Posts with category: spam
- Idea: hosted classification service • 26 May 2010
Yesterday evening I was watching “How to replace yourself with very small shell script” by Hilary Mason.
- Facebook tricked me into my own spam FAIL • 09 Aug 2009
- Twitter spammers: Clickbank/Keynetics affiliates • 14 Jul 2008
I’ve been experimenting with Twitter a couple of times, and one of the results, the FM Brussel Live playlist twitter bot, seems to be rather popular. I get a couple of subscriptions per day. But recently they’re almost all of the...
- The sneaky shall inherit the earth • 06 Sep 2007
- My first Facebook spam • 02 Jul 2007
The Belgian Facebook community is growing and I was expecting to have a first ‘spam’ invitation eventually. It came a couple of days ago, from a group that goes by the name “In Loving Memory of Juliane Angel”. It seems...
- Govern yourselves accordingly • 16 Mar 2007
I just received the following email:
- Viral in the bad sense: MessengerChecker • 04 Feb 2007
I just received an email on my Hotmail account from someone that normally never contacts me. The email itself is clearly generated by an automatic process:
- MySpace: bulletin and other spam • 25 Oct 2006
- Colorbar: belgian spam • 25 Aug 2006
In the last three days I have received 3 mails from Colorbar, a “lively private club for colorful people”. The first one didn’t trigger my suspicion, since I am subscribed to some music-related mailing lists. The two next mails came...
- Size doesn’t matter • 29 Mar 2006
Sometimes a spam mail escapes my filters and shows up in my inbox. Last week I got a “Enlarge your …” mail with some girl’s name in the From field. I deleted it right away but subconsciously I had already...
- Who knows a spam pigeon? • 17 Mar 2006
I wrote about the economics of spam earlier:
- Why spam opt-out lists won’t work • 24 Jan 2006
I was reading about a technique to discourage spammers: let an organised mob fill in thousands of fake submissions so that there is no way telling how to distinguish them from real responses. They targeted a known spammer, Alex Polyakov,...
- Blogspot splogs in Technorati • 13 Jan 2006
For some reason, if I search for “baeyens” on Technorati (sorry, John), all I get is a list of splogs (spam blogs). The first ‘real’ result is somewhere at #50, drowned between WEBCAM, CAMERA and PHONE CARD splogs.
- Avoiding wiki spam in Mediawiki • 01 Nov 2005
The great thing about Wiki’s is that everyone can edit them. The problem is that this attracts a new strain of spam morons: the wiki spammers. My Tango Wiki has gotten spammed several times per day since I launched it....
- What the government can do about spam • 30 Oct 2005
The Belgian Minister of Economy, Marc Verwilghen, recently announced the efforts the Belgian government would take to restore trust in the Internet as a way of doing business. This includes a directory of trustworthy online shops (e.g. in the travel...
- Old-style Nigerian scam: via fax • 30 Apr 2005
Amazing: I just got my first Nigerian (419) scam via FAX! In these days of practically free email sending, you have to admire someone who goes the extra mile and pays for sending faxes. A handwritten letter would have made...
- Googlistics: messing with the big “G” • 05 Apr 2005
He probably also first thought it was an April’s Fool joke: Matt Mullenweg from WordPress was discovered to have used his PageRank 8 site (WordPress is a popular open-source blogging software) for hosting lots of irrelevant content, with the purpose...
- Dave Winer’s problem and solution • 18 Jan 2005
Dave Winer seems to be very excited about something but he can’t say yet what it is:
- Don’t unsubscribe from spam • 11 Jan 2005
Brian McWilliams, author of Spam Kings has published an article “Remove me” on salon.com on his recent under-cover job within the spammers community to check whether these people really take “Unsubscribe me” requests into account. He poses as an affiliate...
- “Domain Registry of America” scam • 10 Dec 2004
UPDATE: I received a cease-or-desist from DRoA in March 2006 about this post.
- Visual history of spam and viruses • 17 Sep 2004
Raymond Chen from Microsoft has been saving all his spam and virus mails since 1997 and created a graphical representation of them: a dot per mail in time/size coordinates.
- Spam ads in Atom-2-RSS converter from 2RSS.com • 13 May 2004
I publish my blog via Blogger, and since they refuse to support RSS, I have to find a way to convert my Atom feeds into RSS, so it is accessible for any RSS reader. I had found an on-line service...