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Sunday, March 04, 2007

My experience with knujon

On March 4, 2007 I came across user damaging spammer provider thread on spamcop forums. I decided to give knujon a try after going through their website.

I registered my gmail address at http://www.knujon.com/register.html after reading their FAQ.

After the registration, I was told to send the junk emails to knujon@coldrain.net

Submitting Junk emails to knujon is explained in http://www.knujon.com/howtosend.html and instructions specific to Gmail are at http://www.knujon.com/howtosend.html#Gmail .

Install python and libgmail which are needed to run the gknujon script at http://www.submanifold.be/triade/misc/gknujon/gknujon.html
# aptitude install python python-libgmail
Get the python script
$ mkdir knujon
$ cd knujon/
$ wget http://www.submanifold.be/triade/misc/gknujon/bin/gknujon.zip
$ unzip gknujon.zip
Go through all the files generated.

$ python gknujon.py -h
provides some help.

Sample command that I use looks like
$ python gknujon.py -l username@gmail.com -p password -r knujon@coldrain.net

See gknujon.bat for sample commands and other options.

The script is really easy to use. The interaction looks like

$ python gknujon.py -l username@gmail.com -p password -r knujon@coldrain.net
Login successful
- 89 unread messages found in spam folder
- downloading spam message (89/89)
- Zipping spam message (89/89)
- Sent report (2/2)
- There are 2 spam reports in your sent mail
Trash the spam reports? (y/n)
or Press Enter to quit: n
- There are 0 SEC-delivery notifications in your inbox
- There are 89 messages in your spam folder
Empty spam folder? (y/n)
or Press Enter to quit: y
trashing (89/89) : Get it !...
Press Enter to quit...
On Mar 10, 2007 I received a personal email address from knujon to which I can forward all my spam emails. The python script is still useful and the only change is in the "reporting address" field passed as an argument to -r.

Received my first report from knujon on Mar 15, 2007, second on Mar 21, 2007, third on Mar 30, 2007 etc.,

Currently my reporting results are
Sites reported by you: 110
Pending Suspensions: 46
Completed Suspensions: 6
Report Date: 5/13/2005

So to conclude, Knujon is definitely doing a great job in eliminating the spammy websites. I will be updating the above statistics as and when I get new reports from Knujon.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been using knujon for about 6 months now and I have been truly impressed with their results to date.

I had a lot of trouble with spamcop because they were constantly warning me my account would be suspended because there were certain types of spam I could not report through their system.

What is that? How are they going to tell me what is and isn't spam!

That prompted the switch to knujon.

When I joined up with them they were at 7,590 shutdown. Today they are ready to break the 20,000 mark (in just 6 short months)… that’s an incredible response to the growing spam problem.

In addition to using knujon, the amount of spam I process on a daily basis has started to stabilize on a monthly average. This is a huge deal for me because I never achieved stabilization on spamcop.

Knujon is the place to be if you really want to make a difference!

Sites reported by you: 1516
Pending Suspensions: 260
Completed Suspensions: 126

Kamaraju Kusumanchi said...

Anonymous,

> I had a lot of trouble with spamcop because they were
> constantly warning me my account would be suspended because there
> were certain types of spam I could not report through their
> system.

> What is that? How are they going to tell me what is and isn't spam!

You are right! Spamcop does not wants users to report certain kind of spam. For example, a user cannot report spam sent to a mailing list unless he is the administrator of that mailing list.

> In addition to using knujon, the amount of spam I process on a daily
> basis has started to stabilize on a monthly average. This is a huge
> deal for me because I never achieved stabilization on spamcop.

Considering that the number of spam emails is continuously increasing, achieving stabilization is actually very good.

Anonymous said...

6 months of forwarding spam to Knujon and my spam has dropped 99%. That is quite remarkable and an indication to me that the stupid spammers are getting smacked upside the head and must be feeling the financial problems not to mention the annoyance of constantly having their domains suspended and having to register new domains. Knujon has done a great job in shaking up these losers. It is only a matter of time before the spammers run out of domains. But hey, I hear McDonald's and Wal-Mart are hiring, so don't fret spammers,jobs are plenty if you really need money.

Anonymous said...

LOL... and watch out for a sudden increase in people standing around trying to hand you things while you're walking down the street... the last and final act of desperation for a spammer before going into obilvion!

XLR8TT said...

LOL@

"people standing around trying to hand you things while you're walking down the street."

That explains where the people on the Las Vegas strip handing out the hooker cards come from.

YHornet said...

Could it be that Knujon is another Blue Frog? According to a recent post at Castlecops some rare Blue Security memorabilia has been found:

http://www.castlecops.com/p925661-Working_Very_Hard.html#925661

Kamaraju Kusumanchi said...

> Could it be that Knujon is another Blue Frog?

I was not around when Blue Frog used to kick spammers' a*s. I sure hope knujon wont be shutdown like Blue Frog had been.

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