John Levine, founder of Taughannock Networks, writes, speaks, and consults on e-mail, the Internet, and other computer topics. He has written over 20 technical books, and is the co-author of O'Reilly's lex & yacc, 2nd Edition and qmail. He's also deeply involved in Internet e-mail in general and spam issues in particular as co-chair of the Internet Research Task Force's Anti-Spam Research Group (http://asrg.sp.am ) and a board member of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (http://www.cauce.org.)
He lives and works in the tiny village of Trumansburg NY (http://www.trumansburg.ny.us) where he reports that being the municipal sewer commissioner was a much cleaner job than dealing with spammers.
Scientific American is a well known respectable magazine that's been around forever.
So this is a normal renewal notice, right? Wrong. It's spam from a crooked subscription agent. To: "JOHN LEVINE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN" <my e-mail address>
Subject: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:43:01 +0000
From: "CUSTOMER SERVICE" <firstname.lastname@example.org> JOHN LEVINE,
Please renew/order your… read more
When I was a small boy and needed clothes, my mother would take me
to the Best's department store, where we'd pick something out, and then
go to pay for it.
The clerk would take the money and the slips, put them in a cylindrical
container, and send them off with a whoosh through… read more
Bill Cole had some interesting comments on
my Liberty Reserve post which are worth
following up. He noted that although all of the bitcoin transactions are in the public log,
the wallets aren't, so if you sell someone your wallet, that's an anonymous
While that's quite true, it also breaks one of the fundamental… read more
Last week a Utah court issued a default judgement under CAN SPAM
in Zoobuh vs. Better Broadcasting et al.
I think the court's opinion is pretty good, even though some observers
such as very perceptive
Goldman have reservations. The main issues were whether Zoobuh had standing to sue, whether
the defendants domain names were obtained… read more
One of the managers at .PW sent me a note saying that (paraphrased)
now that the world knows their customers are gushing spam, they're
finally starting to set up some of the anti-abuse measures that they
should have done in the first place. But then I got my first response to an abuse… read more
The papers have been abuzz with the
shutdown of Liberty Reserve, an online payments system, due to
accusations of large scale money laundering via anonymous transactions.
Many people have noted similarities between LR and Bitcoin and wonder whether Bitcoin is next.
I doubt it, because with Bitcoin, nothing is anonymous. Liberty Reserve was designed… read more
LinkedIn is probably the most successful social network other than Facebook.
They've carefully positioned themselves as the network for professionals.
I've been a LinkedIn member for a long time, and have 735 connections (all
people I actually know at least a little.) Nonetheless, I am ever closer to closing my account and dumping… read more
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