Tag: spamming

Reverse joe-jobbbing – sample to come

Spammers are thwarting filters by putting their target email addresses in the sender line, and pushing the emails to invalid addresses, according to The Register.

I’ve received about a half dozen bounced messages that may be related, and recollect they were coming from Postfix servers. If you see one, you will notice all the generic “this is a message from the Postfix server” bit, and the “returned” spam message will be at the very bottom.

I’ll post a sample here next time one comes my way.

PS: Yes, that title needs work.

How should idiocy be punished?

Techdirt poses the question as to how spammers should be punished, and notes the lack of decent sentencing guidelines and the like.

Maybe the courts should just wait until the spammer (or phisher) does something really, really idiotic, like try to recruit “processors” for their ill-gotten gains on Monster.com, and then sentence them for money laundering. I think there are some pretty decent guidelines on that end.

NZ to crack down hard on their own

New Zealand has a bill on the platter that would hit local spammers with extremely stiff fines. If busted while sending spam from the homeland, spamming companies would face fines up to $500,000, and individuals could get hit for up to $200,000.

Unfortunately, New Zealand can’t do much to stop spam emanating from other countries. But if Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties in Florida could band together for similar action, maybe we might see some spam relief.

Danger Danger – Wireless SPAM hackers ARE on the loose

Norm Morin of NKC Systems put together a simple little piece on computer security for the Lowell Sun that I think is worth a read.

I’ll ignore the obvious issues of viruses and spyware – Norm gets down to business talking about wireless security, and how it effects spam. What is described is a pretty easy-to-do, and likely much more widespread than you might think, process of “wardriving and spamming.” Wardrivers, folks that cruise around neighborhoods looking for unsecure wireless connections, are using those open connections to send out spam. This is bad news, boys and girls, and here’s why….