Spam

09 January 2007

Spam surge drives net crime spree BBC

The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race. Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand as they develop and deploy novel techniques to spot and stop malicious software of all stripes. And sometimes, such as in 2006, the bad guys are on top. And nowhere has this been more apparent than in the realm of that old favourite - spam.

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27 December 2006

Spam surge drives net crime spree BBC

The tussle between computer security companies trying to protect your PC and the bad guys that try to compromise it is often characterised as an arms race. Sometimes the security companies have the upper hand as they develop and deploy novel techniques to spot and stop malicious software of all stripes. And sometimes, such as in 2006, the bad guys are on top. And nowhere has this been more apparent than in the realm of that old favourite - spam.

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21 December 2006

2006: the year we were spammed a lot Sydney Morning Herald

Almost nine out of every ten emails sent globally is spam, and Australia was one of the most heavily targeted countries this year, according to a report released by MessageLabs.

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08 December 2006

Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself International Herald Tribune

Spam is back -- in e-mail in-boxes and on everyone's minds. In the last six months, the problem has gotten measurably worse. Worldwide spam volumes have doubled from last year, according to Ironport, a spam filtering firm, and unsolicited junk mail now accounts for more than 9 of every 10 e-mail messages sent over the Internet.

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02 December 2006

eu: EU says more than half e-mails are spam USA Today/AP

Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80% of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said.

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30 November 2006

us: Court sides with alleged 'vacation' spammer CNet

When antispam activist Mark Mumma received unsolicited e-mails advertising cruise vacations two years ago, he posted a report on his Web site and threatened to sue Omega World Travel. But Mumma met with an unpleasant surprise: He was the one sued in federal court by Omega World Travel and its subsidiary Cruise.com, which demanded $3.8 million in damages for defamation.

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29 November 2006

Gangsters hijack home PCs to choke internet with spam The Times

150,000 Britons have had their computers hijacked by spammers to send billions of e-mails peddling pornography, drugs and shares

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26 November 2006

Stock fraudsters may become victims of their own success The Times

The biggest increase in spam over the past two years has been in e-mails that offer recipients shares in obscure technology companies based in the United States.

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25 November 2006

The price of humans who'll spam blogs is falling to zero The Guardian

This article finds evidence that spammers are paying people in developinig countries to complete captcha boxes on websites, enabling spammers to bypass a security device to avoid spam - will they stop at nothing? Obviously not, as spammers think it's nothing personal. You have to understand: it's just business.

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23 November 2006

us: 'Tis the season to send spam CNet

In addition to plenty of turkey, a record amount of spam will be served up this holiday season. Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down. But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented, companies that make spam-busting tools say.

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20 November 2006

Spam, spam, spam, spam... you’ve got mail The Sunday Times

Here's the latest hot tip for the stock market! Or do you fancy improving your performance in bed? A "spam tsunami" is deluging computers worldwide with nine out of 10 e-mails now comprising junk advertising.

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13 November 2006

Why spam is out of control The Guardian

Noticed a lot more junk in your inbox? Danny Bradbury of The Guardian reports on the increasingly sophisticated methods being used to pump out millions of unwanted emails.

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Spam Levels Up by 80 Percent PC World

Researchers and IT managers are confirming security vendors' claims that spam levels have spiked in the past month--some say by as much as 80 percent--and show no signs of decreasing.

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02 November 2006

International bodies unite to fight spam iTWire

Six leading international anti-spam initiatives have launched, at the first meeting of the IGF in Athens, a new online information resource (www.StopSpamAlliance.org) to assist in fighting spam.

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29 October 2006

au: Hefty fine for spammer who sent 75m emails Sydney Morning Herald/AAP

A Perth-based company has been fined A$5.5 million for sending millions of unsolicited emails, with a judge labelling the spam annoying, costly to combat, and a threat to the internet.

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17 October 2006

How to escape from junk mail hell The Age

Are you sick of spam? You should be. By the end of this year, 71 per cent of email sent worldwide will be spam, according to a researcher, The Radicati Group. This article in The Age outlines the problem and the steps one can take to reduce the junk you receive.

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08 May 2006

Australian ISPs to step up spam fight ZDNet

A new code requiring Internet and e-mail service providers to undertake a range of spam-fighting measures will come into force in July.

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18 April 2006

ITU Calls For Enforceable ISP Codes of Conduct to Combat Spam Michael Geist

The International Telecommunications Union is holding a World Telecommunications Development Conference this week and has reportedly used the opportunity to release a new study on combatting spam. The Financial Times reports that the ITU concludes that while all countries need anti-spam legislation, a more effective approach would be to require the establishment of enforceable codes of conduct by ISPs. In particular, the ITU recommends codes to require ISPs to prohibit their customers from spamming and not to enter into peering arrangements with ISPs that do not accept similar codes of conduct.

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20 February 2006

uk: Spam watchdog calls for more powers The Guardian

Government inaction is hampering attempts to prosecute people who send spam emails, according to reports.

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