November Spam Roundup

 

The holidays are here and spam is once again making headlines. New spam campaigns, many of them malicious, are appearing everyday. Zeus strikes again; researchers say they’ve developed a spam filter that could completely eradicate spam, and South Carolina grapples with a huge data breach made possible due to a phishing attack. Those are just some of November’s spam headlines – read on for more!

Most Spam Complaints Are Actually Legit Emails

http://www.bizreport.com/2012/11/return-path-majority-of-spam-complaints-relate-to-legitimate.html

Zeus Strikes Again in Apple Invoice Spam

http://www.esecurityplanet.com/malware/apple-invoice-spam-delivers-zeuszbot-trojan.html

Researchers Claim to Have Developed Game Changing Spam Filter

http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/49016

LinkedIn Denies Being Spammy

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/11/27/linkedins-jeff-weiner-no-its-not-spammy/

Phishing Attack Leads to Data Breach at South Carolina Department of Revenue

http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/2240172466/Phishing-attack-stolen-credentials-sparked-South-Carolina-breach

Want to weigh in on any of these stories or tell us about one we missed? Leave a comment and let us know what’s on your mind. We’re listening!

Written by Sue Walsh

2 Comments

  1. Eve Leigh · November 30, 2012

    Hm, when I hear that somebody has created a filter that can completely relieve us of spam, I am skeptical at best. There is no such thing – once it gets used, spammers will find a way to crack it for sure. Such claims are similar to claims that we have found a cure for cancer, that drugs will be gone forever, etc. – they are just too good to be true.

  2. Vivian Powell · December 20, 2012

    Hmm… no good news??? I can expect more bad news once December summary is up. The spammers and phishers are having a field day, since the holiday is just around the corner. A while ago, I just deleted more than a dozen e-mails from “stores” selling things I have not even heard of in the first place. And yes, I’m one of those who have been receiving promo or sales ads from huge and definitely large companies. However, I prefer to ignore them than make a big deal because I find them completely harmless and I don’t think they’ll do something foolish as sending me with a malware or phishing mail.

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