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Spammers are spammers whoever they are

Posted by Kevin on September 2, 2016

Two spammers’ spam samples took my eye today: Kevtownsend, our VIP host has a message for you Kevin, you’ve been chosen to participate in our Desktop Virtualization Research Panel The first was caught by my spam filter; the second, more subtle sample, was not. The first, obviously a bit OTT, clearly took my name from my […]

Robocalls: Automating Nuisance Calls

Posted by David Harley on August 8, 2016

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Recently I received an email from Nikki Courtney of Radio KTRH, in Houston, requesting a radio interview on robocalls. Why me, I’m not sure, unless it was because of an article I wrote earlier this year for ESET. It’s academic really, as I live in entirely the wrong time zone, and was in any case out of […]

SEO spammer

Posted by Kevin on September 29, 2015

I got this email from an SEO operative. He offers to improve the Google ranking of my website. He says, “I found your site using Google search and after having a look over your website I recommend you to implement future technologies such as HTML5 and Responsive Design to make your site more accessible in […]

Spam: Casablanca Revisited

Posted by David Harley on August 24, 2015

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20th century film star reincarnated as spam star.

Spam is spam however you disguise it

Posted by Kevin on July 3, 2015

Somehow I’ve been ‘subscribed’ to One Free Share Tip. It wasn’t me. It’s spam. Today’s tip is to buy Barclays. Actually, I would rather bury Barclays than buy it. So it is clearly time to unsubscribe. Luckily there is an unsubscribe link in the small grey print at the end of the email: I don’t […]

How much is a blog instance worth?

Posted by Sorin Mustaca on June 15, 2015

I wrote in the post  Do you really know who’s visiting your website? about how often hackers probe my websites. IT Security News has of today this: 5,914 blocked malicious login attempts / was 2092 on May 8th 2,182 spam comments blocked by Akismet. / was 2115 on May 8th The login attempts more than doubled in just 5 […]

Classic mass phishing spam

Posted by Kevin on May 5, 2015

Any email that starts ‘You don’t know me, but…’ is bound to be spam. I wasn’t disappointed — this is classic phishing spam. All I would have to do is click on a disguised link, enter some personal details including my home address and payment details and I would be eligible for a fantastic prize. […]

Spam with a malicious taste

Posted by Sorin Mustaca on March 1, 2015

I haven’t seen in a while a well done complex spam with malicious payload. This one appears to be addressed to first name of the email recipient. As you can see in the subject, it is addressed to “SORIN” since my email address is sorin.mustaca@… The spam contains a nice piece of social engineering which […]

Till We Have Faces

Posted by Rob Slade on February 24, 2015

I got a message the other day from an old friend.  He left the country over four decades ago, and I’ve only seen him once, since, fairly shortly after he left. I’m unfollowing a celebrity on Twitter today. (Yes, of course I am going to relate these two events to each other.  And to security.  […]

Twitter Bots: the scourge of the low-end spam bots

Posted by Bev Robb on February 3, 2015

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Though Twitter goes to great lengths to thwart fake bot accounts, spam bots are pervasive throughout the Twitter ecosystem. Whether it is a 6,000+ real and verified twitter followers (yeah, right!) for $5.00 over at Fiverr or a flat 6 month $49.99 subscription at Twitter Supremacy  — bots come in all flavors —  You can buy a set […]