VirtualNet has never been involved in any fashion in the "spamming" of Usenet, or the sending of Unsolicited Commercial Email. All of our advertising for our consulting services has been via our web site. Over the last several years, referrals and repeat customers have been more than sufficient to keep us busy.
Unfortunately, the name "virtual.net" is inherently attractive to spammers, and we have been informed of several incidents where persons have received UCE or Usenet postings with virtual.net in the headers or message-id. Please be aware that such messages can be completely forged using today's spamming technology, and that our domain name can be entered into such a program without our knowledge or consent.
We appreciate hearing about any UCE or Usenet spam you have received that implicates virtual.net in any fashion. We make a point of pursuing the matter via InterNIC lookups and direct contact with any listed parties in the NIC records. If the posting is email, please include all the headers-- if you are reading email with Eudora or similar program, look for a button/option that allows a full dump of all the headers, especially the Received and Received-by headers. In Eudora the button is labelled "blah blah".
Forward the UCE or Usenet spam to me, Strata Rose, President and founder of VirtualNet Consulting. I will deal with it personally!
If you are having difficulty with spammers using your site as a relay to dump spam onto the Internet, please check out Robert Harker's Sendmail Pages for rulesets preventing relaying. If you are not comfortable with sendmail rulsets, we would be happy to bid on relay-proofing your site, a process that will probably involve upgrading your sendmail version.
Thanks for taking the time to look for VirtualNet on the web rather than blasting out a flame to us. We never flame back, since we hate spam too, but it can be discouraging getting it with both barrels from folks who don't even know us.Cheers,