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So one of my email addresses gets on a spam list.  Not that I would receive spam, but that I would be ‘blamed for sending’ spam.  Basically someone is using my email address as a ‘legitimate’ email address.  So I’ve been getting a lot of ‘out of office’ replies.  Luckily I’ve got two levels of spam protection and can safely ignore the odd one that gets through.  Then my webhoster decides that I’m the one to blame.  Right….here how that went.


Riiight.  So here’s my response:


“We assume that a virus on your local computer spied out the login data to your 1&1 mailbox”
Do you even know how email works?  Geeze.  This email account goes through Google.  So, unless you think that Google has been hacked (and ONLY this email address out of the 4 OTHERS I have through the same logon, which have NO spam from them), I’d like to see you prove it.
“The virus transferred it to the hackers and they have been misusing your mailbox to send Spam.”
So, what you are saying that is my mailbox is being ‘misused’, then I should see a ton of SENT mail in there right?
Nope.  Nothing there.  Maybe they are the type of spammers that like to keep a clean system and delete sent messages?  Well, that means there should be a ton of messages in my trash box right?
Nope, not so much.  Just the 5 messages that I put there.  Well, maybe they are crafty spammers and take the time to ONLY delete their messages, right after they remove them from the sent box.
Or maybe…..just maybe….they simple faked my email address that they obtained through some other website where it was used?  I mean do you guys even understand this concept?  Not like you could Google how to do something like that huh?( and then find resources like this:
But hey, feel free to try to blame the person on the end without putting the least bit of thought into it.

Now this is good for thought!


I downloaded this app last winter on this device.  Suddenly its “not normally used for mobile banking”.  :/

So I log into Google and go to start a chat with someone and see this:


After all the recent security issues, makes ya think about this type of warning!

Dear Google, please unfuck yourself here.


Some people may want to see advising that’s more relevant

Fuck you Verizon!  No seriously, Fuck you.  I don’t ever recall hearing about peyote who ever said “Oh yeah, hit me with all the advertising you believe is important to me! I love that shit!”

You know, when it cost TVs to run shows, sure advertising helped offset some costs but you bastards (and this goes for every other ISP) try to pull some lame excise like this, just annoys me.  While we understood commercials on TVs, you are already making your money, this is nothing more than a cash grab and an invasion of privacy!,0,2539606.column?page=2&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20latimes%2Fbusiness%20%28L.A.%20Times%20-%20Business%29&utm_source=feedburner&track=rss

Mentors Last Words

Another one got caught today, it’s all over the papers. “Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal”, “Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering”… Damn kids. They’re all alike. But did you, in your three- piece psychology and 1950’s technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him? I am a hacker, enter my world… Mine is a world that begins with school… I’m smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me… Damn underachiever. They’re all alike. I’m in junior high or high school. I’ve listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. “No, Ms. Smith, I didn’t show my work. I did it in my head…” Damn kid. Probably copied it. They’re all alike. I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it’s because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn’t like me… Or feels threatened by me.. Or thinks I’m a smart ass.. Or doesn’t like teaching and shouldn’t be here… Damn kid. All he does is play games. They’re all alike. And then it happened… a door opened to a world… rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict’s veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought… a board is found. “This is it… this is where I belong…” I know everyone here… even if I’ve never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again… I know you all… Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They’re all alike… You bet your ass we’re all alike… we’ve been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak… the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless.

We’ve been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert. This is our world now… the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn’t run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore… and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge… and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias… and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.

Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual,but you can’t stop us all… after all, we’re all alike.

+++The Mentor+++

[May the members of the phreak community never forget his words -JR]

Has anyone noticed how annoying and fake modern marketing is getting?  They make things out to something they are not.

Tumblr thinks it’s a game:


Yay I’ve reach some new level!  I must be the best Tumblr-er ever!  Ugh.

Then there is ModX who somehow cares about my well-being:


Am I ok?  Really?  Their wording is way too casual for who they are.  “Is everything ok with the setup?”  would be much more appropriate than what a friend of mine would phrase that by.

It’s kinda annoying when companies try to pull off some sort of perception of their products/services that really aren’t there.

Prosecutors forwarded the case to the financial watchdog Jan 8 saying that an unidentified, outsourced staff in charge of data-processing jobs stole the data and sold it to advertising agents illegally.

From South Korea Plans to Prevent Personal Data Leakage

You know what their solution (simplified) was?  “Under the revised rule, mandatory collection will be limited to six to 10 essential information, including names, ID numbers, home address, mobile phone numbers, type of job and nationality.”

Seriously?  That’s all you got to give us?  Nothing about ‘no more outsourcing’.  Nothing about “security clearance required to handler personal information”?  Just limit how much info is collected?  Oh, and something about you agreeing to share any info before hand….yeah, how many of you read the fine print?

See, being in Korea you see a lot of really dumb things.  While they have mostly done away with ‘pin codes’ for debit purchases, they were replaced with ‘signing pads’.  While this can be theoretically more secure, the Koreans just make some sort of random scribble.  Even the staff will make those scribble for you thus completely by-passing the more secure method.  Before you needed to know someone’s pin….now all you need to do is make a squiggle and BAM, purchase done.

There is a cool option to have every purchase you complete sent to you an SMS message summary.  This is really useful but rarely used.

To even just LOOK at a Korean website, you will need to download a programs which acts as a firewall/keylogger while you are just LOOKING at the website.  This used to be utterly limited to Windows and Internet Explorer but a few years ago they mandated that FireFox be allowed as well.  Still, some sites haven’t bothered with this (non-banks) and I don’t know about you but I don’t have a lot of faith in programs that haven’t been analyzed by independent security experts.  This is also severely limiting for those with Macs and Linux.  The few tech-savy ones can run emulators and such but it’s a real pain.

So, none of this really matters if you put data into the hands of money-hungry people.  Data will always be leaked if the rewards are worth the risk.

Its a nice feature to have a website automatically switch to a country native language but geezus, give us a fucking ability to change to a language that is native to those NOT native to the country they are visiting!  I’m looking at YOU LinkedIn……


Few posts make it to more than one blog I have, but this one does.

Eyagee's Blog

Inspired by this post by Opinionated Man, I thought I’d do a counter-compliment to his post.

10 Things Koreans should not say to Foreigners

  1. Are you American? Dude, not all white people are from the USA.
  2. (Speaking to a non-white person from Canada) Do you feel left out in your country? Seriously, learn what the term Ethnic groups means and read a website.  Geeze, we know you know how to use the Internet!
  3. How old are you? None of your damn business.  Older than you, so you already know to use the formal style of Hangul, so use it already.
  4. Are you married? None of your business.  Learn the term ‘personal boundaries’ and look up how that applies to non-Koreans why don’t you?!
  5. (My wife got this one) Teacher, you are sexy! WTF, do you really don’t know how to behave around adults? Why don’t we have a conversation with your…

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