anti spam

  • Canada lacks anti-spam legislation, plays catch-up

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 7:30 am

    Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Which of these G8 countries is the odd one out? Well, I suppose that each of them is in some way, but Canada is unique among the G8 nations for not having any form of anti-spam legislation. Surprising, eh?
  • The last line of defense against spam

    Posted February 2, 2009 - 5:47 am

    Many organisations that implement an email anti-spam solution will apply a multi-layered approach. They will implement a system that includes content filtering, IP block lists, quarantine of suspected spam items, Bayesian detection, and other important features.
  • Is Google a spam-enabler?

    Posted January 9, 2009 - 5:04 am

    According to the most recent statistics from Spamhaus, Google ranks as number three in the ten worst spam service ISPs. Spamhaus keeps a running list of the world’s worst spam problem networks.
  • Is Canada a Spam Haven?

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:46 am

    The spammer that Facebook won a landmark $873 million settlement against last month operated out of Canada, leading to criticism of the country’s lax anti-spam regulations. They did attempt to address the problem of spam in 2004 when they formed the National Task Force on Spam.
  • How well do you know your spam?

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 10:43 am

    Here are some tidbits to share as ongoing education for your email user community.
  • How to decode Spam Headers

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 11:42 am

    Spammers know that they can be tracked through the “Received:” lines in the headers. Therefore, they often attempt to obfuscate the headers to confuse matters. Although “Received:” headers can also be forged, it is somewhat more difficult than simply forging the return address.
  • Bayesian Spam Filtering

    Posted November 27, 2008 - 4:46 am

    Bayesian filtering is one of the most effective and intelligent solutions to combat spam email nowadays. Spam is a problem faced by all email users and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon; in fact, the number of spam emails is increasing daily.
  • Sued Over Deceptive Emails

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 5:47 am

    Ars Technica is reporting that a customer of, a people finding and social networking service, is suing them for sending deceptive emails that trick people into signing up for their paid service. Read the rest of this entry>>

  • The flipside of spam protection: Keeping your business out of blacklists

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 5:43 am

    We do pay a lot of attention to filtering out spam, and rightly so. The vast majority of all email traffic is spam, and while some of it is merely annoying, some also contains dangerous malware in the form of attachments, or links to malicious web sites. It drains bandwidth and saps productivity.
  • Source of 75% of sent spam forced offline

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 5:31 am

    A web hosting company allegedly responsible for at least 75% of the daily spam volume worldwide has been forced offline, thanks to evidence gathered by security experts. McColo Corp, based in California, had its service terminated by its ISP, Hurricane Electric earlier today.
  • Phishing Scams Rise as Banks Fail

    Posted November 13, 2008 - 5:29 am

    As the economic crisis appears to peak, more banks will fail. This has experts predicting that new phishing scams will arise targeted at the customers of those banks, and the agencies helping those customers may be actually encouraging such attacks.
  • Researchers Hijack Storm Worm

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 5:18 am

    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Berkley successfully infiltrated the Storm Worm to measure the conversion rate of spam. They found that it took only a single response from 12 million spams sent for spammers to reap huge profits.
  • Educate yourselves about phishing and how to avoid it

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 11:53 am

    The Anti Phishing Work Group’s Internet Policy Committee (APWG-IPC) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Supporting Trust Decisions Project (STDP) have joined forces to educate consumers about phishing and established the AWPG/CMU Phishing Education Landing Page program.
  • Airlines Latest to Be Exploited By Spammers

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 4:08 am

    Continental Airlines is the latest company to be exploited by scammers. A new wave of spam claiming to be from the airline attempts to trick the recipient into downloading malware. The messages come with an attachment that look like ticket invoices and boarding passes and thank the recipient for buying their tickets online.
  • U. S. Presidential Candidates’ State Spam Legislation

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 5:40 am

    Some or all provisions of some individual state laws may be preempted by the United States federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, including provisions regarding a private right of action. Although not part of any platforms with the upcoming United States election, how does each of the presidential candidates’ individual state fare with spam legislation?
  • An Educated Email User is a Spammer’s Nightmare

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 7:02 am

    So you have taken the time to research, select and install a world class anti spam solution, such as GFI MailEssentials. And 80,000 satisfied customers say it’s the best. To enhance this solution consider implementing a continuous “anti spam” education program in your company.
  • India’s Booming Business: CAPTCHA Solving

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:58 am

    Is text based CAPTCHA on the way out?
  • Anatomy of a Spam Virus

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:47 am

    A botnet created by a trojan virus is sometimes referred to as SpamThru. According to the Don’t Bounce Spam organization, spammers have become very sophisticated in the way they manage their botnets , and the SpamThru Trojan is the leading example. In at least one case the botnet consisted of over 73,000 computers.
  • Two of the World’s Largest Botnets May Be Connected

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:29 am

    Rustock and Srizbi, two of the world’s biggest spam botnets, may be connected. Researchers have discovered that the two botnets share the same malware delivery method, a Trojan called Trojan.Exchange, which is activated when unsuspecting users click on malicious links in spam messages.
  • Spam Mistake Blamed for Lawsuit Dismissal

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:23 am

    John J. Moser, Of The Morning Call, reports a Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a woman’s lawsuit. The suit claims East Penn Township, PA police used excessive force. The judge’s dismissla of the law suit said her attorney ignored a dismissal motion and the judge’s order to respond to it.
  • Malware Laden Spam on the Rise Again

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:18 am

    Security experts are reporting that malware laden spam is on the increase. The malware is either delivered via .zip or .rar attachments or by directing the recipient to a compromised website via a link. Another method rising in popularity is the embedding of malicious code into the source code of the message.
  • To Fight Back, Read What Spammers Read

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:47 am

    The Internet Engineering Task Force provides RFC2821, which is an excellent reference for understanding the details of email transport protocols. In order for email administrators to know what they are up against, in thwarting spammers, RFC2821 should “the” primer to ingest.

  • Bounty Hunters Look for Spammers

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:41 am

    A precedent has now been set in South Africa. Repeat spam offenders are now on notice. Spammers now have a price on their heads and their names on a Wall of Shame. It would be nice, if this was a sign of things to come for other countries to place bounties on spammers.
  • Best Spam Defense

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:37 am

    The best defense against spam is continuously educating the email user community. As administrators we may sometimes get a little too hung up on the technocratic methods of preventing spam. Although the technical details are important, our email users must be constantly reminded of their role to prevent spam. It’s an extremely important role.
  • CNN, MSNBC Latest To Be Exploited By Spammers

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 10:33 am

    Spammers have long been using lurid headlines based on current events to trick people into opening their messages and clicking on the links they contain. Their latest trick exploits the alert features of both CNN and MSNBC. Users are receiving mail that looks like a breaking news alert from one of the popular news sites.

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