Friday, November 23, 2007

Rock Phish, Nepal and the Holidays

It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving (Here in the USA) and I’m watching the kids while my wife shops. It’s also perhaps one of the slowest business days imaginable, so I have a chance to update the blog with a little spam news.

“ROCK PHISH RULES (Read)

Rock and Roll! Is it the latest musical group from St. Petersburg, Russia? No, but as this articles suggests, it “might be the greatest success story of the former Eastern Bloc's high-tech boom – if only it weren’t so illegal”.

Rock Phish is raking in over $100,000,000 a year from unsuspecting email victims willing to give out names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and more to these international folks who can craft a well designed email.


END OF THE ROAD FOR SPAM IN NEPAL (Read)

At first I thought “Great, another international spam story, right up my alley and perfect for XE-Filter". But who knew that in Nepal SPAM really stands for “Seven Party Alliance and Maoists”.

Stopping international spam email is one thing, but I think the XE-Filter will have to stay out of rebellions, uprisings and other geo-political events.


“TIS THE SEASON”

The season of Christmas, Hanukah, and all the rest brings not only family, friends and fun, but also a deluge of holiday spam.

Be safe, be careful and as always... consider filtering email by "Country or Origin".

AAS