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February Spam Roundup

With winter mostly behind us and spring on the way, spammers and scammers are warming up along with the weather. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines from February. GMail Gets Tough on Spam http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/02/25/gmail-gets-tough-on-spam-with-unsubscribe-button/ Apple Suggests a New …

February Spam Roundup
   

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK

The UK’s Information Commissioner is warning that a recent decision by a judge refusing to let a marketing company be fined for sending millions of spam messages could open the floodgates on unsuspecting Brits. The company, Tetrus Telecoms, was originally fined over $700,000 USD for sending millions of text spam messages, but an appeals court threw it out. The judge explained his decision by saying spam is just a “minor nuisance” and not damaging enough to merit any punishment.

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK
   

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends

LinkedIn has rapidly become a popular social network for professionals who are interested in more than mere socializing. It’s become the go-to site for networking and job hunting. Despite its popularity though, the site has come under fire for its …

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends
   

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach

New research has revealed that today’s consumers are harder than ever for spammers to reach, thanks to being increasingly spam savvy and ever improving spam filters and tools like GMail’s tabbed inbox that places all promotional emails in a separate section, …

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach
   

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?

I was recently reading the Anti-Phishing WorkGroup’s most recent report on Phishing Activity Trends (new window, PDF,) which covers Q3 2013. Imagine my surprise when I found that of all the countries that host phishing sites, compromised websites, malware and Trojans, the United States leads the way by a significant, and ignoble margin. Yes, the US, which has all kinds of laws against cybercrime, and has several different federal agencies with responsibility for investigating cybercrime and responding to attacks, seems to host the lions’ share of all the malware that’s out there. Let’s take a look at what the report shows.

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?
   

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns

We’ve discussed Fanbox several times here in the past, and when we did it generated a lot of feedback. Fanbox started out billing itself as an online chat, word processor and storage service (think Google Docs/Drive/Messenger), but quickly earned the …

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns
   

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation

A New Zealand marketing company has been hit with a $120,000 fine for spamming. Auckland-based Image Marketing Group was found in violation of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act by the New Zealand Internal Affairs Department. According to their investigation, IMG …

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation
   

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge

In our last series of posts, we talked about several of the Exchange Anti-Spam agents in Exchange 2013. We went over how to activate them, and how to configure them, and what each one did. Of course, for these, the setup meant that we had to run them on our Hub Transport servers, because Exchange 2013 has no Edge. Well, that really should read that Exchange 2013 had no Edge, until now. One of the most significant things Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 brings to the party is the return of the Edge Transport role. Let’s look more closely at what this means for us.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge
   

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked

Popular financial magazine Forbes is warning people who have registered on its website to be on the lookout for phishing scams after the site was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The notorious hacker group compromised the website last week …

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked
   

Apple Inc. sure loves its patents. If it could, the Cupertino, California-based maker of stylish devices would patent the apple itself and then sue every grocery store on the planet. And it’s no secret that the company with more money than God loves to dole a bit out to teams of crack lawyers. Its penchant for litigation is legendary; just ask Samsung. So when the big Macintosh files for yet another patent, it’s hardly newsworthy. Unless, of course, that patent is designed to wage war on spam.

According to several media outlets, including Apple Insider, MacRumors and Business Insider, Apple’s filed a patent for disposable email addresses, a patent that describes a framework for users who wish to minimize the amount of spam that invades their inboxes. The patent was actually filed in 2012, but the story broke because on February 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published the application.

Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam
   

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  • Norman on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam March 25, 2014

    They can patent their own service, not disposable email as a concept. As a concept, these have existed for decades, so Apple can't claim they invented it. Apple are becoming an annoyance with all their groundless legal blackmail but probably this pays more than their major line of business.

  • Nikki on Is LinkedIn a Business Networking Site or a Spam Monger? March 24, 2014

    Oh god I'm beginning to hate LinkedIn! For the past few months, I've been receiving invites from people who seem to have decent profiles. But when you add them, they start spamming you. At first, it was bearable since you can just delete them right away, yet I've been receiving more of them in the coming days. Just awful. Got tired of using the website eventually.

  • Lisa S. on Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK March 12, 2014

    C'mon, what country is this where a judge could rule that? I can't believe they don't have legislation that defines how to deal with spam and it's up to judges to decide whether this is a "minor nuisance" or not? This is really unfair, if it's left to judges to decide this because in one case one judge might decide that blasting millions of emails is just a minor nuisance, while in other cases another judge can rule our that sending a single unsolicited email is a reason to go to jail. How about getting some general rules against spam that are valid for everybody?

  • Lisa S. on February Spam Roundup March 12, 2014

    The fake funeral scam is really a new low! Don't these people have boundaries?! Though I must admit these crooks do know how to manipulate people into doing what they want them to do. It will get scarier when they figure out how to personalize the names of the fake dead but let's hope that by then the scam gets popular and many users become aware of it, so that they don't click the link, even if they somehow are tricked to open the email.