Tag Archive | "email-spam"


23 April 2009 | 4,045 views

Spammers Recover from McColo Shutdown – Spam Back To 91%

You might remember back in November last year Spam ISP McColo was Cut Off From the Internet and there was a fairly drastic drop in spam e-mail traffic. Well it looks like the spammers have got their acts back together as spam levels are back up to 91% of their previous volume. Having McColo shut [...]

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10 October 2008 | 5,520 views

Symantec to Buy MessageLabs (Email Spam and Web Traffic Filter)

Some interesting security industry news, it seems like Symantec is really setting itself up to be the Microsoft of the security world. They are buying up anything and everything and merging it into the Symantec borg…things that are successful of course. Their latest acquisition is the popular MessageLabs, a good example of both cloud computing [...]

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07 January 2008 | 2,861 views

Uber Spammer Alan Ralsky Back In The News

Ah so Mr Alan Ralsky one of the biggest spammers of all-time is back in the news after his indictment with 10 others for running a large scale spam operation intended to inflate stocks artificially. At one time it was thought Mr Ralsky and his friends were responsible for the majority of the spam sent, [...]

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24 October 2007 | 3,262 views

The Next Evolution – GFI Uncovers MP3 Spam

If you remember a while back we mentioned PDF & Image Attachment Spam – The New Problem with E-mail, now we have another ‘innovation’ in spamming.. MP3 spam! It seems they are using it for the same old pump and dump tactics (Microcap stock fraud) to artificially inflate stock prices then sell out fast. Spammers [...]

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17 August 2007 | 7,249 views

PDF & Image Attachment Spam – The New Problem with E-mail

The spam landscape has changed quite a lot in the last year or so with image spam and now the latest tactic is PDF and .zip attachments. PDF’s of course being preferred by spammers as you don’t need to extract anything to view their spam, you just open it in your favourite PDF viewer and [...]

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27 April 2007 | 3,948 views

Bot Infections Surges to 1.2 Million

I have noticed an increase in Spam activity lately, especially in Spam blog comments there has been a noticeable surge in the frequency and number. That’s why we’ve implemented stricter measures against spammers on Darknet and our other sites. It seems there has been a big raise in the number of bot infected systems, so [...]

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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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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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04 April 2006 | 10,465 views

The Tale of a Real Malaysian E-mail Spammer Exposed – Webflexx

So a friend of mine received a spam, which is not unusual, but this one was a little different. This guy is in Malaysia, and the spam he usually receives is from all over the place, mostly US-centric, but this one was targeting Malaysians, Malaysian spammer producing Malaysian spam, is it the first? I asked [...]

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