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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 […]

2009 Spam Highlights

As the end of the year draws near, we wanted to highlight some of the spam methodology and attacks Cloudmark observed over the past year. Snowshoe/hailstorm attacks: Snowshoe spam is a campaign which is distributed across multiple IP addresses within a /24 netblock (256 IP addresses) and migrates through large portions of a /16 (65,536 […]

Who’s responsible for affiliates?

Affiliate marketing, where a company provides compensation for affiliates driving traffic (and potentially sales) to their sites, may have adverse ramifications if not properly managed. Over the past week, affiliate-driven spam has once again migrated to the top of our radar. It is unclear whether legitimate brands have decided not to police their rogue affiliates, […]

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