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Everybody loves the Beatles…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Andrew Conway

…even bootleg Viagra spammers. We are currently seeing spam with the subject line being the title of a classic pop song and the body containing a URL ending with mp3. Of course, when you click on the link, you do not get a recording of the Fab Four but a “Canadian Pharmacy” page selling bootleg […]

Rise in Medicare-Related Spam Alongside Affordable Care Act Rollout

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Mark Stemm

There has been a rise in Medicare-related spam in the last month sent to US-based ISPs, which coincides with the start of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. Here is an image from one of those spam messages: Spammers are obviously trying to take advantage of the press surrounding the Affordable Care Act rollout […]

Cloudmark’s 3Q13 Global Messaging Threat Report

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Tom Landesman

With the third quarter comes autumn and, for the UK, the beginning of its English Premier League. Quick not to miss a step, online betting sites have taken immediate advantage of the start of football season with targeted SMS advertising campaigns. Each Saturday and Sunday, clubs from around the UK go head-to-head while viewers’ phones […]

“Free iPad” Spammers Move On

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Andrew Conway

In March of this year the FTC issued indictments and temporary restraining orders against a number of people and companies who they alleged were sending out SMS spam offering free gift cards, iPads, iPhones, etc. After the indictments, we saw a decline in reports of this sort of spam. According to the allegations in the […]

From Cradle to Grave: Targeting Child Support and Social Security with Area Codes

Friday, September 13, 2013 by Tom Landesman

In 2013, we’ve seen spammers up the SMS spam ante using a potent combination of older methods. One of the techniques is to focus on specific area codes for a better return on investment (ROI). Honing in on specific area codes is by no means a new technique, but there are some interesting twists this […]

Syrian Hackers Promote Assad Government by Vandalising Random Web Sites

Friday, August 30, 2013 by Andrew Conway

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been getting a lot of press recently for successful phishing attacks against media outlets that they feel have painted an unfair picture of the Syrian government. In investigating hacked web servers used by spammers we’ve come across another, smaller, group supporting the Syrian Government. The SeCuR!TY LiONS HaCK3RS (sic) […]

Summer, Sports, and SMS Spam in the UK

Monday, August 26, 2013 by Tom Landesman

Characterizing the top four most prevalent types this summer, shifty financial spam and scams continue to lead UK SMS spam reports. However, the number five spot in the UK, product promotion spam, has taken an interesting turn. Traditionally, Apple products have been the go-to pitch for SMS spammers looking to catch the eyes of would-be […]

Buyer Beware: Traderush and Binary Option Scams

Friday, August 23, 2013 by Andrew Conway

For the past few days we have seem a surge in spam advertising the web site. This appears to be a binary option trading web site, but in fact it may be much worse than that. Binary option trading is a scam that has been around for a few years. It’s a way of […]

Update on Hacked Web Servers

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by Andrew Conway

Just when the plague of hacked web servers seemed to be dying down a little, we hear of a new exploit for Joomla. While we haven’t seen this exploit being used by spammers yet, it will likely turn up in coming weeks. In the meantime, there are already two easy exploits in Joomla 1.5 that […]

Mobile Banking and the Threat of SMS Spam

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by Andrew Conway

A recent report from Pew claims that 51% of all US adults bank online, and 32% of all US adults use their phone for banking. These numbers are growing all the time. The days of waiting in line for a bank teller are long gone. Now that your mobile phone can even be used to […]

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