Category Archives: Spam

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 […]

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 […]

Cruises and Stolen Tax Returns in the Windy City

We’ve seen an interesting shift in Chicago’s SMS spam over the past few months. At the start of 2014, up until mid-April, bank phishing attempts had been the dominate flavor of SMS sent unsolicited to phones in the city. However, Floridian Cruise spam has taken a big jump in numbers this spring. So far this […]

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 […]

Anti-Virus the Cloudmark way

Symantec is now admitting that traditional anti-virus solutions are losing the war against computer malware, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. “Antivirus is dead,” says Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president for information security. . . . hackers increasingly use novel bugs. Mr. Dye estimates antivirus now catches just 45% of […]

Malware spreading by fake Amazon notifications

We’ve recently seen a return of email spam campaign featuring fake Amazon.com notifications. This appeared in the Holiday shopping season last year coming from disposable domains, and is now back, apparently coming from compromised domains in the UK. Here’s an example: Of course, the attachment contains a malicious trojan that allows remote access to Windows […]

AOL’s DMARC change fends off Com Spammers attack, but data breach still not explained

In the past two weeks it’s quite possible that you received spam apparently from a friend’s AOL account, saying something like Have a nice day or People say it really works and then a link to what looks like a news magazine web site talking about diet pills. Here’s one of several that I received. […]

Cloudmark’s 2014 Q1 Global Messaging Threat Report

Current events around the world became the focal point of many malicious and innocuous spam campaigns in the email and mobile messaging space this quarter. In Cloudmark’s 2014 Q1 Global Messaging Threat Report we’ve detailed several malicious campaigns that have reverted to a more old fashioned way of distributing malware, email spam, following the arrest […]

Twenty Years of Spam

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 […]

Spammers Tap Regional Operators to Send SMS Spam from U.S. To Malaysia and Mexico

Cloudmark has observed that in some cases different categories of SMS spammers target different types of US Regional Mobile Operators, also known as tier 2 or tier 3 operators. Mobile operators are divided into different tiers depending on whether they fully own the network that they use to deliver voice and data services (tier 1), […]

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