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Spammer -- Meet Slammer! 13 December 2000 Edition
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As most regular Aardvark readers will be aware, I'm very much opposed to spammers and their irritating habits -- such as filling my mailbox with offers of "Free Satellite TV, Guaranteed Credit, etc."

I'm also aware that our proposed package of new and shiny anti-cybercrime laws doesn't really protect us from local spammers -- which is something I believe it should do.

However, all is not lost!

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Ability for cellphones to... - Joe

cell phones... - Rob

Waitakere - Lack of Wideband... - Peter

Business Cards... - Jon

Business Card exchange... - Matthew

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As you'll see in a story linked below, a US spammer has been well and truly snared by authorities and could face up to seven years jail-time for hijacking the servers of another company to send out his junk emails.

They didn't charge him with hacking, cyber-trespass or use any other hi-tech law though. He was whacked with a fraud charge -- because he used a fake sender's email address on his spam.

If successful, this case will likely set a precedent in the USA and make all spammers who fake email addresses equally vulnerable to prosecution -- and possible jail-time.

Hooray!

Why Don't They? (Follow-up)
Yesterday's suggestion that cellphones ought to have a business-card exchange system built into them produced quite a bit of feedback, with more than a couple readers pointing out that some Nokia phones already have an infra-red system that does such things.

That's good news -- if the people you meet also have the right model of Nokia phone but I'm surprised that it only works over an IR link and isn't radio-based. I think it would be a much nicer system if the phones didn't have to be pulled out of the users' pockets and pointed at each other.

Using a radio-link would allow a simple, transparent and automated exchange of this information.

Then there's the issue of standards. Nokia clearly have their own method but would Motorola or others be willing to follow it, or would they prefer an independent standard?

I predict that this facility will become an essential part of all 3GL phones within two years -- let's wait and see.

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