Wow, spammers have hit a new level of stupid

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    Wow, spammers have hit a new level of stupid

    I got TWO spam emails that stood out from the rest today. They were both obvious porn ones that had an attachment. Being the interested person I am I decided what the hell I'll take a look at the email.

    Interesting parts:
    1) had a "normal" email name. Though they had a female first name and were from aol.com and yahoo.com.
    2) a some what normal subject line. Not the lewt spelling, or "hey" or "take a look at this" like most have
    3) the attachment had a .zip file of all things. So I decided to open it (who knows maybe they are sending me free porn pics). Well much to my dismay its not pics but an exe. Hmmm to run a exe sent to me by someone I don't know or not... I think not.

    If it hadn't been for the parse errors in the message body (had = all over the place) I might not have been 100% of its spam status till I opened the attachment.

    Moral of story: none, just bored

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    Congress is debating what like ten different anti-spam bills? I say that the only way to stop this scourge on the internet is to execute spammers.
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    Originally posted by joshdick
    I say that the only way to stop this scourge on the internet is to execute spammers.
    Either that or at least a large fine. If they cannot pay the fine then they should have to do community work or simply prison time. Spammers, including 'advertising comanies', all need an ass-kicking or worse.

    You know what I hate even more? When a company sends you a spam mail and it says "____ corp. are mailing this in accordance of the law blah blah. To remove yourself from this list press the following link." Then it sends you to a page which you are allowed to remove your address. 1 week later you get another one from another corporation that has the EXACT same thing written at the end of the mail, which also sends you to the same page. All these advertising corporations are doing is 'twisting' the law by 'advertising' through thousands of different names.

    You know what other corporation owners who should be shot on sight? The ones who advertise through the 'Messenger service'. They are advertising to millions of people without their permission.

    I emailed an ISP in europe when I had gotten about 10 spam mails per day from one of their users and they replied something like "There is nothing that we will do. It is not illegal here and since your problem does not occur in our area it is not our problem.". I think they should be shot, too. In fact, in order to save resources, we could line up all offenders and shoot one bullet at every line-up of 6 or so to purge the world of spammers.
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    There are new anti-spam laws coming into force in the Eu shortly. It will be illegal for a business to send un-solicited mails - you need to "opt in" to receive mails. Naturally, what the spammers will do is move their sending station to a non EU country - so it will have little impact.

    Most of my spam comes from the US. If they regulate there as well, then those spammers will move as well.
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    Originally posted by joshdick
    Congress is debating what like ten different anti-spam bills? I say that the only way to stop this scourge on the internet is to execute spammers.
    One passed, but it is so worthless that it will hardly make a dent.

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    ..... just spamming the forum.
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    as long as there is one country that allows spamming, spammers will move there. the thing that sucks is that in another year or two, email will cease to be a proper mode of communication due to all the spam.--

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    Originally posted by EvBladeRunnervE
    the thing that sucks is that in another year or two, email will cease to be a proper mode of communication due to all the spam.--
    Not true. Spam filters will become more robust. Legislation will make a small dent because some companies will fear being sued. And most home users will figure out how to set up filters on their inboxes. I personally have seen a lessened amount of spam as of late.

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    Easiest solution: Make email costly. 1 cent per mail won't hurt anyone, heck, a short mobile phone or pager message costs 20 cent here. But if you send out 2 million... oops... that will make it not profitable because you need to send out billions to catch the few idiots who will reply. Treat the problem at the root.
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    Why not have regulations such as all spam mail must contain something to id them as spam, so spam filters only have to look for the id and mark it as spam. User can accept or not. Spam being any email sent to more than one person outside a lan.
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    Originally posted by neandrake
    Spam being any email sent to more than one person outside a lan.
    So if I want to send an email to my friends I'd either have to send multiple messages or have it identified as spam?

    Riiigggggghhhht

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    No, I don't think that is what he is suggesting. I think he is saying that all registered companies would be forced to abide by this or face lawsuits.

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    True, but if it went into law as he wrote it then that is what would happen. Have to be carefull when using worlds like "any."

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    picky picky...

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    Dang tootin

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