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New beginnings

What with my old web host ramping up charges this year, my less than frequent updates (now that I spend most of my time on facebook), and the fact that I can use a free blog host (with a newer version of WordPress and associated widgets), I have moved my blog from 1&1 to WordPress.

Some older, irrelevant content has been disposed of, but much is still here, although sadly I am not allowed to host my Blade Runner screen saver files on here 😦

Expect things to move around a little as I play with the new themes, widgets and settings…and hopefully more frequent updates 🙂

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Spam on the rise again

I’ve started receiving bounces for undelivered mail that I haven’t sent. It seems it’s my turn to have my mail domain spoofed for e-mail harvesting spam again. The spam mails appear to all be in HTML format and claim to be in response to signing up to a newsletter.

If you don’t know, ‘spoofing’ is forging the address to look like it comes from someone else that you’re more likely to trust, in this case my domain, ‘’. The mail was never sent by me, or from a user on my mailserver, as I don’t actually have a ‘’ mailserver. All my mail passes through an authenticated server on my host, 1&1, and legitimate mail from me starts it’s first hop at ‘’ (which you’ll see in the headers).

There is nothing much that can be done about spoofing, as anyone can currently fake the sender address in an e-mail. Until something like the Sender Policy Framework or an equivalent is used by the majority of the ‘net there is no way to know if a mail is from a legitimate source.

Related: Spam Trends.


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