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It’s no secret that the US has been a darling for spammers. One of the world’s largest economies makes for a prime target, especially considering the connected nature of the United States. It’s a big target that just can’t be ignored, and the venerable folks at Kaspersky Lab has seen a significant change in the malicious traffic honing in on the US.

In its report, Spam in Q1 2014, Kaspersky catches us up on what’s been happening in the world of spam since their annual report issued in January. As usual, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s take a look at some of the notables.

Report: U.S. an Oasis for Spam
   

April Spam Roundup

Spring has sprung and the spam is blooming. April saw email hacking at AOL, spam celebrating a birthday, and lots of new spam campaigns. Let’s take a look at the top spam news for April. AOL Hack Leads to Spam …

April Spam Roundup
   

Spam is a social disease. That’s a fair way to describe it, because it’s pervasive in modern society, it’s widely considered to be undesirable, it often has a harmful purpose, and it seems to get worse with time. When we discuss spam, we often focus on the worst spam – the ‘original’ spam, if you will, the spam that’s gestated in sick minds lurking in the darkest holes the world can muster. And for good reason, because that form of the disease is by far the most nefarious and dangerous type. And most discussions on spam don’t begin with spam from ‘legitimate’ providers, because that’s often thought to be benign, a nuisance that comes from someone you know and trust, and therefore, it should be okay, right?

Does Legitimacy Make LinkedIn and Zoosk Spam All Right?
   

Some Spam We’re Likely to See

Whenever there is something big in the news cycle you can be sure that the spammers will be launching new campaigns on the coattails of the event. They know that they can use people’s familiarity with the topic along with emotional hooks to get a better open rate. The more recipients that open their emails, the higher the percentage of victims they will be able to take advantage of; it is a simple numbers game.

In the coming months, here are a few subjects that you can expect spammers to take advantage of…

Some Spam We’re Likely to See
   

How to Avoid Looking Like a Snowshoe Spammer

If you’ve ever found yourself on a blacklist, you might be guilty of snowshoe spamming. Have you ever been told your marketing email practices make you look like a snowshoe spammer? If so you might be wondering what the heck …

How to Avoid Looking Like a Snowshoe Spammer
   

When news of the Heartbleed bug first surfaced we all learned that the OpenSSL extension used by most websites and software made it easy for malicious hackers to view private information like usernames, passwords and credit card details. Information we once though to be secured through encryption was now exposed, and while news of sites affected by this vulnerability spread people around the world scrambled to change their passwords on different accounts and check to make sure that no one was using their credit cards without their permission.

Heartbleed Spam
   

GoDaddy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

Normally, that phrase (or one like it) invokes comical images, but this is no laughing matter, if appearances are fact. You see, the true power in the modern Webworld lies in the control and protection of user information. Just take a look at the mayhem caused, and still being caused, by Heartbleed. The feeding frenzy and panic will go on for some time, as websites everywhere try to pick up the pieces after discovering that their beloved SSL wasn’t quite as secure as the first S (it’s the first S, for God’s sake!) led people to believe.

GoDaddy has Some Serious ‘Splaining to do, Gives User Information to a Spammer
   

Happy Birthday, Spam!

This month marks spam’s 20th birthday. On April 11, 1994, two lawyers flooded Usenet newsgroups with messages hawking a green card lottery. The messages were not received well, and somewhere along the line a classic Monty Python skit became forever linked …

Happy Birthday, Spam!
   

AOL Email Accounts Hacked

AOL announced that they are investigating a security breach that may have compromised members’ personal information. Yes, I know, you probably didn’t think there was anyone who still had an AOL account, but unbelievably, there are. (Not only that, but …

AOL Email Accounts Hacked
   

Spammers don’t really need to be any sleazier. The fact is, they’re so slimy that they glide when they walk, but it seems they’re just not content with being among the worst people in society. And perhaps they deserve credit for trying to be even worse. That certainly seems to be the case if a recent article from El Reg is any indication.

The Register reports in an April 8th article that there’s a new attachment threat out there, and for security folks, it just seems we never get a break, not even long enough to have a bowl of Wheaties, from having to deal with a bunch of man-children who thought it would be a neat idea to become a dirtbag as opposed to getting a real life. So in case you missed it, here’s what we know.

Spammers Get Sleazier with Attachment within Attachment Technique
   

Last Comments

  • Jim on To Spam or Not to Spam? British Man Gets His Bard on; Gets Revenge, Too June 30, 2014

    Although I can understand Joseph's decision to do that, I don't completely side with him, simply because I have been spammed before and I know it doesn't feel really good. Well, that may be his goal, but you can never correct a wrong with another wrong. I just hope he found fulfillment with what he had done.

  • Connie Law on Does Legitimacy Make LinkedIn and Zoosk Spam All Right? June 30, 2014

    @Peter: It seems like I missed that story about Papa John's. Is it found in here? What actually happened? I'm very interested about spamming made by legitimate companies because I feel that's what usually happens these days. Especially in Facebook. These companies are flooding my newsfeed.

  • Angela on Report: U.S. an Oasis for Spam June 30, 2014

    Hi AG! I hope you can share more of the study with us. Yeah, it sounds very interesting. I think people's opinions here can actually be backed by some good research. Maybe you can contact the admin of this website. Most probably they will allow you to guest post so you can share your findings.

  • Pete on Do Changes to China’s Anti-Spam Laws Matter? June 30, 2014

    @Ran: We can't expect anything from China, my dear. I even feel that they're using this spam excuse to gain more control not only on its people but also from business operators. They love to work that way. Everything that you see is usually just a facade.