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Free speech argument overturns AOL spammer conviction

Virginia court upholds notorious Jaynes' right to express himself in bulk.
Virginia court upholds notorious Jaynes' right to express himself in bulk. Infamous AOL spammer Jeremy Jaynes, convicted of a massive spamming campaign targeting AOL users in 2004,… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/09/free-speech-argument-overturns-aol-spammer-conviction/

Storm mails bring spoof World War 3 news

US-Iran war story used as hook for malware barrage.
US-Iran war story used as hook for malware barrage. The Storm botnet has been spamming in force again in the past week, with its expected run targeting 4th of July celebrations in… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/07/storm-mails-bring-spoof-world-war-3-news/

MAAWG unveils spam and botnet battling policies

Working group of ISPs and net operators issue traffic calming guidelines.
Working group of ISPs and net operators issue traffic calming guidelines. Global collaboration body the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) has ratified a set of guidelines… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/maawg-unveils-spam-and-botnet-battling-policies/

Spammers turn to DoubleClick for open redirect

Loophole in Google's AdSense solved, but new flaw quickly uncovered.
Loophole in Google's AdSense solved, but new flaw quickly uncovered. The good name of web giant Google continues to be a popular source of legitimacy among spammers, despite their… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/spammers-turn-doubleclick-open-redirect/

Spam and ID theft attacked from all sides

EU body issues warning, ICANN, Japan and Yahoo! take on spammers and phishers.
EU body issues warning, ICANN, Japan and Yahoo! take on spammers and phishers. Last week a series of major institutions took action highlighting the threat of spam and phishing,… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/spam-and-id-theft-attacked-all-sides/

MySpace wins record payout in case against spammers

'Spam Kings' Wallace and Rines fined maximum amount under federal law.
'Spam Kings' Wallace and Rines fined maximum amount under federal law. Social networking site MySpace has been awarded a record $230 million in a lawsuit it filed against… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/05/myspace-wins-record-payout-case-against-spammers/

Cracked CAPTCHAs used to create malicious blogs

Blogs on Google's blogging system redirect to spam sites.
Blogs on Google's blogging system redirect to spam sites.Spammers are using botnets to mass-create phony blogs on Google's free Blogger system, with the phony entries redirecting… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/cracked-captchas-used-create-malicious-blogs/

More than 50% of users regularly double-check for false positive spam filtering

Only 12% of users trust their spam filter sufficiently not to bother sifting through spam folder.
Only 12% of users trust their spam filter sufficiently not to bother sifting through spam folder. In a poll of more than 1,000 visitors to the VB website, 52% of users say they… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/more-50-users-regularly-double-check-false-positive-spam-filtering/

Average spam message size at record low

No decrease of bandwidth usage as number of spam messages keeps increasing.
No decrease of bandwidth usage as number of spam messages keeps increasing. The average size of spam messages has decreased to a record low of just over 2KB, security company… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/average-spam-message-size-record-low/

April Storm

April Fools' Day emails contain new variant of infamous worm.
April Fools' Day emails contain new variant of infamous worm. Security researchers report a new wave of spam emails being sent out. The emails, which use subject lines such as… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/april-storm/

Hoax email warns about 'nasty virus'

Phony advice causes removal of site from search engines.
Phony advice causes removal of site from search engines. Over the last few days an email, written in German, has been seen circulating warning users about a 'nasty virus' that is… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/03/hoax-email-warns-about-nasty-virus/

Spammer's free speech defence fails

Appeal against conviction turned down.
Appeal against conviction turned down. US spammer Jeremy Jaynes, the first spammer convicted in a felony case, has had his last appeal against the conviction, brought on freedom of… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/03/spammer-s-free-speech-defence-fails/

Gmail CAPTCHA cracked

Twenty per cent success rate sufficient to create thousands of spam accounts.
Twenty per cent success rate sufficient to create thousands of spam accounts.Gmail has become the latest free webmail service to have its CAPTCHAs cracked by spammers. Following… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/gmail-captcha-cracked/

Malware going local

Report sees trend toward greater localisation of threats.
Report sees trend toward greater localisation of threats.McAfee's latest Sage report focuses on increased localisation in malware, with spam, phishing and malcode all showing great… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/malware-going-local/

Japanese super-spammer arrested

Tokyo man sent 2.2 billion emails.
Tokyo man sent 2.2 billion emails. A 25-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo last week, suspected of sending 2.2 billion spam emails. Yukio Shiina was picked up by police on Friday,… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/japanese-super-spammer-arrested/

Storm Valentines run under way

Seasonal spam and malware barrage gets going.
Seasonal spam and malware barrage gets going. The expected run of 'Storm' spams, pushing links to their latest line of malware disguised as Valentine's messages, has begun, with… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/storm-valentines-run-under-way/

Live Mail CAPTCHA system bypassed

Spammers use botnet to register accounts on popular free webmail service.
Spammers use botnet to register accounts on popular free webmail service.Spammers have written a program that cracks the CAPTCHAS used by the Windows Live Mail registration system.… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/live-mail-captcha-system-bypassed/

Complex attack targets Better Business Bureau

Sophisticated scam uses personalised mails, real site redirects.
Sophisticated scam uses personalised mails, real site redirects. A highly sophisticated email phishing scam is using a redirection flaw in the website of the Better Business Bureau… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/complex-attack-targets-better-business-bureau/

FTC fines spammers over $2.5 million

Drug pushers busted for phony claims and CAN-SPAM breaches.
Drug pushers busted for phony claims and CAN-SPAM breaches. After a successful case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a pharmaceuticals firm and its head have been… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/ftc-fines-spammers-over-2-5-million/

419 scammers plead guilty in US

African trio admit attempts to defraud via spam.
African trio admit attempts to defraud via spam. Three men, two from Nigeria and a third from Senegal, entered guilty pleas in a Brooklyn, New York, courtroom last week after being… https://virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/419-scammers-plead-guilty-us/

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