Paris, 26 February 2007

EFITA newsletter / 298 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Next AgriMMedia seminar: Marketing and sale via Internet of services and products proposed by farmers
7 March – PARIS – during the Paris Show of Agriculture – an exceptional event

Wanted: a list of agrochemical distributors and agrochemical consultants in Germany!
Contact: Will BOARDMAN
E-mail: wilson(a)

This is definitely NOT the Friday joke
It concerns a new dimension in the ongoing battle of spam attack! And it aint funny.
On opening my mailbox this morning I discovered that in the last 24 hours I had 686 emails - and only one valid one. Mostly they were mail delivery failures but also the usual investment and generic drugs junk. Normally I receive 120 - 150 daily, which is high, but I can live with that.
I wonder if this is a planned escalation and if anyone else has had this experience recently?
I also am curious to know if this escalation could have anything to do with Leo Kuvayev, the 34 year old Russian who is allegedly responsible for transmitting billions of messages hyping company shares and offering drugs. His gang apparently hijacks home computers without their owners realising it and generates a significant proportion of the world's email traffic.
Postini, an American email security company, estimates that 94% of all emails are now spam. It detected more than 25 billion unsolicited emails in December 2006 alone - an increase of 15 billion over December 2005!  
Kuvayev is thought to be behind the recent rash of "hot stock" messages that aim to hike the share prices of little-known companies in which the spammers have bought large stakes. He is also though to be one of the authors of the new generation of computer viruses that hijack home computers and transmits spam; this creates a network of machines - known as "botnets" -  that churn out billions of emails to a constantly expanding network.
If anyone can put me in touch with Kuvayev I'd like to have a wee chat with him!
Contact: Mick Harkin
E-mail: harkin(a)

Farmers use internet for exchanging information (also for recreation)
Contact: Alecos TRINGIDES
E-mail: tringos(a)

Higher profile for fruit and vegetable farming at Agritechnica 2007: Spotlight on innovative methods and machinery – protected growing environments – wide range of specialist information
13 - 17 November - HANOVER
Machinery and equipment for fruit and vegetable farming have been a permanent feature at Agritechnica for some years. But now the presentation of fruit and vegetable production is to be further developed by the DLG (German Agricultural Society) to give the sector an even higher profile with more machinery and know-how at the DLG-organised Agritechnica event.
Contac: Malene CONLONG
E-mail: m.conlong(a)

Everyone in the wedding ceremony was watching the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle to give away to groom.
They reached the altar and the waiting groom; the bride kissed her father and placed some thing in his hand.
Everyone in the room was wondering what was given to the father by bride. The father could feel the suspense in the air and all eyes were on him to divulge the secret and say something.
So he announced "Ladies and Gentlemen today is the luckiest day of my life." Then he raises his hands with what his daughter gave him and continued, "My daughter finally, finally returned my credit card to me."
The whole audience including priest started laughing but not the poor groom.
Contact: I.. KITRON
E-mail: kitron1(a)

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