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Spam is back | The Outline
it’s 2017, and spam has clawed itself back from the grave. It shows up on social media and dating sites as bots hoping to lure you into downloading malware or clicking an affiliate link. It creeps onto your phone as text messages and robocalls that ring you five times a day about luxury cruises and fictitious tax bills. Networks associated with the buzzy new cryptocurrency system Ethereum have been plagued with spam. Facebook recently fought a six-month battle against a spam operation that was administering fake accounts in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. Last year, a Chicago resident sued the Trump campaign for allegedly sending unsolicited text message spam; this past November, ZDNet reported that voters were being inundated with political text messages they never signed up for. Apps can be horrid spam vectors, too — TechCrunch writer Jordan Crook wrote in April about how she idly downloaded an app called Gather that promptly spammed everyone in her contact list. Repeated mass data breaches that include contact information, such as the Yahoo breach in which 3 billion user accounts were exposed, surely haven’t helped. Meanwhile, you, me, and everyone we know is being plagued by robocalls. “There is no recourse for me,” lamented Troy Doliner, a student in Boston who gets robocalls every day. “I am harassed by a faceless entity that I cannot track down.”
“I think we had a really unique set of circumstances that created this temporary window where spam was in remission,” said Finn Brunton, an assistant professor at NYU who wrote Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet, “and now we’re on the other side of that, with no end in sight.”


(via Boing Boing)
spam  privacy  email  social-media  web  robocalls  phone  ethereum  texts  abuse 
17 days ago by jm
Universal adversarial perturbations
in today’s paper Moosavi-Dezfooli et al., show us how to create a _single_ perturbation that causes the vast majority of input images to be misclassified.
adversarial-classification  spam  image-recognition  ml  machine-learning  dnns  neural-networks  images  classification  perturbation  papers 
12 weeks ago by jm
How to Easily Unsubscribe from Bulk Emails in Gmail - Unroll.me Alternative
nice Google Script which runs in the background and scrapes out unsubscribe links. I'm drowning in single-opt-in mainsleaze newsletters at this stage so this is very welcome
mainsleaze  unsubscribe  spam  gmail  google  email  one-bite-of-the-apple 
august 2017 by jm
Spammergate: The Fall of an Empire
Featuring this interesting reactive-block evasion tactic:
In that screenshot, a RCM co-conspirator describes a technique in which the spammer seeks to open as many connections as possible between themselves and a Gmail server. This is done by purposefully configuring your own machine to send response packets extremely slowly, and in a fragmented manner, while constantly requesting more connections.
Then, when the Gmail server is almost ready to give up and drop all connections, the spammer suddenly sends as many emails as possible through the pile of connection tunnels. The receiving side is then overwhelmed with data and will quickly block the sender, but not before processing a large load of emails.


(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  spam  antispam  gmail  blocklists  packets  tcp  networking 
march 2017 by jm
How Trump’s troll army is cashing in on his campaign
Of the dozens of Trump pages seemingly run by click-farms, just one responded to our request for an interview, though the anonymous operators of the Trumpians fan page declined to provide the name of their company, citing the “volatility of Trump haters.” Trump’s Facebook page is the only one of over 100 the company runs that’s dedicated to an individual politician. “The other [candidates] don’t have any value from a merchandise perspective ,” the operator said by Facebook Messenger.
click-farms  spam  donald-trump  politics  us-politics  facebook  trolls 
may 2016 by jm
GCHQ's Spam Problem
'“Spam emails are a large proportion of emails seen in SIGINT [signals intelligence],” reads part of a dense document from the Snowden archive, published by Boing Boing on Tuesday. “GCHQ would like to reduce the impact of spam emails on data storage, processing and analysis.”' (circa 2011). Steganography, anyone? (via Tony Finch)
spam  anti-spam  gchq  funny  boing-boing  sigint  snowden  surveillance 
february 2016 by jm
Phone robot keeps annoying telemarketers talking for as long as possible
'Anderson encourages his readers to forward telemarketers to the robot, and is happy to send them recordings of the ensuing conversations. His instructions are below if you'd like to give it a shot.'
telemarketers  script  robodialing  spam  funny 
february 2016 by jm
Gmail supports animated emoji in e-mail subjects
Currently only used in spam, naturally. (via Hilary Mason)
spam  gmail  animation  gif  base64  emojis  goomojis 
september 2015 by jm
Twitter’s new anti-harassment filter
Twitter is calling it a “quality filter,” and it’s been rolling out to verified users running Twitter’s iOS app since last week. It appears to work much like a spam filter, except instead of hiding bots and copy-paste marketers, it screens “threats, offensive language, [and] duplicate content” out of your notifications feed.


