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Canning Spam: You've Got Mail (That You Don't Want)


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  • Exceptionally readable—Accessible, friendly style, replete with case studies and stories from the field.
    • Students wont just find this book extraordinarily useful: they will find it compelling and enjoyable, too.

  • How spammers and attackers work—Clearly explains how spammers harvest email addresses and “spoof” identities, how email attacks determine that an address is active, and how viruses are transmitted through attachments.
    • Gives students practical insight into how spammers and other adversaries work, so they can implement more effective countermeasures.

  • Best practices for users and administrators—Systematically shows how users and administrators can reduce spam and virus attacks, and avoid being victimized.
    • Helps students learn from the lessons of experienced system, network, and email administrators.

  • Extensive coverage of email clients—Shows why email clients can be vulnerable to script-based viruses and worms, and how to make them more resistant.
    • Shows students how to protect themselves against the most widespread and dangerous email attacks.

  • Practical guidance on email filtering—Introduces email filters and shows how to use them without generating unacceptable rates of “false positives.”
    • Helps students master one of the key anti-spam weapons available to administrators.

  • Basic email cryptography—Introduces cryptography tools designed to protect email against unauthorized reading.
    • Teaches students how to use cryptography to protect the contents of their email.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 256
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-672-32639-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32639-4

We've all seen it — the e-mails that come to us from a sender we don't know and promise a frog that jumps across our screen, a low mortgage rate or a medical miracle pill. These e-mails are otherwise known as spam. Your inbox gets cluttered or worse, your computer is infected with a virus as you scratch your head, wondering how it ever happened. Now there is a way to stop the madness! Canning Spam: You've Got Mail (That You Don't Want) is your remedy to inbox clutter and infected computers. Learn how spammers get your e-mail address and how to stop them, how viruses are transmitted through attachments, how spammers can mask their true identity and how to ultimately block unwanted e-mails. Next time you log in to your e-mail account, be happy to hear those three little words: “You've Got Mail!”

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Table of Contents


 1. Stealing Candy from a Baby: How Spammers Harvest Email Addresses.

 2. Neither Confirm Nor Deny: How Email Attacks Determine that an Email Address is Active.

 3. Bad Things Come in Small Packages: How Viruses are Transmitted Through Email Attachments.

 4. Using Email Clients for Good and Evil: Guarding Against Script-Based Viruses and Worms.

 5. Would the Real Sender Please Stand Up?: How Spammers Spoof Email Identities.

 6. Unwilling Accomplices?: How Spammers Mask their Identities using Email Relaying.

 7. Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Using Filters to Block Unwanted Emails.

 8. Don't Send us a Postcard: Insuring that your Email is not Sent in the Clear.

 9. You've Got Some Email in my Web Site: Using Web-based Email Services Securely.

 10. The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall: Mitigating Denial of Email Services Attacks.

Appendix A. Email Protocols.

Appendix B. Popular Email Tools.

Appendix C. Email Legal Information.


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