All posts by Andrew Conway

Black Hat 2014: Why I Hate Free Stuff

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

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, […]

How Spammers are Abusing Twitter’s t.co URL Shortener

URL shorteners such as bit.ly, goo.gl, and t.co have long been used by spammers. They provide an unlimited source of different URLs which can be used in emails to disguise the final landing page. The major companies providing this service all have anti-abuse filters in place to attempt to control this sort of malicious activity. […]

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

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 […]

As Predicted, Ransomware is the Latest Mobile Threat

Another one of Cloudmark’s predictions for 2014 has proved to be correct. Last December our CTO Neil Cook wrote: Malware has also kept up a steady migration to the mobile space with ransomware set to be a logical next step in future. In its simplest form, ransomware could simply copy sensitive information from the phone […]

World Cup Generates World Wide Spam

As World Cup fever takes the globe by storm, spammers are capitalizing on the excitement around the event. Here’s an extract from one example we have seen. It’s an advanced fee scam, similar to the “Nigerian Gold” or “Spanish Prisoner” con tricks. The victim is asked to pay an ever increasing series of fees in order […]

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