Don't Spam the Judge

Kevin Trudeau, infomercial peddler of miracle cures (and who knows what else), narrowly avoided jail on Thursday after being cited for contempt over his recent attempt to incite friends and followers to harass the judge presiding over his trial.

SpamResource/XNND Co-Reg Dashboard

I've just completed my first-ever co-registration/lead generation signup tracking dashboard. You can find it at http://xnnd.com/cr/ and it will update daily. As time permits, I'll add additional information and detail to the dashboard.

Tagged.com Wins Spam Lawsuit

Laura Atkins hipped me to this report from SPAMFighter about Tagged.com winning a lawsuit against a spammer, somebody who was "victimizing members of Tagged.com by dispatching spam e-mails that contained web-links directing users to a dating site." Blah blah blah, spam is bad, etc. Enough about that.

Surprise! Internet filled with Junk

Websense reports that in the latter half of 2009:
  • 13.7 percent of searches for trending news/buzz words (as defined by Yahoo Buzz & Google Trends) lead to malware,
  • 95 percent of user-generated comments to blogs, chat rooms and message boards are spam or malicious,
  • 35 percent of malicious Web attacks included data-stealing code,
  • 58 percent of data-stealing attacks are conducted over the Web, and
  • 85.8 percent of all emails were spam.
Read more about it here.

WHOIS Privacy Protect -- What Spamfighters Think

As others have mentioned, a recent court ruling suggests that when accompanied with "intentional spamming," hiding who owns a domain behind a "privacy protect" service (such as Domains by Proxy) could mean that the sender is in violation of the CAN-SPAM law. But let's set that aside for a moment. Even if there wasn't a potential legal issue, do recipient systems and anti-spam groups find privacy protect to be a reputable practice? Let's ask a few smart anti-spam experts what they think.

What is this thing?

If you're viewing this on www.spamresource.com, or if you click through to the site from your RSS reader, you'll now notice a "Co-reg Mail Received" section just to the right of the post on the site. This highlights IP addresses that have recently sent mail to the mailboxes that I use to track mail sent by "co-registration" or "lead generation" senders. Companies in this space often buy "feeds" or "feed paths" from other companies, and there is much data sharing back and forth. I just wanted to start tracking who's actively sending mail to my accounts, and this was a quick and easy way to do it. Keep an eye out as I update this section with more information over time. Might be neat to see how many emails this mailbox has received, how many times an IP address has been seen, etc.

I'm not alleging that this mail is spam, and most of the mail I see seems to comply with US federal law. That's not to say that senders in this space don't engage in practices that can cause significant deliverability issues. If you and a thousand other senders are all mailing to the same email lists, it seems as though a "tragedy of the commons" effect could apply, wherein ISPs find none of the senders to be sending desirable, wanted mail.
 
As always, your feedback is welcome.