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

Private registration no defense for spammers

Spammers hiding behind private registration of domain names to spread junk email received a slap in the face recently by a federal district court in California. In their attempt to nullify the U.S. CAN-SPAM Act the garbage pedlars argued, among …

Private registration no defense for spammers
   

Why social networking spam reaps more rewards than email

As social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Linked-in have gained popularity among Web surfers, they’ve also attracted the attention of the Internet underworld. That’s because the likelihood of infecting a computer with malware distributed through a SocNet is much better …

Why social networking spam reaps more rewards than email
   

Gumblar has new face on ugly head

Malware watchers are reporting that Gumblar botnet is working its mischief once again, this time on a larger scale than ever. The malicious software first attracted the notice of White Hats this spring when it used SQL injection attacks to …

Gumblar has new face on ugly head
   

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 …

ICANN move contributing to URL spoofing?
   

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 …

Money mulers expanding horizons
   

Spamhaus targets snowshoe spam

Continued growth of snowshoe spam has prompted Spamhaus, a leader in the war on junk email, to craft a specific response to it. Earlier this month, the spamfighters rolled out a CSS component of the organization’s Spamhaus Block List. The …

Spamhaus targets snowshoe spam
   

Researchers say malware cultural problem

Malware is fundamentally a cultural problem, according to an octet of academics who hijacked control of a malicious computer network, or botnet,  for 10 days earlier this year. “[T]he victims of botnets are often users with poorly maintained machines that …

Researchers say malware cultural problem
   

Bounty offered to infect Macs

It’s no secret that Microsoft’s top brass have displayed more than a little annoyance with Apple’s relentless hammering at Windows’ security vulnerabilities, but in the process, the gang on Infinite Loop Way may have miffed the Black Hat community, too; …

Bounty offered to infect Macs
   

New Koobface varient in the wild

A new variant of one of the Internet’s most widespread pieces of malware, Koobface, has surfaced in the wild, according to academic security researchers. In this latest twist on a familiar theme, the worm’s authors have added new ways to …

New Koobface varient in the wild
   

Scamsters use URL spoofs to evade spam filters

In their never-ending pursuit to evade spam filters, malevolent mailers have deployed a number of techniques to obfuscate their true intent. One of those techniques is using facsimiles of legitimate brand names in Web addresses to redirect victims to outlaw …

Scamsters use URL spoofs to evade spam filters