Stupid ISPs

June 15, 2005

So over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a couple dozen bogus messages from a source purporting to be my ISP, Rogers Cable. Not only are they crappy spoofs (heck, if you’re going to spoof something, do it right), they make the most outlandish claims. Like the one I got today:

Dear Rogers Member,

Your e-mail account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited spam messages during the recent week. If you could please take 5-10 minutes out of your online experience and confirm the attached document so you will not run into any future problems with the online service.

If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to cancel your membership.

Virtually yours,
The Rogers Support Team

+++ Attachment: No Virus found
+++ Rogers Antivirus – http://www.rogers.com

‘Virtually yours’? WTF is that? ‘Cancel your membership’? Sure, buddy. I mean, does Rogers not know how to use the phone? I love the bogus ‘no virus’ message at the end. What do they take me for, a child? The attachment, ’email-details.zip’, contained the W32.Mytob.EE@mm virus, which was caught by ZoneAlarm Security Suite’s MailSafe feature, and at the server by Rogers’ own virus scanning – as if I would have opened it anyway. The message header reveals more:

--0-1258228604-1118874641-87467
Content-Type: message/rfc822

X-Apparently-To: rishi_maharaj@rogers.com via 206.190.37.205;
 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 13:15:39 -0700
X-YahooFilteredBulk: 209.183.136.41
X-Originating-IP: [209.183.136.41]
Return-Path: 
Authentication-Results: mta101.rog.mail.re2.yahoo.com
 from=rogers.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 209.183.136.41  (EHLO rogers.com)
 (209.183.136.41) by mta101.rog.mail.re2.yahoo.com with SMTP;
 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 13:15:39 -0700
From: support@rogers.com
To: rishi_maharaj@rogers.com
Subject: Email Account Suspension
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 16:15:30 -0400
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
 boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0002_99AFBCC2.9606C44C"
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

So the culprit is identifying themselves as “rogers.com” (and why EHLO instead of HELO? Is the SMTP sever attempting to determine if the Rogers mail server supports reverse DNS (which I assume it does not, since no host name information has been attached to the IP)?), while a simple traceroute identifies 209.183.136.41 as sm400albert.1meg.golden.net.

But what pisses me off is that I’ve tried to report these spoofed e-mails to Rogers several times, with no response. Do they not care that someone is sending out bogus customer service e-mails that contain viruses? How many people have already believed these e-mails and been infected? Idiots.

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So I’ve been thinking about possible resolutions to screwed-up exams on Tuesday morning. As I see it, these are the possibilities:

  • We write a new exam at a later date. This isn’t quite satisfactory because a lot of material that wasn’t on the first exam will probably find it’s way into a new one.
  • Only the questions that were answered on the original exam are marked. I don’t like this, because the state of my exam paper after an hour is by no means a final revision.
  • An assignment is given to cover the 30% that the exam would have. This is ideal.

It isn’t possible to give us the old exams back to finish, obviously. But really, what happens is immaterial because Mercer will find some way to screw me over no matter what. And we all lose, really, because she’ll be perpetually pissed off until the end of the year. Now before you say, “What else is new?”… actually, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t say that. It’s absolutely true.

So… I have a blog. Again. Maybe this time I’ll actually post to it once every couple years (look! flying pigs!).

Of late I’ve been obsessed with… wait for it… Star Wars (no cookies if you guessed Lord of the Rings, sorry). Not Revenge of the Sith in particular, though it was quite novel to see a prequel that actually did justice to the universe. In RotS Lucas seems to have gotten his head around the infinitely quaint concept that movies should actually be, like, good, and, like, enjoyable. Now if you’re messed up enough that you’re actually reading the blog of a guy that has delusions about being a three-foot-tall, 900-year-old green creature that walks with a stick and kicks major ass, you probably already know that Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back was the best installment of Star Wars. Episode IV – A New Hope was okay, and Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi was pretty good except for the usual mindless blabbering that nearly all of Lucas’ characters do (a notable exception is Yoda – Lucas is probably too lazy to bother writing a lot of lines in Yoda’s screwed-up object-subject-verb syntax) and those goddamn Ewoks. But ESB simply blows every pre-Peter Jackson-Lord of the Rings fantasy/action film out of the water. To put in simple terms, it pwns all.

So as a result of a Star Wars film that doesn’t suck being released for the first time in 20-odd years, I’ve been doing pathetic Yoda imitations (I don’t have the syntax or those damn squeaky sounds down yet), yelling “You were the Chosen One!” at people that I’ve never seen before (comments such as, “Whoa… was there a breakout at the mental hospital?” no longer deter me), and bemoaning the state of the Force and the strength of the Sith incessantly. Yes, I pity the poor bastards that have to put up with me. Now that I’ve gotten that confession off my chest (I soooo need nerd rehab), I have some other tidbits for you:

  • Firefox 1.0.x hit 60 million downloads on Tuesday. Die, Internet Explorer, die!
  • Deep Park Alpha 1 (Firefox 1.1 Alpha 1) also shipped on Tuesday. Download it here and take it for a spin. It’s pretty nifty, with native SVG support, a new Options UI, and a Sanitize feature to clear history/cache/etc.
  • The Chinese government still has it’s panties in a knot over the Tiananmen Square killings in 1989 (check out this article on BBC News).
  • They’ve got Osama. Oh shit… why is my computer spewing smoke? (If you don’t understand, go here).
  • ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved the creation of the .xxx domain for porn. I’ll chop their legs off, you focus on machine-gunning the face.

I’ll be back. Yes, I know the cheesy Arnold accent isn’t helping. But I will be back. Really.