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Gmail CAPTCHA cracked

Twenty per cent success rate sufficient to create thousands of spam accounts.
Twenty per cent success rate sufficient to create thousands of spam accounts.Gmail has become the latest free webmail service to have its CAPTCHAs cracked by spammers. Following… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/gmail-captcha-cracked/

Malware going local

Report sees trend toward greater localisation of threats.
Report sees trend toward greater localisation of threats.McAfee's latest Sage report focuses on increased localisation in malware, with spam, phishing and malcode all showing great… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/malware-going-local/

Japanese super-spammer arrested

Tokyo man sent 2.2 billion emails.
Tokyo man sent 2.2 billion emails. A 25-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo last week, suspected of sending 2.2 billion spam emails. Yukio Shiina was picked up by police on Friday,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/japanese-super-spammer-arrested/

Storm Valentines run under way

Seasonal spam and malware barrage gets going.
Seasonal spam and malware barrage gets going. The expected run of 'Storm' spams, pushing links to their latest line of malware disguised as Valentine's messages, has begun, with… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/storm-valentines-run-under-way/

Live Mail CAPTCHA system bypassed

Spammers use botnet to register accounts on popular free webmail service.
Spammers use botnet to register accounts on popular free webmail service.Spammers have written a program that cracks the CAPTCHAS used by the Windows Live Mail registration system.… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/live-mail-captcha-system-bypassed/

Complex attack targets Better Business Bureau

Sophisticated scam uses personalised mails, real site redirects.
Sophisticated scam uses personalised mails, real site redirects. A highly sophisticated email phishing scam is using a redirection flaw in the website of the Better Business Bureau… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/complex-attack-targets-better-business-bureau/

FTC fines spammers over $2.5 million

Drug pushers busted for phony claims and CAN-SPAM breaches.
Drug pushers busted for phony claims and CAN-SPAM breaches. After a successful case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a pharmaceuticals firm and its head have been… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/ftc-fines-spammers-over-2-5-million/

419 scammers plead guilty in US

African trio admit attempts to defraud via spam.
African trio admit attempts to defraud via spam. Three men, two from Nigeria and a third from Senegal, entered guilty pleas in a Brooklyn, New York, courtroom last week after being… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/02/419-scammers-plead-guilty-us/

US agencies report vishing, extortion, danger of hacking

FBI name used in email attacks, CIA warns of power supply hacks.
FBI name used in email attacks, CIA warns of power supply hacks. US security and law enforcement agencies were more than usually active in the computer security world last week,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/us-agencies-report-vishing-extortion-danger-hacking/

Stormy love letters

Storm botnet celebrates birthday with new wave of spam.
Storm botnet celebrates birthday with new wave of spam. Earlier this week malware experts warned of likely increased activity of the Storm botnet around Valentine's Day next month.… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/stormy-love-letters/

Spam printing proof-of-concept revealed

Lack of security allows websites to send spammish content to network printers.
Lack of security allows websites to send spammish content to network printers. Opening your inbox on a Monday morning and finding out that it's full of spam is bad enough already,… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/spam-printing-proof-concept-revealed/

Mortgage spam rockets

Spammers take note of US interest rate cuts.
Spammers take note of US interest rate cuts. Mortgage spam saw a significant increase last month in conjunction with the interest rate cuts announced by the US Federal Reserve.… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/mortgage-spam-rockets/

FTC notes malicious spam on the rise

FTC reports on a decade of spam fighting.
FTC reports on a decade of spam fighting. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a report reflecting on the ten years in which it has been involved in the fight… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/ftc-notes-malicious-spam-rise/

Prolific spammer indicted

Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky charged with spamming and stock fraud.
Notorious spammer Alan Ralsky charged with spamming and stock fraud. Infamous prolific spammer Alan Ralsky has been indicted over his alleged involvement in an international… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/prolific-spammer-indicted/

No taste for spam?

ICANN takes steps to combat domain tasting.
ICANN takes steps to combat domain tasting. The practice of domain tasting, often used by spammers and other shady types to register tens of thousands of Internet domain names at… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2008/01/no-taste-spam/

Opening of a (spam) can of worms

Hormel loses latest trademark battle.
Hormel loses latest trademark battle.Hormel Foods Corp., inventor and manufacturer of the world-famous canned meat product SPAM, has lost a lawsuit against Seattle-based company… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/12/opening-spam-can-worms/

Inconvenient content

Hackers include spammish content into Al Gore's website.
Hackers include spammish content into Al Gore's website. Hackers have managed to break into a website set up to promote Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth and include links to… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/11/inconvenient-content/

Phished Salesforce.com data used for phishing attacks

Password leak leads to major CRM customer data haul.
Password leak leads to major CRM customer data haul. A security breach at customer relationship management (CRM) firm Salesforce.com has led to a large-scale leak of confidential… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/11/phished-salesforce-com-data-used-phishing-attacks/

LinkedIn providing open redirect

Lax website setup could be used to trick the unwary.
Lax website setup could be used to trick the unwary. Popular professional networking system LinkedIn has been allowing free redirects from its website, providing spammers and… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/11/linkedin-providing-open-redirect/

Symantec warns of rigged Google search links

Advanced search options lead clickers straight to junk sites.
Advanced search options lead clickers straight to junk sites. Spammers have found a novel use for Google's advanced search options and 'I'm Feeling Lucky' function, using a… https://www.virusbulletin.com/blog/2007/11/symantec-warns-rigged-google-search-links/