MessageLabs Adds Public IM Security Service

This is interesting. After I wondered yesterday about the applicability of IM security products that ignore social networks, MessageLabs announced the launch of a new public IM security service. The solution does not address any of the problems I mentioned. The press release mentions AOL’s AIM, Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft MSN, but does not mention …

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Virginia High Court Strike Down Anti-Spam Law

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091201211.html?hpid=topnews In 2004 Jeremy Jaynes was convicted under Virginia’s Anti-Spam law for sending 10 million spam emails through AOL servers located in Virginia. Virginia’s Supreme Court has overturned that conviction and struck down the Anti-spam law. “The court unanimously agreed with Jeremy Jaynes’ argument that the law violates the free-speech protections of the First Amendment …

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AOL Password Truncation

Brian Kreb’s Security Fix is reporting AOL is truncating passwords at 8 characters. I think our Solaris servers were doing the same thing until we upgraded to version 10. In fact, here’s a blog entry from the SUN Security Coordinator’s blog claiming that password truncation is a security feature. In other words, its a feature …

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Toll Gate on the Information Superhighway

Yahoo and AOL have announced plans for a preferred spammer program, where by a sender can pay fractions of a cent per email and bypass all filters. Its not clear whether this program will actually whitelist unsolicited commercial email or if it will only whitelist valid email from participating companies. This new plan would appear …

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AIM Bots

On November 16, AOL added a “AIM Bots” group to AIM users buddy list. This group contained buddies Moviephone and ShoppingBuddy. A popup indicated that the bots had been added, but it was not clear who really added the new buddies or why. Apparently AIM was seeking to promote knowledge about the bots, which are …

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