Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.

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Finding spam sending scripts?

What are the tips for finding email spam sending scripts? I ask because usually I hit a wall in shared hosting environments, so I ask this question as a way to get some insight from others. What I ...
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Is there a spam storm? [closed]

I realize this is a bit off-topic, but don't know where else to go to ask... I've gotten an enormous amount of spam in the past 24 hours (hundreds), even after some relatively good spam filters. ...
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What information should I provide to a website or organization when notifying them that their domain may be sending out spam?

Over the past few days, I've received several spam emails coming from the addresses of a school district. I don't know much about email message headers, but since they contain numerous references like ...
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How do I safely inspect a suspicious email attachment?

I received a pretty blatantly spammy email to my Gmail account. I'm not really sure how it made it through the spam filters, since it has all of the telltale signs. The FROM field is spoofed as ...
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Can a Javascript - WebGL proof of work system prevent website spam?

Is it a good idea to come up with a Javascript-based Proof of Work system to reduce spam on forums, and other websites? This idea would be similar to HashCash, but the computation would be based on ...
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How do I know if my email account has been hijacked?

A few times now, I've received emails from contacts with subjects along the lines of "hi!" and message bodies of only a link to some website. I've checked the ip of the sender of these emails, and ...
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What is this spam bot trying to do by filling in my PHP forms randomly? [duplicate]

I have been getting a lot of bot spam lately. The most recent one has this as the body: already to standards Address is is required return ? then with local include accurate Another they in ...
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How Do Spammers Exploit Mailto Fields?

I was interested in finding out how spammers can target my Mailto link to send out spams. mailto:foo@domain.com?subject=foo Is it just a case of appending ?from=foo?to=victim1;victim2;victim3 to ...
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How much can you trust a (banking) site after it spams you? [closed]

How much can you trust a company that send you spam ? Many people, after registering with Moneybookers(Skrill) started to receive spam that included their real name (as inputted in Moneybookers ...
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Good ways to prevent spammers from registering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a true alternative to using CAPTCHA images? Since everyone hates captchas what are good alternatives? I'm looking to prevent the automated creation of accounts ...
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mod_spamhaus whitelist example to allow a range of ips

How would an example whitelist look like, that would whitelist a range of all IPs from 123.123.0.0 - 123.123.255.255 ? I have the whitelistfile in /etc/spamhaus.wl
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How does the Yahoo webmail exploit work?

I got an email (referring to me by name) from somebody I knew a while ago and the email itself was just two/three lines containing a bit-ly link. Although it seemed like it actually could be ...
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Is a company responsible for a spam which mentions it?

Let's say I receive a spam which mentions a fictive company printmycatphotos.com. If I follow the link, upload files, and finalize the transaction, clearly printmycatphotos.com has made some profit. ...
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Is there a true alternative to using CAPTCHA images?

Security is about balancing costs and risks, nothing is impossible to beat, specially not typical CAPTCHA implementations, but they do add something no other system seems to offer. I've been reading ...
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Emails wrongly flagged as spam by filter, claiming suspicious URLs

My wife runs a small website (in Japanese) selling vintage products online. She's sending out emails to customers with details about their order, together with images of the products and links to the ...
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YouTube channel gone crazy!

OK, I use youtube just for listening music and watching videos. I don't upload, and I don't comment. Sometimes I do like some videos/comments. But today I accessed my channel and I saw like 20 ...
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How do spammers verify the validity of a huge amount of email addresses?

I noticed that there is an email address validation method, that is to telnet to a email MX server and send rcpt command to the server. But for this method, the MX server may abort connection after ...
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Will reporting phishing emails cause problems for the victim?

On GMail, I've received a phishing email from someone I know, and the email has been sent to other people the victim knows. One of the emails is claiming to be from their GMail address, while the ...
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Spammers bypassing the reCaptcha

I'm using recaptcha on a very simple forum registration page. The script first of all checks if the recaptcha code is valid, then it process. As soon i did put the website live, it got lots of spam ...
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Odd spam in a forum

In the forum http://forums.finehomebuilding.com/breaktime/ (same forum that was one of the subjects of this thread) we're seeing a lot of "spam" of a curious sort. Obvious non-native-English speakers ...
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Mail server (sendmail) sends spam to innocent people

I asked this same question in serverfault but realized that wasn't the right place, I apologize. Background Server OS: Ubuntu 10.04 Mailing Application: Sendmail Recently I asked about backscatter ...
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Who are these crazy referrers?

In my web pages' IP logs, I have recently begun seeing some very strange referrers, like this: http://haddies.4t.com/tramadol-hcl/tramadol-hcl-200mg.html ...
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Are these email captchas legitimate?

