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Former Marketer Now Scourge of Spammers Everywhere

Everyone hates spam, but few hate it quite as much as Daniel Balsam does. Eight years ago, Balsam suddenly decided that he'd seen enough spam pollute his inbox, and decided to do something about it. He quit his job in marketing, created a website called Danhatesspam.com, went to law school, and devoted his career to bringing spammers to justice. Since then, he's taken myriad spammers to court,...

'American Guy Stoned to Death' Scam Hits Facebook

If you come across any Facebook posts about an American guy being stoned to death, ignore them; they're just part of yet another scam. Many of the posts currently circulating around the social network read: "This American GUY must be stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL." Others have a more holiday-themed touch: "This American GUY must be Stoned to De@th for doing this to a GIRL on...

'Who Has Deleted Ya' Scam Hits Facebook

Share There's a brand new piece of spamware making the rounds on Facebook, and, like so many others before it, this scam attracts users with empty promises of features that Facebook doesn't actually offer. As All Facebook reports, the scam is currently spreading via Wall posts that read: "i cant believe how many people av removed me from your friends list! well i kno who you all r now, &...

2010: A Record Year for Malware

Symantec says that 2010 will wind up being a record-setting year for malware -- that some 95 billion phishing e-mails will have been sent before the New Year. Combined with other spam messages, those e-mails will account for 89-percent of all e-mail traffic during 2010. Of those spam messages, 95-percent are now being sent by botnets, vast groups of hijacked computers. The number of new malicious...

FBI Hunts Russian Man Behind One-Third of the World's Spam

Federal investigators are currently pursuing a 23-year-old Russian man accused of orchestrating the so-called 'Mega-D' botnet that, at one point, had the capacity to send 10 billion spam e-mails per day. The network of 500,000 infected computers was taken down late last year, but one researcher quoted by the FBI said that Mega-D, at the height of its powers, "was likely the largest botnet in the...

Facebook Blocks Post-Happy Moms, Suspects Spam (Not Cat Photos)

Your mom may be a compulsive Facebooker, but does that necessarily make her a spammer? According to Facebook's security system, it does. When the social network launched its new Groups feature a few weeks ago, many mothers, like Lucy Berry of Kansas, began using the tool to share parenting tips and stories between themselves. But because some of them posted so incessantly, Facebook...

Spam in Decline After Disappearance of Russian Ringleader

Law enforcement agencies periodically dismantle spam organizations, and successful campaigns inevitably lead to fleeting, yet wondrous, periods of diminished e-mail junk. Well, we've apparently entered one of those temporary stays from trash, so enjoy those Viagra-free inboxes while you can. According to the New York Times, Russian authorities believe the disappearance of spam mastermind Igor...

Microsoft: U.S. Leads the World in Botnet-Controlled Computers

The U.S. may not be the superpower it once was, but, when it comes to botnets, at least, we're still number one. According to Microsoft's newly released ninth Security Intelligence Report, more than 2.2 million computers in the U.S. fell prey to botnets in the first six months of 2010, substantially more than second-ranked Brazil, home to 550,000 infected computers. South Korea, however, has the...

'Here You Have' E-mail Virus Wreaks Havoc Across the Globe

Share Yesterday afternoon, a massive virus hit e-mail accounts across the world, including those at major corporations like ABC/Disney, Google, Coca-Cola and NASA. According to ABC News, the trojan virus spread through e-mails with subject lines that read 'Here You Have,' while other versions of the worm were hidden under subject lines like 'This is The Free Dowload Sex Movies,you can find it...

Apple's Ping Is 'Drowning' in Spam and Plagued With Celebrity Imitators

"Ping is drowning in scams and spams." Or, at least that's the claim from security firm Sophos, which has been monitoring Apple's new social network closely since it launched on Wednesday. According to Sophos, Ping has no spam or URL filtering tools in place, giving ne'er-do-wells free rein of the service. The only requirement for joining Ping is an iTunes account, which has no screening in place...

Dangerous 'LOL is this you?' Spam Hits Facebook Chat

Share Over the weekend, Facebook investigated spam that was plaguing users via Facebook chat. According to CNET News, a victim received a friend's Facebook chat message, which read, "LOL is this you?" and contained a link. Upon clicking the link, the user was sent to a 404-error page, which compromised his or her account, and then used it to spam other Facebook friends. This outbreak is similar...

Spammers Paying Pennies to CAPTCHA Crackers in Far Away Lands

A few months ago, we told you about a growing wave of spammers who had begun outsourcing their CAPTCHA-solving duties to low-wage workers in developing countries. Now, a recently published study from UC San Diego has revealed just how insidious and exploitative this underground market really is. In the paper (PDF), which was presented at the recent USENIX Computer Symposium, researchers found that...

Symantec Says 92-Percent of All E-mail is Spam, Phishing Attacks Declining

The amount of spam sent across the world may be growing, but global phishing attacks, at least, seem to be diminishing in number. According to a new report from Symantec, 92-percent of all e-mails sent across the Web today consist of spam, up from 89-percent one year ago. Also, as times have changed, so too has the content of most junk mail. A year ago, most spam subject lines were related to...

Fancy Orchestra-Goers Disturbed by Lowly Text Marketing

The New York Times, our favorite text of culture snobbery, published an article yesterday entitled "Orchestras Seek BFF by Cellphone Texts." Despite the curiously nerdy headline, the piece was about concert-goers who are disturbed by the fact that orchestras and their attendant marketing teams have realized that these things called cell phones can be used to advertise their brands. The article...

Europe Surpasses Asia, Becomes World's Leading Producer of Spam

Forget its tumbling currency and stagnant labor market. Europe has another issue far more important: spam. Lots and lots of spam. According to a recently released report from security firm Sophos, the Old World has just surpassed Asia as the world's leading spam continent, accounting for more than a third of all junk e-mail sent during the second quarter of 2010. Among individual European...