Tag Archive | "scammers"


15 January 2009 | 12,043 views

Next-Gen Botnets Taking The Place of Storm and Srizbi

Back in November there was a considerable drop in Spam when Spam friendly ISP McColo was cut off from the Internet by it’s upstream peer. Srizbi worm was pretty smart though and was picking up again by the end of November. Later in the year the botnets were somewhat neutralised leading to a huge drop [...]

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08 December 2008 | 14,138 views

Scammers Using Asterisk VoIP Systems to Make Calls

It seems like ‘vishing‘ (basically Phishing – but utilising VoIP call services) as it’s known is getting bigger, especially since the scammers have been using a flaw in Asterisk systems that allows them to hijack the VoIP exchange. Older versions of Asterisk do have quite a number of serious flaws and it looks like scammers [...]

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26 November 2008 | 3,575 views

Spam Back on the Rise with Srizbi Resurrected

After McColo was partially disconnected from the Internet by it’s peers global spam dropped noticeably. It seems however that the spam was emanating from a zombie network and the control servers were hosted by McColo, the creators of the botnet (Srizbi) were smart about it though and built a fail-safe system into the the malware. [...]

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17 November 2008 | 5,711 views

Spam ISP McColo Cut Off From the Internet

You might recall we reported a while ago about ‘spam friendly’ ISP Intercage coming back online after having their plug pulled by upstream provider UnitedLayer. They pledged to clean up their act though and drop their biggest client who was an Eastern European malware and phishing host. This time another ISP has been suspected of [...]

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04 November 2008 | 11,302 views

Twitter Squatting – The New Domain Jacking?

It seems the latest target for spammers, opportunists and those into Domain Squatting is the registration of interesting or possibly valuable Twitter usernames. Twitter has exploded recently as a new ‘micro-blogging’ platform and it works really well, especially when combined with more traditional blogging and the host of tools that have been build around Twitter [...]

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16 October 2008 | 5,100 views

E-mail Scammers Target Microsoft Users

Microsoft users are being targeted again by malware via e-mail, scammers/spammers never give up and for once the e-mail looks fairly legitimate. Usually this kind of ‘baitware’ is riddled with terrible grammar and horrible spellings, do make sure you brief the less security aware friends you have about this though just in case. Email scams [...]

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24 September 2008 | 3,202 views

Intercage – Spam/Malware Friendly ISP Back Online

There has been a big hoo-haa recently about a US ISP called Intercage who have said to have been harbouring spammers and scammers via their largest client an Eastern European webhost called Esthost. Their plug got pulled 2 days ago by the upstream provider IP transit provider UnitedLayer after weeks of criticism from the community [...]

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05 September 2008 | 3,503 views

Twitter Targeted by Malware Distributors

This one is of interest to me as I do actually use Twitter as a microblogging service and to keep up with what various friends are up to. It’s quite an interesting wep app especially paired with something like Twitterfox in your browser and Twibble in your mobile phone. It must have made it big [...]

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02 July 2008 | 4,729 views

Google Calendar a New Target for Phishing

It seems like the Phishing crews at trying to get some new ideas on how to con people into giving away their credentials and leaking info. The latest target appears to be Google Calendar. As always be on your guard as these scams are coming from all directions. A few months ago, spam came to [...]

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25 June 2008 | 57,543 views

NDR or Backscatter Spam – How Non Delivery Reports Become a Nuisance

You might remember a while ago we mentioned MP3 spam, which in October last year was the latest evolution in spam. Currently there is a new type annoying mail-server owners the world over, it’s known as NDR or Backscatter Spam and involved NDRs or Non Delivery Reports (those emails you get when you send a [...]

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