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  • Latest Swine Flu spam steals passwords

    Posted July 22, 2009 - 7:17 am

    E-mail users eager to learn the latest on the Swine Flu H1N1 will get more than they bargained for should they open a file contained in a e-mail that’s currently circulating on the Internet.
  • Spammers don’t take the summer off

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 7:36 am

    Spam levels are climbing again, as spammers ramp up efforts to clog inboxes and lure e-mail users into giving up personal or financial information.
  • Spammers attempt to lure victims with fireworks

    Posted July 3, 2009 - 8:09 am

    Security vendor Symantec, which uses its probe network to catch and analyze spam, says the typical uptick in holiday-related spam has not yet happened in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. Usually spammers jump on holidays and other recurring events to lure unsuspecting e-mail users into visiting a bogus Web site and entering their personal information.
  • Google: Spammers regroup after ISP takedowns

    Posted July 1, 2009 - 12:58 pm

    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.
  • Michael Jackson spam spreads, malware attacks likely

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 1:35 pm

    Within hours of the death of pop star Michael Jackson, spam trading on his demise hit inboxes, a security firm said today as it warned that more was in the offing.
  • China remains spam haven due to 'bulletproof' hosting

    Posted June 26, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    An overwhelming majority of Web sites promoted through spam are hosted in China at service providers that many times choose to ignore complaints and allow illegal activity, according to research from the University of Alabama.
  • Spammer Ralsky pleads guilty to stock fraud

    Posted June 23, 2009 - 11:35 am

    Alan Ralsky, a spam kingpin who was convicted of felony bank fraud in 1995, could face more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty in a stock fraud case involving spam messages that pumped up Chinese "penny" stocks.
  • Spammers cashing in on Twitter, Iran, new iPhone

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Spammers are never far from a hot story, it seems, and in the past day they've been flooding Twitter with phoney messages about Iran and the latest iPhone 3.0 operating system.
  • ISPs report success in fighting malware-infected PCs

    Posted June 10, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Computers infected with malicious software remain a big headache for ISPs, but two companies have designed systems that have made the problem much more manageable.
  • Spam drops 15 percent after FTC Pricewert takedown

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    According to e-mail security vendor Marshal8e6, total spam volume dropped by about 15 percent last week, as the FTC got a court order to pull the plug on a notorious ISP named Pricewert.
  • Court shuts down 'rogue' ISP after FTC complaint

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 2:34 pm

    A judge has ordered that an ISP be shut down after the FTC complained that the company recruits and hosts spammers, child pornographers and other criminals.
  • Security vendor ferrets out who's a human and who's a bot

    Posted June 3, 2009 - 11:56 am

    An Atlanta security company has come up with a technology it says can block automated programs responsible for perpetuating nuisances such as spam, fake e-mail registrations and click fraud.
  • Spam Finds New Paths Into Corporate Nets

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 1:27 pm

    Unsolicited e-mail accounted for 90.4% of all messages received on corporate networks during April, an increase of 5.1% from a month earlier, according to a report released May 26 by Symantec Corp.'s MessageLabs Intelligence unit.
  • In China, $700 puts a spammer in business

    Posted May 9, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    It's a great deal, if you're a spammer: Pay $700 to use a server in China that lets you send all the spam you like. It's called bulletproof hosting, and to the people who fight spam and cybercrime it's becoming a big problem.
  • Phished Facebook accounts become spammer's tool

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 8:27 pm

    Cybercriminals who went after Facebook users with a number of phishing attacks last week have now turned around and begun sending spam messages from the Facebook accounts they cracked.
  • Image spam returns with a vengeance

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 1:33 pm

    Spammers have turned back the clock and are recycling a years-old tactic by planting their messages in images, a security researcher warned Wednesday.
  • EU mulls new legal fight against spam, invasion of privacy

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    In a bid to patch holes in Europe's rules governing the Internet, the European Commission is considering a renewed effort to clamp down on spam and online abuse of consumers' privacy.
  • McAfee reports huge drop in spam

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Global e-mail spam volumes have dropped 20% for the first quarter this year compared with the same period last year, according to McAfee's latest research on the topic.
  • 'The Internet is down.' What does that really mean?

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:44 am

    A multiplicity of factors can interrupt service, from temporary annoyances to long-term problems. We tend to summarize all these events with a simple phrase, like "The Internet is down." The Internet is still there; we just can't get to it. But why?
  • Spammers seize on swine flu to pitch bogus meds

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Spammers have seized on the growing interest in news of a possible swine flu epidemic to hawk fake pharmaceuticals, security experts warned Monday.
  • One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Some bot-infected PCs can crank out as many as 25,000 spam messages per hour, new research released Wednesday claimed.
  • Top 10: Naughty workers, spam pollutes, Skype spin off

    Posted April 18, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    A whole lot of employees keep "inappropriate" photos, videos and browser cache links on their work laptops, a survey found. As if that's not enough, the spam that clogs our computers is spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to McAfee. And eBay plans to spin off Skype after figuring out what many observers said a while ago, which is that they just do not seem to have much in common.
  • Spam e-mails killing the environment, McAfee report says

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 9:15 am

    McAfee report claims spam e-mails create as much carbon dioxide as 3.1 million cars.
  • Conficker botnet could flood Web with spam

    Posted April 11, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Windows PCs infected with the Conficker worm have turned into junk mail-spewing robots capable of sending billions of spam messages a day, a security company warned today.
  • Conficker Awakens, Starts Scamming

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    The Conficker worm is back in action and stumping security experts once again. One of the most craftily designed pieces of malware recently got an update and is finally starting to behave like other worms. Here's what's going on:

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