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Google Says We’re Winning the War on Spam

According to Google, we’re winning the battle against spam. In a blog post, Google security researchers said nearly 92% of all non-spam emails sent use some form of authentication such as the Sender Policy Framework or DomainKey Identified Email. This …

Google Says We’re Winning the War on Spam
   

As the year draws to a close and we scramble to organize whatever tradition it is we choose to celebrate, it’s only appropriate that we pause to reflect on the year that’s wheezing to the finish line. 2013 was an interesting one, and while we haven’t managed to destroy ourselves just yet, we sure give it the old college try. As if the global strife and hunger aren’t enough of an exclamation mark for mankind to emphasize its own fascination with self destruction, the mere existence of Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are sure signs that we’re on a collision course with extinction. And then there’s spam.

Spam. A sure-fire sign that, not only are we bent on finding a way to put rockets on the planet and shoot it into the sun, some of us are, in fact, already purchasing tickets for the trip. I’m just not sure who’s stupider, the spammers or those who bought the tickets. Let’s just call them both IQ-challenged and get on with things. This year, there are several notable recipients for awards on their efforts, or lack thereof, in the war on spam.

2013 Winners/Losers: Australia, Google Rock the Casbah, Canada Limps to Starting Blocks
   

In February, we reported that New Zealand based telecom Telecom (not a typo), beleaguered with a mass spam attack, canceled 60,000 of its customer passwords in an attempt at buttressing what was clearly a situation out of their control. And by out of control, we mean they weren’t capable of dealing with it. Left high and dry without so much as a ‘how do you do’ from the company’s tech support, thousands of users of the Yahoo! Xtra service tried to access their accounts without realizing that all those instances of ‘123456’ and ‘password’ had been changed surreptitiously. One of those surprised by the move was Telecom customer and New Zealand High Commissioner Ted Woodfield, who was quoted at the time by TVNZ.com as saying that he “sat on the phone for twenty minutes at a time in three separate sessions. The last one said there was an hour’s delay.”

TUANZ: Spam Cannot be Stopped, Telecom Takes Ball and Goes Home
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Content Filter Agent

In today’s post, we’re taking a look at the fourth anti-spam agent in Exchange 2013’s army of protections-the Content Filter Agent. This agent is the one that actually looks inside the content of messages to see if they are spammy or not. But it also relies upon other things than just filter lists and key words, so let’s take a close look at how the Content Filter Agent helps protect us from spam.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Content Filter Agent
   

Look Out for These Spam Emails

In law enforcement, the term BOLO is used to warn officers to be on the look out for a suspect or individual who is wanted for one reason or another.

As an email user, there are often times when you should be on the look out for email messages that are known to be malicious. Being able to spot these emails can give you two advantages when it comes to fighting back against spam and phishing. First of all, being able to spot a malicious email message means that you, hopefully, will not be victimized by it. If you know it is a scam then odds are you won’t offer up any information, buy any junk products or download any malicious attachments. The second advantage that you can hope to gain is that should you be able to spot an illicit email, you will be able to notify the right people in your organization. If your anti-spam filter allows for feedback from users, you will help your solution better spot bogus emails in the future. If you notify a person, then they will be able to fine tune your filtering technology and possibly spot a network breach before it become serious.

Look Out for These Spam Emails
   

If you’ve been plagued by spam and you’ve had enough, you’re not alone. Spammers are branching out into campaign-type attacks that utilize multiple platforms to lure in new targets. They’ve been doing it for some time now, but it appears that, just as we hone our skills while we ferret spam out and deposit it in the trash folder, spammers are getting more adept at their craft, and that can’t be a good thing.

Is the Worst Over, or Has it Even Begun?
   

Spammers Exploiting Hollywood Star’s Tragic Death

Just hours after Hollywood star Paul Walker’s tragic and violent death, spammers began exploiting it in spam messages. Walker, 40, died in a car crash in California on November 30th. Hours later, security researchers detected messages with the actor’s name …

Spammers Exploiting Hollywood Star’s Tragic Death
   

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Finally Goes Into Effect-Sort Of

Canada’s anti-spam law is finally going into effect-in about 6 months. The law, first passed in 2004, has faced delay after delay thanks to the efforts of bulk marketing groups, who lobbied furiously against it. The law is scheduled to …

Canadian Anti-Spam Law Finally Goes Into Effect-Sort Of
   

November Spam Roundup

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. There’s a chill in the air, but spam is still red hot. Here’s a look at November’s spam headlines! Is Lawyer Spam an Ethics Violation? http://kevin.lexblog.com/2013/11/26/is-it-unethical-for-a-lawyer-or-someone-on-their-behalf-to-post-spam-blog-comments/ Spamhaus Calls for Fines …

November Spam Roundup
   

If Santa Claus exists (he does) and truly keeps a list of all the naughty little boys and girls (he does), then spammers had better not pout and better watch out this Christmas season. While they aren’t the very worst people in society, spammers are pretty close, and there’s little doubt that after murderers, rapists, child molesters and marketing people, spammers fill out the top of Santa’s list. And as much as the energy producing community would like you to believe that oxymorons like  ‘clean coal’ are a euphemism for responsible environmental practice, coal is indeed a dirty business and spammers appear to be lined up to receive a buttload of the nasty stuff when the jolly old elf makes his rounds near the end of the month.

Spammers Can’t Wait for Christmas, Look to Corner the Coal Market
   

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  • 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.