While I won’t name names to protect the “innocent” (or in some cases “douchey”) I can say that I just got off the phone with a certain soprano saxophone player you’ve heard of. Might not like him, but you’ve heard of him.
(I should have played some of his music for him to calm him down…)
Just got the following email in my Gmail Inbox:
Dear valued PayPal member:
Identity protection matters. And PayPal works day and night to help keep your identity safe. That’s why it has come to our attention that your PayPal account information needs to be updated as part of our continuing commitment to protect your account and to reduce the instance of fraud on our website. If you could take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into any future problems with the online service.
However, failure to update your records will result in account suspension.
Once you have updated your account records, your PayPal session will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.
To login to your PayPal account and update your records click on the following link:
Thank You for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
OK, there’s a few things wrong here but the most blatant is the fact that they didn’t even bother spoofing the URL of paypal.com, they just went ahead and put up the IP address of a server in the Czech Republic (thanks dnsstuff.com!)
Is this just an example of spammers/spoofers/phishers/whateverthefuckthey’recallingthemselvesnow not caring or just ineptitude? I’m betting on ineptitude myself.
Actually, I was available… We thought it would be a good idea to start video blogging some work-related stuff in the office and Gene and I shot the video linked below to welcome our customers to our service and give them an overview of what we can offer.
Click here to let the mocking begin!
Gene and I are working on recording the voice prompts for our office today. We’re installing a new-fangled fancy-pants phone system and I’ll be “replacing” Art (the owner, founder, CEO) as the “voice” of Lanlogic. Weeeee!
You hear that? That’s the sound of 10 of my hard (ly)-earned dollars being flushed into the toilet that is known as the “Powerball Lottery.”
The best response of the day? Gene saying, “No thanks, I was a statistics major in college.”
So I played a little trick on Tom tonight at bowling. Nothing huge, just enough to irk him and make him shake his fist at me.
Now, however, I’m worried. See, Tom has access/control over every PC in the office and can cause some VERY SERIOUS things with my computer and network access. Not to mention, of course, my access to the building and phone. We were joking about what he could do and I jokingly said something about making my corporate login password 64-characters in length with no letters or numbers allowed, only “special characters” (ex. #+~^%#$]?). This caused his eyebrow to raise in thought.
I’m not a mathematician, and I have never claimed to be one. Why then, when someone was walking by me trying to remember the number 238 did my brain automatically try to remember the number as 2^3=8?
My brain is a funny, funny thing friends…
This is what I got for my birthday today at work. I have good friends here at work, but I need to mention Caley specifically as he really went above and beyond in cooridnating this whole thing and getting people to chip in.
From the customer:
Please cancel our account. Unfortunately, we had to switch to our broker/dealer’s email hosting company for compliance purposes. Thank you for all your service.
From the Support Rep:
We are sorry to see you live but wish you the best of luck in the future.
All services have been cancelled.
Got the following email in our Support mailbox asking us to join the class-action lawsuit:
I am writing you today to ask that you get involved in a Class Action Lawsuit to stop the abuse and blackmail perpetrated by a vigilante organization known as Spamhaus and run by Steve Linford.
We have talked to many ISPs and hosting companies and the consensus is basically the same. ISPs are tired of being blackmailed and bullied by this group of thugs and we propose to put an end to it by filing a Lawsuit. The defendants in this lawsuit will be
2. Steve Linford
3. Companies that use and support Spamhaus.
4. ISPs that unjustly shut or refuse service based on Spamhaus direction.
As you may already know Spamhaus just lost an 11.7 million dollar lawsuit filed by e360insight.com. they have refused to abide by the federal court order and will be soon held in contempt. If you are using Spamhaus you may be exposing your company to huge liability as they do not follow any law in their blacklisting and Steve Linford uses his position to abuse his list as a weapon for personal vendettas.
1. Spamhaus lists sites, IPs and ISPs that are not spamming.
2. Steve Linford uses his blacklists to enrich himself and for personal vendettas
3. Steve Linford owns a hosting company UXN.COM which is a direct conflict of interest in operating his illegal blacklist
4. Steve Linford Ignores United States courts and laws
5. Steve Linford Blackmails ISPs by listing IPs of innocents in order to get them to comply with whatever he asks.
6. The same list Spamhaus misrepresents as their SBl is freely available at [URL deleted by Ted] (without the blackmail)
7. Steve Linford has no regard for free speech and puts sites on his list solely for speaking out about him to repress the growing Anti-spamhaus movement.
One only needs to log into [URL deleted by Ted] to see the absolute nonsense that goes on there and Steve Linford banging his chest and bragging he can shut down any site or host in the world.
Regardless of the fight against spam there is no place on the internet for one man to decide who has a website and who does not.
If you are Interested in more information and updates as we progress please send an email to [Email address deleted by Ted] and we will add you to our confidential list.
At the very least if your tired of this kind of blackmail, do not bow to the Illegal actions of Spamhaus and log into [URL delted by Ted] and tell them what you think of their blackmail tactics.
It is time for Spamhaus to go. if you google “Spamhaus Terrorists” and “Spamhaus Judgment” you can read more about what is going on recently.
Thank you for your time
Committee to stop Spamhaus censorship and Blackmail
Yeah, we’ll go right ahead and do that…