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1. Editor's Note: Dancing With Spammers
2. Today's Top Story
- Serious Snort Bug Could Lead To Next Slammer
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- Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
- Mozilla's 'Spread Firefox' Site Back Online
- CA Integrates Some Infrastructure Management With Unicenter r11
- 10-Minute Guide To Killing Network Malware
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- Google Gives Up Gmail Name In U.K.
- Ballmer Promises Innovation Timetable From Microsoft
- Enterprise Software's Hot Topics: BPM And Compliance
- Intel Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco
- U.S. Businesses Unprepared For Global Sales Surge: Survey
- Report: 80% Of Enterprises To Upgrade Or Deploy New VPNs
- MP3 Players High On Holiday Gadget Lists
- Fujitsu Unveils AMD-Powered Servers
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1. Editor's Note: Dancing With Spammers
We--as in "we the world community of E-mail users"--are
continuing to do the Texas two-step with those evil spam makers.
But even as the number of spam messages continues unabated and is
in fact rising, there have been a couple of recent developments
that give me hope.
Maybe someday I'll be able to glance at my in-box and--dare I say
it?--receive E-mail only from people or organizations I actually
want to hear from. Not relatives of dead Africans who want to
leave me their loved one's estates for a "small fee," and not
mortgage companies or other types of, um, "service organizations."
(Note to spammers: I'm not a guy, OK? So please stop with the Viagra
mail already; I don't care if it's a good deal.)
OK, so call me an optimist. But in the meantime, I'll take some
comfort in the FBI's announcement this week that
it has shut down the operation of a man reported to be one of the
world's biggest spammers. In September, the FBI raided the
Detroit-area home of Alan M. Ralsky and his son-in-law, seizing
all tech-related gear they could find as possible evidence of
Ralsky's violating the federal Can-Spam law.
Another recent development is that the Direct Marketing
Association will require its members to use authentication so consumers will
know for sure that E-mail is really coming from, say, Disney and
not some look-alike site that's set up for phishing or some other
nefarious purpose. (That's fine, far as it goes. It would be even
better for all marketers to use an opt-in approach to begin with.
That one step would do a lot for reducing spam.)
The states are also weighing in. Massachusetts has levied a $37 million fine
against the "Internet Spam Gang." The problem: To collect, the
state's attorney general has to find Leo Kuveyev, the leader of
the spam ring, who's believed to be in Russia.
The issue is getting global attention, too. Nigeria, for one, is
considering a law that would give spammers jail time, fines, or both. But as one expert notes, laws without
enforcement don't mean very much.
Which leads us to the two-step part of the equation. Spam is now
turning up, of all places, in blog entries, and there's--of course--a name for
the phenomenon: "splogging." (Spam + blog = splog. Hey, don't ask
me; I didn't make this one up. I would have suggested "blam" or
some such.) But the activity has drawn the notice of some
prominent bloggers, who are blaming Google for allowing its
Blogspot service to play host to the spammers.
There are some great tips for how to rid corporate networks, and
personal E-mail boxes, of spam. Read my blog entry to find out more or to
A vulnerability in the Snort open-source intrusion-detection
software puts companies at serious risk, the researcher who
discovered the bug said Wednesday.
Related Stories: Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
Cisco will target its NAC strategy on layer 2 of the network by
offering support for its Catalyst switches as well as its
wireless access points and controller platforms.
MP3 Players High On Holiday Gadget Lists
Consumer electronics in general will be a big seller; a new study
predicts that revenue for this sector will increase by 9% over
last year's holiday sales period.
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