via Nelson
via:nelson  harassment  spam  twitter  gamergame  abuse  ml 
april 2015 by jm
DIRECT MARKETING - A GENERAL GUIDE FOR DATA CONTROLLERS
In particular:
Where you have obtained contact details in the context of the sale of a product or service, you may only use these details for direct marketing by electronic mail if the following conditions are met:

the product or service you are marketing is of a kind similar to that which you sold to the customer at the time you obtained their contact details
At the time you collected the details, you gave the customer the opportunity to object, in an easy manner and without charge, to their use for marketing purposes
Each time you send a marketing message, you give the customer the right to object to receipt of further messages
The sale of the product or service occurred not more than twelve months prior to the sending of the electronic marketing communication or, where applicable, the contact details were used for the sending of an electronic marketing communication in that twelve month period.
email  spam  regulations  ireland  law  dpc  marketing  direct-marketing 
september 2014 by jm
UK's ICO spam regulator even more toothless now
We appealed this decision, but on June 2014 the Upper Tribunal agreed with the First-tier Tribunal, cancelling our monetary penalty notice against Niebel and McNeish, and largely rendering our power to issue fines for breaches of PECR involving spam texts redundant.


This is pretty terrible. The UK appears to have the weakest anti-spam regime in Europe due to the lack of powers given to ICO.
ico  anti-spam  uk  law  regulation  spam  sms 
september 2014 by jm
SI336 - current Irish anti-spam law
"European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011". Spam is covered under 13.1, "Unsolicited communications", on page 16 of this PDF
spam  anti-spam  law  ireland  eu  ec  sms  email  si336  privacy  regulation 
september 2014 by jm
Irish Water Data Protection Notice: A review…
Tried and came up wanting. Particularly notable for its illegal "Marketing" section, which attempts to evade opt-in-required anti-spam law with a "consent landgrab" on SMS and email
irish-water  law  dpc  data-protection  privacy  spam  opt-in  si336  sms  email  ireland 
september 2014 by jm
'The very first release of Gmail simply used spamassassin on the backend'
Excellent. Confirming what I'd heard from a few other sources, too ;)

This is a well-written history of the anti-spam war so far, from Mike Hearn, writing with the Google/Gmail point of view:

Brief note about my background, to establish credentials: I worked at
Google for about 7.5 years. For about 4.5 of those I worked on the Gmail
abuse team, which is very tightly linked with the spam team (they use the
same software, share the same on-call rotations etc).


Reading this kind of stuff is awesome for me, since it's a nice picture of a fun problem to work on -- the Gmail team took the right ideas about how to fight spam, and scaled them up to the 10s-of-millions DAU mark. Nicely done.

The second half is some interesting musings on end-to-end encrypted communications and how it would deal with spam. Worth a read...
gmail  google  spam  anti-spam  filtering  spamassassin  history 
september 2014 by jm
Fighting spam with BotMaker
Some vague details of the antispam system in use at Twitter.
The main challenges in supporting this type of system are evaluating rules with low enough latency that they can run on the write path for Twitter’s main features (i.e., Tweets, Retweets, favorites, follows and messages), supporting computationally intense machine learning based rules, and providing Twitter engineers with the ability to modify and create new rules instantaneously.
spam  realtime  scaling  twitter  anti-spam  botmaker  rules 
august 2014 by jm
China detains 1,530 in telecom spam crackdown
via Christopher Soghoian: 'IMSI catchers/fake base stations are out of control in China. The gov shut down 24 IMSI catcher factories, 1500+ people were arrested.'
privacy  spam  china  imsi-catchers  mobile  3g  gsm  phones 
august 2014 by jm
How A Spam Newsletter Caused a Bank Run in Bulgaria
According to the Bulgarian National Security Agency (see here, for a reporting in English), an investment company that “built a network of associated companies for marketing services” that was used to diffuse panic by means of an alert, uncomfortably titled “Information Bulletin of on the Risk of Deposits in Bulgarian Banks”. The “bulletin” claimed – Bloomberg reports – KTB was undergoing a liquidity shortage. The message apparently also said that the government deposit guarantee fund was under-capitalised to meet possible repayments, that banks could go bankrupt and that the peg of the currency with the euro could be broken. Allegedly, the alert was diffused by text, email and even Facebook messages, thus ensuring a very widespread outreach. In a country that in 1997 underwent a very serious banking crisis featuring all these characteristics – whose memory is still fresh – this was enough to spur panic.
spam  banking  bulgaria  banks  euro  panic  facebook  social-media 
july 2014 by jm
Chinese cops cuff 1,500 in fake base station spam raid
The street finds its own uses for things, in this case Stinger/IMSI-catcher-type fake mobile-phone base stations:
Fake base stations are becoming a particularly popular modus operandi. Often concealed in a van or car, they are driven through city streets to spread their messages. The professional spammer in question charged 1,000 yuan (£100) to spam thousands of users in a radius of a few hundred metres. The pseudo-base station used could send out around 6,000 messages in just half an hour, the report said. Often such spammers are hired by local businessmen to promote their wares.


