LifeLock Launches New Spam Campaign

Cloudmark recently noticed that ‬LifeLock, a company that purports to protect its customers from identity theft, had launched a new‭ ‬spam‭ ‬email campaign directing recipients to their website to sign up for these services.‭ On Wednesday, the FTC ordered them to pay $100 million for misleading consumers. ‬The emails violate the CAN-SPAM Act in several ways. For one, […]

2016 Security Predictions

The stream of massive data breaches continued in 2015. It seems that no sector was immune to hacking: banks, government, dating sites, healthcare, ISPs, and even security companies were compromised. Anywhere there was sensitive data hackers were trying to obtain it, and in many cases they succeeded. However, hacking is not entirely without risks, and […]

$22 iPad Really Costs $1,300

With the holiday shopping season well under way, many people may be tempted by an offer of brand name goods at ridiculously low prices. Of course, something seems to good to be true, it’s almost certainly false, especially if it’s promoted in a spam email. In this case clicking on the image in the email […]

If you leave it, they will come

We’ve posted a number of times here about URL shorteners (2010-03-31, 2014-08-06, 2014-02-13) and how they are abused by spammers. Today, we came across a URL shortener site using the seemingly popular YOURLs package hosted on a short domain belonging to a large global entity that we can only guess was setup sometime ago by […]

Does Blackmailing Pay? Signs on the Bitcoin blockchain of responses to Ashley Madison extortion emails

It was bound to happen: someone decided to blackmail members of online affairs website Ashley Madison, whose entire database was leaked earlier this week by a group calling themselves the “Impact Team”.  Shortly thereafter, an unknown group or individual has been sending extortion emails demanding Bitcoin for silence: Of those who had accounts on the […]

Oracle: Scolding the Customers Who Try to Help Them

Oracle CSO Mary Ann Davidson’s “No, You Really Can’t” blog post provoked a strong and very negative reaction in the security community. The post has been deleted, but it’s available in various archives and was posted to the Information Security News mailing list. In summary, Davidson is complaining that Oracle customers are violating their license agreements […]

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