Author: frank

Spamhaus Listing Process

Spamhaus is one organization not to be trusted. Their Listing Process and Policies are shit. One of our servers ended up on their list and there is nothing they are prepared to do about it. It seems that they have found a couple of servers sending SPAM but then Spamhaus decided to list everyone on the same sub-net. They have effectively wiped out 8190 hosts because a few hosts (less than 1%) have been found to be the source of SPAM. What a way to run an organization. According to their policy, because I have been listed, due to...

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Malware? What Malware?

It is still mind boggling to see the amount of ignorance that exists around the Internet community. Producers of Malware are no longer the geeky kids, swilling coke in their bedroom, disrupting the Internet for kicks. Malware authors are motivated by greed, are business savvy and sell their services to organized crime syndicates. When end users take little or no responsibility to maintain their computers they are taking a very big risk. It also makes sure that computer hackers and organized crime have a very bright future. In one recent example, Avast was able to identify Malware on a...

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Expect more attacks from Anonymous

Today the Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has published community and industry submissions into improved transparency and accountability measures surrounding the Government’s internet filtering plans. The 174 submissions will be used to feed into its legislative framework. Submissions were received for the usual suspects including Telstra, Optus, Microsoft, Electronic Frontiers Australia and Google. Many submissions appeared to be from individuals with passionate pleas. “A range of views have been expressed in the submissions and I would like to thank everyone who contributed their comments and valuable ideas to the public consultation process,” Conroy said in a statement. One submission was...

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Hoping Google will voluntarily filter for Australia

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy had apparently entered discussions with Google to block access to video content in Australia. He had just learned that it was not technically feasible to filter Youtube at the ISP level. Bugger that !. Conroy then told a Senate Estimates committee that it was technically infeasible to apply his proposed filtering regime to web sites like YouTube because it would introduce performance issues. “[Google] are experts at deep packet filtering. They’re probably the world’s leading deep packet filterer, unbeknownst to most people. “They have experience in blocking material in other countries at the behest of governments,...

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