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Legal success against notorious spammers

Atkinson to pay huge fine; Ralsky to spend years in prison.
Atkinson to pay huge fine; Ralsky to spend years in prison. US judges have sentenced two notorious spammers to a huge fine and years of imprisonment, respectively. Yesterday, a US… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/12/legal-success-against-notorious-spammers/

VB calls for collaboration amongst anti-spam vendors

VB finds that, when it comes to spam filtering, a combined effort outperforms individual products.
VB finds that, when it comes to spam filtering, a combined effort outperforms individual products. Virus Bulletin has discovered that running several spam filters in combination… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/11/vb-calls-collaboration-amongst-anti-spam-vendors/

Webmail data leak hype deflated

Rumoured phishing explosion grabs headlines, reality much more mundane.
Rumoured phishing explosion grabs headlines, reality much more mundane. This week has seen some major news organisations picking up on the story of tens of thousands of sets of… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/10/webmail-data-leak-hype-deflated/

Take-down of rogue ISP sees temporary drop in spam levels

Spam levels back to normal within a few days.
Spam levels back to normal within a few days. The take-down of the rogue ISP Real Host on 1 August saw spam levels temporarily drop by more than a third, Messagelabs claims in its… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/08/take-down-rogue-isp-sees-temporary-drop-spam-levels/

Unspam files lawsuit against unnamed cybercrooks

Anti-spam firm hopes to force banks to share more information on attacks.
Anti-spam firm hopes to force banks to share more information on attacks.Unspam Technologies, the company behind Project Honey Pot, has filed a lawsuit against unnamed 'John Does',… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/08/unspam-files-lawsuit-against-unnamed-cybercrooks/

Yahoo! re-opens e-postage discussion

'CentMail' to benefit charities, harm spammers.
'CentMail' to benefit charities, harm spammers. Online giant Yahoo! has launched a website to give a charitable twist to the old idea of combating spam by making senders pay a… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/08/yahoo-re-opens-e-postage-discussion/

Anti-Obama sentiments used in spam campaign

'DDoS software' turns out to be malware.
'DDoS software' turns out to be malware. In a new spam campaign users are being urged to participate in a DDoS attack on the website of American president Barack Obama in protest… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/08/anti-obama-sentiments-used-spam-campaign/

McColo shutdown not felt the same by all recipients

Mailbox-level reduction may depend on spam detection methods.
Mailbox-level reduction may depend on spam detection methods. When the rogue provider McColo was taken offline in November 2008, depriving many botnets of their command and control… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/07/mccolo-shutdown-not-felt-same-all-recipients/

Five botnets responsible for 75% of spam sent

Each infected machine sends spam at rate of almost two messages per second.
Each infected machine sends spam at rate of almost two messages per second.Spam levels have increased 60% since the beginning of this year, according to security company Marshal8e6… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/07/five-botnets-responsible-75-spam-sent/

URL shorteners experience surge of popularity among spammers

More than 2.2% of spam contains shortened URLs.
More than 2.2% of spam contains shortened URLs. URL shortening services have proven recently to be popular not just among microbloggers in need of shorter URLs, but also among… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/07/url-shorteners-experience-surge-popularity-among-spammers/

VB announces latest VBSpam certification results

Two products achieve top level VBSpam Platinum award.
Two products achieve top level VBSpam Platinum award. Virus Bulletin has announced the results of its second comparative review of anti-spam products, revealing two top-level… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/07/vb-announces-latest-vbspam-certification-results/

DKIM usage shows significant growth

US banks urged to use authentication method
US banks urged to use authentication method In a report on its website, Internet giant Cisco states it has been seeing almost 700,000 non-spam messages that contain valid DKIM… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/06/dkim-usage-shows-significant-growth/

BBC botnet hijack proves controversial

Legal issues raised by broadcaster's demo of spamming, DDoS, cleanup attempt.
Legal issues raised by broadcaster's demo of spamming, DDoS, cleanup attempt. A BBC report into the dangers of botnets has got the corporation into hot water, after reporters took… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/03/bbc-botnet-hijack-proves-controversial/

Symantec slip sparks suspicion, spam

Update error leads to conspiracy theories and exploitation of fears.
Update error leads to conspiracy theories and exploitation of fears. A faulty update issued to some users of Symantec's Norton product line yesterday has led to an explosion of… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/03/symantec-slip-sparks-suspicion-spam/

Valentine's lures lead to infection

Predicted spate of romance hooks under way.
Predicted spate of romance hooks under way. After numerous security watchers predicted a barrage of phishing and malware attacks associated with Valentine's Day this week, the… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/02/valentine-s-lures-lead-infection/

Virus Bulletin announces new anti-spam certification scheme

Independent security testing body to certify anti-spam products.
Independent security testing body to certify anti-spam products. Virus Bulletin has launched a new anti-spam certification scheme. Until now, end-users have had little factual… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/announces-new-anti-spam-certification-scheme/

CastleCops closes down

Security community project comes to an end.
Security community project comes to an end. Well-known volunteer group CastleCops, which ran campaigns to identify and bring down spamming and phishing operations for over five… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/castlecops-closes-down/

Twitter hit by phishing and hacks

Popular micro-blog site latest target of link spammers.
Popular micro-blog site latest target of link spammers. The latest social networking craze, micro-blogging service Twitter, has joined the likes of MySpace and Facebook in being… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/twitter-hit-phishing-and-hacks/

Disconnection of dubious provider sees spam levels plummet

Web-hosting firm believed to be responsible for 75% of spam.
Web-hosting firm believed to be responsible for 75% of spam. Anti-spam researchers across the world reported a significant drop in the volume of spam seen after web-hosting firm… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/11/disconnection-dubious-provider-sees-spam-levels-plummet/

Riders on a Storm

Researchers hijack botnet - and find spam success rates lower than previously believed.
Researchers hijack botnet - and find spam success rates lower than previously believed. Less than 1 in 12 million spam emails sent through the infamous Storm botnet led to a… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/11/riders-storm/

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