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Spot Spam this Holiday Season

As we approach another holiday season we prepare to spend time with family and friends, and we prepare for another round of holiday shopping. Over the years, online shopping has served as a great way to avoid the holiday crowds at the malls, and a way to stretch shopping budgets with the deluge of money saving offers available from most online retailers. In fact, online shopping for holiday gifts has become so popular that eMarketer predicts a 15.1 percent increase in sales over last year to a tune of $61.8 billion to be spent in the months of November and December alone.

Criminals know all to well that the holiday season is ripe with victims who can be easily manipulated at the sight of an offer or promise too good to be true. So just like retailers prepare for the rush of holiday shoppers, scam artists do as well. To fight back, here are some important tips to help you better identify scams related to the holiday season.

Spot Spam this Holiday Season
   

Spam-Friendly Registar Knocked Offline

A domain registrar that served as a haven for spammers, phishers and other cybercriminals has been shut down by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that basically runs the internet and is responsible for monitoring …

Spam-Friendly Registar Knocked Offline
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Recipient Filter Agent

In the past couple of articles here at ASU, I’ve been writing about the anti-spam technologies built into Exchange 2013. In today’s post, we’ll continue this look at how Exchange 2013 helps to reduce spam. Today, we will take a closer look at the Recipient Filter agent. Like the Sender Filter agent, the Recipient Filter agent also looks at the SMTP protocol. This time, it is the RCPT TO: command that the agent examines. What it finds there can help determine whether a message is legitimate or if it is spam.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies – The Recipient Filter Agent
   

Banks. They’re supposed to hold on to your money. And occasionally, make money for you, that is, when they’re not bilking you by charging you outlandish interest rates and service fees, all the while paying out rock bottom interest rates for your hard-earned savings. And they’re supposed to be secure. After all, how are they going to win peoples’ business if they’re not?

UK Bank Computers Zombified, Hijacked by Conficker
   

Some Scary Spam Statistics

Sometimes, its rather hard to wrap your head around a problem; especially a problem as widespread as spam. The thing is, we have become so accustomed to seeing junk email and poorly crafted phishing attempts that we continue on our …

Some Scary Spam Statistics
   

Millions in UK Hit With Cryptolocker Spam

The Cryptolocker malware is spreading rapidly and according to a new report, the UK is being hit hard. So hard in fact that the National Crime Agency has issued a warning on the matter. Lee Miles, Deputy Head of the …

Millions in UK Hit With Cryptolocker Spam
   

If you spend any time surfing the Internet, it’s bound to happen. You come across a story, video, or mindless rant and just can’t contain yourself. You need to share. It might be a simple as a thought-provoking article about a witty video that anthropomorphizes spam,  or a story representing an endless media feeding frenzy on the crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto,  or it might just be a cute video of a cat that hiccups and farts at the same time. Whatever the tone, purpose, humor, or sheer stupidity of it, you just need to share that sucker with everyone you know.

And that’s okay, as long as you’re not doing it in Germany.

You see, in September, the German Federal Court (Bundegerichtshof, or BGH) confirmed the ruling of a lower court that stated emails sent using the ‘send to a friend’ function found on many websites are considered spam.

Are You Spamming Your Friends? Germany Thinks So
   

Sick of Spam? Speak Up!

Fed up with spam? You’re not alone. Spam filters and junk mail folders help, but what you might not realize is that speaking up helps too-a lot. According to security expert Brian Krebs, spammers actually keep track of people who …

Sick of Spam? Speak Up!
   

New Spam Campaign Uses Fake Dropbox Notifications

A new spam campaign is brandjacking Dropbox. The messages have been spotted by security researchers and are made to look like a notification from the popular cloud storage company informing users their password has been reset. Some variants of the messages …

New Spam Campaign Uses Fake Dropbox Notifications
   

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies -The Sender Filter Agent

Last time, we introduced the agents that make up Exchange 2013’s anti-spam technologies. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at the Sender Filter agent. Just in case you didn’t see our introductory article, here’s what we mentioned. The Sender Filter agent looks at the SMTP protocol exchange for the MAIL FROM: command. It compares this to a list of blocked senders and blocked domains, and if it finds a match, it refuses to accept email from the sender. Let’s take a closer look at the specifics of what happens when servers exchange email.

Exchange 2013 Anti-Spam Technologies -The Sender Filter Agent
   

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  • Marcelo on Preventing Internal Email Abuse with Exchange Server 2010 April 8, 2014

    Hi My friend I have Exchange 2010 but the opcion "when the subject field or the message body maches" i dont have with options! can i use other option? thanks

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  • Harry D. on Anti-Spam Efforts are Working April 1, 2014

    Definitely, any positive news about spam is always welcome. I really don't have a lot of issues with good e-mails ending up in spam because I also check my Junk Mail from time to time, and if it's urgent and they need my reply, they simply call or try to contact me in other means. I think it's also essential that you provide your friends, colleagues, and clients other ways to reach out to you other than e-mail.

  • Steven on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam April 1, 2014

    Sounds like a good plan, Apple, but they should better concentrate on growing their brand and bread and butter first. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. It's better to be great in one thing than to be good in almost all things. Don't be like Android or Google please.