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Android Worms And How To Prevent Them


Wednesday, September 03, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Recently, a malware attack in China infected around 100,000 Android devices in a few days. FireEye described the attack in their blog, and christened it XXShenqi. They call it a phishing attack, but I prefer the term worm, in that infected devices sent SMS messages to the owner’s contact list attempting to convince them to […]

ICO Raid on Suspect Call Center


Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Cloudmark

It’s been just a few months since the UK’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO) took down its last target — using UK mobile users reports to 7726. Last week though, the regulator struck yet another blow against spam SMS texting. This time the ICO raided a claims management call centre in the Welsh town of Llanelli. […]

Black Hat 2014: Cellular modem vulnerabilities threaten mobile users


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 by Aaron Lehmann

Mobile broadband modems are small USB sticks that connect a computer to the internet through a cellular network. The great convenience of being able to stay connected outside of areas with Wi-Fi has led to over 100 million of these devices being sold. However, security flaws in these ubiquitous modems may become a boon for cybercriminals. […]

Glide video messaging app continues to generate high levels of SMS spam complaints


Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Brock Henry

Earlier this year we were seeing a number of reports of SMS spam related to Glide.me, which is a mobile video messaging app. Tried video texting? http://i.glide.me/join Ready for Glide? http://i.glide.me/join Seen Glide? http://i.glide.me/join Tried video texting? http://i.glide.me/join Glide.me has had a history of spam, including where the admitted that they were spamming and would […]

Apple SMS phishing and the iCloud


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Just last night, I upgraded my Mac Air to the latest release of OSX. The upgrade did not go as smoothly as most. When rebooting, my computer hung for a couple of hours with the screen saying Restarting . When I finally got bored with this and held down the power key for a hard […]

Cloudmark’s 2014 Q2 Global Messaging Threat Report


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by Tom Landesman

Spammers and attackers in both email and SMS were quick to redouble their efforts this quarter. In our 2014 Q2 Global Messaging Threat Report, we take a look at some of these various new trends popping up around the world. Comically, email phishers were quick to exploit the Heartbleed exploit without using the exploit. Deploying […]

Abusing Apple’s iMessage in the Big Apple


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tom Landesman

Last year we took a look at specific SMS spam trends affecting New York City residents and found an abundance of scams claiming the recipient had won “free” stuff. This year, however, things have gotten a bit more interesting with a wave of Apple iMessage spam that, naturally, only targets iPhone users. During the past […]

How to Report Text Message Spam: Samsung Galaxy S5 (TouchWiz)


Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by Tom Landesman

Plagued with annoying spam texts on your Samsung device? Report them to the GSMA spam reporting service! On most networks this can be done by forwarding them to 7726 (that’s S-P-A-M on your phone’s keypad.) Reporting these spam messages helps your mobile operator to take action against spammers and prevent further spam. Please note: while many […]

How to Report Text Message Spam: Android (KitKat, 4.4)


Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by Tom Landesman

Plagued with annoying spam texts on your Android device? Report them to the GSMA spam reporting service! On most networks this can be done by forwarding them to 7726 (that’s S-P-A-M on your phone’s keypad.) Reporting these spam messages helps your mobile operator to take action against spammers and prevent further spam. Please note: while many […]

Pinterest hit by the Com Spammers. Dr. Oz says he is not responsible.


Thursday, June 19, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Pinterest was hit this week by a vast diet pill spam attack from a well established cyber criminal gang we call the Com Spammers. As well as attacks on social networking sites such as Pinterest, they have also been active for years in email and SMS spam. Their landing pages often contain video clips from […]


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