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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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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

Antispam organisation Spamhaus has reacted phlegmatically to a recent survey that one in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are still violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect. Richard Cox, CIO of The Spamhaus Project, suggested the Online Trust Alliance (OTA)'s …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2014
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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

One in 10 of the world’s largest online retailers are sill violating the CAN-SPAM Act, a full 10 years after the US anti-spam legislation went into effect. The finding comes from an audit by the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust. They also found that 70 per cent of 200 online …
John Leyden, 18 Sep 2014

NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

NHS England patients who went to the trouble of opting themselves out of junk mail being crammed through their letterboxes did not receive the health service's recent leaflet about its data grab plan with GP medical records, it has been revealed. That's despite ministerial mutterings that implied that households across the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2014
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USA is the best country in the WORLD... for sending spam

The US has reclaimed its position as the world's leading spam-relaying country, but you'd be wasting your time looking for junkmail crimelords... In the last three months, almost one-fifth (18.3 per cent) of all global spam has been pushed through computers in the US, according to figures from anti-virus firm Sophos. However …
John Leyden, 7 Mar 2013

Dropbox brings in crack team to probe spam leakage

Dropbox has begun investigating complaints that users are receiving spam to email addresses only associated with their accounts at the file-sharing service. The spam, sent to addresses only used for Dropbox accounts, advertises a particular gambling website, according to users on Dropbox's forum. The behaviour has sparked …
John Leyden, 18 Jul 2012
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Report: Feeble spam filters catch less junk mail

Enterprise spam filters are blocking less junk mail, according to independent tests from Virus Bulletin. During a comparative of 20 corporate email filtering products, several missed more than twice as much spam as in previous editions of the VBSpam tests. Virus Bulletin reckons the drop in performance might be down to …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2012
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The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes

Security biz Websense has drawn up a list of the five most common spam subject lines. The nuisance list, based on the subject lines of the millions of spam messages blocked by the firm every day, highlights the danger of opening attachments or clicking dodgy links. The most commonly seen subject lines fall into the one of the …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2011
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Spam volumes show massive drop - but why?

Spam levels have dropped massively in recent months, though researchers fear this is simply because botnet operators have switched their attention to more lucrative activities. Junk mail volumes - which reached 90 per cent last summer - are down to 75 per cent this summer, net security firm Symantec reports. The 15 percentage …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2011
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Credit processors targeted in fight against spam

Computer scientists are advocating the targeting of card-processing middlemen as a way of clamping down on spam. Improving spam filters and takedown efforts against botnets, the main source of the vast majority of junk mail, have been among the main focus of spam fighters of late. Computer researchers at the University of …
John Leyden, 23 May 2011
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Junk mail down 1/3 since Rustock botnet takedown

Global spam volumes dropped by a third following the takedown of the infamous Rustock botnet earlier this month, according to MessageLabs. Prior to the dismantling of its command and control servers on a takedown operation led by Microsoft, Rustock accounted for 13.82 billion spam emails daily, the majority of which advertised …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news spam points to malware downloads

Multiple Reg readers were annoyed at receiving junk mail messages on Monday from addresses they had only registered with online retailer Several of these junk mail sites pointed to black hat controlled domains that served up malware, heightening complaints on online forums (discussion on MoneySavingExpert here) and …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2011
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IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare

The migration towards IPv6, which has been made necessary by the expansion of the internet, will make it harder to filter spam messages, service providers warn. The current internet protocol, IPv4, has a limited address space which is reaching exhaustion* thanks to the fast uptake of internet technology in populous countries …
John Leyden, 8 Mar 2011
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Spammers exploit Internationalized Domain Names to punt penis pills

Spammers have begun taking advantage of Internationalized Domain Names as a home for penis pill portals and other spamvertised sites. Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) allow domain names to include Arabic, Chinese and Russian characters, among others, as well as Latin letters. The inclusion of non-Latin characters with …
John Leyden, 1 Mar 2011
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Bagle shoots ahead of Rustock in spam-pumping triumph

The Bagle botnet has replaced Rustock as the single biggest source of email spam since the start of January. The miscreants behind Rustock took a break from sending out pharmaceutical spam over the festive season before returning earlier this month. Since its return on 10 January, Rustock made up for lost time and sent 17.5 …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2011
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Spam volumes double as Rustock botnet wakes

Spam volumes have returned to normal following a holiday lull that saw a drastic reduction of junk mail. The Rustock botnet is out of hibernation and back in business, spewing copious volumes of useless junk mail courtesy of hundreds of thousands of compromised Windows machines. Rustock (which specialises in spamvertising …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2011
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Feds pursue Russian, 23, behind ⅓ of ALL WORLD SPAM

FBI investigators have named a 23-year-old Russian as a prime suspect behind the operation of the infamous 500,000 Mega-D botnet, blamed for an estimated one in three spam emails prior to a take-down operation early last year. Oleg Nikolaenko, a 23-year-old Moscow resident, was accused of violating US anti-spam and fraud laws …
John Leyden, 1 Dec 2010
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Business guru tries to silence bloggers over 'misleading' mailshot

A marketing mailshot, similar to one described as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority in April, is reappearing in British offices across the country - and bloggers who complain are getting hit with threatening legal letters. The missive from Cardell Media looks like a handwritten envelope containing an article …
John Oates, 9 Jul 2010

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