Just thought I would let you know about a cool blog (if you are a sysadmin or webhead, such as myself) Ann Elisabeth’s blog contains a lot of information about various referrer, trackback and comment spammers. She has gotten really good at digging them out from their hiding places and finding all the sneaky ways they go about their business. If you are a sysadmin you will really love her blog. Go read it now.
If you own a blog, you have probably experienced it: Spammers who fill your comment sections with ads for Viagra, porn and gambling. Its the new nuisance of the web: Link spammers. The Register has gotten a hold of one of them, and bring us this informative interview: Interview with a link spammer So how and why do “link spammers” – as they generically call themselves – do it? Are they the same as the email spammers? What do they think of what they do, ethically? And what can stop
Fighting blog spam, allowing linking to people you don’t like without giving them Googlejuice. The new link attribute has many applications. Most like it, but some think its a bad idea.
Install Spamnix, this anti-spam tool comes as a free trial and doesn’t cost much to buy Make sure that images in spam e-mails are never shown, most of them are linked with information about who you are – if you open them, they will give you away and verify your e-mail address. You can fix this in a couple of ways: Disable preview of e-mails by going to Tools -> Options ->Viewing Mail -> Preview Pane and un checking “Show messages in preview pane” While you are in that window,
Eudora has always been my favorite mail application. It (almost) supports standard mailbox format (one mailbox = one file) so its easy to port mail from one platform to another, if configured right its virtually bulletproof against viruses, and it just works. My one gripe with it is that its only available for Windows and Mac. I have written about how Eudora 6 will make it even easier to battle spam with Eudora, and I have to admit that when I saw in which direction Qualcomm is going with Eudora,
Good to see the spammers are taking time off from making all our lives miserable to actually have a convention. The DM Days New York Conference and Expo was held on the 2nd to the 4th of June, and gathered spammers from all over to discuss ways of reaching people through spam, and words that can no longer be used. (Including: limited-time, free, opportunity and only) I think such events are excelent ideas. Next year I hope to be there to do some LARTing with 2 by 4s. ;-)
I have been following anti-spam tools for a while, and in the latest year there has been a boom of services and programs to fight spam – for reasons obvious to anyone with an e-mail account. But what has become painfully obvious is that the e-mail programs themselves have to change in order for user-friendly solutions to spam fighting to appear. Apple was one of the first to launch such an e-mail program with their OS X mail application, supporting Bayesian filtering. Eudora is about to take it to the
Interesting way of fighting spam, spans real world “Denial-of-postal-Service-attack” (From Crypto-Gram Newsletter) In December 2002, the notorious “spam king” Alan Ralsky gave an interview. Aside from his usual comments that antagonized spam-hating e-mail users, he mentioned his new home in West Bloomfield, Michigan. The interview was posted on Slashdot, and some enterprising reader found his address in some database. Egging each other on, the Slashdot readership subscribed him to thousands of catalogs, mailing lists, information requests, etc. The results were devastating: within weeks he was getting hundreds of pounds of