Cyberattack on anti-spam watchdog slows global internet

Spamhaus' website has been buffeted by massive denial-of-service attacks since mid-March. Photo: SCMP Pictures

An internet watchdog group responsible for keeping ads for counterfeit Viagra and bogus weight-loss pills out of inboxes around the world has been hit by a huge cyberattack, a crushing electronic onslaught that one expert said had already had ripple effects across the internet.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 8:19pm


Will the new law improve the spam situation?

Martin Oei, an IT expert interviewed for the article on stopping spam ('IT expert calls for more action to stem the flood of junk messages', May 29), says that he spends 'nearly 30 minutes a day' deleting spam messages.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Q Should a new home be found for the fireboat?

The fireboat needs a new home, but putting it in Quarry Bay Park is not a good idea because the park is small and there is no other display theme in the park which is related to the fireboat.

9 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Spam war draws lively counsel

Respondents to Ofta's consultation paper suggest an array of tactics, from legislation to filtering

Popular Disney character Donald Duck is known for his bad temper and stubborn streak, especially when he is in trouble.

9 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Bombard the spammers with legal clampdowns

Electronic mail is still by far the most popular internet application, despite the onslaught of junk messages. Hong Kong, now considering legislation on spam, has a chance to decide what role it will play in the fight against this modern menace.

8 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Spam filter improves the Outlook for inboxes

Product: Spamfighter Pro Price: US$25 per year from Pros: Farily efficient spam filtering fro Microsoft Outlook Cons: No spam filter is perfect

13 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Universal anti-spam laws long time coming

I found your Point of View column 'Slaying effort only makes spam monster bigger' (February 3) rather enjoyable.

In my opinion, no solution to the problem of e-mail spam will be forthcoming unless all jurisdictions agree to anti-spam legislation and enforcement.

10 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Gates will deserve a knighthood if he can end spam scourge

Last week, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who is to receive an honorary knighthood, told the World Economic Forum he would personally eliminate the scourge of spam in two years' time. By Saturday, he had improved on the estimate, telling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak that he would manage the feat within 18 months.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

US anti-spam bill possible model for HK

The anti-spam bill passed by the US Senate might serve as a legislative model for Hong Kong telecommunication authorities, according to David Ketchum, the head of the Asia Digital Marketing Association and member of a Hong Kong anti-spam coalition that includes Time Warner, Microsoft and the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association.

27 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

China hackers in power play

More fallout from the recent China-US teenage hacker war. According to a report in the LA Times, hackers from Guangdong came close to worsening California's power crisis.

11 Jun 2001 - 12:00am