Random header image

The Wild Web

Setting up a secure Postfix server in 2019 - what to consider?

Postfix is great, and widely used, but freshly installed it's like a newborn child. Nowadays there's a lot of work required to get it to an acceptable level to face the wild west of the Internet. NB: This is a living document and will probably change over time as I revise my own methods for managing my servers. Running an […]

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: Anonymous@OperationJubilee.in 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 christopherwoods@gmail.com (which incorporates all variants like christopher.woods@gmail.com... 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 […]

I footnotes