Month: November 2011

South Africa’s spammers

ISPA names and shames South Africa’s biggest spammers and email address resellers in their Hall of Shame The South African Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) updated their “Spam Hall of Shame” recently, naming and shaming the country’s spammers and e-mail address resellers. Until recently it was mainly the embarrassment of appearing on this list which made it a deterrent to spammers, but an announcement by a local firm that it is using this data in fighting spam changes the game. Pinpoint SecureMail said that they are integrating the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) Hall of Shame anti-spam watchlist in...

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Virus Hoaxes and the Real Dangers They Pose

Jerry Bryan immediately knew there was something wrong at his church. He knew it the second he opened up the email from the pastor. As a highly respected member of his church and a known technophile, Jerry was often consulted by the pastor concerning technical matters. In this case, however, the pastor was passing along a serious warning. A secretary at his church had received an email from a friend that scared her: I have some bad news. I was just informed that my address book has been infected with a virus. As a result, so has yours because...

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