Show of 5-3-2003

  • FTC SPAM Forum
    • April 30 through May 2, 2003 in Washington DC
    • Agenda Included
      • E-mail Address Harvesting, Economics of SPAM,False Claims Analysis
      • Open Relays, Open Proxies, FormMail Scripts
      • Blacklists,Best Practices, Wireless SPAM, Potential Solutions
  • Overview of SPAM — Timeline from the Beginning to the Present
    • History of SPAM
      • SPAM name came from a 1970 Monty Python Show about a restaurant with a limited menu that only included Pam
      • Name adopted by small online communities to described improperly posted or cross-posted messages
      • First large scale SPAM was April 1994 by Canter and Seigel advertising Green Card Lottery
    • Volume of SPAM
      • According to Brightmail
      • 8% of traffic in 2001
      • 36% of traffic in 2002
      • Estimated to be over 50% to 60% in 2003
      • Last week AOL filtered 2.6 billion e-mails in one day! (67 for each account)
    • Harvesting e-mail addresses
      • Discussions groups without opt-in
      • Websites without opt-in
      • Chat groups without opt-in
      • Contests with opt-in
      • Mask or hide your e-mail address to protect against harvesting
        • Masking examples (johndoe@aol dot com or johndoe@donotspam.cox.net)
        • Hiding involves not giving out e-mail address and never using it as a screen name or listing on a discussion/chat group.
    • Economics of SPAM
      • $99 to send 1 million e-mails
      • No printing costs
    • Economic Solutions
      • Charge for each e-mail (1 penny per e-mail) which would be used to offset ISP charges
      • Insignificant for normal user for small business
      • Deal breaker for spammers
  • SPAM Legislation
  • Technical solutions — A Whistle Stop Tour
    • Identification of actual Pam e-mail
      • Size of mailing using checksum for ID
      • Honeypots
      • Collective action or reporting
    • Use filtering software that use blacklists
    • Use filtering software that combines content and blacklist filters
    • Next Generation IP will make return address forging more difficult
    • Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo have joined forces. This is a good sign!
  • Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (CAUCE)
    • All volunteer organization
    • Created by Netizens to advocate for a legislative solution to the problem Pam
    • Leading anti-Pam organization
  • Home Networking
  • ABC?s of Sharing an Internet Connection
    • Network your computers by connecting them to a gateway
    • The gateway will function as proxy server, firewall, and DHCP server
    • Assign internal addresses dynamically
    • Filter incoming packets from the Internet that were not requested
    • Have one external IP address seen by the outside world
    • Gateway will connect to
      • Cable Modem
      • DSL Modem
      • Dialup Modem
    • Gateway can be wired or wireless
  • Importance of a Firewall
    • Addresses blocks are scanned for vulnerable systems
    • Trojans can be placed on unpatched OS quite easily
      • Log keystrokes
      • Engage is DDOS Attacks
      • Mask the presence of foreign files on the system (root kits)
    • On my cable connection, I typically get 10 hack attacks per hour
  • SmartCast Sonar Fish Finder
    • Information sent by Robert Lotier, Tech Talk listener
    • Cast and find fish with this $170 wireless device
    • Buy Online from
  • Stratford Open House Next Saturday, May 10th
    • Remote broadcast of Tech Talk Ric Edelman
    • Financial Aid Seminars for students and parents
    • Technology seminars (wireless networking, hacking and cracking, computer clinic)
    • Culinary seminars
    • Career seminars
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