Tuesday, 4 August 2015

“I’ve Given Up.” Is TalkTalk’s X-IronPort “Protection” Really This Vulnerable?

CaptureHERE’S A TRICK. If you ever need to inform all your contacts that you are discarding an old email address in favour of another: just enter your new address in the ‘Reply to’ field of your old account before you spam them. It permits your contacts to reply to your new address and quickly update their records (which is a particularly nice feature – if you use it).

Of course, you’re not a spammer – and neither am I; but my primary e-mail address is now receiving that onerous reputation as a result of someone using a similar method…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not angry – as I write this post I’m trying my best not to laugh. It seems that a Russian University has come across an old post of mine (since removed) regarding David Cameron’s Porn Filter and TalkTalk’s X-IronPort sniffer that accompanied it. I was furious that it was sniffing incoming and outgoing emails of all TalkTalk and old Tiscali customers, without providing them the ability to turn it off – and, to prove my point, I included a great deal of personal information in the form of email headers…