FBI Issues Spam Warning!

The FBI has issued a warning about an email scam that attempts to extort money from unwitting recipients. The emails say the recipient is the subject of a criminal investigation and that charges will be pressed soon. The messages go …

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I often characterize spam as a socially transmitted disease, because, well, it is. Without our computers, phones, and IOE (Internet of Everything) devices, we’d be faced with the grim task of actually knocking on a neighbors’ door for instructions on …

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Two More Major Retailers Admit Data Breaches

Home Depot has finally confirmed what security experts have suspected for a while now: they were hacked. The company admitted their systems were compromised by malware and nearly 60 million credit card numbers are now for sale in an underground …

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It was bound to happen. In a world where digital information is cheap, we bandy bits and bytes around like they’re kernels of popcorn inside a giant hot air popper. The bits and bytes, modern currency that trade for news, …

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September Spam Roundup

Fall is here, and that means football, ghosts and goblins and preparing for winter. Spam is just heating up though, with the World Series, new gadget announcements, major world events and of course the holidays on the way, you can …

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Company’s CAPTCHA Games Enjoy Growing Popularity

Every gotten frustrated with a site that insisted on using CAPTCHA because the blurry, squiggly codes were nearly impossible to read? You aren’t alone. Millions of web users curse CAPTCHA for the same reason. They may be effective in blocking …

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CAN-SPAM, the US anti-spam law, was one of the first laws of its type when it hit the scene in 2003. CAN-SPAM regulates email communication and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and it’s been pretty darned effective …

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Spamhaus, one of the most respected anti-spam organizations in the world, is blasting the CAN-SPAM Act for being inadequate and unenforceable. A recent survey concluded that 10% of major retailers are regularly violating the law but Spamhaus believe the real …

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Phishing Attacks Go Far Beyond Banking

Phishing has been around for a long time now, and most people think its sole purpose is to steal credit card numbers and clean out bank accounts, but phishing scams have gone far beyond that. Email accounts are the second …

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Numbers are a funny thing. They can be twisted to suit someone’s purposes; they can fall subject to interpretation; they can be misunderstood. But they do not lie. And if you have any experience working with numbers, large anomalous skews …

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