September 13, 2011

SMEs warned against spamming as complaints rise 88%

by Kerry Butters

A UK web hosting provider has warned businesses against spamming customers, as they have seen complaints rise by 88% over the past year. Fasthosts Internet Ltd say more and more consumers are complaining that they have had unsolicited newsletters and marketing emails sent to them and advise small companies not to “cut corners”. Whilst the […]




September 7, 2011

Twitter spam on the up

by Kerry Butters

A report from Naked Security, the blog of security firm Sophos warns users of continuing phishing attacks carried out on Twitter users. The attacks are designed to reap passwords from victims and apparently often come in the form of a message from friends. The latest threat is similar to the ones we’ve seen a spate […]




July 11, 2011

Google says sorry for the spam

by Jan Harris

New social network Google+ has been sending out spam invitations to the service after its notification system ran out of disk space. This caused the system to continue to try to send the emails, over and over again, for around 80 minutes. Demand for the service, which is still being tested by invited users, has […]




June 1, 2011

Cyber crime slowing says McAfee

by Jan Harris

In its latest threat report, security firm McAfee reported that the efforts of the police and security companies to combat cyber crime are starting to pay off. The report mentions several successful police raids which have taken down botnets and uncovered fraud and money laundering operations. This has been made possible by improved communication and […]




May 26, 2011

Spammers find new way to evade spam filters

by Jan Harris

Security specialist Symantec has identified a new technique which spammers are using to escape detection by anti-spam products. The company has identified a large domain parking service being used spammers. Domain parking services allow companies or individuals to register an Internet domain name without using it for services. This allows them to use the domain […]




March 17, 2011

Rustock silent – for now

by Jan Harris

The notorious Rustock botnet has gone quiet again, just as it did over Christmas, according to security blogger Bryan Krebs. As a result spam volumes have fallen for now, but Rustock’s Christmas lull only lasted into early January, after which its spam campaign quickly returned to normal levels, so it remains to be seen if […]




January 14, 2011

Spam levels rise after Christmas lull

by Jan Harris

Spam levels plummeted over Christmas and into January but predictions that this was a temporary respite have proved true. Between 25 December and 9 January activity from major botnets, including Rustock, Lethic and Xarvester fell to negligible levels, but the botnets are now waking up again. MessageLabs Intelligence recorded a 98 per cent increase in […]




January 11, 2011

UK fifth for spam

by Jan Harris

The US is still the worst offender for sending spam, while the UK remains in fifth place, according to the latest report from Sophos. Sophos attributed the US’s inglorious first place to the large number of compromised computers in the country. It seems that many US users aren’t up to speed on security as 36 […]




December 9, 2010

WikiLeaks spam carries malware

by Jan Harris

Security firm Symantec has warned that an email attachment named ‘WikiLeaks’ harbours a virus that can steal passwords and other data. The virus, which is carried in a PDF attachment, is targeted at a government body according to a blog post by Symantec operations engineer Tony Millington. The email reads “the release of thousands of […]