55,000 angry emails,
all because someone decided to forge an email from "pro-palestinian agitator" Francis Boyle. The best part? "the FBI didn't find anything illegal"
. The guy "spent nearly four days sifting through the messages, writing personal apologies to the offended"
It really is too easy...
posted by mrgavins
on Aug 27, 2002 -
Spammers want e-mail addresses. Give them e-mail addresses. Tons of e-mail addresses. This handy PHP script will add as many fake e-mail addresses to your web site as you want. 20 is the default, with command and space delimited, just like this:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
And each call to the web site will give the spam harvester 20 spanking new addresses. (Web site is german, but the script is in english)
posted by vowe
on Aug 26, 2002 -
Excuse me sir, your dad likes hookers.
Friday fun for all the family! Enter details about people you know and the PrankBot will send an email prank to them. They only have 3 pranks to choose from so far, but good for a giggle. Your company didn't need that email bandwidth anyway, right?
posted by sonicgeeza
on Aug 16, 2002 -
E-mail is trespass?
A disgruntled employee's emails to his former co-workers are a legally actionable form of 'trespass to chattels', says Intel. Have you ever trespassed to chattels? Should you fined or even jailed for it? 3 lower courts in Claifornia have said 'yes' to all or part of that last question. (linked to in a thread today, but it deserves it's own).
posted by Jos Bleau
on Aug 14, 2002 -
Today's lesson: Write a letter to a congressman
, get fired for it. Was this abuse of a work email account, or a miffed congressman's office overstepping its bounds? Ah, dissent in the 21st century, what a time we live in.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 14, 2002 -
Verizon v. Ralsky and Additional Benefits LCC
Verizon is suing Alan Ralsky in Federal court for sending enough spam -- more than 56 gigabytes -- to "virtually paralyze" their e-mail servers on at least two occaisions. The trial begins Sept. 23. Ralsky's response: "These (anti-spammers) feel we've infringed on their personal space. They want to own the Internet." Ralsky and his lawyer claim that he is picked on because he is open about what he does, yet Ralsky denied it
to Brian Livingston last year. More
Some good anti-spam information sources and tools include Spam Laws
, and Spamcon
posted by pmurray63
on Aug 4, 2002 -
NTK is reporting
that a bug in Yahoo Mail causes inbound email containing script keywords like "eval" to be modified even when they are used innocuously. One result is that any instance of the string "eval" gets changed to "review", even when it's a substring of a larger word.
Note the large number of documents on the web that use the words medireview
(for "evaluate"), and reviewuation
(for "evaluation"). Is this entirely the result of the Yahoo Mail issue, or do these transformations occur in other web authoring applications?
posted by dougb
on Jul 12, 2002 -
E-mail Reaches the Unreachable via Shortwave in the Solomons
is an innovative development project which deploys a growing network infrastructure across the largely rural and remote communities of the Solomon Islands. "PFnet is based on a model where community-managed, operator-assisted email facilities provide all groups (even illiterates) the means to send messages and Internet emails. ... Owing to the formidable logistical barriers in this scattered island nation, the mainstay of the network uses HF/Wavemail; a well proven system short-wave radios in Pactor 2 mode."
The organization is a finalist for the Stockholm Challenge
, an award for innovation in IT development.
All a community needs is a shortwave radio, solar panels, and a computer running Wavemail
to send email, and potentially more. The results are quite impressive:
posted by rschram
on Jul 3, 2002 -
ObitMessenger Why it's useful: Never miss important obituaries.
Never miss an important obituary because you were traveling, on vacation, or missed the paper.
posted by srboisvert
on May 30, 2002 -
About damn time.
If I ever get another email asking me to go to Nigeria on behalf of Mr.Ngkoskusomethingoranother for some large sum of cash I could just...
posted by lostbyanecho
on May 24, 2002 -
Mail servers down, Yahoo denies all
All my buddies have bouncing Yahoo mail and no one knows what's going on. This, unfortunately for Yahoo, coincides with the launching of their pay for mail service. Does anyone have a scoop on this?
posted by djacobs
on Apr 25, 2002 -
The current issue of PC Magazine includes a very big puff piece on Internet mail praising the virtues of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. Their review of e-mail clients is relatively uninteresting except for the
sidebar on Disposable E-mail Addresses
(DEAs). This is basically the old pseudoanonymous remailer under a different name. Among the free services sneakemail
is the most basic but spamgourmet
has the coolest attitude and allows you to make new addresses on the fly.
Q. How does spamgourmet stop spam?
A. Simple. We delete all of our users' email.
For commercial services there is also spamex
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Apr 24, 2002 -
Like they say, it really is "indubitably the most astounding web-based email application on earth." I was skeptical, but their drag-and-drop interface is so clean and functional that comparing it to Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail is like comparing a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a birdcage made of Tinkertoys. All DHTML, so it requires IE 5+ on Windows. Netscape, Opera, Mac, and Linux users are out of luck. (Welcome to the effects of market share
posted by monkey-mind
on Apr 6, 2002 -
"Britney Underground takes you on a tour of poignant urban artistry in a time of crisis." it's a nice collection
of graffti from britney spears posters in new york, pretty funny. the negative emails
are possibly the highlight.
posted by rhyax
on Mar 16, 2002 -
Not a hoax!?
