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Bitcoin Mining Botnet Shut Down

Greek police have made several arrests in connection with a Bitcoin-like mining botnet that was using both email campaigns and social networks to spread itself. Over 50,000 Facebook accounts were infected and over a quarter million computers. Facebook engineers were …

Bitcoin Mining Botnet Shut Down
   

Spam is many things. It’s irritating. It’s damaging to corporate mail systems. It’s potentially devastating, if its links are clicked. It’s sleazy and unsavory. It’s deceptive. It’s designed to make your life miserable, no matter the rasion d’etre for the …

Photojournalist Brings Spam to Life, but is it Lifelike?
   

South African Company Pays Up After Losing Spam Suit

A South African company has agreed to pay a $6.032USD settlement after losing a lawsuit it had brought against the Internet Service Providers Association (Ispa) after it had been blacklisted as a repeat offender on the association’s “hall of shame” …

South African Company Pays Up After Losing Spam Suit
   

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Leads to Flooded Inboxes

Canada’s tough new anti-spam law went into effect last week and it has had some unintended consequences. Businesses that dragged their feet are now scrambling to make sure they have consent from everyone on their mailing lists. This has led …

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Leads to Flooded Inboxes
   

Spam sucks. There’s just no denying that statement, but as a society, we’ve worked pretty hard to fight the scourge of pests, crooks, and criminals, developing sophisticated filtering and blocking technologies in order to protect those of us who don’t …

FTC: T-Mobile Customers Paid for Spam
   

June Spam Roundup

Summer is here! That means World Cup spam, travel spam, graduation spam, even penny stock spam! Spammers are definitely not taking any vacation time! Let’s take a look at June’s top spam headlines. Spamhaus to Release Beefed Up Databases http://www.computerdealernews.com/news/spamhaus-to-release-beefed-up-anti-spam-codes/34588 …

June Spam Roundup
   

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
   

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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....