Took me almost a year to notice
Quite some time back, the Data Protection Ombudsman in Finland has issued a position paper on affiliate marketing and the division of responsibilities therein. The document is naturally in Finnish only. The core message is following the money; holding the owners of the advertised products and services responsible for the processing of personal data in such situations. This is nice when (as so often happens) the affiliate marketers violate all laws on the books, remaining anonymous, not including anything on the file of personal data they use, spamming, etc.
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.
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.
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!
eBay, the world’s garage sale, just sent email to a spamtrap notifying it that it had won an auction. eBay has no ESP to blame for its failure to notice that a user’s email address died at least three years ago, and the domain itself at least eighteen months ago. eBay sent this email from its own IPs.