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Comment Status was NOT divulged, only email identities (Score 2) 65

As I understand it, this was your usual failure to use blind copy (BCC) when sending a bulk email. The HIV status of people was not divulged, only the email addresses of other recipients (not sure if this included the recipient account names as well as the address). The recipients were people who had used the clinic for some services.

Comment Great, so now pickpockets can use it too? (Score 1) 1

Given that a reasonable number of phones get lifted from pockets & bags, then if such a security measure was applied then the pickpockets wouldn't have to unlock it either? I think I'll stick with my current security for now. At least then I know it's got some security on it until I can get the phone blocked.

Submission + - Spamhaus under attack (in court this time) ( 1

stoatwblr writes: Disclaimer: I am not spamhaus, but I respect their work. This is NOT linked off their website.

The following message has been circulated on several spamfighting lists.

"As folks may have noticed from Twitter, Spamhaus is currently the target of a lawsuit filed in the UK by a US bulk sender better known in the anti-spam world as 'Mamba Hosting' — an outfit which since 2008 has managed to rack up an impressive 184 SBL listings and get terminated by over 50 hosts.

As the case has been filed in the UK we intend to defend it vigorously. Our defence aims to reveal the extent of this outfit's spam activities over the last years. Our goal is to impress upon the court the scale and subterfuge used by this outfit with overwhelming evidence to counter any claims of sending only to opt-in lists.

To ensure the court views the bulk of evidence as unquestionably large, that the scope is global, and with many victims beyond just Spamhaus' trap network, Spamhaus will appreciate additional spam samples from folks here who have been on the receiving end of spam from this outfit under its many different names.

Thanks for your assistance!

Steve Linford
Chief Executive
The Spamhaus Project"

If you have any interest in helping Spamhaus, please respond to Matt@spamhaus and he will provide IP ranges, timeframes, and a submission address

Comment How much would you pay? (Score 1) 191

What would you pay for a Windows subscription license? A $100 (or so) OEM copy of Windows installed onto my PC typically lasts around 4-5 years before I upgrade again (so 48 to 60 months). So, the starting price I'd be looking for would be about $2 a month / $24 a year! What's the betting that any subscription based model (if they went ahead) wouldn't be in that sort of ballpark?

Comment Lower denominations = harder concelment (Score 1) 314

The UK did something similar back in about 2010. I think this was after something like 50%+ of the high value euro notes were tracked back to being issued through a single inconspicuous (i.e. not commonly used by the public) back street exchange bureau, which was in turn linked to criminal activity.

Just think, you can stash maybe 10,000 euros in a single cigarette box using 500's. If you remove that note and fall back to say the 100euro note then you now need 5x the space or can only conceal a fifth of the value in the same space. The concealment & movement of money now needs to be scaled up to move the same quantity of money, which in turn raises the risk of someone being discovered. Getting stopped in the street you could hide a few 500's in a wallet which would easily be missed. In lower denominations you're now talking about wads of notes that are more noticeable.

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