The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Spam News

A british judge has ruled that email bombing is illegal, and email bombers could face up to five years in jail. It will be interesting to see if this ruling will be applied to spam as well.

Kristian Eide has a really nice comparison of Bayesian spam filters, with great graphics. I would have liked to see them include crm114 in the test, but perhaps they weren't familiar with it. At any rate, he settled on testing SpamBayes, POPFile, SpamTUNNEL, and Python Anti-Spam Proxy (PASP). For other reasons, he rejected SpamTUNNEL and PASP, leaving him with only SpamBayes and POPfile to test. He further declined to test the built-in filter in Mozilla. Bottom line: SpamBayes won handily.

The Enquirer reports that South Korean authorities have arrested a man who was sending 18 millions spams/day via a zombie network.

Text message spam in the news again with the announcement of anti-spam software for your Nokia.

And speaking of text message spam, IT Wire reports that cell phone users are in danger of massive phone bills if their phones become compromised and wind up as part of a cellphone botnet. Yes, you read that right — cellphone botnet. It's still theoretical, but if cellphone viruses become a reality, cellphone botnets won't be far behind.

TMCnet reports that Philippine regulators are set to legalize cellphone spam.

Bulgaria is instituting fines for spamming.

Calling Captain Obvious: consumers found to lie online to avoid getting spam. Direct marketers worried about the integrity of their databases. You mean those databases with our data in them?

Germain IT magazine Heise Online reports that consumer groups are unhappy about a new law that will hamper anti-spam efforts in Germany.

More encouraging news from China: Nanfang Daily reports that The Ministry of Information Industry of China is taking serious steps to stop spam from within China. See also China Tech News article for more details.

Grand Cayman is considering anti-spam legislation.

Washington Post reports that Mexican presidential candidates used spam in the presidential election. It's not surprising; American politicians have done the same.

Word from Australia is that their tough anti-spam law can be credited with causing Australia to drop from 10th to 23rd worst spamming country.

The Channel Register reports that three men have been arrested in the UK and Finland for using spam to distribute software trojans.

And the spam-law trifecta is complete with this news that Hong Kong legislators are considering a sweeping anti-spam law. The focus is on cellphone text message spam and junk fax as well as on email.


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