SpamBully Grows Up

A second version SpamBully, a Bayesian filter based spam fighter, has been released. SpamBully 2.0 integrates into Outlook and Outlook Express and introduces some new features: Email blocked based on the language of the email or the country of origin; A link analyzer looks for spam by following links in an email and analyzing the […]

The Perils Of AutoResponse

Be careful what you put in your email auto response when you head off on holiday/maternity leave/business trip. Anyone can read it. One of the the things that came out of Daniel McNamara’s travails at Code Fish was that, by having phishers put his name in the from field of one of their attacks he […]

Is SPIM Another Non-Problem?

No. It is a real problem, if only because there’s still plenty of sleazy people figuring out new ways to ruin your day. There’s some skepticism out there about this new spam threat: SPIM, in case you didn’t know, is spam that’s delivered, not to your inbox, but to your instant messaging chat program, like […]

Beware the phisher’s revenge

Australian Daniel McNamara, who runs the hugely informative anti-phishing website Code Fish Spam Watch says he was today the victim of an attack on his website and his character, by a phishing email. The email, spammed all around, pretends to be from him and says,  Dear Online Banking User, You should be heard about such called […]

The Maibach Mystery

Spam, scam, smear or did someone really buy earthenware and a bomb? You may have recently received a copy of what looks to be weird spam: You’ve just purchased set of Maibach brand earthenware on web site Easy to use, Maibach kitchenware is also famous for its modern look. Our utensils, designed for easy […]

Are Spam Lawsuits A Waste Of Time?

Not everyone thinks the big boys are on the right track by pursuing spammers in the courts. Postini, ‘the industry’s leading provider of email security and management for the enterprise’, says spam “cannot be solved by lawsuits and legislation alone”. America Online, Microsoft, Earthlink and Yahoo announced on Wednesday that they had filed numerous civil […]

To Russia With Love, So Long As It’s Not Email

Russia’s image as Spam (And Other Bad Stuff) Central is beginning to hurt. CNET reports thats customers of high-speed Internet service provider Comcast were unable to email anyone in Russia for four days last week after the company’s spam filter blocked any emails to an address with the Russian suffix ‘ru’. Although CNET called the block […]

Two Ways To Fight Fraud

Here are some tools to help folk worried by all this identity theft/fraud/phishing thang. Protecteer LLC has today released SignupShield 2.0, an add-on for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that, among other things “automatically creates a hard to guess password and a disposable email address, each time a user signs-up with a new Web site”. It then […]