The FBI has issued a warning about an email scam that attempts to extort money from unwitting recipients. The emails say the recipient is the subject of a criminal investigation and that charges will be pressed soon. The messages go …
A significant portion of Virgin’s email customers found themselves buried under an avalanche of spam after a classic and facepalm-worthy blunder. The company sent out a marketing email to their tens of thousands customers who get their internet service from …
It’s no secret that the US has been a darling for spammers. One of the world’s largest economies makes for a prime target, especially considering the connected nature of the United States. It’s a big target that just can’t be ignored, and the venerable folks at Kaspersky Lab has seen a significant change in the malicious traffic honing in on the US.
In its report, Spam in Q1 2014, Kaspersky catches us up on what’s been happening in the world of spam since their annual report issued in January. As usual, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s take a look at some of the notables.
Spring has sprung and the spam is blooming. April saw email hacking at AOL, spam celebrating a birthday, and lots of new spam campaigns. Let’s take a look at the top spam news for April. AOL Hack Leads to Spam …
It’s been 30 years since The Terminator graced big screens with its dystopian view of the future, and (spoiler alert) it didn’t go well for the human race. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was pretty game-changing for its time, but little did anyone know that the apocalyptic vision of The Terminator would actually come true. Sort of.
Spam’s been around for awhile now, and the nasty blight on modern society was bad enough before the bots got involved. But now that spam is automated, it’s gotten worse, and you might be surprised to learn just how much of modern spam is controlled by botnets. Hint: it’s a big number.
A massive new spam campaign is targeting several major companies and its payload is a variant of the infamous Zeus Trojan. Security experts spotted the campaign over the weekend and said major corporations like Facebook, Bank of America and Twitter …
Spam is a social disease. That’s a fair way to describe it, because it’s pervasive in modern society, it’s widely considered to be undesirable, it often has a harmful purpose, and it seems to get worse with time. When we discuss spam, we often focus on the worst spam – the ‘original’ spam, if you will, the spam that’s gestated in sick minds lurking in the darkest holes the world can muster. And for good reason, because that form of the disease is by far the most nefarious and dangerous type. And most discussions on spam don’t begin with spam from ‘legitimate’ providers, because that’s often thought to be benign, a nuisance that comes from someone you know and trust, and therefore, it should be okay, right?
Whenever there is something big in the news cycle you can be sure that the spammers will be launching new campaigns on the coattails of the event. They know that they can use people’s familiarity with the topic along with emotional hooks to get a better open rate. The more recipients that open their emails, the higher the percentage of victims they will be able to take advantage of; it is a simple numbers game.
In the coming months, here are a few subjects that you can expect spammers to take advantage of…
If you’ve ever found yourself on a blacklist, you might be guilty of snowshoe spamming. Have you ever been told your marketing email practices make you look like a snowshoe spammer? If so you might be wondering what the heck …
When news of the Heartbleed bug first surfaced we all learned that the OpenSSL extension used by most websites and software made it easy for malicious hackers to view private information like usernames, passwords and credit card details. Information we once though to be secured through encryption was now exposed, and while news of sites affected by this vulnerability spread people around the world scrambled to change their passwords on different accounts and check to make sure that no one was using their credit cards without their permission.
Normally, that phrase (or one like it) invokes comical images, but this is no laughing matter, if appearances are fact. You see, the true power in the modern Webworld lies in the control and protection of user information. Just take a look at the mayhem caused, and still being caused, by Heartbleed. The feeding frenzy and panic will go on for some time, as websites everywhere try to pick up the pieces after discovering that their beloved SSL wasn’t quite as secure as the first S (it’s the first S, for God’s sake!) led people to believe.
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