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

Spam by any other name…

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, wrote the bard. Spam, on the other hand, by any other name still smells as foul. As people look beyond email for communicating with other people, spammers, too, have expanded …

Spam by any other name…
   

Bot awareness is high; however, so is user naiveté

More than 80 percent of the keyboard jockeys on two continents know what bot networks do. They just don’t know what they’re called. In its 2010 annual report on email security and awareness, the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) discovered …

Bot awareness is high; however, so is user naiveté
   

Spammers turn hungry eyes on socnets

Trust to spammers is like blood to a tick. If a spammer can get a target to trust them, then they’re 90 percent home in completing their manipulative mission. That’s why spammers have increased their activity on social networks. A …

Spammers turn hungry eyes on socnets
   

Will mobile apps become spam magnets?

Spammers never seem to miss an opportunity to spread their junk and create headaches for spam fighters. Their latest target, smartphone applications, must have many orgaznizations on edge as the popularity of these devices, especially among upper echelon executives, continues …

Will mobile apps become spam magnets?
   

Classmates settles spam suit

Millions of netizens hounded every day by spam from Classmates.com must have felt a measure of vindication last week when the company agreed to settle for an estimated $9.5 million a lawsuit leveled against it by its members. What prompted …

Classmates settles spam suit
   

Spear phishing attacks on rise

Phishing reports were down, but that may be because cyber scammers had bigger fish to fry. That’s one of the findings in a report released this week by the Anti-Phishing Working Group. After reaching an all time high of 40,621 …

Spear phishing attacks on rise
   

Sender authentication effective, but no panacea against spam

How effective is sender authentication in contributing to the fight against spam? A recent analysis of Microsoft’s email volumes revealed some interesting findings on the subject. The analysis conducted by Terry Zink studied the impact of two sender authentication technologies, …

Sender authentication effective, but no panacea against spam
   

Boffins releasing tool to foil drive-by attacks

One of most frightening threats facing Web surfers is the drive-by infection. The thought that their computer could be infected just by entering a Web site is a sobering one to many websters. Peace of mind, though, may be on …

Boffins releasing tool to foil drive-by attacks
   

Google Buzz: socnet or spam magnet?

Google is scrambling to patch the privacy holes in its Buzz application launched last week, hopefully before spammers turn the social network into a gold mine for their repugnant activities. When introduced last Tuesday, the yawning flaws in Buzz could …

Google Buzz: socnet or spam magnet?
   

Firefox add-on was clean, maker says

An add-on program that allegedly infected the computers of 4000 users of the Firefox Web browser was clean and malware free, according to the maker of the application. According to Sothink Software, the add-on, Web Video Downloader 4.0, was misidentified …

Firefox add-on was clean, maker says