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Go Phish, for Bank Cards


Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Tom Landesman

With the New Year, it appears SMS scammers in the U.S. have taken a renewed interest in bank and account phishing mobile users. In January alone, more than half of all SMS spam reported via the GSMA Spam Reporting Service within the US were phishing attempts. From targeting prepaid debit cards for Child Support Recipients […]

SMS Phishers Exploit Twilio and ow.ly to Steal Mobile Account Logins


Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Mike Acar

Via the GSMA Spam Reporting Service, we’ve been receiving reports of an SMS phishing attack aimed at the customers of several large mobile providers in the US. And in an unusual twist, the phishers are trying to evade anti-abuse services by showing their malicious content only to mobile users. More than a quarter of a million mobile users. The […]

Will Yahoo Mail data be used for Phishing?


Friday, January 31, 2014 by Angela Knox

Yahoo Mail announced a security attack yesterday where they observed hackers had been logging into peoples’ Yahoo email accounts using usernames and passwords that appeared to come from a third party who had access to this information. A Yahoo news article said that “A malicious computer program armed with Yahoo Mail passwords and usernames apparently […]

Cloudmark’s 2013 Annual Global Messaging Threat Report


Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Tom Landesman

As the Chinese New Year rings in the year of the Horse, we’re also excited to announce the release of our 2013 Annual Global Messaging Threat Report. Looking back at the year, we discuss the evolving realm of highly targeted, regional SMS spam campaigns, spammers’ preference for financial themes, Apple iMessage abuse, dramatic increases in […]

Mobile Spam Trends Analysis for New York City


Friday, December 06, 2013 by Tom Landesman

Spammers are in a New York state of mind. The 917 area code was in the top 20 area codes that received the highest volume of spam this year. The volume of SMS spam peaked in September, with 917 hitting the 5th spot in the nation. The area code, which encompasses all five boroughs, beat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Summer Spam Cruises onto U.S. Phones during May


Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Cloudmark

Summer has come, and SMS spam is here to stay. Recent FTC allegations against gift card scammers and a change of seasons have led to major shifts in the estimated 480 million SMS spam sent monthly to U.S. residents. During the month, two of the top five reported types of SMS spam in the United […]

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 […]

Ringing the Bell for Cyber Security Awareness


Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by Mary Landesman

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In recognition of that, the National Cyber Security Alliance teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security and the security industry to sponsor the opening bell ceremony at NASDAQ. Held at 4 Times Square on Monday, October 15, the principal bell ringer was Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary […]


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