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  • Has the spam problem been solved?

    Posted November 14, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in 2004 that the problem of spam would be solved within two years. It seemed unlikely at the time, and in fact 2006 came and went without so much as a dip in the crushing load of unwanted email advertising.
  • 'Spam is up!' 'Spam is down!' Who's right?

    Posted October 14, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Two recently released sets of statistics about spam make very different reading. One says spam levels have fallen to historic lows; one says spam is growing faster than ever.
  • Spam Hall of Famer Sanford Wallace faces FBI charges for Facebook scam

    Posted August 8, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Yet another court date and yet another loss in court may finally send "Spam King" to jail, but won't improve the scam-infected, spam-covered Internet he helped create.
  • Spam levels drop, as botnets owners find more malicious ways to spend their time

    Posted June 30, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    U.S. Marshals stopped 30 billion spams per day shutting down the Rustock botnet in March, but no one filled that niche, presumably because spam is now riskier than other crimes.
  • As the Internet evolves, is there a place for spam?

    Posted June 30, 2011 - 10:30 am

    In the late 1990s Robert Soloway made $20,000 a day as a spammer. He drove fancy cars. He wore Armani clothes. He was, by all accounts, one of the most successful spammers on the planet. But if he were starting out today, he'd find some other line of work.
  • 6 vacation ideas from your spam folder

    Posted June 29, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    Spammers, take me away! Just because these vacation ideas are spam doesn’t mean they aren’t worth checking out. Legitimately, that is.
  • Beware of Skype voice spam

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    My Skype line rang the other day. The caller was listed simply as “Online Help.” Curious, I picked up the line.
  • Hacks make Internet look lawless, but security just hasn't caught up to spear-phishers yet

    Posted June 3, 2011 - 12:09 pm

    Data breaches shake confidence in the cloud, blaming it for security gaps between new technology, old security policies and a human tendency toward trust. Fix that and you're golden.
  • Spear-phishing isn't just a Spam scam; it's sophisticated, it's espionage and it's effective

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Most people assume victims of spear-phishing attacks and Nigerian currency scams come from low end of the IQ spectrum. They don't; unfortunately, neither do the spear-phishers.
  • Aggressive spammers set up their own URL-shortening sites

    Posted May 24, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Spammers are experimenting with a new tactic to improve their success rate: setting up their own URL-shortening sites as a way to dodge anti-spam software and avoid protections put in place by legitimate URL-shortening sites.
  • Spam perseveres, despite Rustock takedown

    Posted April 19, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    Global spam dropped by one-third immediately after the Rustock Botnet was dismantled in mid March, according to the March edition of the Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence monthly report.
  • Researchers: Sexy Tweet spam sent by official Twitter bot

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    An official Twitter account recently sent out spam tweets offering links to a sexy dating service and a more explicit version of chat roulette, according to security researchers.
  • 6 dirty SEO tricks you must avoid

    Posted February 24, 2011 - 10:26 am

    The past several months have afforded several high-profile examples of how search engine optimization, or SEO, should not be done. Last fall it was DecorMyEyes and the case of the abusive business proprietor, and just recently it was JCPenney and the case of the short-lived black hat success.
  • Webmasters howl over Google's antispam campaign

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    When Google sneezes, the Internet catches a cold. Or so it seems with Searchzilla's latest tinkering with its super secret algorithm to squeeze spam out of its search results. The company announced two weeks ago it would be launching a new offensive on spammers and this week it made good on its promise. There's a question, though, whether or not innocent webmasters might be collateral damage in Google's quest to quell spam.
  • U.S. still top spammer, report says

    Posted January 12, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    At the end of 2010, the United States remained on top of the "Dirty Dozen" list of spam relaying nations compiled by IT security firm Sophos.
  • Spam clock tallies junk on the Internet

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 9:33 pm

    You've probably heard of the Doomsday Clock. It was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to give mankind an idea of how close it is to catastrophic destruction. A similar clock has been launched by search engine newcomer Blekko, only it's counting how many spam pages are created on the Internet every second. Since January 1 alone, 156.8 million spam pages have been created on the Web, and the clock keeps counting and counting....
  • Rustock awakens, spam volume back up

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    After a brief period of low spam levels, top-dog spam botnet Rustock appears to be back in business
  • Sudden spam drop leaves experts baffled

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Spam volumes appear to have dropped to averages last seen in 2008 after an expected surge in bogus email over the Christmas period failed to materialise.
  • Is Storm/Waldec botnet part of New Year spam campaign?

    Posted January 3, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    The Storm/Waldec botnet may be behind a new spam campaign that was recently launched to kick off 2011. According to researchers with Shadowserver Foundation, the campaign is designed to look like a New Year's-themed e-card. Users receive a message that says "Charley has created a New Year e-card. To view this page please click here." The user is then directed to a server that asks them to download a Flash player, which in turn installs malware onto the user's machine.
  • Beware the wrath of Reddit (Digg, StumbleUpon, etc)

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 7:01 pm

    Forbes blogger Elizabeth Woyke found herself in some deep kimchee this week. Her crime?
  • How spammers will poison your social graph

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 9:55 am

    They wrecked e-mail, then they ruined search, and next spammers will go after your friends and family, tainting your social networks, writes columnist Mike Elgan.
  • Report: Rustock still top dog among spam botnets

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 5:51 pm

    Rustock remains the most dominant botnet on the spam scene, with spam output that more than doubled since last year, according to new research from Symantec in its annual MessageLabs Intelligence 2010 Security Report. In 2010, Rustock was responsible for more than 44 billion spam emails per day and had more than one million bots under its control. Botnets Grum and Cutwail are the second and third largest respectively, the report said.
  • Spam peaked in August 2010

    Posted December 8, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    August was the peak month for spam during 2010, says Symantec.
  • Feds draw a bead on Russian behind Mega-D botnet

    Posted December 1, 2010 - 3:03 pm

    An Internet ring hawking counterfeit male-enhancement remedies, phony Rolexes and generic pills with false FDA approval has led the FBI to a Russian believed to be behind the Mega-D botnet.
  • Hackers, spammers will target Facebook Messages, say experts

    Posted November 17, 2010 - 11:33 am

    Facebook's revamped Messages will be a very attractive target for spammers, scammers and malware makers, security experts said today.
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