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Spam is back | The Outline
it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating sites as bots hoping to lure you into downloading malware or clicking an affiliate link. It creeps onto your phone as text messages and robocalls that ring you five times a day about luxury cruises and fictitious tax bills. Networks associated with the buzzy new cryptocurrency system Ethereum have been plagued with spam. Facebook recently fought a six-month battle against a spam operation that was administering fake accounts in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Last year, a Chicago resident sued the Trump campaign for allegedly sending unsolicited text message spam; this past November, ZDNet reported that voters were being inundated with political text messages they never signed up for. Apps can be horrid spam vectors, too — TechCrunch writer Jordan Crook wrote in April about how she idly downloaded an app called Gather that promptly spammed everyone in her contact list. Repeated mass data breaches that include contact information, such as the Yahoo breach in which 3 billion user accounts were exposed, surely haven’t helped. Meanwhile, you, me, and everyone we know is being plagued by robocalls. “There is no recourse for me,” lamented Troy Doliner, a student in Boston who gets robocalls every day. “I am harassed by a faceless entity that I cannot track down.”
“I think we had a really unique set of circumstances that created this temporary window where spam was in remission,” said Finn Brunton, an assistant professor at NYU who wrote Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet, “and now we’re on the other side of that, with no end in sight.”


(via Boing Boing)
spam  privacy  email  social-media  web  robocalls  phone  ethereum  texts  abuse 
18 days ago by jm
"HTML email, was that your fault?"
jwz may indeed have invented this feature way back in Netscape Mail. FWIW I think he's right -- Netscape Mail was the first usage of HTML email I recall
netscape  history  html  email  smtp  mime  mozilla  jwz 
11 weeks ago by jm
How to Easily Unsubscribe from Bulk Emails in Gmail - Unroll.me Alternative
nice Google Script which runs in the background and scrapes out unsubscribe links. I'm drowning in single-opt-in mainsleaze newsletters at this stage so this is very welcome
mainsleaze  unsubscribe  spam  gmail  google  email  one-bite-of-the-apple 
august 2017 by jm
After Seven Years, Microsoft Is Finally Fixing the "J" Email Bug
True story: when I started at Amazon, I thought people were using "J" instead of smileys as shorthand for "joking". Great job Microsoft!

(via Tony Finch)
microsoft  fail  operating-systems  monoculture  character-sets  j  wingdings  exchange  email 
may 2017 by jm
My wife found my email in the Ashley Madison database
On misdirected emails and the potential side-effects:
The reasons why these people give out my email instead of one that they can access have always been a bit mysterious to me. It’s one thing to save yourself some spam by using a throwaway address. But why use someone else’s for correspondence you actually want to receive? The closest I’ve come to a working theory is that a lot of them, having been slow off the mark to obtain their own gmail, have addresses like eratliff75@gmail.com. Either they believe they can leave off the numbers and receive the messages anyway, or they often simply forget. That or the E. Ratliffs of the world just view eratliff@gmail.com as some kind of shared resource.
email  mail  ashley-madison  gmail  mistakes  misdirected-email 
august 2015 by jm
Groups.io Update
Some neat new features for Mark Fletcher's mailing-lists-as-a-service site: Markdown support, manageable archives (GREAT feature!), subgroups, calendars, files and wiki.
wiki  email  mailman  mailing-lists  mlm  markdown  mark-fletcher  groups.io  collaboration 
march 2015 by jm
Epsilon Interactive breach the Fukushima of the Email Industry (CAUCE)
Upon gaining access to an ESP, the criminals then steal subscriber data (PII such as names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, and in one case, Vehicle Identification Numbers). They then use ESPs’ mailing facility to send spam; to monetize their illicit acquisition, the criminals have spammed ads for fake Adobe Acrobat and Skype software.

On March 30, the Epsilon Interactive division of Alliance Data Marketing (ADS on NASDAQ) suffered a massive breach that upped the ante, substantially.  Email lists of at least eight financial institutions were stolen. 

Thus far, puzzlingly, Epsilon has refused to release the names  of compromised clients. [...] The obvious issue at hand is the ability of the thieves to now undertake targeted spear-phishing problem as critically serious as it could possibly be.
cauce  epsilon-interactive  esp  email  pii  data-protection  spear-phishing  phishing  identity-theft  security  ads 
march 2015 by jm
The VATMOSS debacle: does the "manual email" loophole work?
As the 1 January deadline gallops towards the EU, microbusinesses desperate to stay open without breaking the law try to find out, "Can I email stuff out instead?" Well... Yes. - No - It depends - and simultaneously yes AND no, according to Schrödinger’s VAT. So that's clear, then.
vat  vatmoss  eu  tax  fiasco  email  microbusiness  sme 
december 2014 by jm
Scaling email transparency
This is quite interesting/weird -- Stripe's protocol for mass-CCing email as they scale up the company, based around http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_inattention
communication  culture  email  management  stripe  cc  transparency  civil-inattention 
december 2014 by jm
Introducing Groups.io
Mark "ONEList" Fletcher's back, and he's reinventing the email group! awesome.
email groups (the modern version of mailing lists) have stagnated over the past decade. Yahoo Groups and Google Groups both exude the dank air of benign neglect. Google Groups hasn’t been updated in years, and some of Yahoo’s recent changes have actually made Yahoo Groups worse! And yet, millions of people put up with this uncertainty and neglect, because email groups are still one of the best ways to communicate with groups of people. And I have a plan to make them even better.
So today I’m launching Groups.io in beta, to bring email groups into the 21st Century. At launch, we have many features that those other services don’t have, including:

Integration with other services, including: Github, Google Hangouts, Dropbox, Instagram, Facebook Pages, and the ability to import Feeds into your groups.
Businesses and organizations can have their own private groups on their own subdomain.
Better archive organization, using hashtags.
Many more email delivery options.
The ability to mute threads or hashtags.
Fully searchable archives, including searching within attachments.

One other feature that Groups.io has that Yahoo and Google don’t, is a business model that’s not based on showing ads to you. Public groups are completely free on Groups.io. Private groups and organizations are very reasonably priced.
email  groups  communication  discussion  mailing-lists  groups.io  yahoo  google  google-groups  yahoo-groups 
september 2014 by jm
DIRECT MARKETING - A GENERAL GUIDE FOR DATA CONTROLLERS
In particular:
Where you have obtained contact details in the context of the sale of a product or service, you may only use these details for direct marketing by electronic mail if the following conditions are met:

the product or service you are marketing is of a kind similar to that which you sold to the customer at the time you obtained their contact details
At the time you collected the details, you gave the customer the opportunity to object, in an easy manner and without charge, to their use for marketing purposes
Each time you send a marketing message, you give the customer the right to object to receipt of further messages
The sale of the product or service occurred not more than twelve months prior to the sending of the electronic marketing communication or, where applicable, the contact details were used for the sending of an electronic marketing communication in that twelve month period.
email  spam  regulations  ireland  law  dpc  marketing  direct-marketing 
september 2014 by jm
SI336 - current Irish anti-spam law
"European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011". Spam is covered under 13.1, "Unsolicited communications", on page 16 of this PDF
spam  anti-spam  law  ireland  eu  ec  sms  email  si336  privacy  regulation 
september 2014 by jm
Irish Water Data Protection Notice: A review…
Tried and came up wanting. Particularly notable for its illegal "Marketing" section, which attempts to evade opt-in-required anti-spam law with a "consent landgrab" on SMS and email
irish-water  law  dpc  data-protection  privacy  spam  opt-in  si336  sms  email  ireland 
september 2014 by jm
Google's new end-to-end key distribution proposal
'For End-To-End, our current approach to key distribution, is to use a model similar to Certificate Transparency, and use the email messages themselves as a gossip protocol, which allow the users themselves to keep the centralized authorities honest. This approach allows users to not have to know about keys, but at the same time, be able to make sure that the servers involved aren't doing anything malicious behind the users' back.'
end-to-end  encryption  google  security  email  crypto  key-distribution 
august 2014 by jm
Delivery Notifications for Simple Email Service
Today we are enhancing SES with the addition of delivery notifications. You can now elect to receive an Amazon SNS notification each time SES successfully delivers a message to a recipient's email server. These notifications give you increased visibility into the mail delivery process. With today's release, you can now track deliveries, bounces, and complaints, all via notification to the SNS topic or topics of your choice.
delivery  email  smtp  ses  aws  sns  notifications  ops 
june 2014 by jm
How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today
the inside story of the great work done by Paul Buchheit, Kevin Fox, and Sanjeev Singh to reinvent email in 2004
history  gmail  email  smtp  mua  paul-buchheit  kevin-fox  launches  google  web 
april 2014 by jm
RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain stalked for six months - Independent.ie
as @Fergal says: '[this] case shows (a) the internet isn't anonymous, (b) we [ie. Ireland -jm] have laws to deal with threats and harassment'
law  ireland  harassment  internet  twitter  email  abuse  cyberstalking 
february 2014 by jm
"Hackers" unsubscribed a former Mayor from concerned citizen's emails
"The dog ate my homework, er, I mean, hackers hacked my account."
Former Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Michael Nolan, has denied a claim he asked a local campaigner to stop e-mailing him. Cllr. Michael Nolan from Newbridge said his site was hacked and wrong e-mails were sent out to a number of people, including Leixlip based campaigner, John Weigel.

Mr. Weigel has been campaigning, along with others, about the danger of electromagnetic radiation to humans and the proximity of communications masts to homes and, in particular schools. He regularly updates local politicians on news items relating to the issue.

Recently, he said that he had received an e-mail from Cllr. Nolan asking to be removed from Mr. Weigel’s e-mail list.

