After analyzing three weeks of spam data between June 13 to July 3, 2008, Roaring Penguin Software Inc. found evidence that spam originating from the top three free email providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Hotmail) is increasing, with spammers in favor of abusing Gmail's privacy preserving feature of not including the sender's original IP in outgoing emails :"Spammers are increasingly using free e-mail providers to avoid IP address-based reputation systems.
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Update: It would seem that Richard Stiennon agrees with me on the concept of a group of experts to advise, also on keeping away from spending ridiculous amounts of money.Cyber-terrorism...
Well, eight days, and a joint effort to help prevent phishing and two major arrests related to identity theft, and I feel like we've made a decent attack on the identity theft culture. Score one for the good guys for once.
Security alerts aggregator Secunia has raised an alarm for a "highly critical" vulnerability that puts users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server at risk of code execution attacks.Technical details of bug are not available but Secunia says it is caused by an unspecified error in the BlackBerry Attachment Service when processing PDF files.
Owen Thor Walker, a 18 years old ringleader of an international cybercrime group, known as AKILL, part of the A-Team, a group of 8 script kiddies which were all caught in a operation called "Operation Bot Roast II" bust executed by the FBI and several international law enforcement agencies in 2007, responsible for pump'n'dump stock price manipulations through spam, infecting 1.
Update 07/16/2008: Apparently I neglected to mention that this has been patched already. Reading over it again and a heads up from a reader pointed out the error to me.
From MessageLabs:Spam levels for the US in June have reached 86% compared to spam levels at 81.5% in the rest of the world.
In a move to bring direct competition to the US on who can be the bigger, badder, more blatant Big Brother, the United Kingdom has apparently decided to create a database holding the telephone numbers and email accounts of everyone in Britain. The details of every phone conversation, SMS, and email, as well as cellphone internet traffic would be held in the database for 12 months.
The Black Hat group on Twitter provided a message today alerting people to a webcast to be put on by Dan Kaminsky on the DNS vulnerabilities that I've heavily covered as follows: Dan Kaminsky breaks DNS, massive multi-vendor patch coming, details at Black Hat Vegas '08 Kaminsky and Ptacek comment on DNS flaw Don't doubt Deputy DanThe story has also received extensive coverage over at Securosis, where Rich Mogull has provided a podcast on the subject.
More details coming out on the Oracle patches that were released last week, see Ryan Naraine's write up here. David Litchfield, noted security researcher from NGSSoftware, released details of one of the vulnerabilities on the Full-Disclosure email list today, and the details are staggering.