23 May 2013

Swindles and Spam, Lurking in Your Search Results New York Times

Most of our ventures onto the Web still begin with a search -- a fact readily exploited by spammers and swindlers who rely on excessive use of keywords, link exchanging and other manipulation techniques to push their content higher in the list of search results, hoping you will click on them.

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11 May 2013

Spammers Revived Old Schemes in March Quarter CIO

Spammers revived some old scams during the first three months of the year to wrap their tentacles around unsuspecting netizens, according to junk mail fighters.

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10 May 2013

The Common Enemy: Spam was born in 1971, when an MIT engineer used his system-administrator privileges to send an antiwar message to his colleagues Wall Street Journal

"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." The first spam message, sent in 1971, was very much of its time. It was born when Peter Bos, an engineer at MIT, used his privileges as a system administrator to urge a thousand fellow engineers -- including some at the Pentagon -- to oppose the Vietnam War.

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27 March 2013

Firm Is Accused of Sending Spam, and Fight Jams New York Times

A squabble between a group fighting spam and a Dutch company that hosts Web sites said to be sending spam has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet, causing widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure around the world.

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25 March 2013

Spam in email traffic grew by nearly 13 percentage points in February Times of India

After a lull of several months spammers stepped up their activity in February. According to Kaspersky Lab data, the proportion of spam in email traffic grew by nearly 13 percentage points and aver-aged 71% for the month, higher than the average for January and the last three months of 2012.

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23 March 2013

Why your inbox fills with bacn instead of spam BBC News

It might be heresy for some to say this, but not all bacon is welcome. Especially when we are talking bacn rather than bacon. One is all the not-quite-junk mail messages that land in your inbox and the other is the tasty stuff that sits happily alongside sausages, fried bread and the other cast members of the full English breakfast.

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16 March 2013

Internet's 'bad neighbourhoods' spread scams and spam BBC News

About 50% of all junk mail on the net emerges from just 20 internet service providers, a study has found.

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14 February 2013

US Highest Spam Volume in the World: Eleven The Whir

German email security provider Eleven announced on Wednesday it has released the Eleven Email Security Report February 2013, which signals the United States' return to being the highest total spam volume in the world.

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23 January 2013

Spam levels plummet as industry takes aim at botnets Techworld

Global spam levels continued to fall in 2012 and even the number of malicious attachments was on the wane, new figures from Kaspersky Lab have suggested.

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22 January 2013

The Dying Business Of Email Spam Forbes

Spam email is on the wane. And no one on God's green Earth is going to miss it.

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20 January 2013

Spam Volumes: Past & Present, Global & Local Krebs On Security

Last week, National Public Radio aired a story on my Pharma Wars series, which chronicles an epic battle between men who ran two competing cybercrime empires that used spam to pimp online pharmacy sites. As I was working with the NPR reporter on the story, I was struck by how much spam has decreased over the past couple of years.

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14 January 2013

Canadian government caves to lobbying pressure on anti-spam law by Michael Geist The Star

Canada's anti-spam legislation was back in the news last week as the government unveiled revised regulations that may allow for the law to finally take effect next year. Canada is one of the only developed economies in the world without an anti-spam law and lengthy delays have created considerable uncertainty.

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30 November 2012

Spam in October 2012: the Share of Spam in Mail Traffic Reaches a Minimum for the Year Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky Lab data, the percentage of spam in email traffic was down 4.5 percentage points from September and averaged 68% - the lowest level it has been all year. The danger posed by spam, however, remains high: malicious files were found in 3.25% of all emails, a mere 0.15 percentage points less compared to the previous month.

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16 November 2012

Spam in Q3 2012: Spam Flow Falls, but Poses Greater Danger Kaspersky

Kaspersky Lab analysts continue to observe a downward trend in the share of spam in total mail traffic. Compared to the previous quarter, the volume of spam traffic in Q3 2012 decreased by 2.8 percentage points and averaged 71.5%. At the same time, the experts recorded a significant increase in the share of malicious mailings - from 3% to 3.9% - continuing yet another trend for the year.

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01 November 2012

Indian regulator Trai likely to issue new rules on spam LiveMint

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will issue new rules on unsolicited commercial communications or spam in a week.

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27 October 2012

Germany gets the most malicious spam H-Online

German email users have unseated users from the US as the recipients of most malicious email messages. According to a report on September's spam by Kaspersky, Germany hit the top of the chart with 13.87% of malicious mail being directed at its users, followed by Spain (7.43%), Russia (6.85%), India (6.39%), Vietnam (5.95%), Australia (5.94%), China (5.80%) and the US (5.62%). The US had led the chart for the previous eight months.

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18 October 2012

India is world leader in spam output CNET

India has surpassed the U.S. and taken the lead as the greatest spam-sending country in the world. One out of every six junk messages that litter users' e-mail inboxes are coming from India, according to a new report from SophosLabs.

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11 October 2012

Get ready now for coming Canadian spam law, CRTC tells companies Globe and Mail

The anti-spam law does not come into force until next year, but the country's telecom watchdog is urging companies to start making sure right now that their practices are up to snuff.

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02 October 2012

British spam text senders face fines of up to £500,000 The Guardian

Two people responsible for sending out millions of spam texts offering accident compensation and payment protection insurance mis-selling services face fines totalling about half a million pounds, following a crackdown by the Information Commissioner's Office.

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29 September 2012

The unpalatable business of spam Financial Times

A new article provides a fascinating overview on the dynamics of unsolicited email and the fight to keep it at bay

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27 September 2012

Spam in August 2012: Criminal Activity has Reached its Peak Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky Lab's spam report, in August the percentage of spam in email traffic continued to go down and averaged 70.2%, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points from July. However, these figures - which are typical for the summer months - do not mean spam poses any less of a threat. The share of malicious attachments in mail traffic grew considerably in July, when malicious files were found in 4.5% of all mail traffic. In August, there was a slight decline in the amount of malicious attachments, but they were still found in 3.9% of all emails. The percentage of fraudulent messages and emails advertising fake designer goods in spam traffic continued to grow.

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17 September 2012

Australia among world's top spam producers: report Brisbane Times

Australia has emerged as a global leader in the production of spam, according to a new international report.

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14 August 2012

The Economics of Spam Wall Street Journal

People pitching goods via spam probably earn only about $200 million annually, while some $20 billion is spent fending off unwanted email, according to a new academic article. That ratio of cost (to society) to benefit (to miscreants), 100:1, is far higher than that for many other kinds of commercial crime, the authors say.

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24 July 2012

India sends you the most spam ZDNet

More than one in 10 of every spam e-mail sent in the world comes from India. More broadly, every other spam e-mail sent in the world comes from Asia.

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Australia cuts down on spam: The ACMA and iCode initiative take credit for reduction in unwanted junk mail Computerworld

Australia has reduced its spam, according to the quarterly international spam rankings released by Sophos.

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