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  • Spam Goes Down To The Letter

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 7:51 am

    A new study by a University of Cambridge computer scientist revealed that the first letter of your email address makes a difference in how much spam you get. It found that addresses that start with “A” “M” or “S” get more than 40% spam while those starting with Q or Z get only about 20% spam.
  • 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?
  • Political Votes Increase Spam

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:55 am

    In the United States the John McCain and Barack Obama presidential campaigns are not the only events cranking up into full swing. With vice presidential running mates now selected, there are recent warnings about political email and blog spam increasing.
  • New Malware Attack Targets Obama

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 6:51 am

    A massive new spam attack has security vendors warning IT admins to ramp up their spam filters. The spam is of the fake but lurid headline variety, but this time the fake headline targets presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • 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.
  • Mafiaboy grows up; a hacker seeks redemption

    Posted October 12, 2008 - 8:46 pm

    On the day he knocked Yahoo offline, Michael Calce, who was known at the time only by his online moniker, Mafiaboy, estimates that he had hacked into perhaps 40 percent of the major universities in the United States, using attack code that he picked up online.
  • Norton 2009 Update is locking up Computers!

    Posted October 12, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Started getting phone calls about locked and frozen PCs after installing the newest update to Norton's 2009 Internet Security. Symantec has nothing posted on it yet. So, I've posted a temporary workaround to get you into your computer if you're frozen.
  • Exploit code loose for six-month-old Windows bug

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    Microsoft Thursday acknowledged that exploit code is circulating for a vulnerability it acknowledged six months ago, but has yet to patch.
  • Apple releases another mega-patch for Mac OS X

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 2:16 pm

    Apple patched 40 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X Thursday -- more than half of them labeled with the company's equivalent of "critical" -- and in the process broke the 250-bug bar for the year.
  • The Law Requires Email Archiving

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 12:13 pm

    According to industry experts, approximately 90% of the day's business communications are performed via email or by way of unsecured instant messages. Communications including unstructured data can clog up an organizations network bandwidth and take up great amounts of storage space.
  • U.S. gov't proposes digital signing of DNS root zone file

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 11:11 am

    The U.S. government is soliciting input on a way to make the Internet's addressing system less susceptible to tampering by hackers.
  • Hacker faces 10 year sentence for theft

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 11:03 am

    A hacker faces 10 years in prison after stealing US$700,000 via phishing emails.
  • Can security's human side stop data breaches?

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 9:33 am

    Shira Rubinoff was a practicing psychologist in 2004. When it came to technology, her experience was simply as a tech user, certainly not a tech guru. Then one day she was phished. Rubinoff decided to take her background in human behavior and turn it into a security software firm that taps into how the mind works in order to prevent phishing attacks.
  • Verizon exposes the wrong 1,200 e-mail addresses

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 9:13 am

    This should be a vendor's first rule when inviting 1,200 IT pros to a seminar about securing data and protecting personal information: Make sure you protect the personal information of the 1,200 professionals you're trying to impress.
  • Confusion over cyber-security

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 5:31 am

    The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has announced their annual campaign for cyber-security awareness.

  • Grand Jury Hands Down Indictment in Palin Hacking

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 5:15 am

    Ryan over at ZDNet’s Zero Day blog is reporting that the man behind last month’s hack of Republican vice presidental candidate has been indicted by a federal Grand Jury. Here’s an excerpt:
  • Microsoft to improve Vista's problematic UAC in Windows 7

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Microsoft plans to improve the much-maligned user account control (UAC) feature in the next version of its Windows client OS, acknowledging that the new security feature it built into Windows Vista has caused unnecessary problems for users.
  • 11 Microsoft security updates due next week

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:25 pm

    Next week will be a busy one for system administrators as Microsoft is planning to ship 11 security updates -- four of them rated critical -- for its products.
  • Video

    40 Trillion Spam E-mails This Year

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 11:49 am

    Ferris Research, the mail and messaging specific research group, made plenty of noise not long ago when they said there will be 40 trillion (with a T) spam messages sent this year. They can predict fairly accurately, since 30 trillion spams went out last year.
  • Accused Palin hacker has a history of intrusion

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 9:25 pm

    The college student charged with illegally accessing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's e-mail has been accused of computer intrusion before, although last time he faced only an afternoon detention.
  • Palin hacking charge flawed, lawyers say

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 5:20 pm

    David Kernell is facing five years in prison for allegedly hacking into Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account, but lawyers watching the case say that the felony charge against him is a bit of a stretch.
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