Canadian Spammer Fined Over $1 Billion


A recent article on Slashdot.com

Posted by timothy on Tuesday October 05, @11:11PM
from the get-poor-quick-scheme dept.
 

 

innocent_white_lamb writes

"A man has been fined ONE BEELYUN DOLLARS (yes, really) for sending 4,366,386 spam messages that were posted on Facebook. He was fined $100 for each message, and including punitive damages he now owes $1,068,928,721.46. A ruling by a US District Court judge in San Jose, California has now been upheld by the Quebec Superior Court (the defendant lives in Montreal)."

And to think...there's actual justice being done in the wake of sending these spammers a message back to them.  About time.

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ICANN News Alert -- Results of ICANN Study on the Prevalence of Domain Names Registered using a Privacy or Proxy Registration


ICANN

News Alert

http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-14sep10-en.htm


Results of ICANN Study on the Prevalence of Domain Names Registered using a Privacy or Proxy Registration Service

14 September 2010

Over the years, the ICANN community has expressed interest in and raised questions about domain names registered using a privacy or proxy registration service.  In response, ICANN conducted an exploratory study in 2009 to assess an approximate percentage of domain names (through a statistical sampling plan) contained in the top 5 gTLD registries that used privacy or proxy registration services.

The study indicated that at least 18% (and probably not much more than 20%) of the domain names contained in the top 5 gTLD registries used privacy or proxy registration services. 

Please see the Privacy Proxy Registration Services Study Report [PDF, 572 KB] for more information.

This information is posted for a forty five day public comment period commencing at 12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (19:00 UTC) on 14 September 2010 through 11:59 a.m. Pacific Daylight time (18:59 UTC) on 28 October 2010.

Comments can be submitted to privacy-proxy-study-report@icann.org and viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/privacy-proxy-study-report/.

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FTC Busts Domain Name Scammers


The Federal Trade Commission has permanently halted the operations of Canadian con artists who allegedly posed as domain name registrars and convinced thousands of U.S. consumers, small businesses and non-profit organizations to pay bogus bills by leading them to believe they would lose their Web site addresses unless they paid. Settlement and default judgment orders signed by the court will bar the deceptive practices in the future.

 

In June 2008, the FTC charged Toronto-based Internet Listing Service with sending fake invoices to small businesses and others, listing the existing domain name of the consumer’s Web site or a slight variation on the domain name, such as substituting “.org” for “.com.” The invoices appeared to come from the businesses’ existing domain name registrar and instructed them to pay for an annual “WEBSITE ADDRESS LISTING.” The invoices also claimed to include a search engine optimization service. Most consumers who received the “invoices” were led to believe that they had to pay them to maintain their registrations of domain names. Other consumers were induced to pay based on Internet Listing Service’s claims that its “Search Optimization” service would “direct mass traffic” to their sites and that their “proven search engine listing service” would result in “a substantial increase in traffic.”

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ICANN News Alert -- Registration Abuse Addressed


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News Alert

http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-29may10-en.htm


Registration Abuse Addressed

Registration Abuse Policies Working Group Publishes Final Report

29 May 2010

The Registration Abuse Policies Working Group has published its Final Report today. Following a public comment period on its Initial Report, the Working Group reviewed the comments received and issued this Final Report. The Report includes concrete recommendations to address domain name registration abuse in gTLDs for consideration by the GNSO Council. Included are recommendations related to:

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More Direct Facebook Spam


If you have a Facebook account, and most of you do now a days, its getting tougher to to know if an email from them is legit.  Below is an example of such email that is NOt legit.  If this or any other type of email make it past your spam filters, there are way to find out if its legit before you go clicking on any links.  The first thing you might notice is the blank picture and the user name of Facebook Support.  That alone should make you aware that something is not right.

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ICANN News Alert -- Conficker Summary and Review


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News Alert

http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-11may10-en.htm


Conficker Summary and Review

11 May 2010

This report [PDF, 388 KB] provides a chronology of events related to the containment of the Conficker worm. It provides an introduction and brief description of the worm and its evolution, but its primary focus is to piece together the post-discovery and -analysis events, describe the containment measures chronologically, and describe the collaborative effort to contain the spread of the worm. The author captures lessons learned during a containment period spanning nearly a year and describes recent activities that attempt to apply the lessons learned so that the security and DNS communities can be better prepared for future attacks that exploit the global DNS.


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Twitter users under attack?


When it comes to social networking, the spammers and hackers are usually only one step ahead of the good guys.  Why is that?  And when you take out trash the night before garbage day, you can always tell that the animals got to it, by the mess they leave on the ground next to the can.   Same thing happens when you take down a spammer, a new one take its place.  Are Twitter users under attack?  Again?  Read on...

 

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Spammer's Using Free Mail Servers


They're at it again!  The spammers from China are floating their junk accross the internet in hopes of someone seeing their advertisements.  We do understand that everyone does have a right to advertise, but this is illegal in the way they go about it.  They have now sucessfully gained access to hotmail's mail server and are pumping out millions of junk mails everyday.  The names and email address's they use are in the headers of the emails that are sent out.  Example below demonstrates it fairly well.  If you follow the header and url, you will notice that it is definately spam without a question on your mind.

 

 

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Public Comment: Draft Report on WHOIS Accuracy


ICANN

News Alert

http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-3-15feb10-en.htm


Public Comment: Draft Report on WHOIS Accuracy

15 February 2010

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) recently completed a study commissioned by ICANN to determine the percentage of domain names registered under the top 5 gTLDs (i.e., .com, .net, .org, .biz, and .info) that contain accurate WHOIS data. Today, the draft report is being posted for review and comment through 15 April 2010.

Community members are invited to review the draft report and its findings and comment on all aspects of the report. The information in the report is intended to contribute to the ongoing community discussion regarding WHOIS and should be useful in any future policy development process regarding WHOIS.

The draft report can be found here: http://www.icann.org/en/compliance/reports/whois-accuracy-study-17jan10-en.pdf [PDF, 432 KB]

The Process Going Forward:

At the end of this Public Comment period, ICANN Staff will review the comments submitted and prepare a summary analysis of the various submissions.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

ICANN Staff is opening a 60-day public comment, from 15 February through 15 April 2010, and invites community comments on the draft report.

The formal Public Comment Forum Box is located here http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/public-comment-201004-en.htm#whois-accuracy-study

To Submit Comments: whois-accuracy-study@icann.org

To View Comments: http://forum.icann.org/lists/whois-accuracy-study/

Staff Responsible: David A. Giza, Senior Director, Contractual Compliance


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AOL User Accounts Under Attack!


AOL User Accounts Under Attack!

 

It seems that as of lately we have been seeing more and more spam E-Mail from AOL users.  These spam messages have been very subtle in that they only have a single url in the message.  These links mostly resolve to spyware and malware sites that try to infect your computer while visiting their site(s).  Do yourself a favor and immediately delete these messages as soon as you see them in your inbox.  Do not bother trying to track them down as they are actually going thru AOL's servers.  The only thing you can do, is if you happen to know this person's email, is to ask them to check their machine for virus's, spyware and malware.    If you are constantly receiving these spam messages, then send a raw copy with the header to abuse@aol.com.  Hopefully they (AOL) will get the message to tighten their filters.

 

 

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