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Florida Company Facing FTC Lawsuit for Spamming

A Florida company has been hit with a lawsuit by the FTC for sending out misleading and downright threatening spam about the Affordable Care Act. The agency says Kobeni Inc. and its president, Yair Shalev, sent out thousands of spam messages …

Florida Company Facing FTC Lawsuit for Spamming
   

Distribution of the Top 100 organizations most frequently targeted by phishers*, by category, 2013 – Kaspersky Labs

The modern world is all about contradiction and paradox. Life rewards people for success and looks to them with admiration and for inspiration, but the likes of proto-humans Justin Bieber and Rob Ford leave us shaking our heads with incredulity and disgust. The world looks forward to the beginning of the Sochi Olympics in mere days, a wonderful distraction that’s meant to entertain and motivate; yet that same world is entirely on edge as it comes to grips with the possibility that some humans could actually be lowlife pieces of waste, threatening to bomb an event meant only to elevate humanity and celebrate its amateur athletes. Yes, we humans are all about contradiction. Today, we can’t subsist without an online presence, yet we’re constantly bombarded with the message that being online is dangerous. It’s a bad idea. Yet we do it because we have no choice, that is, unless we want to resort to carrier pigeons and analog telephone lines.

Spam Shrinks in 2013, Grows Up, Too: Kaspersky
   

January Spam Roundup

  It’s cold outside but spam is still red hot. With the Olympics coming up, spammers will no doubt be revving up to take full advantage. In the meantime, here is a look at January’s top spam headlines. USA Still …

January Spam Roundup
   

Target Breach Victims Hit With Phishing Scam

Victims of the Target data breach are being victimized a second time by a phishing attack. Security experts have spotted a phishing attack using email messages made to look like the ones Target themselves sent out to notify customers their …

Target Breach Victims Hit With Phishing Scam
   

Coming Soon to Your BMW-In Car Spam?

I wish that this was an article from the Onion, or a skit on College Humor, but I guess they will have to change their slogan to “BMW-The Ultimate Spamming Machine.” I found a report on WorldCarFans this weekend that I just have to share. The implications, if this comes to pass, are truly terrifying to me. We get spam in our inboxes, we get spam from text messages. We get junkmail in the post. And some of the bulletin boards polluting the countryside are truly horrific! But with Google’s most recent revenue numbers, I guess even German engineering wants to get a piece of the lucrative ad business because guess what is coming out of Bavaria now?

Coming Soon to Your BMW-In Car Spam?
   

Florida Couple Arrested for Phishing Scam

A Florida couple has been arrested on charges they stole over half a million dollars and compromised the identities of over 400 people. Stephen and Robin Barone of Orlando were charged with organized scheme to defraud, grand theft and criminal …

Florida Couple Arrested for Phishing Scam
   

A new year is largely a symbolic thing, but it should be a reminder and a wake-up call for all of us, to think about security, threats, and response. As the year begins anew, reports and studies start to appear, and they’re invaluable tools in the threat assessment arena, if for no other reason than to remind us to keep our guard up. The venerable folks at Cisco Systems are well-known for their annual security report, and for many of us, getting a look at the report is like Christmas all over again.

Last week, Cisco released its 2014 Annual Security Report, and if you haven’t gotten it yet, please go out and do so. It reads like an ancient tome presaging the future, with an unsettling look at what happened in 2013 and a helpful look into what we might expect in the coming year.

Cisco 2014 Report: New Malware Schemes and Trust are Key Themes
   

New Zealand ISP Clueless About Latest Spam Attack

Some New Zealanders are being bombarded by spam, but the ISP the spam is coming from has no clue why it’s happening. Telcom says it’s been working with Yahoo! but has been unable to trace the source of the emails. …

New Zealand ISP Clueless About Latest Spam Attack
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Protocol Analysis Agent

The last of the anti-spam agents in Exchange 2013 is the Protocol Analysis Agent. This agent uses the “sender reputation level” (SRL) of the sending MTA to determine whether or not to accept a message from that particular MTA. Sender reputation is maintained in data about each sender that has previously connected to your Exchange infrastructure, and is calculated from the actual SMTP transaction for a message, reverse DNS lookups, the SCL rating set by previous agents, and can even evaluate the sending system to see whether or not it could be exploited by spammers. A lot goes into calculating the SRL. Let’s take a closer look.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Protocol Analysis Agent
   

Two National Retailers Sued for Spamming

Two major U.S. retailers, DSW and Bon-Ton, have been slapped with a lawsuit alleging they have engaged in spamming. The suit, filed by Adams County attorney Joseph T. Sucec on behalf of his clients, Gerald Reviello in the suit against …

Two National Retailers Sued for Spamming
   

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  • Marcelo on Preventing Internal Email Abuse with Exchange Server 2010 April 8, 2014

    Hi My friend I have Exchange 2010 but the opcion "when the subject field or the message body maches" i dont have with options! can i use other option? thanks

  • Hery on Fanbox Spam Turns Into Costly Scam April 7, 2014

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  • Harry D. on Anti-Spam Efforts are Working April 1, 2014

    Definitely, any positive news about spam is always welcome. I really don't have a lot of issues with good e-mails ending up in spam because I also check my Junk Mail from time to time, and if it's urgent and they need my reply, they simply call or try to contact me in other means. I think it's also essential that you provide your friends, colleagues, and clients other ways to reach out to you other than e-mail.

  • Steven on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam April 1, 2014

    Sounds like a good plan, Apple, but they should better concentrate on growing their brand and bread and butter first. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. It's better to be great in one thing than to be good in almost all things. Don't be like Android or Google please.