08 January 2010

Australian real estate agents back in the spam spotlight Computerworld

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is again targeting the real estate industry on the issue of spam with a formal warning issued to Danielou Pty Ltd, trading as Elders Real Estate Wollongong.

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22 December 2009

New Zealand-born, Australian-based spam mastermind fined $210,000 Brisbane Times

A Queensland email spam mastermind has been fined and banned from sending unsolicited commercial messages for seven years.

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17 December 2009

In 2009 87% of emails are spam PC Advisor

Spam accounted for 87 percent of all email messages in 2009, says Symantec.

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NZ born spammer in court after 100,000 complaints New Zealand Herald

A New Zealand born man headed up one of the world's largest online spamming operations that racked up as many as 140,000 reports, a Queensland court was told.

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11 December 2009

New Australian attempt to tackle Skype spam Brisbane Times

When spam starts talking to you, you know you're in trouble. It pops up on your screen, trying to sell you watches, Viagra and a host of other goodies and it pretends to be your friend through Facebook and Skype.

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09 December 2009

Brazil: The New Spam Capital Forbes

China has long been the scapegoat of the cybersecurity world. But when it comes to junk e-mail, a new emerging market has taken the title of the world's most prolific spammer: Brazil.

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American woman sues Burger King over spam texts CNET

Is there some etiquette one should follow when receiving a spam text? Should one at least read it before erasing it? Should one even attempt a polite reply, even if it is in the negative? Or should one sue the rotten behind off the ungracious crasher who deigns to invade one's cell phone?

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01 December 2009

Kiwi email super-spammer in Australia fined $15.15m by FTC The Age

A New Zealand man living in Queensland and believed to be behind the world's largest spam operation, has been ordered to pay more than $16 million for running the illegal enterprise.

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26 November 2009

'Godfather of Spam' sentenced to four years in prison Computerworld

One of the most notorious U.S.-based spammers was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.

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19 November 2009

Spam's new flavours: Filtering keeps more unwanted messages inboxes but provokes more sophisticated scams The Guardian

When Luis von Ahn gives talks on his work fighting spam, he likes to start by asking the audience a question. "How many of you have had to fill out one of those web forms that asks you to read a distorted sequence of letters or a word?" he asks. "How many of you found that annoying?"

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10 November 2009

Campaign fizzer: Vodafone Australia cops $110K fine for Coke SMS ad The Age

Vodafone Hutchison Australia has agreed to make a $110,000 payment to the media regulator after it sent out 100,000 text messages as part of a marketing campaign for Coca-Cola that might have breached anti-spam laws.

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05 November 2009

A Brief History Of Spam Time

Spam hardly needs an introduction. Anyone with an e-mail account knows the acute frustration of being inundated with offers of pills from virtual pharmacists, financial propositions from Nigerian princes and pictures for fetish sites that really, really shouldn't exist. Spam has even gone beyond e-mail: like kudzu, it adapts to clog whatever online inbox you might choose.

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31 October 2009

Facebook wins $711m in spam lawsuit The Guardian

Facebook has been awarded $711.2m (£429.m) in damages after winning a case against Sanford Wallace, known as "Spamford", who sent mail and made posts without the permission of the social networking website's users.

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25 October 2009

Australian spammers fined $16m ABC News

Australia's media and communications regulator says hefty fines should serve as a warning to anyone considering mobile phone spamming.

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21 October 2009

Australian consumers speak out over spam: ACMA annual report The Australian

Australian consumers are fighting back against bank scams, dodgy lottery wins, cheap erectile dysfunction sprays and other unwanted offers, lodging a record 3947 complaints about spam last financial year with regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Prediction on spam-filled YouTube fulfilled Computerworld

A prediction two years ago by IT security solutions firm Kaspersky Lab on the possible use of YouTube as a medium for disseminating spam has finally been fulfilled.

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Canada's Tories pulling back on plans for spam loopholes National Post

The Conservative government is pulling back on a plan to water down its anti-spam legislation after proposing loopholes earlier this month to make it easier for some marketers to continue to send unsolicited e-mails.

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18 October 2009

Canadian Marketing Association want anti-spam bill altered CBC

The Canadian Marketing Association is lobbying MPs to change an anti-spam bill so that consumers have to opt out of receiving commercial email messages, rather than opting in to get them.

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15 October 2009

Telecoms reform tabled as EU plots spam clampdown The Register

The European Commission is calling on tougher action to fight spammers and protect online privacy.

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ACMA urges Australians to report spam and unwanted telemarketing phone calls Australian Communications and Media Authority

[news release] A Newspoll survey commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority indicates nearly two in five Australians with mobile phones or an email account (39 per cent) were unaware of who to contact to complain about spam email and SMS, while almost half the population (47 per cent) were not sure where to direct complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls.

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13 October 2009

UK urged to co-ordinate with EU allies on spam ZDNet

The UK and other European member states need to do more to tackle spam, and should start by taking a more co-ordinated approach to the problem, according to the European Commission.

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11 October 2009

Spam accounts for 86% of all emails PC Advisor

Worldwide spam has surged by nine times and now makes up 86 percent of all emails, says Symantec.

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09 October 2009

Craigslist Expands Legal Battle Against Spammers New York Times

Craigslist is taking its battle against spammers back to federal court. On Monday, the classified advertising site filed four lawsuits in the northern district of California against companies and people offering tools that automate the mass posting of ads on the site.

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07 October 2009

How Google Deals With Web Spam BusinessWeek

It's up to Matt Cutts and his team at Google to keep search results as free as possible from Web spam, those pages full of Viagra ads or even malware. A 10-year veteran of the company, he got into this online underworld after working on the first version of Google's family filter, SafeSearch.

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Canadian anti-spam bill far from a done deal by Michael Geist Michael Geist

The introduction last spring of Bill C-27 - the Electronic Commerce Protection Act - represented the culmination of years of effort to address concerns that Canada is rapidly emerging as a spam haven. Industry Minister Tony Clement's anti-spam bill has steadily made its way through the legislative process, with the Standing Committee on Industry likely to conduct its final "clause by clause" review this week.

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