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DKIM usage shows significant growth

US banks urged to use authentication method
US banks urged to use authentication method In a report on its website, Internet giant Cisco states it has been seeing almost 700,000 non-spam messages that contain valid DKIM… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/06/dkim-usage-shows-significant-growth/

Symantec slip sparks suspicion, spam

Update error leads to conspiracy theories and exploitation of fears.
Update error leads to conspiracy theories and exploitation of fears. A faulty update issued to some users of Symantec's Norton product line yesterday has led to an explosion of… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/03/symantec-slip-sparks-suspicion-spam/

BBC botnet hijack proves controversial

Legal issues raised by broadcaster's demo of spamming, DDoS, cleanup attempt.
Legal issues raised by broadcaster's demo of spamming, DDoS, cleanup attempt. A BBC report into the dangers of botnets has got the corporation into hot water, after reporters took… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/03/bbc-botnet-hijack-proves-controversial/

Valentine's lures lead to infection

Predicted spate of romance hooks under way.
Predicted spate of romance hooks under way. After numerous security watchers predicted a barrage of phishing and malware attacks associated with Valentine's Day this week, the… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/02/valentine-s-lures-lead-infection/

Virus Bulletin announces new anti-spam certification scheme

Independent security testing body to certify anti-spam products.
Independent security testing body to certify anti-spam products. Virus Bulletin has launched a new anti-spam certification scheme. Until now, end-users have had little factual… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/announces-new-anti-spam-certification-scheme/

CastleCops closes down

Security community project comes to an end.
Security community project comes to an end. Well-known volunteer group CastleCops, which ran campaigns to identify and bring down spamming and phishing operations for over five… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/castlecops-closes-down/

Twitter hit by phishing and hacks

Popular micro-blog site latest target of link spammers.
Popular micro-blog site latest target of link spammers. The latest social networking craze, micro-blogging service Twitter, has joined the likes of MySpace and Facebook in being… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2009/01/twitter-hit-phishing-and-hacks/

Disconnection of dubious provider sees spam levels plummet

Web-hosting firm believed to be responsible for 75% of spam.
Web-hosting firm believed to be responsible for 75% of spam. Anti-spam researchers across the world reported a significant drop in the volume of spam seen after web-hosting firm… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/11/disconnection-dubious-provider-sees-spam-levels-plummet/

Riders on a Storm

Researchers hijack botnet - and find spam success rates lower than previously believed.
Researchers hijack botnet - and find spam success rates lower than previously believed. Less than 1 in 12 million spam emails sent through the infamous Storm botnet led to a… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/11/riders-storm/

Free speech argument overturns AOL spammer conviction

Virginia court upholds notorious Jaynes' right to express himself in bulk.
Virginia court upholds notorious Jaynes' right to express himself in bulk. Infamous AOL spammer Jeremy Jaynes, convicted of a massive spamming campaign targeting AOL users in 2004,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/09/free-speech-argument-overturns-aol-spammer-conviction/

Storm mails bring spoof World War 3 news

US-Iran war story used as hook for malware barrage.
US-Iran war story used as hook for malware barrage. The Storm botnet has been spamming in force again in the past week, with its expected run targeting 4th of July celebrations in… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/07/storm-mails-bring-spoof-world-war-3-news/

MAAWG unveils spam and botnet battling policies

Working group of ISPs and net operators issue traffic calming guidelines.
Working group of ISPs and net operators issue traffic calming guidelines. Global collaboration body the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) has ratified a set of guidelines… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/maawg-unveils-spam-and-botnet-battling-policies/

Spammers turn to DoubleClick for open redirect

Loophole in Google's AdSense solved, but new flaw quickly uncovered.
Loophole in Google's AdSense solved, but new flaw quickly uncovered. The good name of web giant Google continues to be a popular source of legitimacy among spammers, despite their… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/spammers-turn-doubleclick-open-redirect/

Spam and ID theft attacked from all sides

EU body issues warning, ICANN, Japan and Yahoo! take on spammers and phishers.
EU body issues warning, ICANN, Japan and Yahoo! take on spammers and phishers. Last week a series of major institutions took action highlighting the threat of spam and phishing,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/06/spam-and-id-theft-attacked-all-sides/

MySpace wins record payout in case against spammers

'Spam Kings' Wallace and Rines fined maximum amount under federal law.
'Spam Kings' Wallace and Rines fined maximum amount under federal law. Social networking site MySpace has been awarded a record $230 million in a lawsuit it filed against… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/05/myspace-wins-record-payout-case-against-spammers/

Cracked CAPTCHAs used to create malicious blogs

Blogs on Google's blogging system redirect to spam sites.
Blogs on Google's blogging system redirect to spam sites.Spammers are using botnets to mass-create phony blogs on Google's free Blogger system, with the phony entries redirecting… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/cracked-captchas-used-create-malicious-blogs/

More than 50% of users regularly double-check for false positive spam filtering

Only 12% of users trust their spam filter sufficiently not to bother sifting through spam folder.
Only 12% of users trust their spam filter sufficiently not to bother sifting through spam folder. In a poll of more than 1,000 visitors to the VB website, 52% of users say they… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/more-50-users-regularly-double-check-false-positive-spam-filtering/

Average spam message size at record low

No decrease of bandwidth usage as number of spam messages keeps increasing.
No decrease of bandwidth usage as number of spam messages keeps increasing. The average size of spam messages has decreased to a record low of just over 2KB, security company… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/average-spam-message-size-record-low/

April Storm

April Fools' Day emails contain new variant of infamous worm.
April Fools' Day emails contain new variant of infamous worm. Security researchers report a new wave of spam emails being sent out. The emails, which use subject lines such as… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/04/april-storm/

Hoax email warns about 'nasty virus'

Phony advice causes removal of site from search engines.
Phony advice causes removal of site from search engines. Over the last few days an email, written in German, has been seen circulating warning users about a 'nasty virus' that is… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/03/hoax-email-warns-about-nasty-virus/