Facebook is making waves with their silent modification of users' contact information to @facebook.com emails. Even worse is how pointless it is, and how spammers might well benefit from it.
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Security researchers from WebSense, have conducted an experiment, proving that Twitter is still a heaven for spammers looking to harvest freshly shared email addresses.
Microsoft will prevent people who sign up for Hotmail from using passwords such as '123456' and 'ilovecats' to try to stop spammers and phishers from hijacking accounts
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
E-mail vigilance and multi-layer defense can ward off spear-phishing and advanced persistent threats, say security experts, who believe recent RSA breach is a one-off.
With appallingly low response rates and high overhead, email spammers are being forced to adapt.
Reports say government staff fall prey to cyber espionage in the form of a Christmas e-greeting scam, where a Trojan variant stole passwords and documents and sent the data to a Belarus server.
Symantec's monthly global report finds retail sector under intense attacks involving malicious e-mail, while India has highest rate of virus-filled e-mail messages in Asian region.
Anti-malware companies are tracking a new "download-and-run" e-mail worm squirming through inboxes around the world.
Forty years ago, engineers at two California Universities sent the first successful communication between two computers, marking the beginning of the internet
Spammers are no strangers to the ever-growing Twitter. From commercial Twitter spamming tools, to re-tweeting trending topics for delivering their message, a new crafty search technique can provide spammers with fresh and valid emails harvested from Twitter's users in real-time.
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.
Update: Dancho Danchev informed that this actually relates back to his article on from last week. Apparently I reposted with less information than the original, so I apologize to Dancho for that.
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