Latest Tech News – 6 February

by Tiago


Europe is good for spam?

According to a security vender from Symantec, in the spam world there is much more action in Europe, than the US.

It didn’t use to be like this in the past years, but the results show a new trend which has European countries as the target, and the States are almost forgotten.

So, what is the reason for the change? Why do spammers don’t think about the US anymore?

As reported by Fredrik Sjostedt, from Symantec, it seems like the (new) broadband European market is one of the main causes. Another interesting detail is that many spammers are now located in Eastern Europe, and believe it or not, there are Russian spam gangs, just like it happens in real life.

Another item pointed out by Fredrik is the new working method of spammers, instead of working alone, they do it in (large) groups.

eBay says: No more negative reviews by sellers

In a strange move made by the giant eBay, and starting in May, all the sellers won’t be able to post negative comments on their customers. Can you believe it? The sellers can only provide positive feedback.

According to Lieberman, from eBay, there were plenty of people gaming the system, and that is why they had to change the rules.

Apple updates QuickTime

In case you have QuickTime installed on your Mac, or PC, the best thing to do is update it to version 7.4.1. Why so? Keep on reading and you will understand why:

By enticing a user to visit a maliciously crafted Web page, Apple says that an attacker may use an unpatched version of QuickTime to cause an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

Source: CNet

Guest post by Tiago of Gadgetizer

3 reviews or comments

Lifeform Says: February 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm

To deal with email spam in Russian, plug all these characters, one at a time, into your email filter and check “Match any of the following: Subject contains…”. It’s almost certain that at least one of these characters will appear in the Subject.

If you’re expecting REAL messages in Russian, too bad.


д б п з и й ф л ц ш щ э ч ю я г

You’re welcome.

Tiago Says: February 13, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Thanks for the tip Lifeform. Fortunately, I don’t get much Russian spam.

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