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Quirky / curious email of the week: Anonymous - "Operation Jubilee"

This dropped into my inbox early this morning, a lovely abuse of the email spec and some poor person's mailserver (more fool them for not securing it properly)... To: me From: Subject: Anonymous Operation Jubilee - 5 November 2012 Dear Anonymous, Rally Millions To Parliament, London 5 November 2012 Cancel All Debt Stop War Redistribute the Land Eliminate Poverty Please, […]

"Tesco" Facebook scam returns, as Timeline Removal Plugin

File under '...really, Amazon?!' In another example of Amazon's AWS abuse detection failing spectacularly, likely the same culprits behind last week's Tesco Voucher Giveaway scam have targeted Facebook users again -- this time with a "Timeline Removal Plugin" scam. The scam seems to function thusly: victim clicks the link from a previous victim's event, creates a Facebook event with the same […]

If you knew your site had been hacked, would you do anything about it?

Earlier this week a PayPal phishing email dropped into one of my work inboxes. I usually delete them instantly, but I checked out the compromised URL -- and surprise surprise, it was a UK domain. "OK," I thought, "I can do something about this." Little did I know that the problem - a hacked subdomain hosting PHP redirector files to […]

A note to other Christophers -- this email address is MINE!

For the past few years, I've sporadically received email destined for other Christopher Woods around the globe. I have the GMail address (which incorporates all variants like In fact, any permutation with any number of full stops in the name; see this article for why that works and can be quite useful). If you don't want your important […]

Why blocking Newzbin2 won't make the blindest bit of difference

[Update, 5th of April 2011: Oh look, the Business Secretary Vince Cable went on record saying that the Government would stop blocking web sites using the SI of the Digital Economy Act. Heh. (Newzbin2 was blocked via legal methods offered through the Copyrights, Designs and Patents Act - making that entire equivalent section of the DEA redundant, and also upon […]