The Leader asked Cllr. Nolan why he had done this. But the Fine Gael councillors said that “his e-mail account was hacked and on one particular day a number of mails a were sent from my account pertaining to be from me.”
dog-ate-my-homework  hackers  funny  kildare  newbridge  fine-gael  michael-nolan  email  politics  ireland  excuses 
february 2014 by jm
Dark Mail Alliance
Founded by Silent Circle and Lavabit. this is promising....
To bring the world our unique end-to-end encrypted protocol and architecture that is the 'next-generation' of private and secure email. As founding partners of The Dark Mail Alliance, both Silent Circle and Lavabit will work to bring other members into the alliance, assist them in implementing the new protocol and jointly work to proliferate the worlds first end-to-end encrypted 'Email 3.0' throughout the world's email providers. Our goal is to open source the protocol and architecture and help others implement this new technology to address privacy concerns against surveillance and back door threats of any kind.
privacy  surveillance  email  smtp  silent-circle  lavabit  dark-mail  open-source  standards  crypto 
october 2013 by jm
Spamalot reigns: the spoils of Ireland’s EU kingship | The Irish Times - Thu, Jun 13, 2013
The spam presidency. As European citizens are made the miserable targets of unimpeded “direct marketing”, that may be how Ireland’s stint in the EU presidency seat is recalled for years to come.
Under the guiding hand of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, the Council of the European Union has submitted proposals for amendments to a proposed new data protection regulation, all of which overwhelmingly favour business and big organisations, not citizens.
The most obviously repugnant and surprising element in the amendments is a watering down of existing protections for EU citizens against the willy-nilly marketing Americans are forced to endure. In the US there are few meaningful restrictions on what businesses can do with people’s personal information when pitching products and services at them.
In the EU, this has always been strictly controlled; information gathered for one purpose cannot be used by a business to sell whatever it wants – unless you have opted in to receive such solicitations. This means you are not constantly bombarded by emails and junk mail, nor do you get non-stop phone calls from telemarketers.
Under the proposed amendments to the draft data protection regulation, direct marketing would become a legal form of data processing. In effect, this would legitimise spam email, junk print mail and marketing calls. This unexpected provision signals just how successful powerful corporate lobbyists have been in convincing ministers that business matters more than privacy or giving citizens reasonable control over their personal information.
Far worse is contained in other amendments, which in effect turn the original draft of the regulation upside down.


Fantastic article from Karlin Lillington in today's Times on the terrible amendments proposed for the EU's data protection law.
eu  law  prism  data-protection  privacy  ireland  ec  marketing  spam  anti-spam  email 
june 2013 by jm
A Closer Look: Email-Based Malware Attacks
'The average detection rate for these samples was 24.47 percent, while the median detection rate was just 19 percent.' That is *atrocious*. (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  fail  malware  filtering  av  smtp  email  viruses 
june 2012 by jm
Jamming Tripoli: Inside Moammar Gadhafi's Secret Surveillance Network
The very scary future of state control, censorship, and totalitarianism in the age of the internet. A presentation from Amesys, a subsidiary of Bull S.A. "explained the significance of Eagle to a government seeking to control activities inside its borders. Warning of an “increasing need of high-level intelligence in the constant struggle against criminals and terrorism,” the document touted Eagle’s ability to capture bulk Internet traffic passing through conventional, satellite, and mobile phone networks, and then to store that data in a filterable and searchable database. This database, in turn, could be integrated with other sources of intelligence, such as phone recordings, allowing security personnel to pick through audio and data from a given person all at once, in real time or by historical time stamp. In other words, instead of choosing targets and monitoring them, officials could simply sweep up everything, sort it by time and target, and then browse through it later at their leisure. The title of the presentation -- ”From Lawful to Massive Interception” -- gestured at the vast difference between so-called lawful intercept (traditional law enforcement surveillance based on warrants for specific phone numbers or IP addresses) and what Amesys was offering."
massive-interception  future  state-control  censorship  privacy  internet  email  totalitarianism  libya  amesys  bull-sa  gadhafi  surveillance 
may 2012 by jm
Near Neighbor Search in High Dimensional Data [PDF]
Detect near-duplicates; would be good for future Razor-like efficient near-duplicate detection. (slides)
slides  algorithms  email  performance  programming  near-neighbour-search  search 
february 2012 by jm
EMAIL AND BACON
This car has everything (via Box Of Meat)
via:boxofmeat  email  bacon  car  funny  lol  demotivational  posters  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
More Best of the Email - The Daily WTF
the "45-hour workweek vs 80-hour vacation" one is a bureaucratic classic
email  via:eoin  funny  daily-wtf  bureaucracy  hr  health-and-safety  omgwtfbbq  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
DNS Pre-fetch Exposure on Thunderbird and Webmail
Ugh, very bad idea indeed. A backchannel for spammers/phishers/attackers from the mail reader is something we definitely do not want to provide. This is why we chose to cut URLs at the registrar boundary for URIBL lookups in SpamAssassin
privacy  email  dns  mozilla  thunderbird  prefetching  urls  abuse  security  spam  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
Sup, OfflineIMAP and MSMTP
A good guide to installation on Jaunty. I'm trying out sup. It does a really good job of bringing the GMail experience to the commandline, so far so good; now to see if I can switch my work email over!
sup  email  linux  command-line  howto  jaunty  ubuntu  from delicious
november 2009 by jm

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