Spam attack - I feel like I need a bath

  Strangely Brown 09:31 09 Jun 2003

This morning I logged on to my work e-mail to find about 40 copies of the same message offering me access to a child porn site. ON MY WORK E-MAIL!!!

After having several heart-attacks, I let my boss know just to keep everything open and above board.

We use Lotus Notes at work and all we appear to be able to do is set up rules to automaticaaly delete such messages. This doesn't stop them arriving somewhere though!

Is there nothing that can be done to block such messages at the mail server end or something? These messages were so obvious I'm surprised that there appears to be no filters attached already to the subject lines. I assume this is possible too.

Any advice I can pass on to IT would be most welcome as they are not the most pro-active team in the world.

Also, who can I report this to? Do the police have a site for such matters?

  MichelleC 09:55 09 Jun 2003

Oddly enough there appears to be little control on the internet for this kind of infringement of civil liberties. This is strange as nasty spam is now on the increase. I get all sorts of nasties in my emails which could turn the stomaches of those of a more delicate nature.

The FBI have a dept devoted to internet crimes, so maybe there's the place to start.

The more that people complain the sooner this growing menace will be curtailed.

  hoverman 09:59 09 Jun 2003

Use a program such as Mailwasher which will download just the email headers from which you can deduce the content. Mailwasher can then delete/bounce the nasties direct at the server end.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:15 09 Jun 2003

I have a feeling that Mailwasher will not work on Lotus however there are plenty of filter progs here


  Sir Radfordin™ 10:18 09 Jun 2003

Tell your IT people to talk to Messagelabs. Our mail is scanned 4 times before it reaches users mail boxes for Porn, Spam and Junk.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:36 09 Jun 2003

click here based in Gloucester.


  Belatucadrus 11:42 09 Jun 2003

You could try the nhtcu The national hi tech crimes unit e-mail [email protected] . Their website click here is rather disconcerting though, it hasn't been updated since it's launch in April 2001

  H-J 21:37 09 Jun 2003

letting your employer know. I suggest you keep on letting him/her know every time you recieve an undesirable email. I don't know what kind of relationship you have with your employer, or how good they are, but this sort of thing might possibly be used as reason for dismissal if they thought you were handling adult material on company time/computers. or even as a deciding factor if it were to ome to downsizing. perhaps you ought to notify your boss by email and keep copy's of them, so you have some sort of proof.

bottom line-watch your back.

  The Spires 08:09 10 Jun 2003

'SpamPal' was reviewed in April 2003 PCA, recommened by them. click here Only for Outlook, Outlook Express or Eudora though.

  Strangely Brown 10:25 10 Jun 2003

H-J, thanks for the support.

I have retained my copy of the e-mail I sent to my boss. As these messages were so blatent, I have suggested that we block them at the mail server end via filtering. Let's see what happens.

In the grand scheme of things, if an employer wants you out then you go. However, as the only person in the company with current knowledge of both Oracle and PeopleSoft applications, I am as comfortable as I'm ever likely to be.

That takeover's going to be interesting. Doubt it will happen though.

  Danoh 12:03 10 Jun 2003

Are there any reported incompatibilities with running SpamPal and Norton Firewall-A/V-SpamAlert?

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