November 14, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' 2004 proclamation that the spam problem would be solved within two years has proved a bitter joke, with unsolicited messages doubling yearly to make up about 90% of mail transmitted on the Internet. But this week, the tide turned. The number of unwanted, offensive and misleading e-mails sent across the globe plummeted by about two-thirds, to a mere 60 billion or so a day by Thursday, according to spam filtering companies.
June 17, 2008 |
A federal judge ruled that a White House office does not have to make public its records about millions of possibly missing e-mails. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said the Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The ruling enables the White House to maintain the privacy of an internal paper trail about its problem-plagued e-mail system. The suit was filed against the administration by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a private group that has been trying for more than a year to find out the extent of the e-mail problems.
June 11, 2008 |
Cyber-crime pays. But selling counterfeit drugs apparently pays better. Some of the world's most prolific spammers used to tout products for a few pennies per million e-mails or con consumers into forking over credit card information. But these groups have found that the most profit and growth potential lies in actually shipping the fake Viagra and other products they're hawking, according to a study scheduled for release today by a top security researcher.
May 25, 2008 |
The pitch: The Internal Revenue Service wants to see you in court! The scam: A recent round of e-mails carrying the official seal of the U.S. Tax Court was received by many, judging from the high volume of calls received by the court in Washington. Using the subject line "US Tax Petition," it said the commissioner of Internal Revenue was suing the recipient (named in the document) for a "deficiency" in taxes. The e-mail included a docket number and a hyperlink to click for more information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2008 |
A judge ruled that a man accused of infecting his ex-wife with the AIDS virus will have to disclose his sexual orientation in an upcoming civil trial. Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled Thursday that attorneys representing the man's ex-wife can use his e-mails as evidence of his "rampant, high-risk," secret homosexual lifestyle. The former couple married in July 2000 and divorced in October 2003. Both were diagnosed with HIV in October 2000. Both blame the other for their conditions.
January 25, 2008 |
Charter Communications Inc. executives believe a software error during routine maintenance caused the company to delete the contents of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts. There is no way to retrieve the messages, photos and other attachments that were erased from in-boxes and archive folders across the nation Monday, said Anita Lamont, a spokeswoman for the suburban St. Louis company.