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Marketers, we have a problem

And that problem is security. Much of what marketing does is build profiles of customers by collecting huge amounts of data on every customer. That data collection is facilitated by compliant customers that provide all sorts of personal data just because they’re politely asked by a retail clerk. There will always be people who comply […]

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Experian selling data to identity thieves

If you’re not following or reading Brian Krebs, you should be. He does some of the best investigative reporting in the email, security and internet space. Today’s blog post is a disturbing look into the data selling and identity theft industries. Brian details evidence that shows Experian (yes, that Experian) has been selling consumer data […]

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Uploading your address book to social media

I am one of the moderators of a discussion list working on a document about getting off blocklists. If anyone not on the list attempts to post to the list I get a moderation request. One came through while I was gone. Now, I don’t really think Jim Mills wants to be friends with a […]

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Fast and loose

Politicians often play fast and loose with permission and data. This can cause them all sorts of problems with email delivery at major ISPs. I really expect that politicians buy, sell, transfer, spindle, mutilate and fold data. If they can use it to further their goals, they will. And, many of the consumer protection and […]

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Address leak leads to phishing

A number of people in the industry are reporting getting phishing emails to addresses they used at DocuSign. There were initial reports of a DocuSign data breach back in December. Now it appears DocuSign is being used as a phishing target. At 8:40AM PST this morning, 1/24/2013, DocuSign became aware of new malware spam emails […]

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Volume! Volume! Volume!

Saw a series of tweets this morning from random consumers about holiday marketing volume. Some of the vendors I follow have gotten a little desperate. I’m getting an average of three emails a day saying “BUY OUR SHIT.” — Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) December 14, 2012 Sadly, this has resulted in the inverse of their intent: […]

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Data, data, elections and data

One of the interesting stories coming out of the recent US Presidential election is how much data the Obama Campaign collected about voters, volunteers and donors. Today Politico talks about how valuable that data is, and how many Democrats want to get their hands on it.

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Data Driven Email (and other) Marketing

The frequency of emails from the Obama campaign ended up being a talking point for pundits and late night talk show hosts. Jon Stewart of The Daily show even asked President Obama about email directly during his October 18th interview. (Video, email question at the 5:56 mark) Jon Stewart: “We have been talking here for […]

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Data Cleansing part 2

In an effort to get a blog post out yesterday before yet another doctor’s appointment I did not do nearly enough research on the company I mentioned selling list cleansing data. As Al correctly pointed out in the comments they are currently listed on the SBL. And when I actually did the research I should […]

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Data Cleansing

According to Ken, Outward Media has productized a database of 300,000,000 email addresses that should never be mailed. OMI’s Clean-Send Suppression Database can help to protect your email sender reputation and save you valuable marketing dollars. In a nutshell, OMI Clean-Send is a database consisting of approximately 300 million negative email records (spam traps, foreign […]

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  • AOL compromise

    Lots of reports today of a security problem at AOL where accounts are sending spam, or are being spoofed in spam runs or something. Details are hazy, but there seems to be quite a bit of noise surrounding this incident. AOL hasn't provided any information as of yet as to what is going on.4 Comments


  • ReturnPath on DMARC+Yahoo

    Over at ReturnPath Christine has an excellent non-technical summary of the DMARC+Yahoo situation, along with some solid recommendations for what actions you might take to avoid the operational problems it can cause.No Comments


  • AOL problems

    Lots of people are reporting ongoing (RTR:GE) messages from AOL today.  This indicates the AOL mail servers are having problems and can't accept mail. This has nothing to do with spam, filtering or malicious email. This is simply their servers aren't functioning as well as they should be and so AOL can't accept all the mail thrown at them. These types of blocks resolve themselves. 1 Comment


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