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Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge

In our last series of posts, we talked about several of the Exchange Anti-Spam agents in Exchange 2013. We went over how to activate them, and how to configure them, and what each one did. Of course, for these, the setup meant that we had to run them on our Hub Transport servers, because Exchange 2013 has no Edge. Well, that really should read that Exchange 2013 had no Edge, until now. One of the most significant things Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 brings to the party is the return of the Edge Transport role. Let’s look more closely at what this means for us.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge
   

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked

Popular financial magazine Forbes is warning people who have registered on its website to be on the lookout for phishing scams after the site was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The notorious hacker group compromised the website last week …

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked
   

Apple Inc. sure loves its patents. If it could, the Cupertino, California-based maker of stylish devices would patent the apple itself and then sue every grocery store on the planet. And it’s no secret that the company with more money than God loves to dole a bit out to teams of crack lawyers. Its penchant for litigation is legendary; just ask Samsung. So when the big Macintosh files for yet another patent, it’s hardly newsworthy. Unless, of course, that patent is designed to wage war on spam.

According to several media outlets, including Apple Insider, MacRumors and Business Insider, Apple’s filed a patent for disposable email addresses, a patent that describes a framework for users who wish to minimize the amount of spam that invades their inboxes. The patent was actually filed in 2012, but the story broke because on February 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published the application.

Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam
   

Anti-Spam Efforts are Working

Sometimes the news about spam is good news. Take, for instance, a report on the latest anti-spam comparative review conducted by virus bulletin that found 99.4 percent of all spam was blocked by anti-spam solutions. The number impressed even Virus …

Anti-Spam Efforts are Working
   

Fans of Resident Evil and The Walking Dead, rejoice.

For years now, you’ve been warning your co-workers about the impending apocalypse. It’ll probably be masterminded by an evil corporation, but it might be the product of some misguided organization blinded by its own hubris. Its motives will be honorable, but it will lose control, bringing about an unprecedented infection of the human race. If any of this sounds familiar to you, remove your tinfoil hat for a moment and get a load of this. According to the folks over at ZDNet, the zombies might already be out there. They’re not the zombies we all hope for, however: they don’t crave brains and they don’t make a viable target for a pickaxe to the skull. But they may very well be infecting the corporate networks of the world, and they could be a sign of things to come.

Zombie Apocalypse May be Led by Corporations
   

Florida Company Facing FTC Lawsuit for Spamming

A Florida company has been hit with a lawsuit by the FTC for sending out misleading and downright threatening spam about the Affordable Care Act. The agency says Kobeni Inc. and its president, Yair Shalev, sent out thousands of spam messages …

Florida Company Facing FTC Lawsuit for Spamming
   

Distribution of the Top 100 organizations most frequently targeted by phishers*, by category, 2013 – Kaspersky Labs

The modern world is all about contradiction and paradox. Life rewards people for success and looks to them with admiration and for inspiration, but the likes of proto-humans Justin Bieber and Rob Ford leave us shaking our heads with incredulity and disgust. The world looks forward to the beginning of the Sochi Olympics in mere days, a wonderful distraction that’s meant to entertain and motivate; yet that same world is entirely on edge as it comes to grips with the possibility that some humans could actually be lowlife pieces of waste, threatening to bomb an event meant only to elevate humanity and celebrate its amateur athletes. Yes, we humans are all about contradiction. Today, we can’t subsist without an online presence, yet we’re constantly bombarded with the message that being online is dangerous. It’s a bad idea. Yet we do it because we have no choice, that is, unless we want to resort to carrier pigeons and analog telephone lines.

Spam Shrinks in 2013, Grows Up, Too: Kaspersky
   

January Spam Roundup

  It’s cold outside but spam is still red hot. With the Olympics coming up, spammers will no doubt be revving up to take full advantage. In the meantime, here is a look at January’s top spam headlines. USA Still …

January Spam Roundup
   

Target Breach Victims Hit With Phishing Scam

Victims of the Target data breach are being victimized a second time by a phishing attack. Security experts have spotted a phishing attack using email messages made to look like the ones Target themselves sent out to notify customers their …

Target Breach Victims Hit With Phishing Scam
   

Coming Soon to Your BMW-In Car Spam?

I wish that this was an article from the Onion, or a skit on College Humor, but I guess they will have to change their slogan to “BMW-The Ultimate Spamming Machine.” I found a report on WorldCarFans this weekend that I just have to share. The implications, if this comes to pass, are truly terrifying to me. We get spam in our inboxes, we get spam from text messages. We get junkmail in the post. And some of the bulletin boards polluting the countryside are truly horrific! But with Google’s most recent revenue numbers, I guess even German engineering wants to get a piece of the lucrative ad business because guess what is coming out of Bavaria now?

Coming Soon to Your BMW-In Car Spam?
   

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  • Aussie on India Tops List of World’s Biggest Spammers August 16, 2014

    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....

  • Santine on Does Legitimacy Make LinkedIn and Zoosk Spam All Right? July 31, 2014

    Before we go any further--let's skip Papa John's--let's go back to the main issue: these huge companies that are allowed to spam simply because they are, well, and sending mails is just a way of marketing their products and services more. That's definitely a bull, don't you think? The title is even misleading since there's nothing legitimate with spamming.

  • Elizabeth on Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This July 31, 2014

    I've come across a book about innovation, and it mentioned that banks are some of the worst in this department simply because it is very traditional. Simply put, it just continues what it has been doing for many years, even as long as hundreds of years for those very large European banks. In the process, they don't really protect themselves when they attempt to go online and make our hard-earned money and very important personal information extremely vulnerable to identity theft, among others.