Sunday, September 28, 2003

Good news for the Dutchies 

According to the Volkskrant, the majority of the Dutch parliament is likely to support the new/modified law that will make spamming illegal in the Netherlands. The proposed maximum fine is a stunning amount of €4500 per violation.


For those of you who understand Dutch, read the whole article at

Earn loads of money - NOT! 

Get conned out of loads of money instead.......

You just received a message from someone claiming to be the "first son of the late blabla of whatever country in Africa"? Read it again, and if you don't believe it's a scam, visit Scamorama Presents The Lads From Lagos.

Spamcop at your service! 

So, your inbox is flooded with spams and scams like the ones mentioned below? Why not create an account at Spamcop? You can help combat spam by reporting the spammers to their ISP's.

Scam, spam and other nasty stuff - part II 

Now here's another one you should be aware of - don't believe a word of it:

"Microsoft Customer

this is the latest version of security update, the "September 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates all known security vulnerabilities affecting MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express as well as three new vulnerabilities. Install now to protect your computer from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow an attacker to run executable on your system. This update includes the functionality of all previously released patches.
System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP
This update applies to:
- MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
- MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
- MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later

Recommendation: Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.
How to install: Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box.
How to use: You don't need to do anything after installing this item.

Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site.
For security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site

Thank you for using Microsoft products.

Please do not reply to this message.
It was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any replies.

The names of the actual companies and products mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Copyright 2003 Microsoft Corporation. "

It might look genuine at first glance, but don't even think of running the attached file unless you want your pc infected with the W32.Swen.A@mm or W32.Gibe.B@mm virus!!! Microsoft never sends patches via email so go check out their site and download the patches from there instead:

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Scam, spam and other nasty stuff - part I 

I just can't stand it: SPAM!! The messages keep coming in, and I keep throwing them out. It seems like a battle I can never ever win, and maybe that is the case - hope not! Usually the spams are related to 'non-branded' viagra, sliagra and other weird products that I am not very interested in, but today I found a new one in my inbox:

"Dear Paypal Member.

Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a must to ensure that only you have access and use of your paypal account and to ensure a safe Paypal experience. We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us. To verify your information, click here [links to] and enter the details requested. After you verify your information, your account shall be returned to good standing and you will continue to have full use of your account.
Thank you for using PayPal!

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered."

Yeah, right - whatever!!! I don't even have a PayPal account so why on earth would I want to verify anything at all??? For a moment there I was actually tempted to open the link.....

Thursday, September 25, 2003

So it's begun.... 

For a long time I have wanted to setup a web log. I've been searching for software, I've been searching for scripts, I've been searching for just about anything that you could think of, and finally I found Blogger! I'm amazed - it enables me to do what I want, and yet it costs absolutely nothing. That is rare nowadays.

Check it out!

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