Identity theft is the real thing

Last week, a Wall Street Journal article entitled “The fallacy of identity theft” may have given some people the mistaken impression that there’s nothing to worry about, and that everyone’s identities are safe. Unfortunately, however, that’s not quite the case, and …

   

ICANN move contributing to URL spoofing?

By the middle of next year, the lock that Latin alphabets have had on Internet domain names will be broken, when a plan announced last week by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, better known as ICANN, is …

   

9 Benefits of Hosted Antispam Services

Cloud computing is a popular topic these days.  One of the ways in which cloud computing is being delivered to businesses is by hosted email security services. A hosted email security provider offers antivirus and antispam protection for their customers …

   

Facebook Wins Suit Against Spammer

Facebook announced on Thursday that it has won its lawsuit against notorious spammer Sanford Wallace. A judge in San Jose, CA awarded the site a $711 million judgement, the second largest in history to be awarded under the CAN-SPAM Act. “While …

   

Geocities Shutdown Closes Door on Spammers

This week Yahoo! permanently closed down its venerable Geocities service.  This move ended one of the internet’s longest standing free web site hosting services and one of the most frustrating spam problems of more recent years. Geocities became popular in …

   

Pushdo Botnet Sending FDIC Spam

A new wave of spam being pumped out by the Pushdo botnet is exploiting the FDIC and attempting to capitalize on worries about the economy. The spams are made to look like they came from the FDIC and inform the …

   

New Sting Operation Snags 18 Nigerian Spammers

A new sting operation conducted by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has already nabbed 18 spammers. Dubbed Operation Eagle Claw, it has also led to the shut down of 800 malicious websites. The Commission has partnered with Microsoft …

   

New Malware Covers Its Tracks By Altering Bank Statements

A recently discovered Trojan has a sneaky and disturbing new trick up its sleeve. It can alter a victim’s online bank statement. Dubbed URLZone, the Trojan is able to alter HTML coding before it’s displayed. This lets it rewrite bank …

   

NASA Reprimanded Over Lax Security Practices

In a new report by the Government Accountability Office, NASA was reprimanded over its lax security practices and told to shape up.  NASA has reported nearly 1300 security incidents in the last 2 years, and although it has taken some …

   

Money mulers expanding horizons

Money muling, until recently, has been used by information highwaymen to prey on unwitting consumers. Muleskinners had modest goals. Their scams ranged from $200 to $2000. Their targets were consumers with more greed than sense. Recent muling patterns, however, indicate …