Gray Flannel Dwarf


Orkut it out!

I couldn’t tell you the last time I had logged into Orkut before today. I was surprised I even remembered my login. However, as my inbox got deluged with over 100 “friend requests” from a bunch of gmail spams — the addresses all of which ended in 8080, interestingly enough — I decided to do it again.

Now, Orkut having become the armpit of portuguese spam, that’s nothing new. However, this latest effort seems to be pretty blatant. I dunno, didn’t see a lot else out there about this latest attack, so maybe it’s new. I’m guessing the 8080 is part of the random email address generator that was set to something static.

What’s most interesting (and annoying) about it all is that there’s no mass/multiple select option in orkut, ala myspace (and presumably facebook, which I’ve never bothered joining). Orkut used to be the Next Big Thing with regards to friend-networking. Looks to me like it’s basically been abandoned, now.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 7:50 pm


Spam strangeness…

I can’t figure out how it was done, but somewhere along the line, my email address was sold to a variety of well-known retailers. As of late I have been getting email from Bloomingdales, JC Penney, and a few others — and not just spam purporting to be from them, these are actual email being sent via their system.

But you know, sure as shit, the internet provider for these companies is not going to do anything about it.

Tags: , , — cswiii @ 12:36 pm