Un-Due Process - Part 1

Written by Elena Fawkner

"Automatic complaints are sent when a filter whose action is set to Kill after complaining is triggered. For each filter, you can configure whorepparttar complaint should be sent to. ... The message body is also scanned for e-mail and website addresses. If any addresses are found, they're added torepparttar 132790 lists mentioned above." Source: http://www.spamkiller.com/Features.html

SpamKiller is spam filtering software. Its purpose is to scan incoming email for spam and take appropriate action in response to those messages that are identified as spam, such as automatic deletion. Another handy function is thatrepparttar 132791 software allowsrepparttar 132792 user to generate automatic and manual complaint emails whichrepparttar 132793 user then sends torepparttar 132794 webmaster ofrepparttar 132795 offending domain as well as any number of other recipients such as spam-reporting "authorities" andrepparttar 132796 webhost and/or ISP ofrepparttar 132797 person sendingrepparttar 132798 offending mail.

Good idea, you say? Fair enough, you say? Well ... maybe. Noterepparttar 132799 quote above: "... The message body is also scanned for e-mail and website addresses ... [and] added torepparttar 132800 lists mentioned above", i.e.repparttar 132801 list of recipients ofrepparttar 132802 complaint.

Now, imagine this. Let's say you're a paying advertiser in my ezine. Your ad contains your URL and email address. I spam mail my ezine or send it to someone who forgets they subscribed and they think it's spam.

Imagine further thatrepparttar 132803 recipient of my so-called spam uses SpamKiller software (or some similar program). The software scansrepparttar 132804 message header and extractsrepparttar 132805 relevant information aboutrepparttar 132806 person who sentrepparttar 132807 email (me). Fair enough. Assuming that it IS spam, of course.

Butrepparttar 132808 capability ofrepparttar 132809 software doesn't stop there. As mentioned inrepparttar 132810 above quote, it also scansrepparttar 132811 message BODY, which contains your ad, and adds your URL and email address torepparttar 132812 list of recipients ofrepparttar 132813 complaint. The ever-diligent big-spam-hunter also makes sure that one or more spam-reporting "authorities" is copied onrepparttar 132814 complaint.

WeStopSpam.net*, diligent, professional organization that it is, immediately and automatically forwardsrepparttar 132815 complaint to abuse@yourdomain.com and your webhost, an equally diligent, professional organization shuts your site down for three days for spamming.

You, of course, learn about all of this AFTERrepparttar 132816 event.

Think it can't happen to you? Think again. It happened to me. This week. Except I wasn't a paying advertiser inrepparttar 132817 offending ezine. The publisher ofrepparttar 132818 ezine reprinted one of my articles. The article contained my resource box. The resource box contained my website URL. SpamKiller added my URL torepparttar 132819 list of recipients ofrepparttar 132820 email complaining ofrepparttar 132821 "spam", copied WeStopSpam.net and WeStopSpam.net forwardedrepparttar 132822 email to abuse@ahbbo.com withrepparttar 132823 result that my webhost, DumbHost*, shut down my site for what was to be three days.

The actual downtime was two hours. By that time I had threatened to sue and they finally got around to actually READINGrepparttar 132824 offending email and realizing that I, in fact, was just an innocent bystander.

There is so much that is wrong in this whole scenario that it's hard to know where to begin.


Let's start withrepparttar 132825 individual who generatedrepparttar 132826 complaint inrepparttar 132827 first place. This isrepparttar 132828 person usingrepparttar 132829 SpamKiller software. His email to me (which was auto-generated by SpamKiller) containedrepparttar 132830 following subject line:

"UCE Complaint (So-and-So Newsletter*)"

The body started out:

"I have receivedrepparttar 132831 attached unsolicited e-mail from someone at your domain. [He had not.]

"I do not wish to receive such messages inrepparttar 132832 future, so please takerepparttar 132833 appropriate measures to ensure that this unsolicited e-mail is not repeated.

"--- This message was intercepted by SpamKiller (www.spamkiller.com) ---"

The full text ofrepparttar 132834 intercepted message followed.

The header ofrepparttar 132835 offending email clearly showed thatrepparttar 132836 sender ofrepparttar 132837 email was someone from so-and-so.com*. Unfortunately,repparttar 132838 newsletter concerned contained virtually nothing but my article interrupted by what I assume were paid ads.

I'm sure thatrepparttar 132839 paid advertisers in this particular ezine also received a complaint and that WeStopSpam.net received a copy and automatically forwarded it torepparttar 132840 advertiser's ISP and/or webhost who may or may not have shut them down, at least temporarily. (Hopefully not all webhosts are ofrepparttar 132841 calibre of DumbHost when it comes to this sort of thing.)

So, this individual, in his zealousness to ridrepparttar 132842 Internet of spam, blithely draggedrepparttar 132843 names and reputations of at least half a dozen perfectly innocent bystanders throughrepparttar 132844 mud.

"Shortcuts To Control Terroristic Email!"

Written by A.T.Rendon

Everyone agrees that SPAM is a growing problem onrepparttar Internet. And with estimates that we will soon have over 1 billion people worldwide surfingrepparttar 132788 net, this problem will only continue to grow worse.

The worst part of this situation is that spammers are very clever people and they are using all of their knowledge to get their message onto our desktops whether we want it or not.

For example, this week hidden among all of my usual get-rich quick schemes and penis enlargement information was an email from a porn site that literally took control of my desktop.

As soon asrepparttar 132789 email message was highlighted in my Outlook Express window, it launched a web page that took uprepparttar 132790 entire screen of my computer.

There it was on my 21" monitor, forrepparttar 132791 whole world to see it if they were looking over my shoulder, a lusty, busty women crouched on her knees with her arms pressing together her breasts to overly exaggeraterepparttar 132792 obvious and her legs spread so far apart you could see her most intimate body parts in all of their powder pink glory.

I am a man with a healthy love for women but I do not appreciate having this sort of thing forced on me because someone wants me to give them my money in exchange for pornographic pictures.

As far as I am concerned, these are "Terroristic Tactics".

My computer and I were held hostage byrepparttar 132793 use of HTML source code that includes script language that launches a window to view their web page.

Worse still,repparttar 132794 window is one that takes uprepparttar 132795 entire computer screen and does not haverepparttar 132796 usual buttons onrepparttar 132797 upper right hand corner to minimize or closerepparttar 132798 window.

And, it might even includerepparttar 132799 command to keep popping open even more windows on your desktop at set intervals that can literally freeze up your computer!

What can you do to fight back?

Whether this problem occurs via reading your email or if you are trapped into it while visiting a web site, there are a few things you can do short of rippingrepparttar 132800 power cord out ofrepparttar 132801 wall.

First of all,repparttar 132802 Federal Trade Commission, FTC, http://www.ftc.gov/, takes a very dim view of anyone that tries to force you to view any material you do not wish to view, be it advertising or pornography.

In a recent action byrepparttar 132803 Federal Trade Commission, they "asked a U.S. District Court Judge to halt a Internet scam that clones everyday Web sites and usesrepparttar 132804 copycat sites to barrage unsuspecting consumers with pornography. According torepparttar 132805 agency,repparttar 132806 scammers copy existing Web sites and insert coded instructions inrepparttar 132807 copycat sites which automatically redirects unwitting consumers to adult sites operated byrepparttar 132808 defendants. Thenrepparttar 132809 scammers disablerepparttar 132810 browser's "back" and "exit" commands so that Internet surfers trying desperately to escaperepparttar 132811 pornographic images face screen after screen of similar material and advertisements for other adult sites."

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