(via Bernard Tyers)
stingers  imsi-catcher  mobile-phones  mobile  cellphones  china  spam  via:bernard-tyers 
march 2014 by jm
Next clothing retailer loses appeal over €100 fine in ‘spam’ case - Crime & Law News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Wed, Mar 19, 2014
as TJ McIntyre noted: '€100 fine for a repeat spammer. Data Protection Commissioner calls this "strong protection". With a straight face.'

Next will doubtless fork over the 100 Euros out of the petty cash drawer, then carry on regardless. This isn't a useful fine. What a farce...
cheap  farce  dpc  data-protection  privacy  anti-spam  next  spam  convictions  fines  ireland 
march 2014 by jm
Ucas sells access to student data for phone and drinks firms' marketing | Technology | The Guardian
The UK government's failure to deal with spam law in a consumer-friendly way escalates further:

UCAS, the university admissions service, is operating as a mass-mailer of direct marketing on behalf of Vodafone, O2, Microsoft, Red Bull and others, without even a way to later opt out from that spam without missing important admissions-related mail as a side effect.

'Teenagers using Ucas Progress must explicitly opt in to mailings from the organisation and advertisers, though the organisation's privacy statement says: "We do encourage you to tick the box as it helps us to help you."'

Their website also carries advertising, and the details of parents are sold on to advertisers as well.

Needless to say, the toothless ICO say they 'did not appear to breach marketing rules under the privacy and electronic communications regulations', as usual. Typical ICO fail.
ucas  advertising  privacy  data-protection  opt-in  opt-out  spam  direct-marketing  vodafone  o2  microsoft  red-bull  uk  universities  grim-meathook-future  ico 
march 2014 by jm
Who Made That Nigerian Scam? - NYTimes.com
The history behind the 419 advance-fee fraud scam.
According to Robert Whitaker, a historian at the University of Texas, an earlier version of the con, known as the Spanish Swindle or the Spanish Prisoner trick, plagued Britain throughout the 19th century.
nigerian-scam  419  aff  scams  spam  fraud  history 
january 2014 by jm
Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She's A Robot
Florida's spammers strike again - pushing the boundaries of intrusive direct sales and marketing
florida  ai  spam  direct-marketing  bots  sales  health-insurance 
december 2013 by jm
Why Did 9,000 Porny Spambots Descend on This San Diego High Schooler? - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
Good article about emergent behaviour from networked malware:

'The metabot, therefore, is viral. You get followed because of who follows you. This tendency explains the strange geographical cluster among San Diego high school students. Perhaps one of those kids was being followed by a really popular account (like @Interscope records, perhaps, which follows hundreds of thousands of people), and through that link, the bot stumbled into this little circle of San Diego teens.

All of this activity would have remained under the radar, of course, all part of the silent non-human web. Except something went awry. For some reason, Olivia got stuck in a weird loop, and the metabot kept spawning spambots that chose to follow her over and over, relentlessly.

Maybe once the metabot reached the San Diego kids, a bug kicked in. Instead of negative feedback keeping her (and everyone else) from being followed too often, we got runaway positive feedback. The bots followed her because other bots followed her. And on and on.

