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Celebrities Continue To Be Expoited by Spammers

Celebrities are always popular targets for spammers to exploit, and security researchers say the trend is only increasing. According to security researchers, Jennifer Aniston is one of the most exploited celebrities, followed by Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Kardashians and …

Celebrities Continue To Be Expoited by Spammers
   

Google Adds New Anti-Spam Feature

Google has announced a new feature designed to make its Gmail service even better at blocking spam. The company says that they have begun locally caching images inserted into emails. They say this makes the service faster and protects the …

Google Adds New Anti-Spam Feature
   

Evolution of Spam

As technology evolves and grows more sophisticated, so has spam over the years. The first spam messages were known as unsolicited bulk email or unsolicited commercial email because legitimate companies followed the lead of Lauence Canter and Martha Siegel who …

Evolution of Spam
   

New Spam Campaign Exploits WhatsApp

WhatsApp has become a very popular messaging service, especially among the younger crowd, and spammers are taking full advantage of it.  A new spam campaign has been detected, masquerading as notifications from the service. The messages pretend to be notifying …

New Spam Campaign Exploits WhatsApp
   

December Spam Roundup

2013 is coming to a close but spam is still going strong. Phishing attacks and malicious spam levels continue to be high and that doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon. Let’s take a look at the top spam …

December Spam Roundup
   

As difficult as it is to believe, 2013 is almost a distant dream while 2014 is gearing up to be another interesting year in the ongoing war on all things security. It might be easy to assume that the New Year will see more of the same, but as George Santayana famously stated, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Just as we’ve seen in recent years, whenever we think we’ve got the security nut cracked, our spam folders securely locked down, and our malware detectors running at peak performance, something happens to remind us that the Internet is a delicate beast and cybercriminals are as slippery as they are slimy.

The Spam War Raged on in 2013
   

How to Configure Junk Email Setting in Outlook 2013

Last time, we discussed the Spam Confidence Level (SCL) Threshold and how the Content Filter and other spam protections leverage this to filter out junk email. We also mentioned that Outlook uses the SCL to either deliver email to the Inbox or to the Junk Email folder. In today’s post, let’s take a look at how administrators can control Outlook 2013 so that users have a consistent experience with what Outlook does with those messages that get passed everything else.

How to Configure Junk Email Setting in Outlook 2013
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies-Understanding the Spam Confidence Level Threshold

In our last post, we talked about The Content Filter Agent. We mentioned that the Content Filter Agent will assign a Spam Confidence Level (SCL) to a message that it analyzes, which is used to determine the final outcome of a message-delivered, filed in Junk Email, or dropped in the bit bucket. In today’s post, we’re going to take a closer look at the SCL Threshold and how administrators might manipulate this to better meet their users’ expectations.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies-Understanding the Spam Confidence Level Threshold
   

And just like that, Christmas is nearly upon us. Those of you who reside in the shimmering world of technology may be taking a moment to sigh relief, as you made it through another year without a total meltdown. Others, however, are popping Advil as they try to deal with the result of users who just don’t know how to restrain themselves from clicking links. Dreamy tales of sugarplum fairies and eight tiny reindeer are hijacked by nightmares of malware, Trojans and botnets, and like The Chipmunks, IT administrators squeak out, “we can hardly stand the wait, please get the damn holidays over with, already!” Okay, it doesn’t rhyme, but at this point, all some people want to do is hunker down with a giant vat of egg-nog and ride out the spam storm.

We’ve seen a tumultuous year in spam, with stories of companies getting slammed for poor behavior. The threats are everywhere, especially during the holiday season, which begins earlier each year. And it doesn’t stop with spam, because as all good IT people know, the interconnection between everything creates a web of risks that threatens to topple us on just one thin strand. Thanks to the likes of Target, for example, we lose faith entirely in any kind of secure transaction processing. The US retailer somehow let 40 million credit card numbers get out in the wild, and that was over a three week period at the most treacherous time of the year for information breach.

Awfully Scary, ‘Tis the Season to be Wary
   

Royal Mail Brandjacked in New Spam Campaign

The UK’s Royal Mail has become the latest victim of brandjacking. A new spam campaign is masquerading as lost or missing package notifications from the service. The messages say a package was seized for having missing documents-the specific documents seem …

Royal Mail Brandjacked in New Spam Campaign
   

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.