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“It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.” - Friedrich Nietzsche In a world where modern technology encourages us to litter the Interwebs with memes, thoughts, new ideas, and sometimes sketchy facts, Twitter is …

URL Shortening a Safe Haven for Spammers
   

Don’t Ignore Spam

A mind boggling new attack is underway. Security experts are reporting that a gang of Russian hackers has stolen over 1 billion user names and passwords and half a billion email addresses from attacks on nearly half a million websites …

Don’t Ignore Spam
   

July Spam Roundup

The dog days of summer are here but spammers aren’t taking it easy. Spam levels are still active, even with Canada’s tough new spam law now in effect. Let’s take a look at the stories that made spam headlines in …

July Spam Roundup
   

Spoiler alert: it can be both. But while the latter isn’t really up for debate (it could be, but who would argue that spam isn’t irritating?), the former poses an interesting question. The Washington Post considers that very issue in …

Spam: Free Speech or Tremendously Irritating?
   

We live in a very competitive world, and if the recent World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Paralympic Games and Winter Olympics are any indication, humans love to practice the time-honored tradition of proving that they’re better than other humans. It’s an …

US Wins ‘Spampionship,’ Lobbies to Make it an Olympic Sport
   

The Economics of Spam

With the increasing effectiveness of spam filters and users being more tech savvy and less spam tolerant than ever, have you ever wondered why spammers keep pumping it out? That’s simple, because there are still enough people falling for it …

The Economics of Spam
   

Canada’s anti-spam law is one of the toughest in the world, and many Canadian businesses have been chafing under it and demanding changes. American companies have had to scramble and adjust as well, many keeping Canadian customers on a separate …

Microsoft Reconsiders Reaction to Canadian Spam Law
   

Looking for a job? If so you know it’s still tough out there. While the economy is showing signs of improvement, the job market is still rough in many sectors. Employers report getting an average of 300-500 resumes for each …

Job-Hunting Spammers Face Loss of Benefits
   

After much ado about nothing, the Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) finally woke up on July 1st and discovered that it was a real boy. In case you were living off world for the past few years, the law, which …

CASL: Hate to Say it, but…
   

Canadian Riding Association Denies Spam Accusation

A Canadian riding association is under fire after sending a politically tinged email blast to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. The campaign generated many spam complaints and privacy concerns. The messages urged Chamber members to visit the Conservative Party of …

Canadian Riding Association Denies Spam Accusation
   

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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....