Security researchers from WebSense, have conducted an experiment, proving that Twitter is still a heaven for spammers looking to harvest freshly shared email addresses.
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Spammers aren't bothering with botnets that much, but still manage to send a lot of spam courtesy of compromised Web mail accounts, according to a report.
The hotel chain is looking into how customer email addresses were compromised and used by spammers
Last week fellow ZDNet blogger Dancho Danchev posted a piece about a new email worm that has been discovered for Mac OS X called OSX/Tored-A.Most of the examples of Mac malware that have surfaced recently (like OSX.
A newly discovered email worm dubbed OSX/Tored-A once again puts the spotlight on the potential worm-ability, and malware spreading tactics targeting Apple's OS X.
No surprise, now that the Supreme Court has rejected Virginia's appeal of a state court ruling that its antispam law is unconstitutional, the Attorney General will rewrite the law and submit it to the General Assembly, the AP reports."We are dedicated to protecting all Virginians from unscrupulous spammers who fraudulently send millions of unsolicited garbage email messages," [AG Bill Mimms] said in a written statement.
Facebook today sent out a security warning to some of its users alerting them that their passwords have been changed due to alleged suspicious activities happening on their accounts.The email appears to be a reaction from the social network due to the newest appearance of Koobface, a worm that preys on the paranoia of users and leverages seemingly trusted redirects to infect its victims.
Originally spreading since July, the Koobface worm remains active according to a recent security alert issued by Websense :"The email reveals that infected user accounts are being used to post messages to Facebook friends lists. The content was an enticing message with a link that used a Facebook open redirector.
Here's a paradox - a technology originally meant to verify the sender of an email message for the sake of preventing spoofed messages from reaching the network, still hasn't been embraced by the world's biggest companies despite being around for years, but is actively used by adaptive spammers increasingly abusing legitimate services in order to take advantage of their identifiable email reputations.
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.
A Storm Worm's Independence Day campaign is circulating online using email as propagation vector, attempting to trick users into visiting a Storm Worm infected host, where a multitude of what looks like over five different exploits attempt to automatically infect the visitors next to the malware binary fireworks.exe.
Yahoo is suing an unknown group of phishers over their use of Yahoo’s trademarks in spamming potential victims with promises that recipients of the email had won a lottery. Even though Yahoo doesn’t know who the spammers are, it figures the information will be forthcoming through discovery, AP reports.
The three-year-old Traxg worm accounted for nearly a quarter of email-borne malware in November
SecureWorks researcher Joe Stewart has seen evidence that the massive Storm Worm botnet is being broken up into smaller networks, a surefire sign that the CPU power is up for sale to spammers and denial-of-service attackers.
Xbox users are being targeted by spam sent via YouTube which claims they have won a version of the game but links to the Trojan
In yet another twist to the Storm worm menace, spammers are using a fake YouTube site to trick users into downloading the malicious code.
The spammers behind last year's destruction of Blue Security are back with a vengeance, using a variant of the 'Storm Worm' malware to launch a sustained distributed denial-of-service attack against three anti-spam services.
Do Not Contact list would create registry of minors' email addresses and cellphones, which companies would have to remove from their marketing lists. Of course, this does nothing to stop illegal spammers.
Security vendors have warned that the "Happy New Year" worm could catch employees returning from New Year's celebrations unawares, but believe the threat posed by the malware will soon pass.The worm, which was first detected last last week, is sent as an email attachment called either postcard.
Blue Security had attempted to battle online extortion and spam by bombarding spammers with email from all 522,000 of its clients. Then the spammer flooded Blue Security with so much Internet traffic that it blocked legitimate visitors. Today, BlueSecurity shut down.
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