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New Spam Campaign Targeting Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin and its devotees are in chaos right now following the abrupt shutdown of Bitcoin trading site Mt. Gox and shocking revelations that over $700,000 of the virtual currency had been stolen. The theft happened over the last several years …

New Spam Campaign Targeting Bitcoin Users
   

Spam, spam, and more spam. The stuff comes at such a breakneck pace that it makes the head spin. And now that we’re in 2014, you’d think we’d have the nasty blighter dealt with. After all, in some countries where governments have dragged their feet, laws are coming online to deal with spam. In others, there is clearly a push for tougher penalties that will take the fight to the criminals. And other countries are well on their way, providing a fiduciary beatdown on anyone dumb enough to think it’s okay to shotgun blast emails to a bunch of people you don’t know.

UK Court Ruling Open Floodgates for Spam
   

New Phishing Scam Uses a Sick Tactic

Phishing campaigns have been rising in popularity for some time now, even as some traditional forms of spam have seen a decline. This has led to some particularly malicious attacks, including some that have led to massive security breaches. Recently …

New Phishing Scam Uses a Sick Tactic
   

February Spam Roundup

With winter mostly behind us and spring on the way, spammers and scammers are warming up along with the weather. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines from February. GMail Gets Tough on Spam http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/02/25/gmail-gets-tough-on-spam-with-unsubscribe-button/ Apple Suggests a New …

February Spam Roundup
   

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK

The UK’s Information Commissioner is warning that a recent decision by a judge refusing to let a marketing company be fined for sending millions of spam messages could open the floodgates on unsuspecting Brits. The company, Tetrus Telecoms, was originally fined over $700,000 USD for sending millions of text spam messages, but an appeals court threw it out. The judge explained his decision by saying spam is just a “minor nuisance” and not damaging enough to merit any punishment.

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK
   

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends

LinkedIn has rapidly become a popular social network for professionals who are interested in more than mere socializing. It’s become the go-to site for networking and job hunting. Despite its popularity though, the site has come under fire for its …

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends
   

We live in a world of social networking. It’s a fact. And those in the business world understand the value of networking, period. It’s kill or be killed, folks; you eat what you kill; and about a million other platitudes that comprise the ever-competitive, ever-stressful, world in which most of us find ourselves. So with all that pressure to perform, isn’t it nice to have Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Each one bringing to the table its own set of tools that the modern businessperson can utilize to manage contacts, create new ones, disseminate messages, and connect where a connection wasn’t possible before.

We froth at the mouths over these services, free for the most part, and cannot believe that what we used to do with personal information managers, contact information managers, and customer relationship managers, we do now with a browser. But there are inherent dangers associated with trust, and that’s an issue that many tend to ignore. There’s an even greater risk when we dismiss the fact that these services are free. Of course they’re not free. They all have their own revenue models. Their owners and employees aren’t doing it because their doctors told them to get out and be code monkeys for seventeen hours a day.

Is LinkedIn a Business Networking Site or a Spam Monger?
   

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach

New research has revealed that today’s consumers are harder than ever for spammers to reach, thanks to being increasingly spam savvy and ever improving spam filters and tools like GMail’s tabbed inbox that places all promotional emails in a separate section, …

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach
   

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam

Promotional emails like newsletters and flyers can be both a blessing and a curse. Done right, they can help your business grow and nurture a loyal customer base. Done wrong, they can get you blacklisted and be a waste of …

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam
   

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?

I was recently reading the Anti-Phishing WorkGroup’s most recent report on Phishing Activity Trends (new window, PDF,) which covers Q3 2013. Imagine my surprise when I found that of all the countries that host phishing sites, compromised websites, malware and Trojans, the United States leads the way by a significant, and ignoble margin. Yes, the US, which has all kinds of laws against cybercrime, and has several different federal agencies with responsibility for investigating cybercrime and responding to attacks, seems to host the lions’ share of all the malware that’s out there. Let’s take a look at what the report shows.

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?
   

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  • Show Me the Money: The Economic Realities of Spam - Email management, storage and security for business email admins | Email management, storage and security for business email admins on Tumblr Succumbs to Chain Spam Scam; Crayon Makers Cheer October 30, 2014

    [...] about the spammers and find solace in the probability that they sign their names with an X and use crayons to make crude drawings that get used to order [...]

  • Imran on Fanbox Spam Turns Into Costly Scam August 24, 2014

    Fanbox i worked there it’s a real scam they owe me 4500 dollar but they did not give me my money as i was everyday claiming my money to them they were oblige to cancel my account. then asked me to create another account so that i work again with them what i have refused, i said them that you just show me how fanbox is a scam im not crazy again to waste my time creating post to make you rich. i invite every new users who just start with them please dont waste your time they wont never give you a penny of dollar that only a virtual money be aware to avoid johny cash and his ganster here is the message they sent to me two month before they cancel my account:

  • Aussie on India Tops List of World’s Biggest Spammers August 16, 2014

    ALL my SEO spam comes from Indians. They are a big pain in the arse.

  • Andrew on Spammers Get Sleazier with Attachment within Attachment Technique August 14, 2014

    This is more relevant to the home user, who typically operates with a low level of protection against such threats. Businesses will employ sophisticated techniques at the border (eg: removal of or cloaking of ZIP files to render inert). Home users have no such luxury available to them at a reasonable cost. Until ISPs actually start offering business grade mail protection/filtering to their customers, then the consumer is on his/her own and must remain diligent. If you didn't initiate a request with the sender, then don't open the damned attachment. If you get an email claiming to be from your bank which contains an attachment, don't open it - your bank would never send you a ZIP'd archive to open anyway. Check links contained in email body before you go ahead an click on them - for instance, hovering over a link in an email will ususally display a tooltip with the actual web address encoded, rather than the false link displayed in the email content. Simple checks that anyone can perform before committing a single or double-left click on something that could cost dearly.... Diligence people! If you are, then you already made the spammers hit-rate that much lower, by simply not sleep-walking into an infection. Relying on anti-virus/malware protection apps is allowing people to abrogate themselves of a basic responsibility to know what you're doing and how it can affect your machine - adversely or otherwise. We insist that people reach a basic level of proficiency to drive a car. We need something similar for the consumer directed web....