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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
   

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods

Not too long ago a study form Custora provided a snapshot of e-commerce customer acquisition. In this report that they found email marketing to be one of the top methods for finding new customers; in fact they report that customer acquisition via email has quadrupled over the four years prior to the report being published. This should come as no surprise when you consider that the number of email accounts worldwide is expected to jump from 3.1 billion in 2011 to 4.1 billion by the end of 2015 with corporate accounts outpacing consumer email account creation during this time frame.

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods
   

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme

With tax season in full swing, the IRS has issued a warning about a new phishing scam. The agency is perhaps the most brandjacked organization in the world of phishing. Countless phishing campaigns have used messages made to look like …

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme
   

March Spam Roundup

Spring has sprung and along with it new spam campaigns are blossoming. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines for March. Cryptocurrencies Ripe for Spammers http://www.vocativ.com/tech/bitcoin/cryptocurrencies-new-spam-frontier/ New GMail Feature Makes Spam Even More Annoying http://betanews.com/2014/03/26/spam-emails-just-not-quite-annoying-enough-google-has-the-solution/ Frequently Asked Questions About …

March Spam Roundup
   

Banks seem to be getting an awful lot of media attention these days, and for all the wrong reasons. Take, for example, back in 2013, when scandalous news broke that several large banks in the UK were infected with Conficker, their systems zombified on a botnet and spamming like good little zombies. That’s horrific news for anyone who actually uses a bank to keep their money safe, and as for your personal information, forget about it. That ship sailed a long time ago – banks will sell you down the river for a few meager sheckels.

Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This
   

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines

Security researchers announced this week that they’ve discovered an ongoing hacking operation that has affected over 10,000 Linux servers. According to their report, the attack, dubbed Windigo, has been going strong for more than three years, infecting servers owned by …

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines
   

If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
- The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1

You may or may not be familiar with the famous passage spoken by Shakespeare’s Shylock, but there’s one thing we know for sure: there’s a scam artist out there who’s definitely familiar with the words, thanks to the hard work of Edd Joseph.

To Spam or Not to Spam? British Man Gets His Bard on; Gets Revenge, Too
   

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is warning citizens to beware of a new spam campaign with a sick twist-it’s telling people they have cancer. The messages claim that NICE has tested a sample of their …

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents
   

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users

While many laud virtual currencies like Bitcoin as the world’s future currency of choice, it does have its dark side. The Mt. Gox fiasco aside, Bitcoin has become the favored payment method for the cybergangs behind ransomware scams and for …

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users
   

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning

Australian computer retailer Penta Group has received a stern warning from Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for sending a series of marketing emails that were in violation of the Spam Act, the country’s equivalent to the U.S CAN-SPAM Act. …

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning
   

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  • Harry D. on Anti-Spam Efforts are Working April 1, 2014

    Definitely, any positive news about spam is always welcome. I really don't have a lot of issues with good e-mails ending up in spam because I also check my Junk Mail from time to time, and if it's urgent and they need my reply, they simply call or try to contact me in other means. I think it's also essential that you provide your friends, colleagues, and clients other ways to reach out to you other than e-mail.

  • Steven on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam April 1, 2014

    Sounds like a good plan, Apple, but they should better concentrate on growing their brand and bread and butter first. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. It's better to be great in one thing than to be good in almost all things. Don't be like Android or Google please.