Tag Archives: SMS Spam

U.S. SMS Phishing Attacks on the Rise this Fall

SMS Bank and account phishing in the U.S. more than tripled in September and continues as the nation’s number one category of reported SMS. However, some very notable cities such as New York City have dodged these malicious attempts at users’ financial and account details. Over the past two months, we’ve seen a sharp increase […]

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 […]

UK Arrests Cause 78% Pension Liberation SMS Spam Reduction

Most of the SMS spam that we see from the UK is related to financial services: payday loans, PPI claims, debt consolidation and pension liberation scams. There are two main variations on the pension liberation scam. One is the high yield scam where the con artist attempts to get the victim to transfer their pension […]

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 […]

Three mobile network operators taken to court for SMS spam

The Chilean national consumer protection service Sernac has reportedly taken three mobile operators to court over sending SMS spam about contests and sweepstakes.  As a result of the study they carried out between Dec 2012 and Feb 2013 the three networks are potentially facing fines totaling $86 million. A google translate indicates that the reports […]

How to report Text Message Spam on an iPhone

When you get a spam SMS message you should forward it to 7726 (that’s S-P-A-M on your phone keypad).  This reports the spam message to your mobile carrier so that they can take action against the spammer. Note: This blog post has been superseded by this updated post on how to report iPhone spam with iOS7: http://blog.cloudmark.com/2014/06/03/how-to-report-text-message-spam-ios7-iphone/ […]

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 […]

Android Trojan Used To Create Simple SMS Spam Botnet

A new crop of trojan mobile applications are demonstrating simple mobile botnet behavior, leveraging infected handsets to spread spam and invitations for other users to download the infected apps. This new evolution of malicious mobile applications is presently being monitored by the Cloudmark mobile security research team who had been investigating a strong uptick in […]

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