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UK Financial firm rapped on the knuckles for social SMS spam

There was some hubbub in the UK last week about the Advertising Standards Authority rapping the knuckles of First Financial (UK) Ltd who are trading as FirstPayDayLoanUk.  It’s time we dished the dirt on what’s really going on and why the ASA could well be wasting their time, and when the humble Brit would be better […]

Three mobile network operators taken to court for SMS spam

The Chilean national consumer protection service Sernac has reportedly taken three mobile operators to court over sending SMS spam about contests and sweepstakes.  As a result of the study they carried out between Dec 2012 and Feb 2013 the three networks are potentially facing fines totaling $86 million. A google translate indicates that the reports […]

Reputation is a function of permission

So Mr/Ms Marketeer, you have everything in order.  You have a 400k address list, you’ve hired an ESP to make sure all the basics are in order, you’re authenticated and CAN-SPAM’d up to the eyeballs, and it’s time to market but … WHAM! your messages end up hitting the spam folder. Sound familiar? Surprised? I’m not. […]

URL Redirection Abuse

It’s great to see Twitter taking the lead on the URL shortener security. Twitter acquired Dasient earlier in the year and it’s refreshing to see them being put into action securing the t.co linkage and what’s more t.co is now going to front more and more links seen in the service. Further reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/9883076/Twitter-shortens-tweets-by-two-characters.html Since […]

Justice for the ‘Secret Crush’ spammer?

 “You Have 1 unread message from your secret crush…” “Someone thinks you’re hot!” “Someone sent you a weird diet tip that works.” New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman‘s office were responsible for the settlement in the case against Game Theory LLC that resulted in fines of $500,000 and a prohibition on the deceptive […]

The Dropbox Spammer

It would appear that some Dropbox users accounts were suddenly spammed yesterday.  Users with tagged email addresses unique to their account on the service have been reporting the issue on the Dropbox forum all day. Dropbox have been understandably tight lipped on the topic, but there is some speculation amongst their community that the spammer has […]

SMS spam oddity.

We received an SMS pointing to a very odd website via the 7726 spam reporting service earlier and it’s sparked off a rather interesting investigation that shows how one rather clumsy SMS spammer annoys victims in the middle of the night. Imagine the scene: It’s 2am. Your phone goes off. Blurry eyed you read the following […]

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