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Happy Birthday, Spam!

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 …

Happy Birthday, Spam!
   

AOL Email Accounts Hacked

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 …

AOL Email Accounts Hacked
   

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.

Spammers Get Sleazier with Attachment within Attachment Technique
   

Experts Warn of Malaysia Airlines Spam

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 …

Experts Warn of Malaysia Airlines Spam
   

A Few Misconceptions About Fighting Spam

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 Misconceptions About Fighting Spam
   

Authorities Decline to Investigate Santander Spam

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 …

Authorities Decline to Investigate Santander Spam
   

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
   

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  • Show Me the Money: The Economic Realities of Spam - Email management, storage and security for business email admins | Email management, storage and security for business email admins on Tumblr Succumbs to Chain Spam Scam; Crayon Makers Cheer October 30, 2014

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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:

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    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....