Articles about spammers

BT caught in data gaffe drama: Whistleblower squeals over alleged email fail

Exclusive BT is being investigated by the UK's data regulator after a whistleblower exposed evidence that allegedly showed the one-time national telco's customer email accounts were being compromised by spammers, The Register has learned. In May last year, BT unceremoniously ditched Yahoo! Mail in favour of a white label product from …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Mar 2014
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FTC, Canada bust internet scammers

Working with Canadian law enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission is trying to shut down a Canadian-based online scam it says is worth US$450 million. The scam has snared consumers in at least five countries – the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – by promising “free” or “risk-free” trials either of snake-oil …

Anti-spammer fined $60K for DNS lookup 'hack'

David Ritz, the veteran American spam-fighter, has been hit by $60,000 in fines plus lawyers fees after losing a civil suit that accused him of illegal hacking. Sierra Corporate Design, a North Dakota business run by alleged former spammer Jerry Reynolds, sued Ritz for hacking and trespass offences. Ritz was accused of …
John Leyden, 17 Jan 2008

Spammers turn YouTube into spam relay channel

Miscreants have turned a YouTube service into a spam relay channel. YouTube contains a facility that allows users to invite their friends to view videos that they are looking at or have posted. This "Invite Your Friends" system is being used to send out "massive quantities of spam", according to content security outfit Marshall …
John Leyden, 5 Oct 2007

Brute force attack yields keys to Google's kingdom

This story was updated on 2nd October to add comment from Google. Miscreants pushing Viagra and malware are making new progress infiltrating Google indexes, a feat that's considered the Holy Grail among spammers. Google, which by some estimates carries out 60 per cent of the world's searches, goes to great lengths to filter …
Dan Goodin, 1 Oct 2007
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Tiscali coughs to spam blacklisting after a week without email

Updated Tiscali has admitted the reason many of its customers have been unable to send outgoing email for over a week is because it has been blacklisted as a spammer. According to Reg contacts, Tiscali is known in the anti-spam community as slow to act against abuse of its network. In a statement, it said: "We...have been targeted by …

Internet users unfazed by spam: study

The volume of spam arriving in Americans' personal and workplace inboxes is rising, but email users are less bothered by it than they once were. That's according to a new study from the Pew Internet Project, which reveals that American internet users have become more sophisticated at dealing with unsolicited emails. Asked if …
Charlie Taylor, 25 May 2007

PlusNet blames itself for webmail spamfest

PlusNet has accepted blame for its latest email blunder, having previously fingered vulnerabilities in third party webmail software for last week's security flap. The Sheffield-based ISP admitted late yesterday that it was its implementation of @Mail's webmail code which exposed thousands of subsciber email addresses and …
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Mirapoint adds directory to email gateway

Mirapoint has developed what it says is the first secure email gateway with a built-in directory and policy engine. According to the company, this increases security and lightens the load on the gateway because it no longer has to query the corporate directory server through the firewall for every incoming message. The …
Bryan Betts, 7 May 2007
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Hotmail's antispam measures snuff out legit emails, too

Hotmail users and email server admins, beware: you may be unknowingly caught in the crossfire of Microsoft's war on spam. Unintended casualties include legitimate emails from domains with well-established reputations, which are systematically blocked with absolutely no notice and little recourse. The chief culprit is the …
Dan Goodin, 1 May 2007

$1bn lawsuit takes novel approach in fighting spam

A group opposed to spam is taking a novel approach to fighting the scourge by using a mountain of data and a $1bn lawsuit to go after email harvesters who make possible all those penis-enlargement solicitations in the first place. The complaint, filed by Project Honey Pot on behalf of tens of thousands of members in more than …
Dan Goodin, 27 Apr 2007
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Spam: it sucks like a tarpit

Spam sucks. That is the conclusion reached by a roomful of scientists at MIT on Friday after hearing a bunch of new research papers pitched at dealing with the problem. Before adjourning to the pub, the group voted on the best paper. The award went to Ken Simpson, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Mail Channels. Simpson's …

Image spam fattens junk mail

The bandwidth occupied by spam is increasing as spammers punt products with pictures or graphics instead of just text. Email filtering firm SoftScan said on Monday that the average size of a spam message has increased from 6.62Kb to 11.76Kb (a rise of 77 per cent) since September last year with no sign of a let-up. Although …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2007
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Three more charged for pump-and-dump hacking

US authorities have charged three Indian nationals for an elaborate pump-and-dump scheme that used hijacked brokerage accounts to manipulate the prices of 14 securities including Sun Microsystems and put options for Google. The men were charged criminally in a 23-count indictment for conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, …
Dan Goodin, 12 Mar 2007

School email's out across UK

7,500 UK schools using the email services of RM Plc, the UK's largest education technology supplier, have been without communications this week. RM's EasyMail Plus service collapsed last weekend during an upgrade it was performing to deal with mushrooming levels of spam. Billy McNeil, development director of RM Plc, said the …
Mark Ballard, 9 Mar 2007

Smut spam drops to all-time low

Spam messages punting pornographic websites dropped in frequency to reach an all time low last month. Adult spam represented only three per cent of the total amount of spam sent, while overall junk mail levels remained virtually unchanged, according to a study by net security firm Symantec. Health, financial and product spam …
John Leyden, 8 Mar 2007

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