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It's true, but not all the details are accurate The author posted a FAQ post about the case where they explain that they did take some creative liberty both for simplification and because they didn't remember all the details: If you're not 100% certain of all the details, why did you write the original post so vividly? I took license. It made a ...


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There have been several experiments that measure the effectiveness of unsubscribing from spam, which concluded in favor of unsubscribing. For example, Kenneth Ladd Seldeen, a researcher with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has set up the following: Used in this experiment were two web based email accounts. Email accounts were tracked for ...


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The company that makes Spam is called Hormel. I couldn't find any reference to them suing Hotmail, but around 2007 they did sue a company called Spam Arrest that made email filtering software, claiming their trademark was being infringed. They lost. Here is a story from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There may have been other such lawsuits as well, but this ...


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In short: if the draft mail is stored in the server, it is saved there in a specific folder there like any other mail. So if the spying entity has access to the disk (as opposed to having access to the communications network) they have access to the drafts as well. Example: In maildir format (de-facto Unix standard) drafts are just a flag set by the user on ...


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While scambaiting itself may only affect scammers on an individual level, the other activities at scambaiting communities do curb the overall success of scammers. Scammers set up fake sites, which scambaiters systematically work to catalog and report. Many scambaiters work with http://aa419.org, which keeps a public database of all scammer-created websites ...


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Nate Eldredge's answer is pretty accurate so far; here are more details. The popular email service which was target by Hormel Foods Corp (HRL.N), owner of SPAM (food) is Spam Arrest LLC. Spam Arrest LLC, which is a provider of software and services aimed at stopping email spam, said it won a five-year legal battle against Hormel Foods Corp (HRL.N) to keep ...


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Absolutely not. You can safely assume that an intelligence agency has access to your online mail box, including drafts. For example, this is a leaked NSA document claiming that 500,000 online inboxes are snooped on every day. Snowden again makes fun, in front of a community of peers, of using an online platform for espionage purposes: A good example of ...


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