Author Archives: John P Mello Jr

About John P Mello Jr

John Mello is a freelance writer who has written about business and technical subjects for more than 25 years. He is frequent contributor to the ECT News Network and his work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including Byte magazine, PC World, Computerworld, CIO magazine and the Boston Globe

Google reacts to search spam critics

Reacting to growing criticism that pollution of its search results with spam has increased alarmingly in recent times, Google has modified its search algorithm to keep spammers at bay. The changes began taking effect at the end of January. A …

Google reacts to search spam critics
   

Have 10 million Trapster users been exposed to spammers?

Subscribers to the Trapster service may be able to avoid speed traps while driving their cars but they may not be able to avoid spammers when operating their computers. That’s because some 10 million users of the service may have …

Have 10 million Trapster users been exposed to spammers?
   

Phishing in Top 3 Fraud Threats for 2010

Phishing finished third behind credit/debit card and check fraud as the type of fraud experienced by financial institutions in 2010. Asked what kind of fraud they experienced in 2010, 82 percent identified credit/debit scams, 63 percent acknowledged check dodges and …

Phishing in Top 3 Fraud Threats for 2010
   

Want to really study botnets? Build your own

As all spam fighters know, the enemy’s prime vehicle for choking the Internet with junk mail is the botnet. Those networks of hijacked personal computers are used for a variety of mischief. Not only do they pump out spam, but …

Want to really study botnets? Build your own
   

Google reCAPTCHA cracked

Despite denials from Google, a security researcher continues to assert that the Search King’s reCAPTCHA system for protecting Web sites from spammers can be successfully exploited by Internet junk mail panderers. Researcher Jonathan Wilkins published a paper recently that included …

Google reCAPTCHA cracked
   

Email addresses filched from Gawker, McDonald’s, Walgreen

Spammers must have been licking their lips after hearing about the recent data breaches at Gawker, McDonalds and Walgreen.  They can’t wait for the millions of email addresses–as well as account passwords, usernames and cell phone numbers–filched by hackers to …

Email addresses filched from Gawker, McDonald’s, Walgreen
   

Phishing fighters have less than hour to act

White Hat reaction times to phishing campaigns have vastly improved over time, but they may not be improving fast enough. A recent study by anti-phishing plug-in maker Trusteer shows that 50 percent of all the information harvested in a phishing …

Phishing fighters have less than hour to act
   

Can you catch a phish?

If you’re looking for a free and fun way to train people in your organization about avoiding phishing attacks, you might want to point them at the Phishing Game. The game was developed by PhishMe, a maker of security training …

Can you catch a phish?
   

Spear phishing campaign could have “unimaginable” consequences

A spear phishing campaign directed at email service providers could have far reaching consequences, including increased attacks on online shoppers. The attacks are organized, deliberate, destructive and clearly aimed at grabbing access to industrial-grade email deployment systems. The potential consequences …

Spear phishing campaign could have “unimaginable” consequences
   

What are your thoughts about Facebook email killing spam?

Facebook will be rolling out in the coming weeks a new messaging system that will include email. For the first time, you won’t have to be an employee of the world’s largest social network to have an @facebook.com email address. …

What are your thoughts about Facebook email killing spam?