[What is this]
[How To Use it]
[Where does it go?]
What is it?This is an extension is for the Thunderbird mail client. You can download the extension below. It is meant to help report spam and illicit e-mails properly, quickly and to the right places. It will also help those that may not be as technical savy as some, and don't understand how to give an admin the needed header information. Please note this program will NOT stop spam. This is meant solely to report spam to companies and law enforcement so they can prosecute spammers. Reporting does help cut back spam for everyone, but it will take time.
If you find this tool useful please consider making a donation to show your appreciation.
I am looking for someone willing to redo the Icon's for this extension. If you are willing to work on this please e-mail me below for more information.
Current Devel is 1.8.7(Dec 05,2006) Better folder options, this will be in 1.8.7, better icons
How to use
NOTE: As of 1.8.6 the logo changed from the familar frog to the image at the top of the page. More on this here.I will update the instructions and documentation as I go along.
To Configure go to Tools - Extensions, Highlight Okopipi and choose Options (preferences in Linux). Some screenshots below will show you how this should look.
Once you have your options configured, just go to any folder with messages marked junk and click the frog. He will gather everything up and attach them to a message to your configured reporting destinations. Thunderbird cannot send messages by itself, so you must hit send. But everything else is done for you.
For 1.8.5 you will only need to un-check the option to enable for the country to disable reporting for those addresses. For example if you are an Australian you can check the box to report mail to the proper address listed in the options. Then enable/disable the Australian reporting with one check box. The same works for the American(US) reporting, you can turn on the FTC reporting for example and enable or disable the US reporting with one check box.
NOTE: As of 1.8.6 Spamcop is no longer required to use this tool. You can now enable/disable spamcop and still use the other functions. If you are upgrading from a previous version you will need to enable spamcop to continue reporting to them.
To use this currently you need a SpamCop account. For your spamcop ID you need to only use the ID part of the forward to address. Below is an example, you replace [spamcop ID] with the random string of letters and numbers, that is your ID.
HINT:It is the text below in BOLD
NOTE:The [ and ] are only to show you the location of your ID, do NOT use these in your ID.
Be sure you read all of spamcops rules before signing up. I will add an option to 1.8.6 to turn this off, for now you can just remove this from the To: in the e-mail before you send it.
For Australian Citizens please register with the ACMA. You can register to submit anonymously or with your contact info; contact information is only used should they need contact you for more information and is kept confidential. This helps them, and helps you and it adds more weight to your reports.
Then go to the Australian tab, and enter the ID that the ACMA sent to your e-mail when you registered, or leave anonymous if you want to use the anonymous feature. You only need the part of the ID before the @submit.spam.acma.gov.au.
For example if sub-15991-19B4511Z24P232K292TZ@submit.spam.acma.gov.au is what the ACMA sent to you. You would only need to enter sub-15991-19B4511Z24P232K292TZ to submit your SPAM.
Thats all there is to it. Please let me know if you have any problems.
1.8.6 KnuJon reporting tab
1.8.5 Australian reporting tab
1.8.5 American reporting tab
1.8.5 Spamcop reporting tab
1.8.5 Basic Options tabs
1.8.4 options screen with new quick spamcop feature as well as those below.
1.8.3 options screen with FTC reporting on and with examples of using the custom report area for multiple addresses.
1.8.x is a screenshot of the e-mail report before it is sent.
1.8.x The extension window with Okopipi installed.
Where does it all go?
SpamCop: SpamCop determines the origin of unwanted email and reports it to the relevant Internet service providers. By reporting spam, you have a positive impact on the problem. Reporting unsolicited email also helps feed spam filtering systems, including, but not limited to, SpamCop's own service.
The FTC: The FTC uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.
The SEC: Forward investment-related spam e-mails to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The FDA: To report e-mail that involves possibly fraudulent claims about medical devices or products.
ACMA: Australian Communications Authority
KnuJon Someone who wants all your spam and they handle the reporting and complaints.
To Be Added
The MHRA: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for the UK.
Interpol: Interpol's Illegal drugs or trafficking in prescription drugs across borders.
ASIC: Australian investment spam
Department of Finance: Canada Investment Spam
Others added depending on user feedback on where they would like to be able to quickly report to. See the useful links section below to find other places to report unsolicited e-mails to including proper law enforcement agencies.
What if I have problems?
While this may appear to be true, I don't believe in just letting these theives and cyber terrorist go unchallanged. I know that word gets used a lot, but that is what they are (look at the life and death of blue frog below). I have also seen law enforcement taking action, and every report helps them track down and prosecute those responsible.
These criminals steal resources from legitimate businesses so they can spread their garbage to everyone they can find indiscriminately. They steal your time and resources too by having to deal with it. They don't care what they send or to whom, take a moment to think of all the garbage you have gotten over the past year, and consider that some child somewhere got a copy of it as well...
Why not just delete it?
I delete it, but after I report it. The same as I would report someone breaking into a house, stealing a car, or abusing a child. This problem is not going to go away by just ignoring it. You have to do something or it will continue to grow worse. If your country has laws, use them. That is what it is for, you can not expect anyone to do anything if you don't help by reporting it.
Useful Links & Information
Open All Links An extension that works well with this one to speed reporting to spamcop
Spamlinks Reporting Addresses A nice list of addresses to report spam & scams to.
Bitdefender Offers a free Anti-virus, if you like it consider purchasing.
AVG Anti-Virus Another Anti-virus that offers a free version.
Note that Bitdefender and AVG can run together and do not conflict. I have found both of these to be better than the other commerical solutions available such as Norton and McAfee. I also like that they are willing to give away the product.It is definately worth paying for.
Spam Reporting Addresses Another site with links on where to report stuff and how.
Why phising works A Nice paper on why phising scams work and some ideas on combatting them.
Spybot Search & Destroy A nice utility for preventing and removing spyware.
Spyware Blaster A free tool to help block and prevent spyware and malicious sites.
Spam Laws A nice list of Anti-Spam Laws both for US and International residents. Highly suggested reading. Learn the laws that affect you and use them.
Spam Matters AUSTRALIAN ONLY This is the prefered tool by the ACMA for Outlook and Outlook express.
Google Spam This is the link to report that annoying search engine spam. The ones where tons of sites link to get higher in the search results for google.
Stop Badware A site for reporting Malware, SPyware, and just nasty programs. Feeds googles new search to help protect the less technical amongst us.
My Home Page Has some more information about e-mail security.
Project Honey Pot is a distributed system for identifying spammers and spambots. Worth spreading around.
How do I contact you
News and Updates
Jan 30, 2009 - I am still waiting for mozilla to approve my current version. While I am waiting I am working on the next version of Habu (1.8.7).
Jan 12, 2009 - I am getting back up to speed on where and what I was working on when I left off. It has been a bit since I touched the code but hopefully in a few days I will be able to hammer out the next release that is long overdue.
For those interested you can read more about life and death of Blue Frog here.
Special Thanks to PharmaMaster for inspiring me to get more involved in the Anti-Spam community.