I’m The Blue Security Spammer

A fellow member on Go Firefox! posted me a link to this article from Wired News today. An anonymous spammer wrote into Wired News claiming to be “one of the spammers behind (the) Blue Security scandal”. There is one paragraph of the article that stands out and shows the effect that the Blue Frog is having on their business. “The point of it is to get Blue Frog software to stop turning its subscribers’ computers into zombies that attack our servers,” the spammer wrote. “If you want to be removed from our mailing list, please opt out first.” If only…

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The Dust is Beginning To Settle

It has been quite a war… PharmaMaster (Russian Spammer) vs The Blue Frog. First they sent tons of spam messages with misleading information, threatening and extorting us Blue Frog Members to remove ourselves from the registry or get tons more spam. They repeated this again and again. Then they really started playing dirty, they sent more spam but disguised it as to look as the messages were from members of Blue Frog. Again, providing misleading information about Blue Security. To further up the ante, launched a denial of service (DoS) attacks against Blue Security sites. Another bombardment of Spam from…

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Status of the Blue Frog

Well the good news it seems Blue Frog/Security’s website is back up, the bad news… Blue Security’s servers are currently under attack. Our staff is working around the clock to restore normal operation as soon as possible. We are extremely happy to see the overwhelming level of support and global presence the Blue Community is showing. Thank you for your patience! We’ll have to wait to see how this plays out in the next couple days. As for my spam count…getting more recycle and future spam on the Yahoo! account, but 99% of it is being caught and deposited into…

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The Blue Frog Is In Trouble

As of this evening, Blue Frog/Security’s sites are completely inaccessible, more about this in a bit. Now allow me to back up to last night. A couple things happened that I found odd but would have had no idea they were related: When I went to bluesecurity.com last night it took me to the their blogs site (bluesecurity.blogs.com) Earlier in the evening I was experimenting with Live Journal when that site started becoming very sluggish and some points inaccessible. I was thinking the troubles with Live Journal seemed all too similar to those at Blue Frog/Security, but these could not…

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The Blue Frog Still Alive!

For a brief time last night I was able to access the blogs portion of Blue Security’s site. Here is a portion of their Blog entry for 05/03: The Blue Independence War “Today is Israel’s Independence Day. It’s a public holiday in Israel, but all of us in Blue Security are working. But we are glad we’re working. We’re helping the community fight the Blue Independence War. We fight for our freedom from spammers and cyber criminals. This is our big chance to reclaim the Internet. We must not let it slip from our hands. Some desperate spammers are doing…

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Firefox 1.5.0.3 Released

In Mozilla’s on going commitment to providing a safe and quality product, an updated version of Firefox (1.5.0.3) was released today. FF 1.5.0.3 previously was going to contain more fixes but due to the severity of a Denial of Service (Dos) vulnerability discovered last week this issue was addressed, fixed and put into this release. All the other fixes which were slated for the 1.5.0.3 release have been moved into the upcoming FF 1.5.0.4 release. More information can be found in the Mozilla Firefox 1.5.0.3 Release Notes. If you have Firefox configured to Automatically Install and Download Updates (default setting)…

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Colorful Tabs Just Got More Colorful

On April 27th, a new version (1.2) of Colorful Tabs extension was released. For those of you who are not familiar with this extension, it assigns each tab in your FF tab bar a different color. Some of the documented changes in this version included making it so that closing a tab did not change the color of the tabs around it. Also no longer is there the limitation of colored tabs after the 32nd tab. Now this got me thinking, if you have 32 tabs open they have to be so narrow how could you even distinguish the colors?…

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Has Blue Frog Croaked?

Over the past 48 hours there has been a lot of ‘rumors’ and ‘chatter’ that just may be Blue Frog croaked and that the Do Not Intrude Registry database has been compromised. Their web site has been inaccessible since May 1st due to various DoS (Denial of Service) attacks. On to top of that, apparently a desperate group of spammers are claiming they sent out this message to ALL the registered users of Blue Frog on May 1st: Hey, You are recieving this email because you are a member of BlueSecurity (http://www.bluesecurity.com). You signed up because you were expecting to…

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Blue Frog

A while back on the Go Firefox! Forum, the humble Guru was asked about Blue Frog Anti Spam extension and software. The extension and software (about 4 MB) are suppose to reduce the amount of Spam you get by making spammers remove all Blue Community members from their mailing lists. The software will automatically run in the background when you access your web e-mail accounts (Yahoo!, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc) and go through your junk/bulk folder and report the spam. For Desktop mail clients (Thunderbird, Outlook, Eudora, etc.) you will need to forward the messages directly to a special address you…

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Excellent Move Mr. Schroepfer!

Note: Some of this content I had posted previously on the Go Firefox! Forum. After some time to think this over and doing some in depth research I have decided to dig into this in more detail on my blog.On Friday, April 28th, Mozilla announced they would be pulling a major feature from the forthcoming Firefox 2.0 (due out later this year). In the announcement on mozillaZine, there is a link to a news group post by Mike Schroepfer of Mozilla Corporation explains the reasoning for the feature removal. There are two key points here: The decision to remove an…

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