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Spam

Project Honey Pot traps its 1 Billionth Spam Message

by Shanmuga

Project Honey Pot – a distributed system for identifying spammers and the spambots they use to scrape email addresses from the Web – received its billionth email spam message on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 06:20 (GMT). It was a United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phishing scam.

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Zeus/Zbot spreading through drive-by download

by Shanmuga

"Zeus, or Zbot, recently began circulating spam claiming to come from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), requesting users submit a “tax refund request form” by clicking on a link that is provided. Clicking takes victims to a website that attempts to perform a drive-by download, meaning users do not need to take any further action

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The Gumblar system

by Shanmuga

"Analysis of some infected websites showed that the only way to inject the infection of Gumblar was by using FTP access, because those websites have no server-side scripting. Later this was proved by an analysis of FTP log files. The malicious code injection in HTML pages (which is a simple insertion of <script> tag in

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Spam’s Hidden Victims: Mobile Users

by Shanmuga

"Spam costs organizations $712 per employee/per year, according to Nucleus Research. However, these staggering numbers don’t even take into consideration one of spam’s latest victims: enterprise mobile users. Spam targeted at smart phones is on the rise and becoming a growing security and productivity concern.

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Infected Sites Tripled in March

by Shanmuga

"According to the March Intelligence Report issued by Symantec’s MessageLabs division on Tuesday, malware-oriented spam reached its highest level since June 2008, accounting for just over 20 percent of all the messages scanned by the filtering specialists this month.

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Spam: What to expect in 2009

by Shanmuga

"Spam, oh spam — can we ever get rid of you? 2008 saw a promising blow to the endless sea of junk mail, but the relief didn’t last for long. Now, spam experts say new forms of annoyances are on the way for the new year. "Some battles have been won in 2008, but the

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Spam Drops After Internet Providers Disconnect a California Hosting Firm

by Shanmuga

"The servers are operated by McColo Corp., which these experts say has emerged as a major U.S. hosting service for international firms and syndicates that are involved in everything from the remote management of millions of compromised computers to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceuticals and designer goods, fake security products and child pornography via email.

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Spyware then and now

by Shanmuga

Google brought back its oldest available index from the year 2001 on the occasion of its 10th birthday. It brought back certain nostalgic memories…I was into my second PC, a Compaq. That was the year I first got the internet connection at home through a 56kbps dial-up connection and that was the year I truly

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EstDomains Inc: A Superlative Scam and Spam Site Registrar

by Shanmuga

"According to RegistrarStats.com, EstDomains is the 49th largest domain name registrar, with more than 270,000 domains. Security Fix is still working on cataloging all of those domains, but for the purposes of this analysis we’ll examine some 10,000 Web site names that are both registered through EstDomains and using the company’s various domain name servers

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Celebrity Malicious Spam Analysis and Removal

by Shanmuga

Recently my inbox was filled with spam containing subject lines "Re: Offical Update 2008" and number of catchy celebrity themed storm worm lines… I opened one of the spam mail with the paris hilton subject line and clicked on the single link which promised to let me view a previously unseen video of the celebrity.

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Spam: Fake CNN spam continues after mutating

by Shanmuga

"According to MX Logic, spam posing as CNN.com Top 10 lists peaked at close to 11 million messages per hour early Thursday, but remained at high volumes throughout the day Friday. The Colorado security vendor said it had been tracking an average of 8 million messages per hour since midnight.

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Spam: Spam king pleads guilty to federal wire fraud

by Shanmuga

"A man once described as one of the world’s top e-mail spammers pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and failure to file a tax return.

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Spam: Why spam isn’t going away soon

by Shanmuga

“Recently, Symantec said in its February 2008 State of Spam report that 78.5 percent of all e-mail is spam; they also said most of that is now coming from Europe. That’s a change from previous reports that had suggested servers in North America were responsible. What the Symantec report doesn’t explicitly state is that much

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Spam: Mega spammer arrested in Japan for sending 2.2 billion emails

by Shanmuga

"A 25-year-old Japanese man has been arrested in Tokyo for allegedly sending 2.2 billion spam messages advertising gambling and dating services under the guise of a fake identity, according to Japanese media reports.

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Beware unexpected e-Valentines, FBI says

by Shanmuga

"When the FBI issues a press release about Valentine’s Day, you can guess it’s not good news. The feds are warning Internet users about electronic Valentines that are booby-trapped with a computer virus. Computer security firms confirm that they have seen many variations of the virus, which often arrives in e-mail bearing loving subject lines

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Spam: Five Things You Should Know About Fighting Spam

by Shanmuga

…"85 percent or more of all e-mail traffic today is spam. If you haven’t been listening closely to the dark mutterings in your e-mail administrator’s office, you may have missed out on significant clues about the nature of the problem and what the IT department can do to address it. However, when you do listen

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Hacking: Hijacking Printers For Spamming

by Shanmuga

"Building on the concept of cross-site scripting, whereby an attacker can inject malicious code in Web pages viewed by others, security researcher Aaron Weaver has demonstrated how an attacker can inject spam messages into a Web site visitor’s printer.

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