Facebook Increases AntiSpam Safeguards

August 12, 2011

Because there are no barriers to entry, spammers and scammers are free to set up Facebook accounts to spread malware and phish for valuable information. In addition, Facebook is so user-friendly, people with no internet know-how or computer savvy join and participate. This stocks the social networking site with potential targets who lack the appropriate […]

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The End of Spam?

July 31, 2011

The computer scientists from the University of California who made news in 2008 for determining that one in 12.5 million spam email messages yielded a sale are at it again. The team, comprised of staff from UC, Berkeley and UC, San Diego, believes they have found a viable way to end spam for good. In […]

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Phishers Finding Uses for Cloud Computing Resources

July 2, 2011

Recently, phishers have been creating public documents and forms via cloud computing resources to harvest email addresses and associated passwords. Cloud computing allows people to access, create, and save personal files remotely without downloading software or purchasing licensing rights, as with a word processor. Internet security firms uncovered a recent bout of spam email messages […]

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Google+ Spoofed by Spammers

July 2, 2011

With the combining of two of today’s most significant spam trends — targeting social network users and sending pharmaceutical spam — Google+, which is Google’s new social networking site, has joined the ranks of brands spoofed by spammers. Email messages from Google+ are now being fraudulently replicated in a major spam campaign. The spam emails […]

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Zeus Botnet Being Spread Through Fake IRS Spam Campaign

July 1, 2011

A massive fake IRS spam email campaign is currently delivering the Zeus Trojan horse onto domestic hard drives. Zeus, primarily an engine for financial fraud, has been plaguing the public since 2007. In a spam campaign that’s been going on through the latter half of June, email users are now downloading the malware contained in […]

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Bayesian Spam Filtering Still Proves Reliable

June 27, 2011

The first anti-spam filter to use Bayesian filtering techniques, Jason Rennie’s iFile program, was released in 1996. In 2002, programmer and venture capitalist Paul Graham tweaked the technology to greatly reduce the false positive rate, making Bayesian methods capable of standing on their own as an anti-spam filtration system. Now, 15 years after its debut, […]

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