Which is, perhaps a kind of reasoning that we can understand: It's the core logic of fame and celebrity itself. Attention flows to Snooki because attention flowed to Snooki. Attention flows to Olivia because attention flowed to Olivia.

Olivia and her friends weren't wrong when they thought she'd become suddenly famous. Her audience just wasn't human.'
socialnetworking  spam  twitter  bots  fame  alexis-madrigal 
december 2013 by jm
Find a separating hyperplane with this One Weird Kernel Trick
Terrible internet ad-spam recast as machine-learning spam
'37-year-old patriot discovers "weird" trick to end slavery to the Bayesian monopoly. Discover the underground trick she used to slash her empirical risk by 75% in less than 30 days... before they shut her down. Click here to watch the shocking video! Get the Shocking Free Report!'
funny  via:hmason  machine-learning  spam  wtf  svms  bayesian 
november 2013 by jm
Russia: Hidden chips 'launch malware attacks from irons'
Cyber criminals are planting chips in electric irons and kettles to launch spam [jm: actually, malware] attacks, reports in Russia suggest. State-owned channel Rossiya 24 even showed footage of a technician opening up an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports to find a "spy chip" with what he called "a little microphone". Its correspondent said the hidden devices were mostly being used to spread viruses, by connecting to any computer within a 200m (656ft) radius which were using unprotected Wi-Fi networks. Other products found to have rogue components reportedly included mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.
wifi  viruses  spam  malware  security  russia  china  toasters  kettles  appliances 
october 2013 by jm
Even the NSA is finding it hard to cope with spam
3 new Snowden leaks, covering acquisition of Yahoo address books, buddy lists, and email account activity, and how spammer activity required intervention to avoid losing useful data in the noise
spam  spammers  nsa  snowden  leaks  anti-spam  yahoo  im  mail 
october 2013 by jm
How not to stop spammers
Spam Arrest is a company that sells an anti-spam service. They attempted to sue some spammers and, as has been widely reported, lost badly. This case emphasizes three points that litigious antispammers seem not to grasp:

Under CAN SPAM, a lot of spam is legal.
Judges hate plaintiffs who try to be too clever, and hate sloppy preparation even more.
Never, ever, file a spam suit in Seattle.
anti-spam  spam  law  seattle  us  can-spam  spamarrest  sentient-jets 
september 2013 by jm
BBC News - How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash
This is hilarious. Quid pro quo!
Once he had set up the 0871 line, every time a bank, gas or electricity supplier asked him for his details online, he submitted it as his contact number. He added he was "very honest" and the companies did ask why he had a premium number. He told the programme he replied: "Because I'm getting annoyed with PPI phone calls when I'm trying to watch Coronation Street so I'd rather make 10p a minute." He said almost all of the companies he dealt with were happy to use it and if they refused he asked them to email.
spam  cold-calls  phone  ads  uk  funny  0871  premium-rate  ppi 
august 2013 by jm
Spamalot reigns: the spoils of Ireland’s EU kingship | The Irish Times - Thu, Jun 13, 2013
The spam presidency. As European citizens are made the miserable targets of unimpeded “direct marketing”, that may be how Ireland’s stint in the EU presidency seat is recalled for years to come.
Under the guiding hand of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, the Council of the European Union has submitted proposals for amendments to a proposed new data protection regulation, all of which overwhelmingly favour business and big organisations, not citizens.
The most obviously repugnant and surprising element in the amendments is a watering down of existing protections for EU citizens against the willy-nilly marketing Americans are forced to endure. In the US there are few meaningful restrictions on what businesses can do with people’s personal information when pitching products and services at them.
In the EU, this has always been strictly controlled; information gathered for one purpose cannot be used by a business to sell whatever it wants – unless you have opted in to receive such solicitations. This means you are not constantly bombarded by emails and junk mail, nor do you get non-stop phone calls from telemarketers.
Under the proposed amendments to the draft data protection regulation, direct marketing would become a legal form of data processing. In effect, this would legitimise spam email, junk print mail and marketing calls. This unexpected provision signals just how successful powerful corporate lobbyists have been in convincing ministers that business matters more than privacy or giving citizens reasonable control over their personal information.
Far worse is contained in other amendments, which in effect turn the original draft of the regulation upside down.


