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Zombies are real but less of a problem

A few years ago I wrote a series of blog posts about zombie email addresses. Zombie addresses are those that someone owned and used and interacted with, but for whatever reason stopped logging into and checking. This series started with the time before the zombies, and moved on to the zombie uprising. Then discussed how they […]

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Another CASL fine assessed

This week the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a $50,000 fine against Blackstone Learning Corp. for violations of CASL. In early 2015, the CRTC identified over 380,000 emails sent without the consent of recipients and fined Blackstone $640,000. Blackstone appealed the ruling and the Commission lowered the fine to $50,000. I strongly recommend […]

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Anatomy of a successful phishing attempt

Earlier this year the Exploratorium was the victim of a phishing attack. They’ve posted an article on what happened and how they discovered and dealt with the issue. But they didn’t just report on the attack, they dissected it. And, as is appropriate for a organization with a mission of education, they mapped out what they […]

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2016 J.D. Falk Award

André Leduc received the 2016 J.D. Falk award this week at the Paris meeting of M3AAWG. He was recognized for spearheading two distinct projects. The first was the Operation Safety Net – Best Practices to Address Online, Mobile, and Telephony Threats  This 76 page report was written by global security experts. One of the major […]

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And… we’re back from London

The Email Innovations Summit in London was a good conference. Much smaller than Vegas, but with a number of very interesting talks. I got to meet a number of folks I’ve only known online and we had some interesting conversations at the conference and at the pub-track in the evenings. I had so many grand […]

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Yahoo disabled forwarding

Al posted about this over on his blog earlier this week. Yahoo has disabled the ability to forward email from one Yahoo account to an email account on a different system. There is, of course, all sorts of speculation as to why forwarding has been disabled including speculation this has to do with holding on […]

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Email Innovations Summit next week

I’m headed to London this weekend to speak at the Email Innovations summit next Thursday. It will be an updated version of “How to Talk Tech for Marketers” that I debuted in Vegas earlier this year. Expect blogging to be light for the next 2 weeks while I’m gone. There are a few things I […]

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September 2016: The month in email

Happy October, everyone. As we prepare to head to London for the Email Innovations Summit, we’re taking a look back at our busy September. As always, we welcome your feedback, questions, and amusing anecdotes. Seriously, we could use some amusing anecdotes. Or cat pictures.   We continued to discuss the ongoing abuse and the larger […]

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Yahoo collaborating with US intelligence agencies

Today it was revealed that Yahoo has been scanning people’s email for the federal government. Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. […]

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Affiliates can be liable for fraud

An article popped up on LinkedIn about a recent 2nd court of appeals ruling that I thought was interesting. Back in 2011, the FTC and the state of Connecticut filed suit against a company called LeanSpa and their affiliate marketer called LeadClick. LeanSpa sold various diet products through negative option marketing. LeadClick was the affiliate […]

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