'We are in Mrs. Lentz's Computer Class at Clara Bolen
Elementary in Tawa City, MI. We are doing an experiment for the art and science fair to be held in April at our school. We are trying to see where our email can travel in the space of one month.'
posted by asok
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Get your snail mail by e-mail.
This startup will scan in your postal mail, e-mail you the images, and snail mail back your e-mailed reply. All for a monthly fee
of $30 (or $40 for color scans). They offer CD-ROM archiving and optionally weed out the junk mail. Anyone want to try this out and post their experiences?
posted by waxpancake
on Feb 20, 2002 -
Easy anonymous email
I thought I'd post this since many anonymous remailers no longer exist. In this age of anti-terrorism I don't know how long it will exist.
posted by mecran01
on Feb 2, 2002 -
6 degrees of email.
A project is going on to test the 6 degrees
theory. And it occured to me that something like this could be done on the web. Is it possible to go from any web site to any other in 6 links? (More inside)
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jan 23, 2002 -
Break the Chain
has all kinds of nifty resources for stopping the neverending flux of chain mail wandering through your e-mail box, though if you're like me, you'll probably just read through the chain archives for their amusement. A nice companion to Snopes
for your hoax-debunking needs.
posted by headspace
on Jan 13, 2002 -
Ironic Spam article
Does anyone find it ironic that a NY Times article on the horrors of spam is accompanied by one of those ads that automatically plays annoying music and requires you to find and then click on the off switch every time the page loads?
posted by Poagao
on Dec 23, 2001 -
Defend Your Freedom
from dictatorship, porkbarrel opportunism, pseudo-stimulus. This site generates a personalized email to the Prez and your Senators. Maybe an empty gesture, but better than nothing...
posted by seitz
on Nov 15, 2001 -
"When you submit your message, it gets sent randomly to another player who has signed up to receive messages. They have the option of responding to you or not; you won't know who it went to unless they write back... so you better make it interesting!....email Roulette is a great way to meet people and will doubtless provide you hours of random entertainment...."
What hallucinogens are these people on?
posted by Voyageman
on Oct 30, 2001 -
Japan's most popular email program. it's NOT outlook, it's NOT notes, it's NOT eudora. it's PostPet. related article here: A Dancing Pink Bear Named Momo
. now looking at this pink bear in particular and japanese culture in general, any chance that imode
will *really* be popular in Europe and the US?
posted by HeikoH
on Oct 9, 2001 -
Crypto guru getting blamed for his software.
PGP writer Phil Zimmermann's hate mail goes a little something like this, "Phil -- I hope you can sleep at night with the blood of 5,000 people on your hands." If Phil is guilty of anything so is everyone who has ever used their credit card online, including Mr. Hate Mail.
posted by skallas
on Sep 21, 2001 -
MSN blocks its subscribers
from sending mail with non-Outlook mail clients, as of last week. Like AOL, MSN hasn't allowed its subscribers to check their MSN mail with non-MS mail clients since the beginning
. Last April, they banned access
to non-MSN SMTP servers (to block spam relaying
), but you could still send mail to other ISPs through MSN's SMTP server using your mail client of choice with a simple fix
. Now, you can only do so if you switch to Outlook or Outlook Express (quietly announced on their site
and via e-mail
). All others (Eudora
, Yahoo Mail
, Netscape Messenger
) are left cold. (more inside...)
posted by waxpancake
on Jul 31, 2001 -
I send you this file in order to have your advice.
The Sircam worm is spreading at an unbelievable rate, with two interesting bonuses. First, it mass-mails itself to e-mail addresses located in browser cache files (so webloggers with e-mail addresses on their sites are vulnerable). Second, it infects and attaches a random document to the e-mail. If you're careful, this makes it the most entertaining worm yet. (More inside...)
posted by waxpancake
on Jul 21, 2001 -
The most annoying email I've ever gotten
Apparently, someone has a crush on me. That's what the email said. Give crushlink valid (they check) email addresses and you get lame hints as to who sent the email to you. I've never seen a better email harvesting system than this. Pure evil!
posted by fnirt
on Jul 11, 2001 -
World's Greatest CEO?
Comparison shopping site MySimon.com had its namesake character animated by Blur studios, and placed into a live-action commercial where he goes to a party and tells everyone how much cheaper they could have gotten various items in attendance. Apparently Frank DiMauro of Chapel Hill, NC didn't like the commercials and told the CEO of the animation studio who really could've cared less
what Frank thought. I wish all CEO's had the nutz to reply to jerks like this guy. (Thanx to the Digital Pimps at BadAssMofo
for this story and link).
posted by suprfli
on Jul 1, 2001 -
Echelon rumored to be used in NZ spying on Fiji
, as seen on TV, is suggested to monitor gobzillions of electronic communications. People are starting to wonder if New Zealand used Echelon to monitor the progress of the May 2000 coup and hostage taking in Fiji, in addition to the tradition undercover operations. Memorable quotation: "It is not a question of if others are spying on Fiji but of who, how and, to a much lesser extent, why."
posted by rschram
on Jun 11, 2001 -