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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Rid of SpamSoldier

A couple of days ago all the domains used by the Android Spambot went offline and have stayed down. This includes the Command and Control servers, so the army of zombie droids are now headless. However, if you did get tricked into installing this malware it will still be blocking some of your incoming texts, […]

Android SMS Spambot Update – SpamSoldier

Yesterday we told you about an Android trojan used to send SMS spam. Currently, the versions of this malware being distributed by the spammer are: angrybirds.apk MD5 = a0e7a47c6b3582f9c9a4c5166eb0eace gtavicecity.apk MD5 = a8de900d9ff269455f4344b8e8409699 needforspeed.apk MD5  = c18bc53d74e8a6926453a8c86355501a The Command and Control server has moved to pinktrash.mobi, though imperialistic.mobi is still functional for the handsets infected […]

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