HR2221: Data Accountability and Trust Act

In light of the various ESP-related data breaches we've seen, exposing various email lists to spammers and the world over the past couple of years, it seems this is something the email service industry ought to be keeping an eye on. A friend tipped me that Bill HR2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act, has passed the House and is now in a Senate subcommittee.

What is Hashbusting?

If you've ever received a spam email that had a bunch of random text at the bottom, text that didn't make sense or didn't relate to the rest of the email, you've seen hashbusting in action.

WHOIS Wasn't Hacked

SOPHOS.COM.FELL.FOR.A.VERY.OLD.HACK.TODAY.

I guess if you haven't been around for a while, you've never noticed that there are instances in WHOIS where you might look up a domain result and get a wacky hostname result back, too, because somebody on the internet thought it would be funny to register MICROSOFT.COM.ISN'T.WEARING.PANTS or whatever. D'oh.

Rich Kulawiec Booted from SPAM-L

The current owner of SPAM-L, a long-time anti-spam discussion mailing list, announced on September 3rd that long-time subscriber Rich Kulawiec's ability to participate in the list has been terminated.

ARF: Now a Proposed Standard

ARF (Abuse Reporting Format), a simple specification that enables senders of email abuse reports (like, spam complaints and feedback loop reports, for example) to easily and appropriately encapsulate those reports in a way that ensures the receiving site will have all the information it needs to properly parse the report and identify the responsible party or process.

ARF was already on track to become a standard, as multiple ISPs' feedback loops were already in ARF format. Now, that process has taken a more formal step forward, as RFC5965 was just published by the IETF: An Extensible Format for Email Feedback Reports.

Stupid Search-Trick Watch: Content Thieves Strike!

Here's Ken Magill's take on Co-RegData.com theft of my blog content.

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