• Conficker cashes in, installs spam bots and scareware

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 3:54 pm

    The makers of Conficker, the worm that has infected millions of PCs, have begun to do what all botnet owners do -- make money -- security researchers said Thursday as they started analyzing the malware's newest variant.
  • Spam recovers from a knockout blow

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    Google says that spam levels have returned to the levels they were at before the McColo takedown.
  • APWG Introduces New eCrime Incident Reporting

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 6:12 am

    The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is at the top of their game, where ecrime is concerned. APWG is a consortium that tracks Internet fraud and scams. This organization recently submitted a plan to automate submissions of phishing and other ecrime related incident reports.
  • Computer attacks really are big business

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 11:17 am

    We’ve seen reports that imply that spammers, cybercriminals and other assorted bad guys don’t really make that much money, and at the same time, we’ve seen reports that put staggering dollar amounts on the total losses suffered by companies each year.
  • 'I Agree' to you spamming me

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 8:00 am

    Text message spam is particularly annoying to people who have phone plans like mine, where you have to pay for incoming messages. When spam comes through my email, at least I can delete it and don't have to shoulder any additional burden; when it comes in the form of a text message to my cell phone, I have to pay for the inconvenience.
  • New Spam Uses Bomb Hoax and Location Lookup to Spread Malware

    Posted March 25, 2009 - 7:55 am

    A new wave of spam combines a new technique with an old one in its efforts to spread malware. Spam messages containing a fake news alert claiming a bombing has taken place in the recipient's local are hitting inboxes across the net.
  • Two men settle stock spam charges

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 8:23 pm

    Two Texas men have settled SEC charges that they created a huge e-mail spam campaign to drive up demand for low-value stocks they owned.
  • Lawyer indicted in alleged pump-and-dump stock scheme

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    A Texas securities lawyer and former employee of the SEC has been indicted on charges related to a stock pump-and-dump scheme that used spam e-mail to pump up the stock prices of several companies.
  • Symantec Speaks About Spam

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 8:20 pm

    What does Symantec say about spam? There's a whole bunch of it, but spam volume dropped by more than 75 percent on November 12th last year for a simple reason: the computers controlling spam-spewing zombie PCs were disconnected from the Internet. Can we apply that success for a more permanent solution? Some, but it's not that easy.
  • 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?
  • Judge kicks notorious spammer off Facebook

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 4:39 pm

    A federal judge in San Jose, California, has ordered convicted spammer Sanford Wallace to stay away from Facebook.
  • Brazen New E-mail Scam

    Posted February 27, 2009 - 1:41 pm

    Just when I think e-mail scams can't get any more brazen, or e-mail readers any more careless, I get surprised again. “Job offer at your location” arrived today, combining two amazing scams in one spam. At least they're saving bandwidth by combining scams. No doubt they consider themselves “green” spammers.
  • Top 10 spam-friendly registrars named and shamed

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    Spam-fighting organization KnujOn has released a report on the top 10 registrars it has linked to spam and other illicit activity. It found that some companies have cleaned up their act in recent months and that others -- most surprisingly Network Solutions and GoDaddy sister company Wild West domains -- have suddenly popped up on the list.
  • Belated 2009 Spam Predictions

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 10:15 am

    The world economic crisis has set the stage for hackers, spammers and phishers to have a field day. They can just about steal city hall, if people don’t pay attention. According to security experts, this crisis alone will increase attacks in 2009.
  • New botnet resurrects Storm's Valentine's Day ruse

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 9:51 pm

    Multiple security vendors, including MX Logic Inc. , Trend Micro Inc. and Panda Security, have issued alerts about new Valentine's Day-themed spam campaigns that try to dupe users into installing the Waledec bot.
  • Cisco delivers security, storage, UC for small business

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 9:33 pm

    Cisco this week unveiled products specifically for small companies as part of its recently announced US$100 million commitment to that business market.
  • With acquisition Websense to silence comment spam

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Web security vendor Websense has acquired Defensio, a provider of Web services used to delete comment spam off of blogs and Web sites.
  • After McColo takedown, spam surges again

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    Spammers have regrouped and are finding ways to send more junk mail despite recent efforts by security experts.
  • AT&T accused of spamming its own customers

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 5:33 am

    AT&T appears to have made a monumental blunder. Over the past week they sent text messages to most of their customers. The messages were ads for American Idol, and urged customers to watch the season premiere. The backlash has been considerable as angry users accused the company of spamming them. Many used Twitter to express their annoyance.
  • In-session phishing holds new potential for attack

    Posted January 14, 2009 - 12:32 pm

    Spam filtering software has gotten quite good at catching and eliminating many email-based phishing attacks. Traditionally, these emails disguise themselves so that they appear to be from a legitimate source, and trick the recipient into providing login details or account numbers.
  • 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.
  • Fake CNN malware attack spins Gaza angle

    Posted January 8, 2009 - 5:49 pm

    Hackers have launched a large-scale spam attack masquerading as news notifications about the Israeli invasion of Gaza, security researchers said Thursday, in a repeat of a massive campaign last summer that also posed as CNN alerts.
  • Bayesian spam filtering with Exchange Server 2007

    Posted January 7, 2009 - 4:46 am

    Bayesian spam filtering is a technique used to classify email as spam based on the contents of the email message.
  • Google comes in third on top 10 list of spam enablers

    Posted January 6, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Google hasn't stopped a rising number of spammers from abusing Google Docs, its Web-based collaboration and spreadsheet application, according to Spamhaus.
  • 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.
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