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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What is the point of spam like this?

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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What malicious things can happen when clicking on links in email?

I've received a spam from one of my friends (well I'm sure he didn't send it). so there's this link, and i'd thought what exactly would be the implications of clicking the link (i've not clicked it ...
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what to do after suspected intrusion on hobby webserver

I maintain a server to host my files and a number of websites for hobbies and friends. I just noticed that the site summary being returned in google for one of my domains were all porn related ...
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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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spam with my own domain

At my work we have a very tricky issue with spam. We use postfix, and recently began to receive several spams mail with our own domain. This is obviously very prejudicial for us, because many ...
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Is using 'dot' and 'at' in email addresses in public text still useful?

When entering your email address publicly, a practice is to replace . with text dot and @ with text at. I assume that the reasoning is that this way automatic email-collector robots won't match your ...
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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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How can these spam emails be accessing email accounts on respected domains?

Today I received a spam email from juliew@mchs.org.au requesting to contact Harry Black about a charity project. His email address is harryblack2013@rogers.com. After I had done so and fallen for the ...
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What is the purpose of “gibberish” comments posted to my blog?

Fairly frequently, the contact form on my blog gets comments that look similar to this (each field represents a text box users can enter into the HTML form on the blog): Name: 'ceguvzori' Email: ...
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How to explain to a customer that spamfilters don't catch everything

I used to work in a small office which provided basic desktop support for users. One day I had to answer a call from a very angry customer and he asked for my boss. He wanted to know how could one ...
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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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spam: several secret inboxes targeted at once. risk or coincidence?

I have a domain that is only used by me, with several inboxes in the format aep-x-company@domain , where i replace 'company' with wherever i sign up. This way i can detect when someone sells email ...
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Using + for email addresses to find out who is selling your data: is it naive or is it effective?

It's pretty common among security-minded folks to fill in addresses using e.g. foo+company@gmail.com when disclosing their email address to company so that they can tell if company has sold their ...
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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 did the spammers get this address?

A few months ago I configured a test mail server on Amazon AWS, all legit. I used a new address to my catchall-domain (something similar to, but not exactly, ...
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A “new domain registration” spam?

About 6 days ago I purchased a new domain under .org TLD from a local registrar. Few days later, I have received this strange message (which BTW fell to Gmail spam bin), which looks like some kind of ...