The Democratic Governors Assocation: Spamming

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA), an arm of the U.S. Democratic political party whose goal is to elect Democrats as governors of U.S. States, is spamming heavily on behalf of political campaigns across the country. Their ESP is Silverpop, currently owned by IBM.

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Paragon Software: Suddenly Emailing Spamtraps

Paragon Software Group, which sells a superb set of hard disk management utilities that I have used for many years, has unfortunately hired an email marketer, presumably in hopes of improving sales. The email marketer is currently emailing email addresses that have not been live in more than ten years. There is no ESP involved; Paragon is sending this email from their own IPs at Demos Internet in the Russian Federation.

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Shellshock Restrictions Lifted: Comments Allowed

It looks like WordPress and our security software have done whatever testing and updates are necessary to prevent shellshock compromises to WordPress, so comments are again enabled on this site.

Temporary Shellshock Restrictions

I have turned off comments on this blog for the present till the new Shellshock vulnerability is completely assessed and thoroughly patched. WordPress is based on PHP, and uses shell calls. I don’t know that WordPress comments are vulnerable to exploitation of this bug, but until I’m sure we won’t take that chance. Thank you for your patience!

Regus Finland still spamming

Regus still spamming, still through Edatis, still using purchased lists.

Spamming IP: 83.136.212.5
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How to hijack social media accounts without any hacking required

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any number of smaller social networks we don’t even know all seem to suffer from the same problem: ignoring the fact that domains cease to exist.

Only just today, I’ve spotted mail from LinkedIn to many accounts in over a dozen spamtrap domains. Twitter likewise, and Facebook, even more. I imagine that having control of these email addresses, I could “reset password” in all of those accounts if I wanted to, and therefore gain control over most of them (if they aren’t using two-factor authentication, such as that LinkedIn offers). How is this in the interest of the social networks or the account owners?

EmailVision: Continuing the Payday Loan Spam Tirade

As mentioned on this site earlier, EmailVision now seems to be one of the ESPs of choice for the payday loan spam industry.

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Easy Glove: Emailing a Purchased List

Golfing accessories maker Easy Glove emailed a long-closed personal email address of mine today with an advertisement for custom golfing gloves. An advertisement in French. I don’t speak French. And I don’t play golf and never have. The ESP was Emailvision, a reasonably responsible French ESP that was bought out by cloud marketing company SmartFocus a couple of years ago.

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Does CAN-SPAM Have Teeth?

“It does have teeth; it keeps them in a glass by the bed.”
                                                                           — Mickey Chandler, Spamtacular

‘Nuff said. ;)

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