Here’s what Rick Brown said of his Inspector Brown anti-phishing toolbar in response to my questions about its failure to catch the cross scripting phish mentioned here: Our software works to protect our community of users and allow each user the ability to fight back against spam, phishers and online fraud. Yes, its true, not all smart people will care to report bad links or websites, but a percentage of users will gladly do so. The idea is simple, when a member of our community gets an email from a known spammer or phisher, they report it, either by sending an email to email@example.com or
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 a malfunction, I can’t quite believe that. Russia is one of the main conduits for email spam, since most of its ISPs either turn a blind eye to spammers, or else collect fees for allowing the huge volume of spam to pass through their servers. Could a spam filter automatically
Further to my posting about SpamCop, it seems that a new virus, actually a worm, is aiming at bringing down SpamCop and some other anti-spam sites. Is it more evidence of collusion between sleazy spammers and spotty virus writers? Sophos reports that W32/Mimail-E is a worm which spreads via email using addresses harvested from the hard drive of the infected computer. It arrives with the subject line : don’t be late!, and the message Will meet tonight as we agreed, because on Wednesday I don’t think I’ll make it, so don’t be late. And yes, by the way here is the file you asked
It’s not clear whether this is another salvo in the Spam War, but if it is, it’s a novel one. A major anti-spam website, SpamCop, was taken off air — by the registrar, SlashDot reports. Could it be a move by a spammer frustrated by the efforts of SpamCop to eat into their little game?