Spam

11 May 2010

Fifa World Cup spam strikes again V3

Security vendor Trend Micro is warning users of yet another spam campaign using the forthcoming Fifa World Cup 2010 tournament as bait.

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07 May 2010

Why Aren't There More Spam Lawsuits? by John Levine Circle ID

The CAN SPAM act has been in place for five and a half years. Compatible state laws have been in place nearly as long. Anti-spam laws in the EU, Australia, and New Zealand were enacted years ago. But the number of significant anti-spam lawsuits is so small that individual bloggers can easily keep track of them. Considering that several billion spams a day are sent to people's inboxes, where are all the anti-spam lawsuits?

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29 April 2010

China drops out of spam 'dirty dozen'; US, India top spammers TechWorld

China has dropped out of one security vendor's 'dirty dozen' of the top spam-sending nations for the first time.

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26 April 2010

Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests New York Times

Faced with stricter Internet security measures, some spammers have begun borrowing a page from corporate America's playbook: they are outsourcing.

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16 April 2010

Spam volumes still growing, says Google InfoWorld

Despite security researchers' efforts to cut spam down to size, it just keeps growing back. The volume of unsolicited email in the first quarter was around 6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to Google's email filtering division Postini.

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15 April 2010

Gmail spam uses fake addresses to spread malware Network World

Gmail spam is on the rise. Spammers are using fake Gmail accounts to clog up inboxes, making "Gmail.com" the most abused domain name, according to Commtouch's quarterly Internet Threats Trend Report, released Wednesday.

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12 April 2010

US income tax season spawns Internet spammer scams Computerworld

A wave of tax-related cyberscams is hitting the Internet.

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Scam Facebook page attracts 40,000 victims seeking Ikea gift card Computerworld

A scam Facebook page offering the site's users a $1,000 Ikea gift card took in nearly 40,000 victims Friday.

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29 March 2010

How spam filters dictated Canadian magazine's fate BBC News

After 90 years, one of Canada's oldest magazines, The Beaver, is changing its name.

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25 March 2010

Twitter slashes spam levels to one per cent V3

Twitter claims to have dramatically reduced the amount of spam on its micro-blogging site in the past six months.

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23 March 2010

From Russia with (objective) spam stats ZDNet

It's not every day that I get the chance to speak with a representative from the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC).

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21 March 2010

Facebook Users Targeted in Massive Spam Run PC World

Facebook's 400 million users have been targeted by a spam run that could infect their computers with malicious software designed to steals passwords and other data, according to security researchers at McAfee.

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19 March 2010

Spammers survive botnet shutdowns BBC News

Spam levels have not been dented by a series of strikes against controllers of networks of hijacked computers.

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18 March 2010

The Most Common Words In Spam Email Forbes

The most common word in spam emails, you might be surprised to learn, isn't Viagra, Vi@gra, or even V!@gr@. It's "shipping!"

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04 March 2010

Spam plague in February and more to come: Symantec Network World

Spam levels in Hong Kong reached 90.6 per cent and virus activity in China was the highest in the world in February, according to Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report.

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01 March 2010

NZ government gets tough on spam Stuff

The government is stepping up its war on spammers, as it loses patience with New Zealand businesses flooding email and cellphone inboxes with unwanted messages.

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18 February 2010

Nigerian 419 fraud spam bounces back Techworld

The Nigerian 419 scam has returned to plague email inboxes once again, with Symantec's February 2010 spam analysis reporting that old-style social engineering fraud is at the highest levels ever measured by the company.

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09 February 2010

Small drop in Christmas spam but rates still rising V3

McAfee's latest threat report for the fourth quarter of 2009 saw a drop in spam over the period, although the year ended with overall amounts rising.

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03 February 2010

Social-networking spam hit business hard in '09 CNET

A survey of 500 companies found a 70 percent jump in spam and malware attacks via social networking sites in 2009, according to a new report from security firm Sophos.

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25 January 2010

Facebook users told to beware fresh wave of spam and phishing attacks The Times

A tidal wave of spam has been predicted this year as cyber criminals target social networks such as Facebook.

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IIA: Funding needed for ISPs to crack-down on Australia's unruly spammers Computerworld

The Federal Government may be asked to fund an upcoming code requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to crack-down on spamming computers.

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21 January 2010

ENISA Spam Survey 2009: status report of the fight against spam in Europe European Network and Information Security Agency

The EU 'cyber security' Agency - ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency) presents its new, 3rd 'spam report', i.e. anti-spam measures implemented by European ISPs. The report looks at spam budgets, impact of spam and spam management. No significant progress is reported in the fight against spam.

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19 January 2010

ISPs could cut spam easily, says expert - try port 25 blocking, says Trend Techworld

Two simple techniques could be used to strangle botnets, a security expert has claimed. First, block email port 25 by default. Second, tell users when they are spewing spam from compromised PCs.

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15 January 2010

Spam grows from 8 to 90 per cent of global email in last decade Computerworld

The last 10 years has seen the average amount of spam in the collective organisational inbox go from eight per cent of all emails in 2000 to 90 per cent on average in 2009, according to Symantec's Dermot Harnett.

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12 January 2010

Spammers taking advantage of free online hosters V3

Security giant McAfee warned today that spammers are increasingly exploiting online hosting companies that provide free domains and web hosting, in order to bypass anti-spam filters.

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