Fantastic article from Karlin Lillington in today's Times on the terrible amendments proposed for the EU's data protection law.
eu  law  prism  data-protection  privacy  ireland  ec  marketing  spam  anti-spam  email 
june 2013 by jm
Council of the European Union Releases Draft Compromise Text on the Proposed EU Data Protection Regulation
Oh god. this sounds like an impending privacy and anti-spam disaster. "business-focussed":
Overall, the [Irish EC Presidency’s] draft compromise text can be seen as a more business-focused, pragmatic approach. For example, the Presidency has drafted an additional recital (Recital 3a), clarifying the right to data protection as a qualified right, highlighting the principle of proportionality and importance of other competing fundamental rights, including the freedom to conduct a business.


and some pretty serious relaxation of how consent for use of personal data is measured:

The criterion for valid consent is amended from “explicit” to “unambiguous,” except in the case of processing special categories of data (i.e., sensitive personal data) (Recital 25 and Article 9(2)). This reverts to the current position under the Data Protection Directive and is a concession to the practical difficulty of obtaining explicit consent in all cases.

The criteria for valid consent are further relaxed by the ability to obtain consent in writing, orally or in an electronic manner, and where technically feasible and effective, valid consent can be given using browser settings and other technical solutions. Further, the requirement that the controller bear the burden of proof that valid consent was obtained is limited to a requirement that the controller be able to “demonstrate” that consent was obtained (Recital 32 and Article 7(1)). The need for “informed” consent is also relaxed from the requirement to provide the full information requirements laid out in Article 14 to the minimal requirements that the data subject “at least” be made aware of: (1) the identity of the data controller, and (2) the purpose(s) of the processing of their personal data (Recitals 33 and 48).
anti-spam  privacy  data-protection  spam  ireland  eu  ec  regulation 
june 2013 by jm
IAB Europe awards MEP Sean Kelly for standing up for data privacy rights (video) - Ireland’s CIO and strategy news and reports service – Siliconrepublic.com
Irish MEP serving as a rapporteur on reform of the EU data protection regime, was given an award by an advertising trade group last month:
Sean Kelly, Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South [who serves as the EU’s Industry Committee Rapporteur for the General Data Protection Regulation], has been selected to receive the prestigious IAB Europe Award for Leadership and Excellence for his approach to dealing with privacy concerns over shortcomings in the European Commission’s data protection proposal.
IAB Europe represents more than 5,500 online advertising media, research and analytics organisations.
iab-europe  awards  spam  sean-kelly  ireland  meps  politics  eu  data-protection  privacy  ec 
june 2013 by jm
EDRI's comments on EU proposals to reform privacy law
Amendments 762, 764 and 765 in particular seem to move portions of the law from "confirmed opt-in required" to "opt-out is ok" -- which sounds like a risk where spam and unsolicited actions on a person's data are concerned
law  privacy  anti-spam  eu  spam  edri 
june 2013 by jm
EU Council deals killer blow to privacy reforms
'In an extraordinary result for corporate lobbying, direct marketing would by default be considered a legitimate data process and would therefore – by default – be lawful.'
eu  politics  data-protection  privacy  anti-spam  spam  eu-council  direct-marketing 
june 2013 by jm
Algorithmic Rape Jokes in the Library of Babel | Quiet Babylon
Fantastic blog post on the Solid Gold Bomb "Keep Calm And Rape A Lot" algorithmically-generated t-shirt scandal, covering "content spinners", print-on-demand, object spam, Borges' Library Of Babel, "crapjects", and summing up with:
We’re sad for the sick feeling this has brought on! We’re sad for the queasy feeling this has brought on! We’re sad for the ailing feeling this has brought about!


Strange new world for sure.
algorithms  amazon  crapjects  borges  babel  object-spam  spam  content-spinning  rape  scandals  furore  solid-gold-bomb  t-shirts  etailers  print-on-demand 
march 2013 by jm
Irish mobile phone companies: still spammy
'Pro tip: if you're going to spam, try not to spam the DPC's Director of Investigations.' -- lolz
funny  oh-dear  three  hutchinson  ireland  mobile  spam  dpc  law 
december 2012 by jm
New UK Conservative Party Co-Chair Grant Shapps Founded Google Spamming Business
Wow. Scummy stuff.

