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NEWS - April 25, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / April 24, 2004 5:18 PM PDT

Google Defends Scanning E-Mail for Ad Links


A Google Inc. executive on Friday told a conference of privacy advocates here that the company's plan to electronically scan messages sent through its new Gmail service so it can link advertising to message content is a necessary tradeoff.

"To have free e-mail, you have to have ads," Nicole Wong, senior compliance counsel for Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, told attendees at the 2004 Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy here. "Ads are a great way to support free e-mail," she said.

Privacy advocates peppered Wong with questions about whether it is right to scan e-mail that comes to Gmail subscribers from other mail systems and whether the very act of scanning e-mail compromises users' privacy.

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Raids Shutter Online Piracy Sites
by Donna Buenaventura / April 24, 2004 5:32 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

On April 21, 2004, US and international law enforcement authorities launched 'Operation Fastlink', the largest-ever crackdown on online piracy. The operation, which was coordinated by the US Justice Department, involved 120 searches in 27 US states and ten countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom). Operation Fastlink targeted high-level 'warez' websites that illegally distribute copyright-protected movies, music and software. This type of piracy is thought to cost the entertainment and software industries billions of dollars each year. Authorities shut down websites and collected evidence against more than 100 suspects. Arrests related to the operation are expected in the coming weeks. "We have moved aggressively to strike at the very core of the international online piracy world," US Attorney General John Ashcroft said.

Also in - http://news.com.com/2100-1025_3-5198047.html

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Microsoft joins the fight against Internet paedophilia
by Donna Buenaventura / April 24, 2004 5:35 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Microsoft and The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children have joined forces to battle the Internet's child pornography problem, and have formed the Global Campaign Against Child Pornography.

Microsoft worked with ICMEC last year to launch a worldwide series of training programs for law-enforcement personnel who investigate computer-facilitated crimes against children. So when Sheila Johnson, a Washington, D.C.-area philanthropist and a member of the ICMEC board, sought a matching donor for her US$500,000 contribution to increase the effort, Microsoft was a logical partner.

The combined $1 million donation enables the Global Campaign Against Child Pornography to coordinate the efforts of international law-enforcement agencies, individuals, and organizations to help eradicate online child predators from the Internet. Equally important, the campaign will work to build public awareness on a global scale, in many languages.

"It will create a system for tracking the incidence of child pornography, identifying its patterns, marshaling expertise, and developing programs to fight it," Johnson says. "The campaign aims to build a global information-sharing network to help law-enforcement officials identify and rescue the victims of child pornography."


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New Anti-Spam Software Invention Stops Unwanted E-mail at the Source
by Donna Buenaventura / April 24, 2004 5:48 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Starting from the idea that it would be much better to discourage the sending of spam e-mail rather than
handling it once received, a father-son team working at ImagineNation of Swansea, MA, set out to invent a new system. They reasoned that to be viable such a system would have to have the following attributes:

a) Not require any special action from the everyday user.
b) Incorporate a simple method for charging a fee to send e-mail.
c) And work within existing e-mail protocols.

Making users pay for sending messages is a concept that's been around since the beginning of e-mail services. Until now though, industry experts have denounced such concepts as being too complex.

However, the trade may have overlooked the obvious. Taking a cue from the US Postal system, the inventors replaced the ordinary stamp with a binary token. They call the token an eMstamp. Rather than having users buy eMstamps, however, they decided to let users buy credits for making their own eMstamps, a technique similar to loading a postal machine with credits for
printing stamps.

Here the similarity to the ordinary stamp ends. Since everyday e-mail users would baulk at paying even trivial amounts to send a message, the inventors instead apply the eMstamp system at the e-mail server level. E-mail servers are the computers used for sending and receiving messages over the Internet. They are generally administered by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

While ISPs would welcome a system that relieves them from handling spam mail and spending millions of dollars on mail filtering schemes, they wouldn't
want to add to their cost by buying eMstamp credits. To this end, the inventors made the eMstamp credits reusable. When an eMstamp message is received at a mail server, credits imbedded in the eMstamp are stripped and added to a bank of credits used for sending messages. As long as a mail server is receiving as much mail as it sends there'll be no cost for credits.


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Re:New Anti-Spam Software Invention Stops Unwanted E-mail at the Source

Please forgive me if my reply is inapproriate to be posted here.

I just have an idea on how to stop (atleast reducing) a spam/junk mail, based on my poor knowledge.

The main cause of Spamming/Junk mail is the availability and Easy to use technology and/or software/program.

Pay per email or Stamp system, won't work.. because those people can use other people Credit card to pay...

So, to stop Spam/Junk mail, can be done by email provider or ISP.

Limit the To: email address -- 1 address per email.
Not even CC: or BCC: allowed

So, if someone want to send an email to many addresses (more than one recipient).. the ISP will refused to send it.

If they still want to send it to many people, go ahead, do it one by one...

No more mailing list
Much Less Spam/Junk mail

Just an idea...

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Re:Re:New Anti-Spam Software Invention Stops Unwanted E-mail at the Source
Please forgive me if my reply is inapproriate to be posted here.
I think you posted your response it in the correct place Happy

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the article and sharing your idea on how to stop spam.

Some ISPs are doing their best too in fighting spam. They have to as it cost them a lot Sad

There are so many new invention in fighting spam. I hope 1 of these inventions will REALLY work instead of another BUSINE$$.

