Archive | Spammers & Scammers


06 February 2007 | 5,192 views

Spam on the Increase – Image Spam Accounting for More

As always, spam filters get better and smarter, but so do spammers..and frankly spammers have more to gain by beating the spam filters so they always work harder and think in more innovative ways. As they get their spam resembling real emails more and more, the spam filters become less accurate. On top of that [...]

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24 January 2007 | 4,177 views

Phishing Fraud Cases Growing in the UK

Now this is a massive growth, 8000% percent..woah! Thankfully losses are still ‘modest’ whatever that means, I guess although the attacks grow in number, awareness an education also increases (in places like UK anyway) so the risk is fairly well mitigated. UK incidents of phishing scams have grown 8,000 per cent over the last two [...]

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13 January 2007 | 7,620 views

Rock Phish Group Accounts for 50% of Online Scams?

It seems common in most things, and it’s the same in infosec and especially malware, phishing and spam. The majority of malware, phishing attacks and spam mails are coming from the same few sources, I’d say it’s a case of 80/20. 20% of the people are sending 80% of the messages, one of the big [...]

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07 November 2006 | 3,065 views

Spamhaus & e360 Battle is Heating Up

The battle is heating up between the spammers e360 and the anti-spam warlords Spamhaus, some say the Internet may meltdown if Spamhaus stops its service.. Some estimates say 80% of spam is stopped by Spamhaus and e-mail could suddenly shoot to a server melting rate if their service is pulled. The legal battle between antispam [...]

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01 November 2006 | 5,898 views

Hackers Target Home Users for Cash

Hackers are switching targets now, companies are getting too hard to break into due to the availability of decently configured perimeter kit like firewalls and IDS. Plus the information they do get if they manage to break in is often worthless commercially and really not worth the effort. So instead, they target the end user, [...]

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30 October 2006 | 7,098 views

Anti-Spyware Groups Still Require Legislation

Cyber and computer laws are always a grey area, they tend to be very vague and don’t cover specific technologies. Spam is a good example, look at how long we’ve been getting spammed, and it’s been a SERIOUS problem for at least the last 5 years, spam legislation has only started coming in to effect [...]

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16 October 2006 | 9,917 views

zCodec Video Codec is a TROJAN

For those that didn’t see, there is a new all singing all dancing ‘light-weight’ Codec in town that is actually a trojan. Indeed it’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of thing. The zCodec software actually messes with your DNS settings. Users looking for the latest and greatest video software may not just [...]

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20 September 2006 | 5,117 views

China Outlaws Private E-mail Servers

Ah China, always been famous for repressing their population, now there repression is moving onto the Internet and using digital means.. Just like the so called ‘Great Firewall of China’, I’ve been meaning to do an article about that for quite some time, I have something drafted. Anyway the latest thing China has done has [...]

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06 September 2006 | 5,871 views

Charity Computers May Fuel Malware Wars

Sometimes doing good can help bad things propagate, sometimes it’s good to consider the big picture and the repercussions of your charitable actions. This is a case where such logic rings true. Programs to send PCs to third world countries might inadvertently fuel the development of malware for hire scams, an anti-virus guru warns. Eugene [...]

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29 August 2006 | 12,281 views

Link & Comment Spamming – A possible solution.

Recently one of the sites I am developing for my self was link spammed. Some unpleasant individual decided that it would be fun to post 160 ‘comments’ spread over all the blog posts. All the comments contained was URL’s. Even more stupid they used BB tags, but as I wrote the site it doesn’t use [...]

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