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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New Wave of Copyright Infringement Spam Surfaces

June 9, 2011

Here at MX Police, we’re seeing a recent bout of spam pretending to represent a cease and desist letter for copyright infringement. The email, signed by a “Senior Legal Advisor,” accuses the recipient of illegally reproducing a certain website’s content without permission. The email goes on to make three demands: 1. remove all infringing content […]

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Study Finds a Possible Way to Demonetize Spam

May 30, 2011

For years, spam output has increased exponentially, and for years, people have struggled with the question of how to stop it. Whether it’s new email filtering technology, legal action against spammers, or other measures, anti-spam efforts always had one thing in common: they sought to disrupt the spam distribution process. Until now. A team of […]

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April, 2011 Spam Trends

May 28, 2011

Kaspersky Lab’s recently released security report for April 2011 reveals a slight upswing in spam rates. Spam email messages accounted for 80.8 percent of global email traffic for the month, on average. This represents a 1.2 percent hike in spam rates over March. Rates were higher during the latter half of the month, making up […]

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Increasing Malicious Spam in the Wake of the Rustock Takedown

May 6, 2011

Back on March 16, 2011, in a cooperative effort between United States Marshals, Microsoft, the security firm FireEye, the University of Washington, Pfizer, and Dutch law enforcement, the world’s most prolific source of spam email messages was shut down. In a carefully orchestrated seizure of controlling servers across the U.S. and out of the country, […]

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Online Gaming Spam is Big Business

April 26, 2011

FarmVille. Poker. Mafia Wars. Bejeweled. If you play one of these online games–or one of the other thousands of games free to play on the Internet–chances are you’ve received gaming-related spam. Even if you’ve never played, you are or will be the recipient of gaming spam at some point. Online gaming spam is big business […]

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