28 September 2011

India cap on text messages to thwart telemarketers BBC News

The telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages which can be sent from a mobile phone.

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24 September 2011

I'm out of the office, so please read this spam BusinessWeek

If you're prone to mistyping email addresses, here's a new thing to worry about: you could be a target for spammers trying to sell you a dream vacation or a diet product by pretending to be one of your friends or colleagues.

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23 September 2011

FBI takes over for Microsoft in spam-network takedown Seattle Post Intelligencer

In March, Microsoft filed suit and used the court system to take down the giant Rustock email-spamming network, employing U.S. Marshals to help seize hard drives and servers at Internet service providers in seven U.S. cities including Seattle. That disconnected most of the IP addresses that controlled the "botnet," largely shutting it down, and the servers were removed as evidence to be analyzed by Microsoft.

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07 September 2011

Spamhaus award reduced from $11m to $3 OUT-LAW News

A UK anti-spam company that had previously been ordered to pay more than $11 million in damages for 'blacklisting' a US marketing company will only need to pay a nominal $3 amount following a US court ruling.

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31 August 2011

New Canadian anti-spam law 'good news' for public Montreal Gazette

Businesses that rely on email for communicating with their customers will have to make major adjustments when the new anti-spam law comes into effect, probably this year.

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20 August 2011

Surge in attachment spam a sign of desperation, say experts TechWorld

Botnet criminals have flooded the Internet with a surge of attachment spam in recent weeks in a desperate attempt to rebuild a spam-distribution industry under pressure, security experts have suggested.

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18 August 2011

Report: Spam is at a two-year high Network World

Spam - particularly the kind with malicious attachments - is exploding, reaching a two-year high overall, which includes the spike last fall just before the SpamIt operation folded its doors, a security firm says.

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05 August 2011

'Spam king' Wallace indicted for Facebook spam CNET

Self-described spam king Sanford Wallace surrendered to the FBI today after being indicted on charges he broke into Facebook accounts to send 27 million spam e-mails on the social network.

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29 July 2011

Blogs and forums taken over by spam, says study The Australian

New generation internet spam that happens on Web 2.0 platforms such as blogs, wikis and forums is becoming a growing problem, according to researchers.

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12 July 2011

Beware, some Google 'invites' are really spam CNN

OK, Google , you're a bona fide Web sensation now. Which is to say, you've inspired your very own spam.

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04 July 2011

Has the Internet Outgrown Spam? PC World

In the late 1990s Robert Soloway made $20,000 a day as a spammer. He drove fancy cars. He wore Armani clothes. He was, by all accounts, one of the most successful spammers on the planet. But if he were starting out today, he'd find some other line of work.

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29 June 2011

Spam, spam and slightly less spam Financial Times

At first this looks so promising. Volumes of spam are down nearly 70 per cent from last year according to a report from Symantec, the IT security company. In June, there were 39.2bn unsolicited, 'spam' messages in circulation each day, compared with 121.5bn a day in June 2010. This echoes findings earlier this month from rival McAfee, which suggested spam levels had halved in the last year.

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17 June 2011

Spam is clogging Amazon's Kindle Reuters

Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging Inc.'s top-selling e-reader with material that is far from being book-worthy and threatening to undermine the company's entry into publishing.

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14 June 2011

Illegal Spam Firms Run Like Legitimate Businesses eWeek

Spam operations are run like legal business enterprises and rely on banks' merchant services to function

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01 June 2011

A way to take out spammers? 3 banks process 95% of spam transactions ars technica

If you want to stop spam then going after the banks and payment processors that enable their lucrative trade may be your best bet, according to research performed by a team from the University of California-San Diego, the University of California-Berkeley, and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. After examining millions of spam e-mails and spam Web sites -- and making over 100 purchases from the sites advertised by the spammers -- the research team found that just three banks were used to clear more than 95 percent of spam funds.

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29 May 2011

Editorial: Spammers and Their Bankers New York Times

In early 2004 Bill Gates claimed that "two years from now, spam will be solved." Today it amounts to 70 percent of all e-mail. Yet there may be a chance to cut it back.

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27 May 2011

US, China cyber experts agree... on spam Financial Times

There has been an increasing amount of talk from high places, including the White House, about the urgent need for international cooperation on cybersecurity. But a proposal to be released tomorrow calling for specific US-China steps shows, more than anything, how far we have to go.

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25 May 2011

Spammers create short URL systems to beat security TechWorld

Spammers have started setting up bogus URL shortening services to act as relay points for traffic generated by their emails, Symantec's MessageLabs division has reported in its May 2011 Intelligence Report.

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23 May 2011

Anatomy of a Spam Viagra Purchase Technology Review

What happens if you buy something advertised via spam? This graphic shows the flow of Internet traffic and money following a purchase of Viagra from a spam email.

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20 May 2011

Study Sees Way to Win Spam New York Times

For years, a team of computer scientists at two University of California campuses has been looking deeply into the nature of spam, the billions of unwanted e-mail messages generated by networks of zombie computers controlled by the rogue programs called botnets. They even coined a term, "spamalytics," to describe their work.

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17 May 2011

Facebook, spammers are in 'arms race' CNET

Within days of Facebook rolling out new security features designed to block spam, several new social-engineering attacks were spreading that somehow managed to get by the company's antispam defenses.

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14 May 2011

Asia is now the spam capital of the world TechRadar

The world's worst purveyors of spam for the first quarter of 2011 have been released, with Asia now at the top of the spam pops piping out 35.1 per cent of the planet's junk email.

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23 April 2011

UK spammers to be fined up to £500,000 ZDNet

Spammers will be fined up to £500,000 by the UK's privacy authority for distributing unwanted marketing materials under new rules due in late May.

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20 April 2011

Spammers still mining Japan, NZ earthquake appeals: Symantec Computerworld

The charitable nature of Australians has been under threat, as spammers continue to hijack Japan and New Zealand disaster relief funds.

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13 April 2011

Canada Passes Anti-Spam And Anti-Spyware Law Mondaq

Organizations that conduct business online should start preparing for Canada's new anti-spam and anti-spyware legislation, which was passed in mid-December and is expected to come into force later this year.1 As the Act is complex and the penalties for violating the new law can be severe, organizations should review and modify their online practices, where necessary, at an early opportunity.

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