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February Spam Roundup

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 …

February Spam Roundup
   

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK

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.

Judge’s Decision Could Open Door for Spammers in UK
   

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends

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 …

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends
   

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.

Is LinkedIn a Business Networking Site or a Spam Monger?
   

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach

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, …

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach
   

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam

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 …

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam
   

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?

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.

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?
   

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns

We’ve discussed Fanbox several times here in the past, and when we did it generated a lot of feedback. Fanbox started out billing itself as an online chat, word processor and storage service (think Google Docs/Drive/Messenger), but quickly earned the …

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns
   

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation

A New Zealand marketing company has been hit with a $120,000 fine for spamming. Auckland-based Image Marketing Group was found in violation of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act by the New Zealand Internal Affairs Department. According to their investigation, IMG …

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation
   

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge

In our last series of posts, we talked about several of the Exchange Anti-Spam agents in Exchange 2013. We went over how to activate them, and how to configure them, and what each one did. Of course, for these, the setup meant that we had to run them on our Hub Transport servers, because Exchange 2013 has no Edge. Well, that really should read that Exchange 2013 had no Edge, until now. One of the most significant things Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 brings to the party is the return of the Edge Transport role. Let’s look more closely at what this means for us.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge
   

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.