Not sure if this law is going to be effective, but it’s a nod in the right direction. I get spam mostly from Bots – programs that automatically send out crap that attempts to invade vulnerable sites. Most is easy to spot, but some I really have to scrutinize carefully. Sorry if I’ve blocked anybody that was legitimate.
Anti-spam law carries hefty fines
Bill C-28 to crack down on spammers, but not email volumes: Expert
By Matt Kwong, CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2010 1:54 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 2:08 PM ET
Canada’s first anti-spam legislation will empower authorities to fine aggressive spammers. But while cyber security experts welcomed the bill on Wednesday, they say it may not dramatically reduce the volume of unsolicited emails we receive.
Bill C-28, the new Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Act, is a misnomer for that reason, said David Poellhuber, the chief operating officer of the Montreal-based managed security firm ZeroSpam.
“It’s not going to have a bit of an effect on the total volume of spam,” he told CBC News.
“The spam we receive is sent mostly from botnets, which account for 70 per cent of spam worldwide. That’s spam coming from your mother-in-law’s computer that’s infected. It’s coming from victims’ computers.”
Canada is not known as a source that originates a lot of outgoing spam, but the botnets — collections of hijacked or “zombie” computers that unwittingly attack vulnerable networks — are able to target us from afar.