Spam sushi.

No, really. It's a piece of grilled Spam on a bed of sticky rice and held in place with a strip of nori. The US dime on the corner of the plate is there to give you an idea of how big it is. It's actually quite tasty and not gelatinous at all because it's been cooked, though it's also too large to eat like most sushi. I recommend using a knife to cut it into bite-sized pieces before eating.

Served with love at Ohana in Portland, Oregon.

The origin of and solution to Google Calendar spam... for now, anyway.

Early last month I wrote a short article about having recieved spam to my Gmail account that automatically added itself to my personal calendar. As I'd expected, I wasn't the only one who'd recieved one of these, and that it would be a matter of time before Someone Out There had the time to really look into it. As it turns out, anyone can send an invitation to a Gmail account and have it automatically added to an associated calendar because such invitations are automatically added by default (regardless of poor sentence structure). I would guess that this is so …

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Unusual Gmail spam.

Has anyone recieved spam in their Google Mail accounts from 'William Griffin' that comes in the form of an invitation to an event (in the Google Calendar sense)? If so, have you found that it's inserted itself into your Google Calendar (if you have one) even though you haven't accepted or declined it, but deleted it instead?

I received such spam earlier today, read through it, and rather than click "yes/no/maybe" deleted the invitation. Just a few minutes ago, I discovered that it had inserted itself into my public Google Calendar because it sent a text message to …

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Sacrificing spam when you can't sacrifice spammers.

Due to the fact that Rending the Veil hasn't finished restoring older articles from backup since the last server migration, I'm reposting my last article they published on harvesting the energy spent by spammers in trying to get us to buy their crap.

Spam. Junk e-mail. Things you can't say in mixed company.

No matter what you may call it, we're talking about the same thing: E-mail that you didn't ask for and don't want filling up your inbox, sometimes making it impossible to find real e-mail. It's a nuisance that netizens have been fighting for years. In terms of …

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Forged spam from the FTC contains keylogger.

Someone out there apparently takes a dim view of the US Federal Trade Commission going after spammers (when it gets around to it) because they're sending spam forged from the FTC with malware attached. The spam takes the form of a complaint against the recipient, and asks them to open a document attached to the message. It's actually a keystroke logger that, when installed, records everything the user types from then on and sends it off periodically to someplace on the net. Understandably, they're not pleased with this stunt, and they're asking usres to forward copies of the e-mail (malware …

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Somehow, I doubt that many will mourn this guy's passing.

The notorious Russian spammer Alexey Tolstokozhev was found shot to death in his apartment just outside of Moscow earlier this week. Apparently, someone took rather violent offense at all of the advertisements for Viagra that he was hammering out and shot him a number of times, including one head shot. Supposedly, Russian police forces think that this is the trademark of a hitman employed by Russian organized crime, who don't take kindly to people muscling in on their territory (or declining "polite requests" to become part of their territory). It is thought that Tolstokozhev was personally responsible for roughly 30 …

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Ameritrade cracked - 6.3 million customers exposed.

The online stock trading and investment company TD Ameritrade announced this morning that a database server holding contact information for approximately 6.3 million customers was cracked and copied by agents unknown. They're saying that the Social Security and account numbers in the database weren't copied, but it sounds kind of odd that crackers would only take names, addresses, and e-mail addresses and leave the good stuff behind. Because the FBI, SEC (Securities Exchange Commission), and FIRA (FInancial Industry Regulatory Authority) are involved they're not allowed to release any more information pertinent to the case. The compromise appears to have …

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Notorious spammer arrested!

Well-known and little-loved spammer Robert Soloway ws arrested by US law enforcement for multiple violations of federal law, including mail, wire, and e-mail fraud, as well as money laundering. It wouldn't surprise me if they got him on violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he was actively taking over workstations across the Net to add to his botnet of spam clients, but somehow I think the fraud charges are going to be more effective. Soloway was once near the top of Spamhaus Project's 10 Ten Most Wanted list, but a couple of lawsuits in the past few …

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There's something very _Snow Crash_ about this.

Some call it spam, others call it laughable, but some people are very spooked about what you can find on someone with a simple Google search: E-mailed extortion threats demanding thousands of dollars to buy off a purported hitman with a contract. The scam goes down like this: J. Random Net.Scammer e-mails a likely target and claims to be an assassin that was paid to take them down. They're being kind enough to demand a couple of grand from them to not pull the trigger. Often the threats include some personal information, like the name of a spouse or …

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