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A spammer is mailbombed
Alan Ralsky is one of
the most persistent spammers in the
world (and one of the wealthiest thanks
to his 190 mail servers!). Recently,
his activity was described
on SlashDot web site. It resulted
in what is called being slashdotted
(but on grand scale). Actually, this
site is peculiar in that it has a large
reading audience of techno geeks and
the mere mention of an interesting web
site may produce a flash-flood of visits
(often more than the target web site
can actually sustain if it is not prepared
There is went over board
since Alan Ralsky was victim of thousands
of people willing to see him pay for
the zillions SPAMs in their collective
mailboxes. And Ralsky was subscribed
in a matter of hours to strictly all
the mailing lists in the world (both
electronic and snail mail!). Ralsky
decided to go and seek the advice of
I can't tell this is the
right way to handle the SPAM issue,
but I couldn't stop laughing at the
idea. And sharing the news with you.
Source : ArsTechnica
Belgium starts fighting SPAM
Like the French CNIL in
the recent months, the Commission
of privacy of the Belgian government
just opened a mailbox to receive SPAM:
It is an excellent first
step in the right direction (fighting
against SPAM). Kudos!
Microsoft, super Big Brother?
Sometimes, you meet people
with ideas that can be broken in a way that
may impact civil liberties and personal
privacy. But Microsoft BARC just jumped
other that into an astounding idea of collecting
all personal electronic data of somebody
in order to provide a coherent life perspective
(MyLifeBits). It all boils down to
a signle-location mega-storage of all data
she handles in her life (photos, books,
movies, notes, letters, etc.)
At first, it may seem attractive
for some people, but I can't help fearing
the enormous security risks associated with
such an enterprise.
News of this site
A software program able to sort SPAM out of
your mailbox. Seems to be quite efficient and easy to use.
New technique observed
Apparently, there is a new technique used by
spammers. It is becoming a little problem since the simplest
keyword-based filters do not detect these messages as SPAM.
The text is riddled with random HTML comments breaking
all words in smaller parts while leaving the message still
readable by Outlook Express users.
This should lead to a new evolution of counter-measures
and filter programs.
ArtPrice : a spammer of a kind
Amongst the many spammers I meet in my mailbox,
ArtPrice is one interesting fellow: Specialized in art and contemporary
art, they use an address robot collector (highly efficient)
and they bombed the victims at about one SPAM per week and per
address. Tiring and illegal!
ArtPrice domain names:
Hosted by Colt (coltfrance.com fr.colt.net).
10000 SPAM in my archives
I don't know if I should really be proud of this,
but I have now more than 10 000 SPAM samples archived here
(thanks to all of you who send me
their own copies of SPAM in order to confirm the detections
and thanks to the spammers dumb enough to send their own original
there - they should never use this address, but who said
a spammer may be intelligent?).