Shapps founded HowToCorp in 2005, a site that, among other products, pitches the TrafficPaymaster software. The software apparently “scrapes” or copies content from all over the web, from RSS feeds to even sets of search results, to automatically generate pages that probably make little sense to the human visitor but which may pick up some traffic from Google and, in turn, generate clicks on Google AdSense or other ads.


Google are not happy:


On Sunday sources at Google confirmed TrafficPaymaster was in “violation” of its policies and that its search engine’s algorithms had been equipped to drop the ranking of any webpages created using HowToCorp’s software. Officially, Google said it does not comment on individual cases.

“We have strict policies in place to ensure web users are presented with useful ads when browsing sites in our content network and to ensure our advertisers reach an engaged audience. If we are alerted to a site which breaks our AdSense policies, we will review it and can remove it from our network.”
grant-shapps  uk  politics  tories  spammers  spamming  spinning  adsense  google  spam  trafficpaymaster 
september 2012 by jm
Spam-erican Apparel
'LifeSphere currently offers more than 90,000 unique products and is more than likely run by one person in a suburban bungalow in Phoenix. As far as I can gather their process consists of ALPHABETICALLY(!) applying every single image in the Public Domain photography archive to every object Zazzle offers. Amazingly almost everything they make is amazing. From doggy clothes featuring macrophotography of Chex Mix, to “Thanksgiving Shrimp” skateboard decks, LifeSphere proves 90,000 times over that rigorous process-based design yields infallibly fresh results.' (via Nelson)
bots  clothing  design  manufacturing  zazzle  on-demand  spam  new-aesthetic  future 
may 2012 by jm
The Cybercrime Wave That Wasn’t - NYTimes.com
MSFT researchers discover fundamental scientific failures in almost all data on cybercrime/spam/malware damages. 'In numeric surveys, errors are almost always upward: since the amounts of estimated losses must be positive, there’s no limit on the upside, but zero is a hard limit on the downside. As a consequence, respondent errors -- or outright lies -- cannot be canceled out. Even worse, errors get amplified when researchers scale between the survey group and the overall population. [...] The cybercrime surveys we have examined exhibit exactly this pattern of enormous, unverified outliers dominating the data. In some, 90 percent of the estimate appears to come from the answers of one or two individuals. In a 2006 survey of identity theft by the FTC, two respondents gave answers that would have added $37 billion to the estimate, dwarfing that of all other respondents combined.' my opinion: this is what happens when PR drives the surveys -- numbers tend to inflate to make headlines
fail  science  pr  press  cybercrime  ms  via:mark-russinovitch  data  surveys  spam  malware  viruses  phishing 
april 2012 by jm
feedback loop n-gram analyzer
'a simple parser of ARF compliant FBL complaints, which normalizes the email complaints and generates a 6-tuple n-gram version of the message. These n-grams are stored in a Redis database, keyed by the file in which they can be found. An inverse index also exists that allow you to find all messages containing a particular n-gram word.'
anti-spam  spam  fbl  feedback  filtering  n-grams  similarity  hashing  redis  searching 
september 2011 by jm
Whenever you hit Facebook’s “Like” button you’re signing up for a subscription
'if you Liked a story on a website by pressing the Like button, you’re not only sharing the content on your wall but you’re also automatically subscribing and giving permission for future newsfeed updates to site owners. This happens every time and anywhere you Like something.' ugh, spammy, Facebook
privacy  facebook  spam  ugh  do-not-like  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Fine Gael's Facebook spam campaign
jesus. Not only do they coin the cramp-inducing neologism "twolicy", they then have the temerity to suggest that people should "donate" their Facebook status so that FG can spam their social group. awful
facebook  fine-gael  twitter  social-media  twolicy  spam  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Spamwiki
good wiki tracking spam operations, their current campaigns, who's doing it etc.
wiki  spam  anti-spam  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Spammers Are Now Using Verified By Visa
Visa's atrociously-designed "security" program is now being used by criminals to process their credit-card payments, allegedly
verified-by-visa  spam  visa  security  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
N.Y. broker charged for boosting stock prices with spam - SC Magazine US
'As the [pump and dump] scheme played out from January 2005 through December 2007, Berger allegedly led the sale of about 30 million shares of stock, generating approximately $30 million for co-conspirators and more than $600,000 in commission for himself.'
