Craig Hughes, who originally worked with the Spam Assassin team, and then went on to found GumStix, has discovered something interesting: much more spam is received during the nighttime hours than during the day. It’s a dramatic enough difference that Hughes says that he is convinced that ‘time of day received’ is a useful test to help determine whether something is spam.
Authorities in the U.S. and New Zealand have coordinated to take down big time male enhancement and supplement spammers Lance Atkinson and Jody Smith, and their Target Pharmacy, Canadian Healthcare, Inet Ventures, Tango Pay, Click Fusion, and TwoBucks Trading spam operations. Lance Atkinson and Jody Smith were the muscle behind what Spamhaus has called “the biggest spam gang in the world,” and they recruited countless affiliates to send their spam through a spam affiliate program called Affking.
The next time somebody tells you that they don’t understand what the big deal is about spam, you can tell them this story. Thousands and thousands of Virgin Media customers went without email service for two full days after a spam run took down the email servers of their email service provider, Tucows.
“You have received a postcard from a family member!”, says the subject of one of the latest spam scams.
Whenever somebody starts ranting about “the damn lawyers”, of which I’m one, mind you, I’m fond of saying “you know, 95% of the lawyers out there… make the other 5% of us look really bad.” It’s tongue-in-cheek, of course, because people expect the message following the “…” to be that 95% of the lawyers are good, and it’s the small 5% that are the bad apples. And, of course, in reality usually the numbers do flow in that direction. But unfortunately, sometimes, it’s all to true. But even I, jaded though I am, was stunned when this little gem – this blog comment spam – advertising the firm of Gersowitz, Libo & Korek – landed on the Internet Patrol today.
Wonder why you get so much spam? Wonder how spammers can possibly make money sending spam? Wonder who on earth would ever actually buy stuff from spam? Well, wonder no more. Because here’s the answer.
Prolific spammer Eddie Davidson was arrested last year, and, in April was sentenced to twenty-one months at the Federal prison in Florence, Colorado – about 3 hours north of Denver. This past Sunday, Davidson escaped from Florence Prison, and is at large.
This week the Internet Patrol is helping our friends over at the Institute for Spam and Internet Public Policy with their 2nd annual national “Spam…
Microsoft has taken the fight against spam to the next level, by suing not the spammer, but the web hosting service which provides services to the spammers.
Outlook 2003 actually contains some fairly nifty built-in anti-spam functions, similar to those found in many of today’s end-user email programs.
We received a note from a reader who was trying to unsubscribe from a mailing, but it gave no option to unsubscribe. Here’s what to do when that happens.
The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which is the new Federal anti-spam law, only applies to commercial email. It does not apply to the private, personal email which you send
The State of Virginia (the attorney general, in particular) is on a roll, with the 3rd arrest of members of a spam gang responsible for sending countless pieces of spam … not from..not to…but *through* servers located in Virginia.