Are spammers just like high frequency traders? Or is it the other way around?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a problem wherein a spammer signed up for our service tens of thousands of times and started sending out low volume spam. He would send a small blast and then discard the account. He would then move on to the next one and would send out the same…

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Free spam hosting

Bulletproof spam hosting services (ie, internet service providers that will host your site and ignore spam complaints) are one of the techniques that spammers use to put up spam sites.  Knowing that their provider will never take them down, they can put up their stuff and not have to worry about authorities coming down on…

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E360 gets its cased tossed out

I’m always the last spam blogger to comment on these legal cases.  I’ll continue in that tradition by throwing in my two cents.  SpamSuite has a copy of the ruling which is only seven pages long.  Some highlights from the document: Plaintiff e360Insight, LLC is a marketer. It refers to itself as an Internet marketing…

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EU fines Microsoft record $1.3 billion

Originally from Yahoo Finance: BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. a record $1.3 billion Wednesday for the amount it charges rivals for software information. EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who wanted to make products compatible with the Windows desktop operating system. The fine…

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Stock spam and bear markets

If you’re a stock trader at all, it’ll come as no surprise to you that over the past three months we’ve been in a correction.  If the definition of a bear market is a drop of 20%, then from peak to trough we have seen a bear market in the Nasdaq.  Other indexes like the…

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A quick introduction to Web 2.0

This post isn’t all that spam-related, but I think it’s an important topic because it represents a fundamental trend.I’ve always said (well, I say it sometimes), that if I wasn’t involved in the anti-spam industry, other than the stock trading arena, my next industry of choice would be something to do with Web 2.0.  I came across a good introductory article to Web 2.0 here.   I like the summary of the internet phenomenom, now all it has to do is start making money.Both ourselves (Exchange Hosted Services) and Hotmail make use of Web 2.0…

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If you give stuff away for free, people will abuse it

In what is starting to sound like a broken record, one of my favorite companies, Google, is being abused by spammers – again.  First we found spam blogs in Blogspot, then we found spam coming from Gmail users, and now I have found a third abuse – spammers are using Google Analytics to track visitors to…

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Buy stuff from Apple

Before being bought out by Microsoft, a lot of my co-workers bought stuff from Apple (mostly mac laptops, but also iMacs).  I recently bought an iBook second hand, but in my team of 8 people, 4 have bought new Macbooks in the past 4 months.  A few people from other departments have also bought them. …

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Can spam be used as a leading stock market indicator?

I was going over some of my stock charts last night when I thought to myself “Could the amount of spam hitting my inbox be used as an indicator of which way the market is going to move?” In stock speculation, there are two types of indicators – confirmation indicators and reversal indicators.  Confirmation indicators,…

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Gmail disappointing me… a lot like Walmart

In the past week or so, I have been getting quite a bit of spam in my Gmail account.  It’s not image spam, it’s stock spam. I blogged a few months ago that Gmail was allowing lots of spam through (no pun intended) but that may have been because an email account that I never…

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Interview with the spampire

I had to modify the contents of this post.  Move along, move along.

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New Year’s Resolution Update – Learning Unix better

Earlier this month I made a New Year’s Resolution, that I’m going to learn to use unix a little bit better.  Well, so far I’ve made some good progress as in the past week I have been starting to get used to the sed command. I find it quite handy; how did I ever get…

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Jim Cramer likes iPod over Zune

This post isn’t spam-related, but Microsoft-related.  I was watching Mad Money today and Cramer was giving his top 3 growth stock picks for 2007.  I very rarely buy stock picks after Cramer recommends them but I do listen to his reasoning because he does do his research. Cramer’s number 2 growth stock for 2007 is…

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Cisco buys IronPort

I was going to write a post on the story that Cisco just bought IronPort, but Richi Jennings beat me to it.  🙂 I was an employee of Frontbridge Technologies when Microsoft bought us in July 2005.  A year earlier, Symantec bought Brightmail.  CipherTrust was bought by Secure Computing in 2006.  I wonder if guys…

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