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If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
- The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1

You may or may not be familiar with the famous passage spoken by Shakespeare’s Shylock, but there’s one thing we know for sure: there’s a scam artist out there who’s definitely familiar with the words, thanks to the hard work of Edd Joseph.

To Spam or Not to Spam? British Man Gets His Bard on; Gets Revenge, Too
   

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is warning citizens to beware of a new spam campaign with a sick twist-it’s telling people they have cancer. The messages claim that NICE has tested a sample of their …

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents
   

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users

While many laud virtual currencies like Bitcoin as the world’s future currency of choice, it does have its dark side. The Mt. Gox fiasco aside, Bitcoin has become the favored payment method for the cybergangs behind ransomware scams and for …

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users
   

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning

Australian computer retailer Penta Group has received a stern warning from Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for sending a series of marketing emails that were in violation of the Spam Act, the country’s equivalent to the U.S CAN-SPAM Act. …

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning
   

Sometimes the story is bigger than the story itself.

Take, for example, the recent news that Google has decided to include an unsubscribe link at the very top of its gmail emails. If you haven’t heard, the big G is taking a giant step toward Internet freedom by being what the email marketers can’t seem to be: responsible.

There’s always a risk with things like this that the facts get distorted by way of interpretation, so just to be clear, Google is not changing the world through committee, even though reading some of the frothing at the mouth accounts from marketing-oriented websites, you might be inclined to believe that. The new feature is, as IT World describes it, “a new, clearly marked “unsubscribe” link [that] will appear at the top of the header field in marketers’ emails. Previously only appearing for a small percentage of users, the feature will now be made available for most promotional messages with unsubscribe options, Google said on Thursday. Email recipients do not need to take action for the links to appear.”

Spam, Begone! Google Adds Unsubscribe
   

Spam laws are like an Air Supply LP: everyone’s got one, but no one wants to admit it.

Unless, of course, you’re a small handful of countries like Australia, the UK, and the US, and then you’re dancing on a table belting out the soulful lyrics to “All Out of Love.” (mental note: Air Supply’s from Australia; that’s odd. Could there be a connection?) The three aforementioned countries, of course, have been the Clint Eastwood of anti-spam advocates, taking down anyone who dares violate their space, and taking them down in style. And if you think that similes likening spam to Air Supply and Clint Eastwood in the same breath are one of the strangest things you’ve ever heard, you’re not alone.

Do Changes to China’s Anti-Spam Laws Matter?
   

New Spam Campaign Uses Cat Pics to Deliver Malware

What is one of the most popular things on the net? Cats. Cat photos and videos to be exact.  Facebook is filled with pages dedicated to cats-funny cats, cute cats, even disabled cats, and there are several websites dedicated to …

New Spam Campaign Uses Cat Pics to Deliver Malware
   

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
   

Last Comments

  • Jim on To Spam or Not to Spam? British Man Gets His Bard on; Gets Revenge, Too June 30, 2014

    Although I can understand Joseph's decision to do that, I don't completely side with him, simply because I have been spammed before and I know it doesn't feel really good. Well, that may be his goal, but you can never correct a wrong with another wrong. I just hope he found fulfillment with what he had done.

  • Connie Law on Does Legitimacy Make LinkedIn and Zoosk Spam All Right? June 30, 2014

    @Peter: It seems like I missed that story about Papa John's. Is it found in here? What actually happened? I'm very interested about spamming made by legitimate companies because I feel that's what usually happens these days. Especially in Facebook. These companies are flooding my newsfeed.

  • Angela on Report: U.S. an Oasis for Spam June 30, 2014

    Hi AG! I hope you can share more of the study with us. Yeah, it sounds very interesting. I think people's opinions here can actually be backed by some good research. Maybe you can contact the admin of this website. Most probably they will allow you to guest post so you can share your findings.

  • Pete on Do Changes to China’s Anti-Spam Laws Matter? June 30, 2014

    @Ran: We can't expect anything from China, my dear. I even feel that they're using this spam excuse to gain more control not only on its people but also from business operators. They love to work that way. Everything that you see is usually just a facade.