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After a frustrating path to reality, it appears that the Canadian Anti Spam Law (CASL) is ready to be put into action. The law, which garnered a great deal of attention when it was first passed into legislation in 2010, has also drawn a great deal of criticism. Some of that criticism has been out of pure frustration, as the government of Canada dragged its feet through a mire of what felt like quicksand. Public consultations over something that was already penned and planned seemed to verify the truth behind the other source of criticism: that Canada was all talk and no action, caving to pressure from corporate stakeholders and marketing firms that didn’t like the idea of paying stiff fines for being caught with their pants down.

Give and Take: Is CASL Unduly Unfair to Charities?
   

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods

Not too long ago a study form Custora provided a snapshot of e-commerce customer acquisition. In this report that they found email marketing to be one of the top methods for finding new customers; in fact they report that customer acquisition via email has quadrupled over the four years prior to the report being published. This should come as no surprise when you consider that the number of email accounts worldwide is expected to jump from 3.1 billion in 2011 to 4.1 billion by the end of 2015 with corporate accounts outpacing consumer email account creation during this time frame.

Spotting Shifts in Spammer Methods
   

Adult Dating Site Hit With CAN-SPAM Suit

Alcuda Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the internet’s largest purveyors of adult dating sites, has been hit with a CAN-SPAM lawsuit. Zoobuh, an email service for kids that promises to be safe, is accusing Alcuda and its family of …

Adult Dating Site Hit With CAN-SPAM Suit
   

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme

With tax season in full swing, the IRS has issued a warning about a new phishing scam. The agency is perhaps the most brandjacked organization in the world of phishing. Countless phishing campaigns have used messages made to look like …

IRS Issues Warning About Phishing Scheme
   

March Spam Roundup

Spring has sprung and along with it new spam campaigns are blossoming. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines for March. Cryptocurrencies Ripe for Spammers http://www.vocativ.com/tech/bitcoin/cryptocurrencies-new-spam-frontier/ New GMail Feature Makes Spam Even More Annoying http://betanews.com/2014/03/26/spam-emails-just-not-quite-annoying-enough-google-has-the-solution/ Frequently Asked Questions About …

March Spam Roundup
   

Banks seem to be getting an awful lot of media attention these days, and for all the wrong reasons. Take, for example, back in 2013, when scandalous news broke that several large banks in the UK were infected with Conficker, their systems zombified on a botnet and spamming like good little zombies. That’s horrific news for anyone who actually uses a bank to keep their money safe, and as for your personal information, forget about it. That ship sailed a long time ago – banks will sell you down the river for a few meager sheckels.

Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This
   

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines

Security researchers announced this week that they’ve discovered an ongoing hacking operation that has affected over 10,000 Linux servers. According to their report, the attack, dubbed Windigo, has been going strong for more than three years, infecting servers owned by …

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines
   

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
   

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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.