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That big scary 1.4bn leak was 100s of millions of email, postal addresses

Updated The “1.4 billion identity leak” that was hyped up before the weekend involved, no, not a database ransacking at Facebook, YouTube, or anything like that. No, instead, a US-based spam-slinging operation accidentally spilled its treasure chest of email and postal addresses used to deluge people with special offers, marketing …
John Leyden, 7 Mar 2017

UK's Virgin Media subscribers suffer fresh email blocking misery

Update Just when long-suffering Virgin Media customers thought their spam woes had been fixed, it seems the firm's inbound mail server is now blocking the delivery of mail. The grey-listing anti-spam measure has been affecting users for several weeks, with many complaining of delays in receiving emails. One customer wrote to The …
Kat Hall, 6 Mar 2017
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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

A marketer who used stolen email accounts to trouser more than a million dollars by spamming people has been sent down for four years. Timothy Livingston, 31, was handed the 48-month term after he pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with computers and access devices, conspiracy to commit fraud …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2017
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Canadian telco bans a little four-letter dirty word from texts: U B E R

A Canadian phone network says a wayward spam filter is to blame for blocking text messages that contained the word "Uber". Mobile carrier Fido said a glitch in its software dropped any message with the four-letter word while in transit and never delivered the texts to the intended recipient. Folks on Reddit catalogued the …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Feb 2017
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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

Virgin Media has overhauled its botched spam filtering system, which has resulted in UK businesses and customers missing thousands of legit emails. The issues have blighted customers for over a year, since Virgin Media was forced take its email hosting back in-house after Google closed the service used by ISPs last year. Many …
Kat Hall, 30 Nov 2016

ICO aims at 400 online gambling companies for misuse of personal data

The Information Commissioner's Office has penned and sent more than 400 letters to online gambling businesses it believes are using personal data to promote their websites. The exceedingly British regulator has embarked upon the exceedingly British method of expressing grievance by writing to companies and demanding they …
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SpamTorte botnet gets turbo-charged

A revamped version of the Torte botnet malware is turning insecure CMS servers into spam-spewing zombies. SpamTorte 2.0 is a powerful, multi-layered Spambot that is capable of running large-scale spam campaigns while cleverly masking itself to avoid detection, security firm Verint warns. The SpamTorte botnet relies on …
John Leyden, 8 Nov 2016
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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

London-based finance company Nouveau Finance been fined £70,000 (US$85,752, A$112,391) for hiring a spamming marketing company that sent UK residents some 2.2 million illegal SMS messages. 92 battered Britons complained to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) which handed down the fine on Monday. The loan broker, based …
Darren Pauli, 8 Nov 2016
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Boffins predict web scams with domain registration data

A group of American boffins is loosing artificial intelligence on web scams, demonstrating that analysis of domains at the time of registration can provide an early warning of those that will later be home to spammers and scammers. The idea is to tag the kinds of behaviour at registration time that hints someone is preparing …
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Florida man ran $1.35m hack-and-spam racket with 50m-plus addresses

The leader of a spamming gang that took over corporate servers and private email accounts to send out spam has pled guilty to charges of computer hacking and identity theft. Timothy Livingston, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, worked with two other partners to run A Whole Lot of Nothing, LLC. The shell company pulled in …
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2016

VXer turns to ancient freemium model to flog keylogger, malware tools

Malware has been spotted using the freemium model more than 30 years after it was introduced. PhishMe malware researcher Paul Burbage (@hexlax) spotted the revitalised model in a keylogger sold as a freemium public download and as a US$55 full version purchase. The Viotto Keylogger is the offensive security tool designed by a …
Darren Pauli, 26 Oct 2016
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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined a financial firm £130,000 after it sent out over seven million spam texts flogging credit cards. Manchester-based Intelligent Lending, trading as Ocean Finance, has also received an enforcement notice forcing it to stop sending out the spam, after it had sent out 7.7 …
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Dev teaches bot to talk spammers' ears off

Brian Weinreich has been trolling spammers for two years using a bot that fires realistic and ridiculous replies to the pervasive online salespeople. The noted security developer created the bot as a means to waste the time of the blowflies of the internet after being affronted by a deluge of unsolicited sales pitches directed …
Darren Pauli, 26 Sep 2016

Pramworld admits mailing list breach

UK baby care supplier Pramworld has admitted that a breach of its systems was the reason customers were sent spam emails on Friday. In a statement supplied to El Reg (below), Pramworld admitted its mailing list had been compromised while downplaying the problem and offering reassurance that payment information had not been …
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2016

Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

The UK's energy regulator is creating a database service that farms out information on Britons' energy tariffs to rival companies for the sake of ensuring a “competitive market”. Earlier this year the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) published a mammoth 1,423-page report (PDF) followings its two-year investigation into …
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Sainsbury’s Bank insurance spam scam causes confusion

Numerous UK surfers were left confused on Monday after receiving email confirmations for insurance products with Sainsbury’s Bank that they never bought. People are receiving emails claiming they have started new policies for travel, home and car insurance from the UK supermarket giant’s banking business. El Reg learnt of the …
John Leyden, 17 May 2016
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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued £2m in fines since a change in the law allowing it to crack down on nuisance marketing, an increase of more than 565 per cent on the preceding 12 months. As the law stands, companies intending to make marketing phone calls without prior permission must first check the …
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Mumblehard spam-spewing botnet floored

Security researchers have teamed up with authorities in Ukraine to take down a spam-spewing Linux-infesting botnet. Security firm ESET teamed up with CyS-CERT and the Cyber Police of Ukraine to take down the Mumblehard botnet. A year ago, ESET analyzed the Mumblehard botnet, which was made up of thousands of infected Linux …
John Leyden, 7 Apr 2016

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