Items tagged with Spammers

Spammers are changing tactics, and Google is trying to get the word out. These days, the bad guys are using hijacked accounts to launch their scams. By now, spam filters can spot old-school spam mail with reliability, but it’s harder to snag emails that appear to be from your friends – both for the filter, and for you. You’re not going to fall for an email that starts with “Most esteemed Sir,” but would you let your guard down for an email from a buddy asking for a little help? Google keeps an eye out for suspicious sign-in attempts. Image credit: Google As Google... Read more...
Anybody who has e-mail knows all about phishing scams. As spam filters and firewalls become more potent, and users become more sophisticated and informed about responding to online deceptions, the spammers have had to become more sophisticated in their approach too. One approach spammers now use is to avoid mass e-mailing and tailor their message to a few high-profile targets. They call this approach "whaling." Thousands of high-ranking executives across the country have been receiving e-mail messages this week that appear to be official subpoenas from the United States District Court in San Diego.... Read more...
The war on spam seems to be heating up, this time with anti-spam sites on the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack believed to be coordinated by spammers: "Spammers have been taking over unsuspecting computer users' machines for years in order to send out unwanted e-mails, but recently they have been getting even more aggressive. The SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) recently reported that a large, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack has targeted several organizations that attempt to fight spam: Spamhaus, SURBL (Spam URI Realtime Blocklists),... Read more...
Spam, the other 4 letter swear word that starts with an S, might soon hit a bump in the road thanks to an initiative called DomainKeys Identification. "A key Internet standards body gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a powerful technology designed to detect and block fake e-mail messages. It's called DomainKeys Identified Mail, and it promises to give Internet users the best chance so far of stanching the seemingly endless flow of fraudulent junk e-mail." While spammers and hackers alike have shown an uncanny ability to foil almost any obstacle(s) thrown in their way, DomainKeys ID might... Read more...