pump-and-dump  stox  stocks  spam  prosecutions  law  cases  penny-stocks  via:spambully  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Martin investigated over sending unsolicited e-mails
fast work from new FF leader Micheal Martin: 'None of those who complained consented to their details being used to contact them in this way and none could establish how Fianna Fáil obtained their addresses.'
spam  micheal-martin  fianna-fail  dpc  privacy  data-protection  ireland  politics  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Spam King Leo Kuvayev Jailed on Child Sex Charges — Krebs on Security
'A man known as one of the world’s top purveyors of junk e-mail has been imprisoned in Russia for allegedly molesting [more than *50*] underage girls from a Moscow orphanage, KrebsOnSecurity.com has learned.' lovely
spam  russia  jail  crime  moscow  leo-kuvayev  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Exploring the Spam Arms Race to Characterize Spam Evolution
from last week's CEAS conference; research comparing SpamAssassin releases against the evolution of the surrounding spam environment. Nice work, I always wanted to write up something like this (via JD)
spam  anti-spam  ceas  conference  papers  research  spamassassin  adversarial-classification  evolution  arms-race  via:jd  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
Inside View from Ireland: Analysing Electronic Forensics Evidence
fascinating note from Bernie Goldbach: 'MORE THAN 20 YEARS ago, I worked with message traffic and the work told me the importance of verifying source material.'
bernie  spam  anti-spam  authentication  spoofing  security  phishing  from delicious
february 2010 by jm
Spamalyser
a custom pastebin for spam messages. cool
spamalyser  spam  anti-spam  paste  pastebin  web  from delicious
february 2010 by jm
DNS Pre-fetch Exposure on Thunderbird and Webmail
Ugh, very bad idea indeed. A backchannel for spammers/phishers/attackers from the mail reader is something we definitely do not want to provide. This is why we chose to cut URLs at the registrar boundary for URIBL lookups in SpamAssassin
privacy  email  dns  mozilla  thunderbird  prefetching  urls  abuse  security  spam  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
_Botnet Judo: Fighting Spam with Itself_
reverse-engineering the output of spam templates. paper isn't published yet, but sounds very interesting, particularly since it overlaps with the SpamAssassin SOUGHT ruleset's methodology, a little, it sounds like. looking forward to reading it
spam  anti-spam  botnets  templates  toread  papers  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
I was a Doctor at an online pharmacy
Reddit thread from answers from a "doctor" at a dodgy online prescription-drugs store, supposedly not a spamvertized one though
medicine  pharma  spam  reddit  iama  scummy  illegal  law  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
MAAWG notes drop in spam levels
'MAAWG [..] says that spam and malicious emails dropped to 89 percent in the second quarter from 90.4 percent in the first quarter of 2009.'
spam  anti-spam  maawg  press-releases  isps  internet  abuse  from delicious
october 2009 by jm
IAMA person who sends "spam" email for a living
Reddit mass-interview of a spammer. apparently he's working on IPv6 support
reddit  spam  anti-spam  interviews  ipv6  iama  spammers  from delicious
october 2009 by jm
Cybercrime Organizations Turn to ‘Mafia-Style’ Structure
good research coming out of McAfee -- lots of Eastern European, Russian, and ex-USSR-country cybercrime businesses nowadays, apparently
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october 2009 by jm
BBC News on Colin Powell dancing to Yahoozee
The Beeb definitely takes it too far with this one; the song isn't clearly about 419 at all
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august 2009 by jm
background on Yahoozee
bit of controversy about Colin Powell dancing (!) to a song that promotes the "Yahoo boys", 419 scammers -- but it doesn't sound like that's the case, going by this post
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august 2009 by jm
nifty spam-related Threadless tee
"Life would be easier if you could mark people as spam"
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july 2009 by jm
Irish law regarding unsolicited SMS messages
what is the law, and how to make a complaint against an Irish company, via Donncha
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july 2009 by jm
Gmail now intercepting "mark as spam" and interpreting it using the List-Unsubscribe header
good call. but as one commenter notes: why isn't there an "unsubscribe from this list" button in the normal UI? now if I want to use this as a quick-unsub mechanism for mail I know is ham, I'm _forced_ to use "mark as spam" to get this shortcut, which doesn't make much sense
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july 2009 by jm

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