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Archive for July, 2005

28
Jul

Spammers have a new king

The Spam Kings Blog is reporting that head of California-based iMedia Networks, Michael Lindsay, is number one at the Spamhaus list of the world’s top-10 spammers, replacing Alan Ralsky. According to SpamHaus, Alan Ralsky is in cahoots with Michael Lindsay even though the latter has de-throned him.

28
Jul

CA aquires Qurb anti-spam

Computer Associates, this past Tuesday announced they were aquiring the anti-spam firm Qurb. This follows the Feburary acquisition of Sybari by Microsoft. CA plans to continue marketing the Qurb technology as eTrust Anti-Spam as well as bundling it in its eTrust Threat Management suite. Once installed, Qurb builds a comprehensive list of approved senders by [...]

19
Jul

Spammers/Crackers are hard at work

My spam count is close to 80 per day. This is not normal. Somebody take me to the doctor! No doc, I haven’t placed my email id on any public forum boards. No doc, my the last two articles don’t carry my email address. No doc, you are not listening, I have two mail accounts [...]

19
Jul

Network monitoring with ngrep

Brother bodhi has written an excellent piece on using ngrep, the network traffic analyzer. What sets ngrep apart from others: unlike its brethern, ngrep can match regular expressions within the network packet payloads. By using its advanced string matching capabilities, ngrep can look for packets on specified ports and assist in tracking the usernames and [...]

19
Jul

CLI Magick: Bash history expansion

If you are one of those fellows who is too tired of writing the same command again and again, this is a must read. I have discussed some excellent history exapnsion features of BASH that make it fairly easy to repeat commands. Cheers!

15
Jul

Laptops – tipping off the heat sensors?

Found a great story on Wired that confirmed my belief. Notebooks are getting too hot to handle. And no I don’t mean by way of their specs, I mean their surface termperature. According to the story, 45 degrees Celsius is considered to be optimal threshold in the industry. The reson for som much heat being [...]

14
Jul

Yahoo bigwigs are spamming me!

It all started two weeks ago. I woke up in the morning to a warm sunny day and logged in to check my yahoo mail. Up to this point all was routine; what was not were the messages I had recieved. Three messages from support@yahoo.co.in, webmaster@yahoo.co.in and register@yahoo.co.in respectively. The first two said that the [...]

12
Jul

A researched definition of spyware soon

People just can’t get off from the “Let there be light” scenario. Taking inspiration from here is the Anti-Spyware Coalition, which claims that it shall soon pronounce “Let there be a definition, of spyware”. The coalition comprising makers of anti-spyware software will release a common lexicon and a definition soon. But why wait for their [...]

12
Jul

Command-line animations using ImageMagick

As readers here would know, I have written two articles on ImageMagick. The final part in the three-part series was published today on newsforge as well as linux.com. This article focuses on creating animations from the command line. I initially started using the ImageMagick gui Display as an image viewer, but soon realized the capabilities [...]

11
Jul

Beware of the ‘Spam Report’

Vnunet published a story a couple of days ago of a Trojan software being spread through email. The email warns that the recipients system has been ‘taken over’ and is distributing spam. The email has ‘Spam Report’ as it’s subject and was first ‘reported’ on July 7.

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