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Va will rewrite antispam law

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.

March 31, 2009 by

Facebook security warning leaves users confused

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.

December 5, 2008 by

Koobface Facebook worm still spreading

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.

November 10, 2008 by

Fortune 500 companies use of email spoofing countermeasures declining

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.

August 18, 2008 by

Spam coming from free email providers increasing

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.

July 18, 2008 by

Storm Worm's Independence Day campaign

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.

July 4, 2008 by

Yahoo sues unknown phishers

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.

May 28, 2008 by

Storm Worm botnet partitions for sale

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.

October 15, 2007 by

Botnet assault: Spammers launch DDoS offensive

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.

June 11, 2007 by

Happy New Year worm fizzles out

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.

January 2, 2007 by

Online extortion battle takes a mortal hit

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.

May 17, 2006 by

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