Microsoft, AOL, Earthlink, and several other industry giants, along with the FBI, the FTC, the U.S. Secret Service, and the USPS announced today the formation of Digital PhishNet, a collaborative initiative designed to take phishers down by arresting and convicting them. “The key to stopping phishers and bringing them to justice is to identify and […]
Three cheers for Microsoft, who just announced that this week they have filed seven more anti-spam lawsuits, this time taking aim specifically at porn spammers. The lawsuits, filed in the Washington State Superior Court in Kings County, were filed against seven “John Does”. A ‘John Doe’ lawsuit happens when the plaintiff doesn’t know the actual […]
As Aunty reported back in October, Microsoft reintroduced its roundly rejected Sender I.D. proposal, after, it says, reworking it a bit to meet some of the objections which did it in the first time. And true, to their credit, they did address at least one of the technical concerns. However the far bigger concern in […]
There is a new chapter in the debacle which started with Microsoft’s extending and embracing of SPF and its advocate, Meng Weng Wong, and which culiminated in the collapse of an empire (well, ok, of the IETF working group tasked with evaluating Sender I.D.) due to concerns about the scopes of both the Sender I.D. […]
Wow, talk about reinventing the square wheel! Startup Affini, Inc., of Saratoga, California, has launched a new email system with an integrated “pay to send to our users” feature.
Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be offering for free its service which allows users to connect to their Hotmail and MSN accounts using Outlook and Outlook Express. Citing exploitation by spammers, Microsoft will begin charging those who want to use the WebDAV technology to connect using Outlook products. New users will find […]
Two-factor security key being offered by AOL is just the thing to help thwart phishers and identity theft.
Gentle Readers, This week a United States Court of Appeals in Massachusetts held that an ISP may read a customer’s email without the customer’s knowledge or permission. Yes, you read that right. It is not illegal for an ISP to read its customer’s email, even if they do not have permission to do so, and […]
AOL employee Jason Smathers has been arrested for stealing an AOL customer list containing 92 million AOL usernames and selling it to Las Vegas spammer Sean Dunaway. Police say that Dunaway, who was arrested as well, used the list to send spam about his online gambling business, and that he also sold the list to […]
The BBC reports today that the California Senate has passed SB 1822, aimed at limiting Google’s ability to scan email coming in to the users of their Gmail system, and also limiting Google’s ability to archive and sell the resulting information. Now, Aunty is old enough to remember some real wholesale intrusions on privacy, and […]