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Whew! For a newborn law that hasn’t even had its butt slapped by the doctor, the Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) is sure stirring up a ruckus in the maternity ward. Just Google ‘spam’ or ‘CASL’ and take a boo …

With CASL Deadline Fast Approaching, CRTC Releases New Guidelines
   

Oregon Politician Known as “Spam King” Is At It Again

Oregon Representative Dennis Richardson got himself dubbed a spam king in 2012 after crashing the Oregon Legislature’s mail servers by trying to send a newsletter with four huge attachments to over 400,000 people. He got their emails by scraping public …

Oregon Politician Known as “Spam King” Is At It Again
   

It’s been a long, long time getting there, but the last G8 country to jump into the anti-spam arena is about to enact what some have been calling the toughest legislation of its type in the world. The Canadian Anti-Spam …

Much Ado about Nothing: Will CASL Have any Teeth?
   

You have to give LinkedIn some credit. Where other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter make billions in advertising revenues and provide their services for free, LinkedIn hasn’t swayed from the position that if you can get someone to …

LinkedOUT: Lawsuit Against Spam-Happy LinkedIn Will Proceed
   

In less than two weeks, the long-awaited Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) will finally go into effect after four long years of humming and hawing by the Canadian government. There are many – I included – who are crying “it’s …

Is CASL Targeting the Wrong People?
   

Penny Stock Spam Skyrocketing

Both the Security Exchange Commission and security experts are warning investors about a sharp increase in penny stock spam. Penny stock spam has been around forever and has cost many people a lot of money. Scammers send out emails claiming …

Penny Stock Spam Skyrocketing
   

Dropbox Used as Vector for Zeus In Latest Phishing Campaign

In a classic example of truly dirty pool, one of the latest ways attackers are convincing victims to install the Zeus malware is to send users links to the malware stored in Dropbox accounts. Attackers are now trading on victims’ gullibility and their general trust of the file sharing service. Dropbox, which is growing in popularity amongst consumers and businesses alike, is not considered a malicious or even a suspicious website. More and more enterprises are using Dropbox to share data. Attackers are banking on this fact and that potential victims are becoming accustomed to accessing shared data from others with whom they collaborate via dropbox.com links.

Dropbox Used as Vector for Zeus In Latest Phishing Campaign
   

XP Users Linked to Increase in Spam Volume

According to security researchers, Q2 experienced a huge uptick in spam. Why? Many think it’s related to the fact that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April. The 13 year old OS will no longer be patched or updated, …

XP Users Linked to Increase in Spam Volume
   

It’s Game Over for Gameover ZeuS and Cryptolocker

On Monday 2 June 2014, the United States Department of Justice announced that they had successfully taken down a botnet used to distribute the Gameover ZueS malware, and servers used by the Cryptolocker malware. Gameover ZeuS is a password stealing Trojan that focuses on banking sites, while Cryptolocker is what is called ransomware; encrypting users data and extorting a ransom from them in exchange for the keys to decrypt their data.

It’s Game Over for Gameover ZeuS and Cryptolocker
   

Russian Government Springs Spammer From Prison and Hires Him

It sounds unbelievable but it’s true. Pavel Vrublevsky was the spamming mastermind behind the Festi botnet, a DDoS attack against a Russian airline that cost it millions, and one of the country’s largest pharmacy spam networks. He was one of …

Russian Government Springs Spammer From Prison and Hires Him
   

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  • 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....

  • 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.