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March Spam Roundup

Spring has sprung and along with it new spam campaigns are blossoming. Here’s a look at the top spam headlines for March. Cryptocurrencies Ripe for Spammers http://www.vocativ.com/tech/bitcoin/cryptocurrencies-new-spam-frontier/ New GMail Feature Makes Spam Even More Annoying http://betanews.com/2014/03/26/spam-emails-just-not-quite-annoying-enough-google-has-the-solution/ Frequently Asked Questions About …

March Spam Roundup
   

Banks seem to be getting an awful lot of media attention these days, and for all the wrong reasons. Take, for example, back in 2013, when scandalous news broke that several large banks in the UK were infected with Conficker, their systems zombified on a botnet and spamming like good little zombies. That’s horrific news for anyone who actually uses a bank to keep their money safe, and as for your personal information, forget about it. That ship sailed a long time ago – banks will sell you down the river for a few meager sheckels.

Do You Trust Your Bank Not to Spam You? Read This
   

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines

Security researchers announced this week that they’ve discovered an ongoing hacking operation that has affected over 10,000 Linux servers. According to their report, the attack, dubbed Windigo, has been going strong for more than three years, infecting servers owned by …

10,000 Servers Turned Into Spam Machines
   

If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
- The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, Scene 1

You may or may not be familiar with the famous passage spoken by Shakespeare’s Shylock, but there’s one thing we know for sure: there’s a scam artist out there who’s definitely familiar with the words, thanks to the hard work of Edd Joseph.

To Spam or Not to Spam? British Man Gets His Bard on; Gets Revenge, Too
   

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is warning citizens to beware of a new spam campaign with a sick twist-it’s telling people they have cancer. The messages claim that NICE has tested a sample of their …

Sick Spam Campaign Preys on UK Residents
   

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users

While many laud virtual currencies like Bitcoin as the world’s future currency of choice, it does have its dark side. The Mt. Gox fiasco aside, Bitcoin has become the favored payment method for the cybergangs behind ransomware scams and for …

New Phishing Attack Targets Bitcoin Users
   

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning

Australian computer retailer Penta Group has received a stern warning from Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for sending a series of marketing emails that were in violation of the Spam Act, the country’s equivalent to the U.S CAN-SPAM Act. …

Australian Computer Retailer Hit With Spam Act Warning
   

Sometimes the story is bigger than the story itself.

Take, for example, the recent news that Google has decided to include an unsubscribe link at the very top of its gmail emails. If you haven’t heard, the big G is taking a giant step toward Internet freedom by being what the email marketers can’t seem to be: responsible.

There’s always a risk with things like this that the facts get distorted by way of interpretation, so just to be clear, Google is not changing the world through committee, even though reading some of the frothing at the mouth accounts from marketing-oriented websites, you might be inclined to believe that. The new feature is, as IT World describes it, “a new, clearly marked “unsubscribe” link [that] will appear at the top of the header field in marketers’ emails. Previously only appearing for a small percentage of users, the feature will now be made available for most promotional messages with unsubscribe options, Google said on Thursday. Email recipients do not need to take action for the links to appear.”

Spam, Begone! Google Adds Unsubscribe
   

Spam laws are like an Air Supply LP: everyone’s got one, but no one wants to admit it.

Unless, of course, you’re a small handful of countries like Australia, the UK, and the US, and then you’re dancing on a table belting out the soulful lyrics to “All Out of Love.” (mental note: Air Supply’s from Australia; that’s odd. Could there be a connection?) The three aforementioned countries, of course, have been the Clint Eastwood of anti-spam advocates, taking down anyone who dares violate their space, and taking them down in style. And if you think that similes likening spam to Air Supply and Clint Eastwood in the same breath are one of the strangest things you’ve ever heard, you’re not alone.

Do Changes to China’s Anti-Spam Laws Matter?
   

New Spam Campaign Uses Cat Pics to Deliver Malware

What is one of the most popular things on the net? Cats. Cat photos and videos to be exact.  Facebook is filled with pages dedicated to cats-funny cats, cute cats, even disabled cats, and there are several websites dedicated to …

New Spam Campaign Uses Cat Pics to Deliver Malware
   

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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:

  • 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....