The FBI has issued a warning about an email scam that attempts to extort money from unwitting recipients. The emails say the recipient is the subject of a criminal investigation and that charges will be pressed soon. The messages go …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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, …
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 …
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.
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