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Spammers launched a huge number of directory harvesting emails over recent days in an apparent attempt to update their email databases. The attack, which lasted several days, peaked on Sunday, 18 June when web security firm BlackSpider intercepted 109 times more of these malicious emails than it normally intercepts.
The flood of emails, used by spammers to collect valid email addresses, originated from a botnet of more than 90,000 compromised PCs, or 'spambots'. Directory harvesting emails are continuing to circulate but in far fewer numbers. Emails that formed part of the attack contained little or no text and were simply used to verify that email address were valid in cases where email servers didn't reject emails. Junk mail lowlifes then used the addresses in their own campaigns or sold verified lists on at a premium to other spammers.

...(more: http://www.theregister.com/2006/06/26/directory_harvest_attack/)

I've forgotten about this song. :: purrs::

Washington Post has pictures of the effects of our insane (and awesome) rain storms as of late: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2006/06/26/GA2006062600733_index_frames.htm?startat=undefined (link may not work. If it doesn't, check the Washington Post homepage.)

Huh, looking at those pictures, I guess we were lucky. We didn't see anything that bad, although we certainly did see our backyard turn into a river of sorts, water at least 4 inches deep in places. A similar river formed in the common area behind our backyard. And both rivers merged into our neighbor's backyard to form a lake. The water flowing past our driveway in the front of the house splashed up possibly a foot, as it hit the other curb of our driveway. Kinda sucks that I just realized that I should have taken picture ^^;; Won't see this again, probably. Unless the weather system really does stay stuck over our area. I wouldn't mind that all too much, honestly, but it would be annoying for others. We'll see.
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Apparently, the evil people trying to get your information are getting smarter. Expect stuff to be addressed to you by name.

Basic rules?
1. Don't click links in e-mails.
2. If it's paypal, go to paypal.com in your browser, and check your account for suspicious activity. There'll usually be none. If it's eBay, go to ebay.com. Etc.
3. Forward the e-mail to security / support. Usually, they'll get back to you.

Via http://www.fightidentitytheft.com/how-to-report-scams.html
Here is the contact info for some of the most targeted companies:
Best Buy bestbuysecurityinfo@postfuture.com
Citi emailspoof@citigroup.com
EarthLink fraud@corp.earthlink.net
eBay spoof@ebay.com
PayPal spoof@paypal.com
Washington Mutual spoof@wamu.com
Wells Fargo Contact Us Page

Also consider forwarding the email to spam@uce.gov. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will place your email in a database and use the combined information to track down and prosecute the scammer/spammers.

Also useful, is the cheat-sheet for reaching human operators, in the case that you do fall for spam:

[edit] Addressed, not Address.
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Received: from 123.red-217-217-134.user.auna.net ([](misconfigured sender))
by rwcrmxc20.comcast.net (rwcrmxc20) with SMTP
id <20050813111553r2000gucmae>; Sat, 13 Aug 2005 11:15:55 +0000
X-Originating-IP: []
Received: from walmart.com (backupmx1.veriomail.com [])
by 123.red-217-217-134.user.auna.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id D3A51FD06D
for <ben.juang@comcast.net>; Sat, 13 Aug 2005 06:17:08 -0500
From: German company <linuxer@walmart.com>
To: Ben <ben.juang@comcast.net>
Subject: Job offer.
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2005 06:17:08 -0500
Message-ID: <111001c59ff8$068d1014$9e558dba@walmart.com>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook, Build 10.0.4510
Importance: Normal
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1081
X-AntiVirus: Checked by Dr.Web (http://www.drweb.net)

German company offers talented people in USA a chance to work
for dynamic and growing company as a partner.

Candidate must be reliable enough to work without direct supervision.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule Monday through Saturday.

The responsibilities will include:
- Managing company financial operations from/to US partners.
- Establishing and managing contacts with different financial institutions.
- Organizing financial flow to different European company branches and partners.

No financial education or special knowledge required.

Part-time position as of now. Consider this position as work-at-home type.

Salary: $36-42K

Contact us by email at info@techhydraulik.com

So weird.

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