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Experts Warn of Malaysia Airlines Spam

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared nearly two months ago, and investigators are no closer to solving the mystery, despite the search efforts of 26 countries. Along with the loved ones of the passengers and crew, people around the world are …

Experts Warn of Malaysia Airlines Spam
   

A Few Misconceptions About Fighting Spam

It’s often hard for people who are not involved with security to understand much of the terminology that gets thrown around because like any other industry there is an entire lexicon of jargon that can make it difficult for people to make sense of some things. As a result, there are quite a few misconceptions about how different security solutions work and what they protect against. For example, most people still refer to a content filter that prevents access to certain websites as the firewall when in fact the firewall prevents access to certain services or resource on a network.

A Few Misconceptions About Fighting Spam
   

Authorities Decline to Investigate Santander Spam

A few months ago we reported on how many UK customers of Santander Bank were complaining of receiving spam, some of it malicious, to email addresses that were given only to the bank.  Santander claimed to be investigating but insists …

Authorities Decline to Investigate Santander Spam
   

After a frustrating path to reality, it appears that the Canadian Anti Spam Law (CASL) is ready to be put into action. The law, which garnered a great deal of attention when it was first passed into legislation in 2010, has also drawn a great deal of criticism. Some of that criticism has been out of pure frustration, as the government of Canada dragged its feet through a mire of what felt like quicksand. Public consultations over something that was already penned and planned seemed to verify the truth behind the other source of criticism: that Canada was all talk and no action, caving to pressure from corporate stakeholders and marketing firms that didn’t like the idea of paying stiff fines for being caught with their pants down.

Give and Take: Is CASL Unduly Unfair to Charities?
   

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods

Not too long ago a study form Custora provided a snapshot of e-commerce customer acquisition. In this report that they found email marketing to be one of the top methods for finding new customers; in fact they report that customer acquisition via email has quadrupled over the four years prior to the report being published. This should come as no surprise when you consider that the number of email accounts worldwide is expected to jump from 3.1 billion in 2011 to 4.1 billion by the end of 2015 with corporate accounts outpacing consumer email account creation during this time frame.

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods
   

Adult Dating Site Hit With CAN-SPAM Suit

Alcuda Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the internet’s largest purveyors of adult dating sites, has been hit with a CAN-SPAM lawsuit. Zoobuh, an email service for kids that promises to be safe, is accusing Alcuda and its family of …

Adult Dating Site Hit With CAN-SPAM Suit
   

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme

With tax season in full swing, the IRS has issued a warning about a new phishing scam. The agency is perhaps the most brandjacked organization in the world of phishing. Countless phishing campaigns have used messages made to look like …

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme
   

March Spam Roundup

Spring has sprung and along with it new spam campaigns are blossoming. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines for March. Cryptocurrencies Ripe for Spammers http://www.vocativ.com/tech/bitcoin/cryptocurrencies-new-spam-frontier/ New GMail Feature Makes Spam Even More Annoying http://betanews.com/2014/03/26/spam-emails-just-not-quite-annoying-enough-google-has-the-solution/ Frequently Asked Questions About …

March Spam Roundup
   

Banks seem to be getting an awful lot of media attention these days, and for all the wrong reasons. Take, for example, back in 2013, when scandalous news broke that several large banks in the UK were infected with Conficker, their systems zombified on a botnet and spamming like good little zombies. That’s horrific news for anyone who actually uses a bank to keep their money safe, and as for your personal information, forget about it. That ship sailed a long time ago – banks will sell you down the river for a few meager sheckels.

Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This
   

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines

Security researchers announced this week that they’ve discovered an ongoing hacking operation that has affected over 10,000 Linux servers. According to their report, the attack, dubbed Windigo, has been going strong for more than three years, infecting servers owned by …

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines
   

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  • Santine on Does Legitimacy Make LinkedIn and Zoosk Spam All Right? July 31, 2014

    Before we go any further--let's skip Papa John's--let's go back to the main issue: these huge companies that are allowed to spam simply because they are, well, and sending mails is just a way of marketing their products and services more. That's definitely a bull, don't you think? The title is even misleading since there's nothing legitimate with spamming.

  • Elizabeth on Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This July 31, 2014

    I've come across a book about innovation, and it mentioned that banks are some of the worst in this department simply because it is very traditional. Simply put, it just continues what it has been doing for many years, even as long as hundreds of years for those very large European banks. In the process, they don't really protect themselves when they attempt to go online and make our hard-earned money and very important personal information extremely vulnerable to identity theft, among others.

  • Mario on Spammers Get Sleazier with Attachment within Attachment Technique July 31, 2014

    @Isabel: If it protects yourself from getting malware, then it's actually a very small task that pays huge rewards. Everybody has to take time these days, especially since not all suspicious attachments do get detected by antivirus or antimalware programs. I should know because I still end up receiving those types of e-mails. What makes this a potential candidate for that is it's in zipped file, and protective systems are often used to attachments and plain documents.

  • Cleo on GoDaddy has Some Serious ‘Splaining to do, Gives User Information to a Spammer July 31, 2014

    @Noah: Is it possible, though, that this might be an inside job. I don't think a company such as GoDaddy can be just plain stupid or worse vindictive although if I were to judge it through its ads, it's definitely such a lame company. It's interesting this hasn't gone big as a news. I think it has gone beyond being a mere spamming incident to showing how spamming and identity theft can affect a person's life.