All posts by Angela Knox

“Father of the Internet” wasn’t thinking about attacks

Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending a live interview with Vinton Cerf, one of the people credited as the “Father of the Internet” for his part in co-designing the networking protocol TCP/IP and the basic architecture of the Internet. He was speaking at City Arts and Lectures in San Francisco, in conjunction […]

Email Blacklists and Cloudmark’s Sender Intelligence (CSI)

Return Path Infographic Return Path recently published an infographic guide to public email blacklists.  As the infographic explains “Public email blacklists are lists of IP Addresses and domains that have been reported and listed as “known” sources of spam.” These lists are used by both large email box providers and enterprises to make decisions about […]

Will Yahoo Mail data be used for Phishing?

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 […]

FTC charges 29 defendants for sending 180 million spam text messages

Today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they have charged 29 defendants with collectively sending 180 million unwanted text messages. The text messages advertised “Free” Gift cards or prizes from major retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target.  However, consumers who clicked on the links contained in the text messages were required to provide […]

Illegitimate drugs more profitable than cocaine

Yesterday, a news article on my local public radio station caught my attention.  On Wednesday, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) put out the report: “Countering the Problem of Falsified and Substandard Drugs”.  The report was created at the request of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Lawerence Gostin, the Georgetown University law professor and World […]

More spam in 2012?

McAfee’s Threat Predictions for 2012 include the prediction that you’ll get more spam your inbox due to legitimate companies purchasing lists through “shady but legal means”. “3. More spam in your inbox — The new trend in spamming is sending emails from advertising companies that obtain their email lists through shady but legal means. They […]

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