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Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

Man quits job, makes living suing e-mail spammers

I love how every statement the spam people are quoted as saying in this article could be very easily applied to the spammers' practices themselves. "Unfairly exploiting" the law to make a buck, etc. I mean come on, you make a living scamming people, and you complain when you get scammed back? Daniel Balsam hates spam. Most everybody does, of [...]

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives

Microsoft gutted a new privacy control system from Internet Explorer 8 at the behest of the advertising industry and its own marketing executives. When he heard of the ideas, Mr. Brian McAndrews, the executive involved with Microsoft's Internet advertising business, was angry, according to several people familiar with the matter. Mr. [...]

Fighting spam with captured botnet hosts

Fighting spam with captured botnet hosts

Clever spamfighters are allowing botnets to infect one isolated computer, then analyzing the spams it sends to figure out the template used to generate its messages. This template is then propagated to spam-filters... "This is an interesting approach which really differs by using the bots themselves as the oracles for producing the filters," says [...]

Botnet runners start their own ISPs

Botnet runners start their own ISPs

Botnet and malware creeps are setting up their own ISPs, with their own IP blocks, so that spamfighters don't have anyone to complain to when they run them to ground... "It's gotten completely out of hand. The bad guys are going to some local registries in Europe and getting massive amounts of IP space and then they just go to a hosting provider [...]

Hardline Nigerian official pledges to arrest the 419 scammers… if you send him $10,000 for “processing fees”

Hardline Nigerian official pledges to arrest the 419 scammers… if you send him $10,000 for “processing fees”

I find this situation quite funny. An "uncivilized nation" uses current technology to scam the citizens of the great western world. Just too funny. In a world-first move, a top Nigerian official has pledged to do more to jail the perpetrators of Nigerian internet scams that police say are costing Australians at least $40 million a year. But [...]

Domain tasting scam ended by ICANN

Domain tasting scam ended by ICANN

"Domain Tasters" who grab a domain name for a few days and then return it before having to pay have been thwarted by a new ICANN policy that charges for excessive returns. Monthly returned domains have dropped 99.7% from a year ago. Domain tasters managed to make money with the practice, which essentially cost them nothing, in several ways. By [...]

Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists

Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists

Ever get an email from a legit mailing list but went ahead and marked it as spam anyway because you just don't want it? Gmail has smartened up to this common behavior, offering to automatically unsubscribe you from certain messages. From Gmail's help pages: We don't think you should be burdened with managing messages you don't want to receive. [...]

HideText Buries Your Text in Images

HideText Buries Your Text in Images

Eventually we'll all be at the mercy of robotic overlords. For now, though, the kind that steal your email address and personal info aren't great readers. HideText.com throws them off by turning words into images. Why go to such effort to make your text suitable for human eyes only? The principle reason is to keep information away from [...]

NoScript: Security or Malware?

NoScript: Security or Malware?

Attention NoScript users · by Wladimir Palant Recently I wrote about how not giving extension developers a good way to earn money might lead to very undesirable effects. The recent events give an impression of the kind of effects we should expect here. This is going to be about the popular NoScript extension which happens to make its money from [...]

Multi-level marketing spam for child fingerprinting operation

Multi-level marketing spam for child fingerprinting operation

This may be the creepiest spam I've ever received. In this multi-level marketing scam, you terrorize local parents into coming to your business to have their children fingerprinted (Why fingerprinted? Presumably to ease identification of their mutilated remains -- don't you feel safer already?) by the local cops. This, in turn, gets you a bunch of [...]

A word on url shorteners

A word on url shorteners

Delicious founder Joshua Schachter says that URL shorteners like TinyURL are a bad idea, because they make the web more fragile, dependent on the shortener services as central points of failure. They also assist spammers, undermine googlejuice, and expose users to security vulnerabilities. I agree... and I like Kottke's suggestion: "With respect [...]

USocial CEO: “We’re gaming Digg”

USocial CEO: “We’re gaming Digg”

Among Digg's and StumbleUpon's tens of millions of users, the social bookmarking sites have successfully dealt with numerous troublemakers who try to "game" the voting systems. But one company may be putting the entire organic voting approach in jeopardy. USocial lets advertisers buy votes on popular social bookmarking sites to catapult their [...]

How Viagra spam works

How Viagra spam works

Speaking of \/1@grA, there's no escaping spam these days. Even with the best Bayesian filters, blacklists and other filtering techniques, most of us are still plagued with an endless stream of invitations for all sorts of weird and wonderful products and services. One of the most common forms is advertising for pharmacological products - and [...]

Four Threats For 2009 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Or Even Thought About)

Four Threats For 2009 That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Or Even Thought About)

You're probably gearing up for the well-known security risks you've watched emerge over the past year to go front burner in the new year -- the insider threat, Web 2.0, and targeted attacks. But don't pop that champagne cork just yet: Some obscure potential threats that could be more difficult to prepare for and defend against also are looming for [...]

Unblocking Adblock

Unblocking Adblock

If you’re using Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension installed what would you think of a site that implemented a site-wide script that unblocks ads which were blocked by Adblock Plus? See, a while ago, when the whole Firefox is blocked debacle was raging, I made some hand-waving statement about how easy it would be to circumvent [...]

A Month of Spam

A Month of Spam

Microsoft cleans fake antivirus tool from 994,061 PCs

Microsoft cleans fake antivirus tool from 994,061 PCs

The Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) is a small program Microsoft pushes out to computers on Patch Tuesday to clean out a list of malware. On this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft added scans for a malware file that masks itself as security software, and it found plenty of copies. Win32/FakeSecSen has gone by various names, including [...]

Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline

Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline

The volume of junk e-mail sent worldwide plummeted on Tuesday after a Web hosting firm identified by the computer security community as a major host of organizations engaged in spam activity was taken offline. (Note: A link to the full story on McColo's demise is available here.) Experts say the precipitous drop-off in spam comes from Internet [...]

Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails

Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails

A new study details how spammers – the bane of our email inboxes – still make pots of money, despite only receiving a response to one in every 12,500,000 emails they spam out. The study, by a team of seven computer scientists from University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) infiltrated the Storm network, which uses hijacked [...]

Here’s my password Gmail Team

Here’s my password Gmail Team

Sad thing is, so many people fall for this crap... You better include your Social Security Number too, just to be safe.

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