The last week, I've been getting this kind of emails to addresses that I don't use: Dear Sir, Madam, For security reasons and as part of our ongoing fight against spam, it is our policy not ...
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Is it possible to MITM between Google voice SMS/TXT Messaging

I have 2 spammers who won't stop spamming me via SMS once I post stuff online. I would like to determine their location based on language, so if I were to somehow become a man in the middle and have ...
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Facebook page receiving improbable amount of likes from unknown users

A bit of an odd problem, but I'm not totally sure where to post this. I am an administrator for a facebook page that suddenly began receiving hundreds of likes in the past few days. This trend began ...
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How to find & remove twitter spambot?

Sometimes i can see that i've "retweeted" some tweets , that i actually didn't. And all of them spam to some gaming & pharma websites. I've got windows 7 64bit, norton internet security , using ...
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How to catch a SMS spammer who is using google voice to spam me

How do I catch a SMS spammer who is using google voice to spam me? I have the google voice number and 2 of their burner emails with gmail. How do I gather enough information to inform the ...
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Honeypot for catching a spammer [closed]

I've been receiving more and more emails and now even TXT messages originating from google voice for inquiries of items that I've listed for sale on craigslist. What I would like to accomplish: I ...
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Can most mail from *.ru be considered spam?

Is it safe to assume that most, if not all, emails from a *.ru domain may be considered spam? From a log of 30000 emails from *.ru, its all been spam (over two months).
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What user was this spammer trying to authenticate as?

I have a custom application that monitors and logs a user's SMTP session, and came across this spammer trying to use my MTA as a relay. Is it possible to determine what username they are trying to ...
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Delivery Failure Notification spam protection?

My domain (example.com) has recently been targeted by spammers who are sending email (somewhere) but forging the sender as random-name@example.com. I have been getting flooded by delivery failure ...
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Is there any reason to not use DKIM, SPF, and SenderID because it affects plausible deniability?

Is there any basis in not deploying anti-spam (or deliverability) technologies like DKIM, SPF, and SenderID because it affects plausible deniability? Some definitions to get everyone on the same ...
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How was my Yahoo email account used to send spams

My yahoo email account was sending spams at about 6:42pm EDT (the spams show 3:42pm PDT) yesterday. I realized it by receiving several "Failure Notice" emails for Yahoo was unable to deliver the spam ...
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Is spam more likely to be sent to info@example.com? Would I be better off using a different address?

I think that when bots gather domain names or process a list of domain names, they create email addresses like info@example.com or support@example.com. Does selecting something different help to ...
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Reliability of DNSBLs for Stopping Forum Spam

I know that certain DNS blacklists are considered more reliable than others, in that they don't have as many false positives. I run a forum that is known to be spammed, and I've installed a mod to ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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How did the spam email sender get my name?

Some time ago I bought something online from a reputable website. I paid through my credit card and everything worked fine. The thing which is important to note is that the name used on the credit ...
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How and why do people spam my website form?

In have a web form on my website, and someone keeps sending annoying spam through it. I know Captcha can block this, but why do people spam my site - what's their benefit? How do they access my web ...
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What is the point of gibberish spam

I fairly often happen across forums spammed with messages such as: Arugula (Eruca sativa) is an quarterly green, pretended or roquette. It's been Traditional times, overclever 20 flat has be ...
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How long can I store personal information on unconfirmed subscriptions?

I have a monthly newsletter. In my subscribe form I use a double opt-in method: The visitor subscribes. I send him a confirmation email. If I receive a reply, I add him/her to my system. In the ...
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How to prevent private data being disclosed to unwanted audience over internet?

Everyday, in order to subscribe to certain services on the Internet we are almost forced to disclose private data even though those services don't necessarily require it. For example, I need to ...
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Is it unsafe to allow apps other than Outlook to send email via the Exchange server?

My application is a .NET Windows Forms client, one of whose functions is to allow the user to send personalised mailshot emails to opted-in recipients stored in the database. The emails are sent ...
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Email not received when sent by our app, received when sent by outlook [closed]

We have an application that sends mail in bulk, via a mail provider (Mailjet). Our clients are professional organizations, and they send important mails about meetings and stuff like that, to about 10 ...
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Killing IP connections who “spam” with requests

How can I go about killing IP connections that seem to be sending a lot of requests to the same url? Let's say I have someone who requests the same url for more than 10 times in 5 seconds, I want to ...
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How to react on a message about a pending account ban on Facebook? [closed]

Are you getting this message on chat? LAST WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users. Until we system will disable ...
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Cheap to validate yet expensive to compute hashing algorithm

I am looking for a hashing algorithm somewhat like bcrypt, except that I would like validation to be extremely cheap. As an anti-spam measure I would like to require my clients spend say, half a ...
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There's a lot of spam, and hacked sites are often used to distribute it [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations? My production application receives a lot of emails and I can easily detect spam ...
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What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations?

A user of mine just received a phishing email claiming to be the IRS. What methods of reporting are available, and what should be included?
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Wordpress online pharmacy hack? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Protecting WordPress installations anybody knows how to protect your WordPress website from online pharmacy spam, even after deleting all spam files and deleting spam ...
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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...