Terry Zink's Cyber Security Blog

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

March, 2008

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    The origins of hacker attacks

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    Here's an article from the March 31, 2008 issue of Investors Business Daily: About half of all hacker attacks originate from the .edu domain used by colleges, according to data recently compiled by network security experts at Microsoft.  The software...
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    Spoof-and-compromise spam technique

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    An antispam technique that has caused some pain in recent days for some customers is that of compromising a user's email account and then using it to send out spam.  This is an example of what I have earlier referred to as diplomatic immunity - hiding...
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    Spammers have broken my Email form

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    If you want to contact me through this blog, you can click the Email link at the top of the page, fill out a form and send it to me.  This prevents my personal email alias from being exposed and spammers harvesting it.  In theory it should prevent...
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    The concept of Safe Senders

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    Sometimes an end user wants to flag a specific sender as a safe sender, that is, they always want messages from that user to go to their inbox.  You've probably seen this in some newsletters where they say at the top or bottom of the message to please...
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    The dip

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    I finished reading Michael Crichton's book Prey the other day.  I blogged about this a week and a half ago.  Basically, a cloud of molecular particles was learning to interact with its environment. Near the end of the book, the main character...
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    Email storage and legal requirements

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    One of the trends (might I say minimal requirements) in the hosted email filtering space today is that of email storage and archiving.  Exchange Hosted Services does it, and a number of our competitors do as well. Government regulations often spring...
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    Spammer pleads guilty to charges

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    I blogged a couple of weeks ago that accused spammer Robert Soloway's trial was beginning but that I didn't think it was likely that much would come of it.  Well, I think I have been proven wrong.  According to IDG , Soloway plead guilty and...
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    Spammers aren't always creative

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    I first started actively fighting spam in 2004. In the beginning we were dealing exclusively with English language spam but only a couple of months later we expanded our tool set to include support for foreign languages. Foreign language spam differs...
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    Some updates on traffic statistics

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    An interesting pattern has occurred over the year-to-date. We saw an up-tick in spam in the month of December that was outside the rise in the number of customers that we acquired.  However, in January, we saw a week-over-week decline for four consecutive...
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    Consumer vs Enterprise

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    Recently, at a Sharepoint conference in early March, Microsoft co-founder and chairman made the following comments regarding Google: “In terms of Google, not to overstate it, but they really don’t understand the special needs of business....
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    Nanobots and fighting spam

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    One of my favorite fiction writers is Michael Crichton.  His books often center around technology and how when humans try to control or influence the physical environment, things go awry.  In Jurassic Park, humans recreated dinosaurs and attempted...
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    The resurrection of zip attachment spam

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    Beginning March 4, I started seeing a "new" type of spam in my inbox: spam with zip attachment that contain sexually suggestive subject lines.  The body contents of the messages are very short, only a single sentence and without punctuation...
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    Spammers and environmentalists?

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    This is a rather strange story that has come to my attention. I live near Seattle and the other day I was reading a story about a suspected domestic terror organization that set fire to several multimillion dollar homes in Woodinville, a Seattle suburb...
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    To outsource or not to outsource

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    This is a point I have touched on a number of times in the past.  One of the selling points that I point out about outsourcing your spam management to someone else as opposed to doing it in-house is that when it comes to spam, you really do want...
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    There are more types of spam than just email spam

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    Over the past weekend, I got a mysterious phone call left on my work number.  It went like this: "Hi, my name is Guy Incognito with XGG .  When you have time, please give me a call back at 123-456-7890."  I have changed the name...
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    EU fines Microsoft record $1.3 billion

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    Originally from Yahoo Finance : BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information. EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices"...
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    Accused spammer's trial to start next month

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    Alleged spammer Robert Soloway's trial will start next month in Seattle. From Computerworld : Soloway was arrested in May and charged with sending out tens of millions of unsolicited messages; so many, in fact, that investigators called him the "Spam...
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