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Registrar Namecheap let miscreants slap spam, malware on unlucky customers' web domains

Updated Namecheap has admitted it accidentally let miscreants set up and control fraudulent subdomains on websites belonging to other customers. These hijacked sites were subsequently used to host dodgy material. This caused them to be flagged up as malicious by Google's search engine, blocking netizens from visiting them, and piling …
Iain Thomson, 7 Feb 2018

UK watchdog dishes out fines totaling £600k to four spam-spewers

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined four businesses £600,000 for spamming customers millions of times. The companies broke UK law by sending out unsolicited text messages, emails and phone calls between 2016 and 2017. Wales-based Barrington Claims made 15.2 million spam phone calls between May and June 2016, using …
Richard Priday, 11 Jan 2018
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Tenable's response to folks upset at AWOL features: A 150-emails-a-minute spam storm

Tenable Security has given itself two problems, by releasing a product its users don't like, and then adding them all to a support email group that's sending uncomfortable volumes of messages. The new product is Nessus Professional v7, which Tenable has declared is just fabulous thanks to new licensing, improved reports, and …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2017
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156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible. The London-based company (now known as HDSL) sent more than 156,000 unwanted messages between April and September 2016, …
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Loake Shoes admits: We've fallen victim to cybercrims

Miscreants, hackers – call 'em what you will – have pilfered email addresses from an unknown number of Loake Shoes customers. In a letter sent to punters on its database – seen by The Register – the premium footwear maker said it has been "the victim of a cyber attack". "Despite having stringent security measures in place, …
Andrew Silver, 22 Nov 2017
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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 million text and email spamhammer

A Bradford-based bank has been fined by the UK's data privacy watchdog for sending illegal marketing texts and emails. Vanquis Bank Limited spammed 870,849 text messages and 620,000 emails to promote its credit cards without the recipients' consent, which is against the law. The bank obtained the marketing lists used to send …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2017
Extradition

Russian bot-herder and election-fiddling suspect closer to US trial

The 36-year-old Russian accused of herding pump-and-dump spambots will be tried in America, following a decision of a Spanish court. Peter Yuryevich Levashov was arrested in Spain in April 2017 and accused of running the Kelihos botnet. While early speculation floated the idea he was involved in election fiddling, his first …
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IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS

An IoT botnet is making a nuisance of itself online after becoming a conduit for spam distribution. Linux.ProxyM has the capability to engage in email spam campaigns with marked difference to other IoT botnets, such as Mirai, that infamously offered a potent platform for running distributed-denial-of-service attacks (DDoSing …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2017
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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

The company behind a taxi comparison app that sent more than 700,000 spam texts in the space of 10 days is facing a £45,000 by the UK's data protection watchdog. Cab Guru, a Cambridge based firm that raised $2.8m (£3.7m) in its March 2016 seed funding round, runs a comparison app that gives users the low-down on the prices and …
Rebecca Hill, 12 Sep 2017

'Open and accessible' spambot server leaks 711 million records

A spambot operation has leaked 711 million email addresses in a massive data breach. A Paris-based security researcher, who goes by the pseudonymous handle Benkow, discovered an open and accessible web server hosted in the Netherlands. The "open and accessible" system stored dozens of text files containing a huge batch of …
John Leyden, 30 Aug 2017
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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

Price-comparison darling Moneysupermarket.com has been fined £80,000 for sending 7.1 million emails to customers who had opted out of receiving direct marketing emails. The UK’s data protection watchdog stepped in to compare the firm’s behaviour with the law – and found that it had attempted to circumvent rules on direct …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Jul 2017
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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

Bradford-based loans company Provident Personal Credit has been fined £80,000 for squeezing out almost a million nuisance texts. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office launched an investigation after a series of complaints were made via the GSMA’s spam reporting service. It found that PPC had contracted third-party …
Rebecca Hill, 17 Jul 2017

Google's news algorithm serves up penis pills

+Comment Our Monday here at The Reg's London offices has been cheered to no end by Google News, which has been spitting out odd pharmaceutical-related "journalism" throughout the day. Over the past few days*, we've received several emails from readers about the issue, and we managed to snap a explicit screenshots ourselves as the …
Jude Karabus, 12 Jun 2017

ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Fareham telco Onecom Limited £100,000 for sending spam texts. The unwanted messages for mobile phone upgrades were sent between late 2015 and June 2016. The ICO received 1,050 complaints about the spam campaign. Although 944 of the messages did not identify the company, the ICO …
John Oates, 17 May 2017

FCC: Take your spam and shove it, slacktivists!

Comment Some theoretical physicists have advanced the hypothesis that we may be living in a simulation, a kind of computer game. I wonder where they got that idea? Here on Earth, online politics has been a game for some years. Long before gamification was a buzzword, the first "Googlewash" demonstrated how politics could be turned …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 May 2017

Secure email service builds newsletter bomb defences after attack pummels their inbox

Secure email service Tutanota has built defences against newsletter bombs after becoming a victim itself. The measures are designed to protect users' inboxes against denial-of-service attacks, which involve signing up targeted email addresses to hundreds or perhaps even thousands of newsletters, essentially rendering those …
John Leyden, 10 May 2017
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Fake ruse: USA Today calls the FBI after half of its 15m Facebook Likes turn out to be bogus

You'd think the FBI has enough on its plate with the threat of terrorism, political investigations, and attempts to nobble end-to-end encryption. Now USA Today has called in the Feds after spammers bombarded its Facebook page with bogus likes. On Monday, Gannett, the publisher of the newspaper that so frequently gets stepped …
Iain Thomson, 8 May 2017

Guardian Soulmates users spammed with smut following breach

Updated Lonely hearts on the dating website Guardian Soulmates have been targeted with sexually explicit spam emails after trolls abused leaked contact information. Guardian News & Media, which runs the site, blamed a third-party tech supplier for the issue, which has since being resolved, the BBC reports. Only email addresses and …
John Leyden, 8 May 2017

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