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 …
This month marks spam’s 20th birthday. On April 11, 1994, two lawyers flooded Usenet newsgroups with messages hawking a green card lottery. The messages were not received well, and somewhere along the line a classic Monty Python skit became forever linked …
AOL announced that they are investigating a security breach that may have compromised members’ personal information. Yes, I know, you probably didn’t think there was anyone who still had an AOL account, but unbelievably, there are. (Not only that, but …
Spammers don’t really need to be any sleazier. The fact is, they’re so slimy that they glide when they walk, but it seems they’re just not content with being among the worst people in society. And perhaps they deserve credit for trying to be even worse. That certainly seems to be the case if a recent article from El Reg is any indication.
The Register reports in an April 8th article that there’s a new attachment threat out there, and for security folks, it just seems we never get a break, not even long enough to have a bowl of Wheaties, from having to deal with a bunch of man-children who thought it would be a neat idea to become a dirtbag as opposed to getting a real life. So in case you missed it, here’s what we know.
Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared nearly two months ago, and investigators are no closer to solving the mystery, despite the search efforts of 26 countries. Along with the loved ones of the passengers and crew, people around the world are …
It’s often hard for people who are not involved with security to understand much of the terminology that gets thrown around because like any other industry there is an entire lexicon of jargon that can make it difficult for people to make sense of some things. As a result, there are quite a few misconceptions about how different security solutions work and what they protect against. For example, most people still refer to a content filter that prevents access to certain websites as the firewall when in fact the firewall prevents access to certain services or resource on a network.
A few months ago we reported on how many UK customers of Santander Bank were complaining of receiving spam, some of it malicious, to email addresses that were given only to the bank. Santander claimed to be investigating but insists …
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.
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.
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 …
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