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Twenty Years of Spam


Friday, April 11, 2014 by Andrew Conway

April 12th is the 20th anniversary of the first large scale commercial spam – the infamous “Green Card Lawyers” message that was posted to every newsgroup on Usenet News (right). Though there were attempts at spamming starting as early as 1978, they went out to hundreds of users rather than the hundreds of thousands that […]

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 […]

Snapchat Spam is Not a Natural Consequence of Growth


Monday, January 13, 2014 by Andrew Conway

In a recent blog post, Team Snapchat responded to users who were complaining of a recent increase in spam (emphasis in the original): While we expect to minimize spam, it is the consequence of a quickly growing service. To help prevent spam from entering your feed, you can adjust your settings to determine who can […]

Snapchat Exploit Leads to 4.6 Million Exposed Records


Friday, January 03, 2014 by Tom Landesman

Snapchat may have had less than a happy New Year thanks to the authors of SnapchatDB.info. The site, released on December 31, features approximately 4.6 million Snapchat users’ username, phone number, and area-code-derived geographical region. These records were collected using an exploit published by Gibson Security who has been exploring the undocumented Snapchat API for […]

2014 Message Security Predictions


Wednesday, December 04, 2013 by Neil Cook

As many start-ups are teaching us, eyeballs and information are hot commodities. As online marketers branch out, mobile messaging, in particular SMS, as a communications channel is poised to become the next email — completely saturated with legitimate businesses looking to easily connect with and market to end-users. Marketing firms won’t be the only ones […]

How to stop spammers mining your Facebook profile


Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by Andrew Conway

Techcrunch reported this week that an app developer had downloaded thousands of phone numbers from active Facebook accounts.  This technique has been around for a while and Cloudmark has seen it used by spammers to harvest email addresses and phone numbers, and to make both email and SMS spam more personal and more convincing. The […]

Money Mules and Honey Mules


Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Andrew Conway

One common form of spam that we see across all sorts of platforms is work from home scams. As well as traditional email, this can also be found on most social networks, and more recently in SMS. She made it big doing this from her home. Check it out www.[redacted].com The spammers often link to […]

Shorten this Spam


Wednesday, March 31, 2010 by James Hoddinott

Terry Zink posted an article recently talking about an announcement by Twitter earlier in the month and the actions they are taking to further protect their users against phishing attacks;  they state: By routing all links submitted to Twitter through this new service, we can detect, intercept, and prevent the spread of bad links across […]

Hot Videos? Highly Rated Pics?!? Beware!


Friday, March 27, 2009 by David Romerstein

This week’s upsurge in attempts to social engineer control of your computer out from under you comes at the expense of the reputations of several social networking sites. Last week, it was fake news stories, with promises of horrific video of bomb blasts close to you; this week, it’s fake Classmates.com and Facebook announcements of […]


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