Terry Zink: Security Talk

Discussing Internet security in (mostly) plain English

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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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    More on CAPTCHA's (Google's in particular)

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    Websense is reporting in a blog article that Google's CAPTCHA has been broken with a one in five success rate.  More interestingly, they have a lot of technical details about how the botnet members coordinate with two different computers during the...
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    CAPTCHA's are broken - so now what?

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    A few weeks ago I blogged that it sure looked like spammers had broken the CAPTCHA for Windows Live (Hotmail), Yahoo and Gmail.  The evidence was circumstantial in that I was seeing a lot more spam from these services. Over the past couple of weeks...
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    More on PII and IP addresses

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    In a follow up to the blog post from Google arguing against IP addresses being Personally Identifiable Information, I have a couple of more comments. A couple of months ago we ran into the exact same issue.  While Whitten does make valid points that...
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    IP addresses and PII

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    I don't normally cheer for Google when I don't have shares in the company, but this time I will make an exception. Alma Whitten, Software Engineer at Google, today posted to their Public Policy Blog that IP addresses shouldn't be considered Personally...
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    How to use the Relative Performance Index

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    In my previous post , I described an indicator I just invented called the Relative Performance Index.  In this post, I'd like to describe how to interpret it. The RPI makes it possible to do an apples-to-apples comparison.   Our spam filter...
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    The Relative Performance Index

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    I’m so good sometimes I amaze even myself. I like to play around with metrics and measurements. For the longest time, this was difficult to do because I was unsure of how to determine our non-spam. Well, a couple of months ago I devised a system...
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    Facebook: I need to be more careful

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    The other day on Facebook, I kind of accidentally spammed my friends.  Here's what I mean: I got one of those Quiz invitations from one of my friends asking me to answer one of their questions, how well do I know them?  It may have been "What...
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    Was a CAPTCHA broken?

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    A couple of weeks ago, I blogged that some outfit in Russia claimed to have broken Yahoo's CAPTCHA for creation of new email accounts.  Someone posted a reply in the comments with a link to an article that this was unlikely.  Yet, in the past...
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    The advantages of being part of a large anti-spam company

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    Sometimes I moan about the difficulties of being part of large company in the time it takes to get things done, but it has its advantages. As part of a small company, stuff is often done ad hoc.  People write spam rules, write little scripts to do...
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    Stock spam and bear markets

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    If you're a stock trader at all, it'll come as no surprise to you that over the past three months we've been in a correction.  If the definition of a bear market is a drop of 20%, then from peak to trough we have seen a bear market in the Nasdaq...
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    A couple of more thoughts on the David Ritz case

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    I thought I'd post a couple of more thoughts on the David Ritz case.  There are a couple of points in the judgment that are simply bizarre: Ritz has engaged in a variety of activities without authorization on the Internet. Those activities include...
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    Summary of the David Ritz case

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    As I wrote in an earlier post, a judge in North Dakota recently ruled against David Ritz.  Ritz is an anti-spammer who was sued by Sierra Corporate Design, Inc.  The full judgment is here , I will attempt to summarize it.  The basis of...
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    Piles of stock spam from Gmail last couple of days

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    In the last few days, I have started receiving piles of stock spam from Gmail touting the ticker symbol RQST.PK.  I see these spams in my Gmail account, my Frontbridge account and now my Yahoo account. I still get spam from Hotmail, but it's confined...
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    Maybe the North Dakota judge should watch more South Park...

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    A couple of weeks ago, a judge in North Dakota ruled against anti-spammer David Ritz for conduct against Sierra, Inc, allegedly an enterprise that spams.  In a future post, I'll comment on the case.  But for the time being, the key point to...
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    Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo

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    Last Friday, Microsoft made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo for $31 per share, representing over a 50% premium from Yahoo's then-share price. Leaving aside the question of whether or not this is a good deal, and what Microsoft's true motivations are...
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