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  • Dec 29, 2014
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Spam Filtering

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

Talkback

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

Running your own mail server is risky, despite the choices

I am a regular reader of the South China Morning Post and have been a follower of the Technology section for the past eight years. Reading your column 'E-mail management for small businesses' (February 7), I was a bit disappointed to see one of Europe's best e-mail management systems was not even mentioned.

20 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Putting reputations online

SO MANY BUSINESSES and individuals today rely on e-mail that most people cannot imagine how they could do their work or keep in touch with family and friends without it.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Anti-spam programs can bring back the joy of online privacy

My Mac consistently delivers satisfaction after satisfaction, and I sing its joys and praises to anyone who will listen as I bask in my machine's Macness.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Anti-spam programs can bring back the joy of online privacy

My Mac consistently delivers satisfaction after satisfaction, and I sing its joys and praises to anyone who will listen as I bask in my machine's Macness.

8 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Open letter to all spammers, whoever you are

About 1 per cent of the spam that hits me serves a purpose: it makes me laugh. For example, I enjoyed recently receiving a message about an unusual sex act that purported to come from somebody called Gwendolyn Blake.

18 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Filter service stems office leaks

An employee accidentally sends an e-mail meant for their partner to a client, or inadvertently bulk-mails the entire firm embarrassing stories about a colleague.

Worse still, the same defamatory e-mail is sent to an entire list of customers.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Netvigator under fire over spam response

The following is just a small part of a long message that was sent to Tech Talk. The correspondent preferred not to be named but the elaborate correspondence is certainly interesting and valid.

17 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Talkback

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

LINES OF DEFENCE

'[Legislation] sometimes gives a false sense of security'

Yahoo! Hong Kong

'It will take a combination of advanced technology, industry self-regulation, consumer education, effective legislation and targeted enforcement to contain the spam problem'

Microsoft

'Spam is probably the single greatest threat to our industry'

9 Nov 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

Bickering over standards hampers efforts to fight spam

If there is anything in the computer industry more irritating today than spam, could someone please tell me? No subject seems to get people more upset.

The good news is that a lot of top software programmers are working on ways to prevent spam, while allowing legitimate e-mail to pass through the defences we have set up for our personal computer or networks.

14 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Vipul's Razor cuts spam down to size

Cockroaches: everyone hates them but nobody knows how to beat them.

Mine always materialise in the bathroom and I can never work out whether they enter via the window, the plughole or the front door. Worse, whether I spray them, stamp on them or chuck them out of the window, they always return, just like spam.

25 May 2004 - 12:00am

Vipul's Razor cuts spam down to size

Cockroaches: everyone hates them but nobody knows how to beat them.

Mine always materialise in the bathroom and I can never work out whether they enter via the window, the plughole or the front door. Worse, whether I spray them, stamp on them or chuck them out of the window, they always return, just like spam.

24 May 2004 - 12:00am

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