27 October 2010

Email Spam Falls After Russian Crackdown New York Times

You may not have noticed, but since late last month, the world supply of Viagra ads and other e-mail spam has dropped by an estimated one-fifth. With 200 billion spam messages in circulation each day, there is still plenty to go around.

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20 October 2010

ACMA: International collaboration on spam critical Computerworld

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is encouraging more countries to start anti-spam groups.

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15 October 2010

Spam nation: U.S. tops list of spam-relaying countries Network World

Spam nation. Let's face it, that's what they should call us, and it's not the eatin' spam, it's the e-mail spam. The United States of America is the top spam-belching nation in the entire world -- by far.

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06 October 2010

Facebook Spammer Tries to Cash in on $873 Million Fine PC World

Facebook calls him a spammer and a U.S. court has fined him US$873 million. But Montreal's Adam Guerbuez doesn't seem to care; he calls himself the US$873 million man and says he won't pay a cent.

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25 September 2010

Spammers Transferring Operations To Russia InformationWeek

Following China's security clampdown, Russian registrars have seen a rise in spam-related domain registrations.

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07 September 2010

New Zealand earthquake: Warning over dodgy 'charity' spam New Zealand Herald

As Christchurch readies itself for what will be a lengthy clean up after Saturday morning's earthquake, Kiwis are being warned that cyber criminals are readying for a spam assault cashing in on the disaster.

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01 September 2010

Huge Spamming Botnet Injured but Still Alive PC World

A botnet responsible for a significant amount of spam has been crippled but may reconstitute itself in a matter of weeks, according to vendor M86 Security.

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25 August 2010

Rustock botnet responsible for 39 percent of all spam ZDNet

Botnets are now responsible for sending 95 percent of all spam, up from 84 percent in April, and almost half of that spam comes from a single botnet, Rustock.

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06 August 2010

Spam analysis shows that it pays to be polite V3

A frequency analysis study of the words used in different types of spam has revealed the tactics used by spammers.

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Spam Threat Growing, Getting Sneakier eSecurity Planet

Spam is not only growing in volume, but it's also becoming harder to distinguish from legitimate email, according to an online survey of U.S. consumers by Harris Interactive. The survey was commissioned by Cloudmark, an anti-spam and email security firm.

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15 July 2010

US Extends Spam Lead: twice as much spam comes from the United States as any other country in the world, finds Sophos InformationWeek

Received a spam email lately? No matter where you are in the world, statistically speaking, a report finds that it's most likely to have come from the United States.

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13 July 2010

The FTC Takes on the Spam Dispensers BusinessWeek

If you think you get too much spam, try visiting the second floor of the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. That's where a computer server holds the world's largest collection of spam e-mail -- 314 million messages, with 200,000 more arriving every day. The machine sits in the agency's Internet lab, a bunker crammed with electronic devices that help investigators hunt down spammers, spyware makers, and identity thieves.

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Does America's First Amendment Forbid Spam Filtering? by John Levine CircleID

... Spam filters, and in particular DNS blacklists are intended to prevent e-mail from being delivered. Doesn't the First Amendment make it illegal to block speech? The short answer is no, but of course it's slightly more complicated than that in practice.

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07 July 2010

Spam application again spreading on Facebook V3

A Facebook spam application spread by advertising a 'shocking' video has triggered security warnings.

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25 June 2010

Australia's IIA pushes new ISP spam code Computerworld

The Internet Industry Association has submitted a revised and updated code of practice for ISPs around spam emails to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for official registration.

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24 June 2010

World Cup continues to drive spam V3

The World Cup is continuing to play a major role in global spam loads, according to Symantec.

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SMS scammers using World Cup to cash in Sydney Morning Herald

Mobile phone scammers are using the FIFA World Cup to tempt Australians into providing their personal banking details in exchange for millions of dollars in phantom prizes.

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22 June 2010

$11m Spamhaus US damages award reduced to $27,000 OUT-LAW News

Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus has succeeded in arguing that it should not pay a US company it put on its blacklists $11 million in damages. A US court has reduced the sum to $27,000.

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18 June 2010

Beating China, India turns world’s top spam source Hindustan Times

That email offer for a bulk discount on Viagra or for a million dollars from a Nigerian benefactor clogging your inbox may actually have emanated pretty close to home.

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11 June 2010

ISPs reluctant to filter outbound spam TechWorld

With spam volumes rising relentlessly a new survey claims to have detected an iota of worry among service providers. It seems many of them would love to do something about it but don't know what.

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03 June 2010

Symantec warns of hike in World Cup spam V3

Symantec has joined the chorus of voices warning users to brace for a surge in spam centred around the upcoming World Cup in South Africa.

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28 May 2010

African broadband boost spurs rise in spam output ZDNet

An undersea cable laid off the coast of east Africa last year has led to a boom in spam coming from the region, according to a new study from Symantec.

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27 May 2010

Spam continues to plague Asian economies ZDNet

When Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates infamously predicted in 2004 that spam could be eradicated in two years, he probably did not expect the onslaught that was to come.

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26 May 2010

New Canadian anti-spam laws could be in place by end of year The Star

The long wait for protection against identity theft and anti-spam legislation may be nearing an end.

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20 May 2010

US judge permanently shuts down ISP catering to spam, porn Computerworld

A federal judge has ordered the permanent closure of an Internet service provider long accused of hosting and distributing spam, spyware, child pornography and other illegal content, at the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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