed to 
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> be in London and working on a project somehow associated with Princeton 
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> University, which is located in the State of New Jersey in the United 
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> States, and needing incredibly accurate time for some reason.  The 
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> domain name of his return address was gamil.com.  Doesn't that 
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> strike you as being somewhat improbable?  Is this the 
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> same man who recently narrated the beheading of two American 
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> Journalists in the Middle East?  How do you know it is not?
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> ISIS members have become incredibly adroit in using social 
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> Media Websites for their purposes, even thoughtfully giving the
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> parents of their beheading victims several days advance notice
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> of their son's demise.  Some day, is it going to be important to
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> ISIS to have accurate time to coordinate a massive strike on
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> the electric, railroad, or bridge infrastructure in some
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> Western country?  Are list members going to facilitate that?
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> 
> 
> Another example was the person, allegedly from South Africa, who was asking
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> detailed, technical, and arcane questions about NTP whose return email
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> address was neither in the whois database nor pingable.
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> 
> 
>      I propose that in the short term NTP questions list members not
> respond to
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> inquires from people whose return address is a bulk email provider, and in
> the long
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> run the NTP list server be made to reject email from bulk providers, such as
> Google,
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> Yahoo, and Microsoft, and from domains that are not in the whois database or
> that
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> do not respond to pings.
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> 
> 
> Charles Elliott
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