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Black Hat 2014: Why I Hate Free Stuff


Thursday, August 07, 2014 by Andrew Conway

I was watching an excellent presentation by Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar when I realized that I hate free stuff. Not of course the free stuff that I use, I’m fine with that. It’s all the free stuff that spammers and other cyber criminals exploit that ticks me off. Let me explain what Ragan and […]

Black Hat 2014: Russian Spammers Compromise 420,000 Websites


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Just in time for the Black Hat convention, the New York Times is reporting the discovery by Hold Security that a team of Russian Hackers have collected a total of 1.2 billion user names and passwords from 420,000 different websites, along with 542 million email addresses. Although this dwarfs the Target breach in sheer volume, […]

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 […]

Cloudmark’s Q2 2013 Threat Report


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Tom Landesman

Today, Cloudmark has released its Q2 2013 Threat Report, covering recent messaging threats and trends during the past quarter. During the second quarter, fishy dieting offers and suspiciously free cruises made a splash on the SMS side of things. Meanwhile, a substantial uptick suggests compromised web hosting accounts seem to be making waves among seedier […]

Spammers hacking web servers to host porn, send spam


Monday, April 22, 2013 by Andrew Conway

For a long time we’ve been seeing spammers systematically compromising other people’s web sites to use URLs on them to redirect to the spammers landing page. This allows them to have a far greater range of call to action URLs in email spam. A recent attacker is not only using hacked web sites as redirectors, […]

2013’s First Quarter at a Glance


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Cloudmark

With the close of 2013’s first quarter, we’ve released our Q1 2013 Global eMessaging Threat Report detailing a myriad of SMS and IP spam statistics, trends and observations from the past three months. Paramount among them is a set of allegations leveled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These filings contended that the defendants were […]

Stopping Email Abuse in IPv6 Networks


Tuesday, June 05, 2012 by Kevin San Diego

Many service providers, network providers, and corporations plan to launch additional IPv6 networks and on-line services during this year’s World IPv6 Day, which falls on June 6th, 2012. IPv6 promises to enable deployment of a seemingly endless number of networks and devices.  IPv6 provides 128-bits of addressable space, while IPv4 only provides 32-bits.  This means […]

Hacked web servers an increasing threat


Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Andrew Conway

This year we have seen an increasing trend in spam from hacked domains. This is where the spammer hacks into a third party web site and places a file or script there that will redirect traffic to their web site. The web site continues to operate as usual, except that one or more URLs have […]


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