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29 Aug 2010

Truth in spamming Email

Here's the body of a phish purporting to tell me about a $386 refund from the Canada Revenue Agency. Even disregarding the signature that says Internal Revenue Service, check out that alt text and file name for the image.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have
determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $386.00
Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to
process it. <br />
<br />
A refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example
submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
<br />
<img height="340" alt="Fake CRA site"
width="450" /><br /> To access the form for your tax refund, please
href="URL of phish site">click
here</a></U> <br />
<br />
Regards, <br />
Internal Revenue Service

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09 Aug 2010

Google and Verizon offer a gift to spammers Email
Earlier today, Google and Verizon offered a widely publicized "Proposal for an Open Internet." There's been extensive comment with
lots of reasons not to like it, but one I haven't seen is that the proposal would make it much harder to filter so-called "mainsleaze" spam.

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08 Aug 2010

One more round in E360 Insight vs. Spamhaus Email
Back in 2007, the Seventh Circuit
sent the case back to the trial court and it's been moving very, very, very slowly, mostly because E360 repeatedly failed to respond when they were supposed to. On June 11, Judge Korcoras made his decision. He found plaintiff David Linhardt's estimates of his losses rather unpersuasive, and awarded him $1 on claims of tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and $1 for defamation. But he also awarded $27,000 for interference with E360's existing contracts, based on one month's revenue from his three customers Smart Bargains, Vendare, and Optinbig. A few days ago, Spamhaus' lawyers filed a very clever motion to reconsider.

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01 Aug 2010

Even if Do-not-track were a good idea, could it ever work?

In a recent article, I read about increasingly intrusive tracking of online users, which has lead to a proposal at the FTC

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the system would be similar to the Do-Not-Call registry that enables consumers to shield their phone numbers from telemarketers.
Maybe I'm dense, but even if this weren't a fundamentally bad idea for policy reasons, I don't see how it could work.

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