07 October 2009

Canadian anti-spam bill far from a done deal by Michael Geist Michael Geist

The introduction last spring of Bill C-27 - the Electronic Commerce Protection Act - represented the culmination of years of effort to address concerns that Canada is rapidly emerging as a spam haven. Industry Minister Tony Clement's anti-spam bill has steadily made its way through the legislative process, with the Standing Committee on Industry likely to conduct its final "clause by clause" review this week.

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29 September 2009

Auburn tops list of Australia's most spammed suburbs Sydney Morning Herald

Auburn is the most spammed suburb in Australia, according to a new MessageLabs security report.

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26 September 2009

Spammers like Idaho best of all Computerworld

No one is quite sure why, but Idaho now gets spammed a little more heavily than any other state in the U.S.

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11 September 2009

Hong Kong named world's spam capital The Age

Hong Kong is under siege from legions of "zombies" attacking people with spam and leaving in their wake a trail of destruction costing millions of US dollars a year, analysts have warned.

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08 September 2009

How to reduce spam Business Day

... Last year, approximately 62 trillion spam emails were sent, sounding similar to these subject lines. Sifting through spam email and deciding whether it is a legitimate inquiry is a time-consuming exercise for small-business owners and their staff.

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20 August 2009

Spammers test filters with obscure formats TechWorld

Spammers are adopting obscure file formats to get attachments passed security filters, Symantec researchers have warned.

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Australia's Federal Court shows no love for fake date spammers ARN

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has been granted injunctions and declarations in the Federal Court against two companies and three individuals over fake dating profiles and high-priced SMS spamming.

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15 August 2009

Will Users Donate a Penny Per Email to Fight Spam, Yahoo Wonders Wired

Yahoo's researchers want you to voluntarily slap a one-cent stamp on your outgoing e-mails, with proceeds going to charity, in a bid to cut down on spam. Can doing good really do away with spam, which consumes 33 terawatts of electricity every year, not to mention way too much of our time?

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29 July 2009

Spam and phishing attacks soar in July: MessageLabs V3

The latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report from Symantec has revealed how spammers are adapting their tools to trick even more users into falling for email scams.

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Dutch spam suspect fined €250K The Register

Dutch telecoms regulators have fined a junk email spammer €250,000.

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22 July 2009

U.S. Named As Top Spam-Producing Country PC Advisor

The US has been named the world's biggest spam-producing country. Security firm Sophos said the US was responsible for 15.6 percent of all spam received between April and June this year - that's one in every six junk emails.

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18 July 2009

Microsoft Sues Mobile Ringtone Company for Phishing, Spam PC World

Microsoft has sued a Hong Kong seller of mobile ringtones, saying the company used phishing techniques to flood Microsoft Live Messenger users with spam messages.

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17 July 2009

Experts link flood of 'Canadian Pharmacy' spam to Russian botnet criminals Network World

The world's currently most voluminous spam generator, "Canadian Pharmacy," is clogging networks with come-ons for male-enhancement drugs and painkillers - and there's growing belief it has a link to Russian cybercrime groups selling counterfeit medicines.

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16 July 2009

Australian Government to stop SMS spammers

Australians can feel free to download ringtones, horoscopes and dating advice at will thanks to new laws regulating premium mobile services, reports AAP.

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Survey: Why do people respond to spam? CNET

Most people may think they're smart enough not to answer an obvious spam message. But is that really the case?

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Is Spam Profitable? InternetNews

Professional spamming continues at record levels despite the best efforts of security researchers, Internet stakeholders and law enforcement groups to kill it off -- making spam seem like a business too profitable to die.

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15 July 2009

Survey Finds One in Six Consumers Act on Spam PC World

About one in six consumers have at some time acted on a spam message, affirming the economic incentive for spammers to keep churning out millions of obnoxious pitches per day, according to a new survey.

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14 July 2009

Pharmaceutical spam continues to rise V3

Worldwide spam volumes are being further driven by an increase in online pharmacy messages, say researchers.

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09 July 2009

Spammers Shorten Their URLs New York Times

Shortened URLs are great for character-conscious Tweeters, marketers who want to track Web site visitors, and even perhaps an opportunity for venture capitalists who are investing in companies such as

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08 July 2009

Cybercrooks descend on Twitter with spam, attacks USA Today

Cybercriminals are rapidly using Twitter -- the popular Web-messaging service -- to direct users to websites that sell porn and fake drugs and trigger promotions for fake anti-virus subscriptions.

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03 July 2009

Google: Spammers regroup after ISP takedowns Network World

Spammers are pumping out an increasing number of garbage messages as they regain their capacity to send spam through hacked PCs, according to the latest statistics released by Google on Wednesday.

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02 July 2009

'Life or death' SPASMS alert: SMS death threat Sydney Morning Herald

The communications regulator has sounded the alarm after receiving a number of complaints from Australians who received SMS messages containing death threats.

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01 July 2009

Botnets pushing up spam loads; spam now over 80% of all email V3

Botnet-controlled PCs are responsible for some 83 per cent of all spam messages, according to a recent report. Security firm MessageLabs said in a recent report that despite efforts to shut down service providers notorious for hosting shady operations, spam vendors are continuing to send out huge loads of junk mail through the use of botnet-infected systems.

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Attack of the SPASMS: the new SMS danger Sydney Morning Herald

Scammers are using SMS text messages to con money out of Australians.

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29 June 2009

Will convicting five major spammers put an end to spam? Sadly not The Guardian

Sadly not - but the news that the US department of justice has secured guilty pleas from five "prolific" spammers, including Alan Ralsky, might make other US-based spammers pause for thought. And many of the most troublesome spammers are based in the US, although they use ­servers in China and other countries to serve their wares.

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