Category Archives: Spam

How to stop spammers mining your Facebook profile

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 […]

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. […]

2013’s First Quarter at a Glance

With the close of 2013’s first quarter, we’ve released our Q1 2013 Global eMessaging Threat Report detailing a myriad of SMS and IP spam statistics, trends and observations from the past three months. Paramount among them is a set of allegations leveled by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These filings contended that the defendants were […]

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 […]

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