Feeds

Porno spam too hot for University

Warwick officials are vexed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Pornographic spam has sparked a litigious rage in Warwick University officials.

Some Hotmail users have received junk emails, apparently from Warwick University email addresses, containing links to porn sites.

The messages were traced back to an American ISP called Starnet, the university said. None originated from genuine Warwick accounts, and none had been routed through JANET, the UK's academic computer network.

A spokesman for the university said that the administration was very "ticked off" about the affair. "We have put the matter in the hands of our lawyers," he told reporters.

He said that even though efforts to contact the ISP began several weeks ago, the requests for information had been met with silence until a couple of days ago.

He told The Reg: "If there is a case it will be about the defamatory nature of the spam - bringing the reputation of the establishment into disrepute. The response we have had from the ISP is very much a holding response. Basically, they let us know they had kicked the party responsible off the system."

Warwick is not the only academic institution to have been impersonated in this way. Apparently, spammers using US ISPs like to appear to be from ac.uk domains as filtering software tends not to catch the emails. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.