Spam Articles

Botnets Driving Spam Volume
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Spam volumes have risen 141 percent since March, continuing the longest streak of increasing spam volumes ever, according to McAfee’s Q2 Threats Report, released today.

More that 14 million computers have been hit by botnets, a 16 percent increase over last quarter.

McAfee researchers also found that, over the course of 30 days, Auto-Run malware had infected more than 27 million files. Auto-Run malware, which exploits Windows’ Auto-Run capabilities, does not require any user clicks to activate, and is most often spread through portable USB and storage devices.

Twitter Corrects Follower & Following Counts
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Recently, Twitter announced that they were cleaning out spammers and addressing "data inconsistencies". What does this mean for you, the Twitter user? You might see a significant drop in your following and follower numbers.

Associated Press To Crack Down On Scraping

I long ago gave up trying to get spammers to "cease and desist" their scraping of Marketing Pilgrim’s content–I never was much good at playing whack-a-mole.

Well, it appears that The Associated Press loves carnival games as the NYT reports the news organization is determined to put an end to the scraping of its content.

Gmail Makes it Easier to See Pics From Family/Friends

In the past Gmail has hidden images in email messages by default. If a user wanted to see images contained within a message, they had to click "display images below" to get them to show up.

This policy is still in place for messages from unknown recipients, but now images will automatically be displayed if they come from a contact. More specifically, if you have emailed a person at least twice, you will see images from them without having to click the "display images below" link.

Majority Of Computer Users Don

Almost a third of consumers have admitted to responding to a message they suspected might be spam, according to a survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).

Majority Of Computer Users Don

Almost a third of consumers have admitted to responding to a message they suspected might be spam, according to a survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).

Majority Of Computer Users Don

Almost a third of consumers have admitted to responding to a message they suspected might be spam, according to a survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).

Majority Of Computer Users Don

Almost a third of consumers have admitted to responding to a message they suspected might be spam, according to a survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG).

Tagged.com Sued By NY AG
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New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today that his office intends to sue social networking site Tagged for deceptive email marking practices and invasion of privacy.

Google Warns Users Of Google Scams
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Google is warning users about an increase of spammers promoting Google scams.

"We’re seeing disturbing cases in which websites, emails and advertisements claim that you can make large amounts of money from home with very little effort using Google products and services," the company said on the official Google Blog.

Shortened URLs Used in 2% of All Spam

If it’s a tool that can make life on the web easier, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be abused by spammers. That is why it should come as no surprise that spammers are now abusing URL shortener services.

Representatives from Symantec’s MessageLabs contacted WebProNews to point out that just in the last couple of days, the presence shortened URLs in spam has skyrocketed. The prominent security company claims that shortened URLs now appear in over 2% of all spam.

8 Tips for Combating Social Profile Spam

The way of the web has become very social, as you are more than likely aware. Fortunately, this makes for more widespread conversations about any and all issues that are deemed worthy of discussion by anyone on the Internet.

Unfortunately, it also opens up many pathways for abuse including spam, which can quickly turn a positive user experience into an ugly one.

Could Comments Hurt Your Search Engine Rankings?
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I am a strong believer in the idea that comments increase the value of articles. This holds true on small blogs as well as large news sites. Comments expand the conversation, and can provide insight into the original subject matter that was lacking from the piece to begin with.

Bing Promotes Ahead-Of-The-Curve Malware Filter

Whether you think about it or not, the issue of safety probably affects just about every decision-making process.  After all, even if you favor a grocery store based on its low prices and convenient location, you must also on some level recognize that muggings don’t occur there every day.  And Microsoft wants to make sure you feel safe using Bing, too. 

Twitter Alert: Be Careful With Your Email
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Spammers have found a new way to use Twitter. This one lets them harvest email addresses easily,  and use these addresses to do their dirty business. The good news is that you can avoid this practice by simply not tweeting your email address. Have other tips to avoid being spammed? Share them with WebProNews readers.

Phishing for Popularity on Twitter
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In an effort to build its own popularity, social networking has played largely upon the individual’s craving for popularity. How many friends you have on Facebook, how many followers you have on Twitter, or how many connections you have on LinkedIn can all be perceived as indicators of an individual’s Internet popularity. Just yesterday, a worm hit Twitter that preyed upon such desires.

Corporate Spam Levels Hit 90% In May
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Spammers operate on a US work schedule, according to MessageLabs’ May spam report (PDF), either because the most active spammers—the workaholic-type spammers—are more likely to be operating in the US. But affluence among American workers, and their affinities for social networking and webmail also make them attractive targets.

150,000 Facebook Spoofs

At least 200,000 websites designed to spoof social networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter exist on the Web and are growing, according to research by Websense Security Labs. Most of them, about 150,000 target Facebook users.

With the aim of phishing for information, spreading viruses and malware, propagating spam, or avoiding email filters, the phony domains piggyback on the popularity of social networks and depend especially upon unsophisticated or unaware users to further cybercriminal agendas.

Missouri Brothers Indicted In $4 Million Spam Scheme
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Two Missouri men and their two accomplices have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a nationwide email spamming scheme that targeted more than 2,000 colleges and universities.

Through the spamming scheme more than $4 million worth of products were sold to students, according to Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Twitter Spam Not Likely to Kill Twitter
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Like all popular services, Twitter gets abused too. Who would’ve thought? Will spam kill Twitter? Well, do you still use email?

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare Twitter, which is still pretty much in its infancy to a communication medium that has been around pretty much as long as the web itself, but with the momentum that Twitter popularity is gaining, I can’t see it being incredibly threatened real soon.

Study Claims Spam Is Hurting The Environment
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Can spam cause damage to the environment and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions?

That’s what a study from McAfee and climate-change researchers ICF have concluded. The study "Carbon Footprint of Spam" released today, found the global annual energy used to transmit, process and filter spam totals 33 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), or 33 terawatt hours (TWh).

That’s equal to the electricity used in 2.4 million homes, with the same green-house gas as 3.1 million passenger cars using 2 billion gallons of gas.