All I can hope is end users who are already suffering on dealing with spam will not have to suffer by paying extra $ in sending an e-mail.
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Postini Announces New Educational Webinar Series to Eliminate Spam and Other Email Threats
by Donna Buenaventura / April 24, 2004 5:51 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Preemptive Email Security: How Enterprise Rent-A-Car Reduces Spam

Postini, the industry's leading provider of email security and management solutions, today announced
they will be holding on-going webinars to educate corporations throughout the world on how to eliminate spam and other malicious threats to their email
systems. The first webinar, entitled, "How Enterprise Rent-A-Car Reduces Spam," will be held April 27, 2004 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT. Webinar attendees will learn from email experts and a real-world case study on how to reduce spam and viruses, and improve corporate email security and productivity.


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Week ahead: A chain of security happenings
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 2:38 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Security will be the focus in the coming week, as industry giant Symantec gears up to report quarterly results and two trade shows delve into the topic.

Symantec is expected to post a fourth-quarter profit Wednesday, while trade shows Information Technology Security Conference 2004 and the Risk, Security and Compliance Conference & Technology Showcase get under way back-to-back.


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Toolbars Go Beyond Searches, Offer Multiple Functions
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:24 AM PDT
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Google's E-mail Service Gmail, goes into Beta
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:29 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Google's new email service called, "Gmail" has officially went online in to beta mode. Users of Blogger.com will have the opportunity to test out the new service that gives you 1GB of storage, spam filtering, all with no pop-ups or banners. There is even a "search" feature that will allow you to find a specific email, similar to finding one in Outlook or Outlook Express.


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Re:Google's E-mail Service Gmail, goes into Beta
by Darrin Cantor / April 25, 2004 8:29 AM PDT

"Users of Blogger.com will have the opportunity to test out the new service that gives you 1GB of storage, spam filtering, all with no pop-ups or banners."

I'm a Blogger.com user but have not found a way to be a beta tester.

Somebody know how to become one?

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by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:51 PM PDT

This is what I found:

Login to the blogger account, and if you are amongst the selected - there will be a message to indicate an 'invite to try gmail' on the right side of the screen.

Not all blogger users have been invited. And people who are joining blogger now after the announcement are not getting accounts.


Hope the above helps.

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Thank you Donna nt
by Darrin Cantor / April 26, 2004 3:33 AM PDT
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Your welcome Darrin (NT)
by Donna Buenaventura / April 27, 2004 4:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you Donna nt


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Recent Phishing Attacks:
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:50 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Email title: "Notification of PayPal Unauthorized Account Access"
Scam target: PayPal customers
Email format: A HTML email
Sender: service@paypal.com
Sender spoofed? Yes
Scam call to action: "as a preventative measure, we have temporarily limited access to sensitive PayPal account features...To restore your account access, please take the following steps to
ensure that your account has not been compromised"
Scam goal: Getting victim's PayPal and eBay usernames/passwords; credit card information (number, PIN, bank, etc.), and personal information - address, e-mail, phone, etc.
Call to action format: URL link
Visible link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=3Daccount-verification-run
Called link :
Resolved site:


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(OT) Yahoo gives IM 'all new' look
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:31 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

Yahoo on Monday will launch a makeover of its popular instant-messaging software, just days after similar moves by rivals America Online and Microsoft.

Called "The All New Yahoo Messenger," the upgrade is one of its most dramatic makeovers to date. Cosmetically, the service will have a new look and feel that focuses more on graphics and animation, the company said. The service also has folded in features pulled from other areas of Yahoo's Web site, such as photo sharing, the address book, user-to-user video games, Internet radio from its Launch subsidiary, and online search results.


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Microsoft feels pressure of anti-virus issue
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:36 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

With viruses proliferating and many personal computers going unprotected, Microsoft Corp. feels greater pressure to include anti-virus software with Windows -- but it's also wary of the potential antitrust implications, the company's top lawyer said Friday.

"It is something we hear increasingly about," said Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel. "I have to say, it is a real cause of concern for us that 70 percent of consumer PCs do not have current anti-virus protection."


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Spam Affects Kids Too :-(
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:44 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004
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Sophos and Sun combat multiple email threats
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 3:56 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

UK-based virus detection firm Sophos Anti-Virus and US-based software and server company Sun Microsystems Inc, have announced an integration of Sophos PureMessage and Java System Messaging Server, a key component of the Sun Java Enterprise System, a media release from Sophos says.

The new integrated system will protect against spam, viruses and other security threats for telecommunication carriers, universities and large enterprises.


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(OT) Google co-founder promises Safari compatibility with GMail
by Donna Buenaventura / April 25, 2004 4:00 PM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 25, 2004

When Internet search engine giant Google launched its free 1GB email service, Gmail on April 1, 2004, they did so without support for Apple Computer Inc.'s Safari Web browser. The browser requirement page on the company's Web site lists several compatible browsers for the beta of Gmail, but Safari is still not among them. All of that will change before Gmail is available to the public, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Brin noted that he was "embarrassed" that Gmail's beta doesn't support Safari, but said that they will add Safari support before its public release.

"We're going to make it work with Safari and that's one of the high priority things," Brin told MacCentral. "I?ve heard that you can sort of get it to work if you're desperate. I want to fix that, and I want to make it work really well."


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