Posted tagged ‘Spam’

Go Go Go! Ole Ole Ole!

June 24, 2010

The world cup fever is here! Everywhere you turn there is talk of the tournament, so you would think that this is the best time for cyber criminals to take complete advantage of the situation. I was surfing the Internet earlier and I read about an interview that IT PRO made with the senior analyst at Semantec Hosted Services  Paul Wood about a recent report from Semantec MessageLabs Intelligence.

Based on the represented figures, spam and carried virus emails had a downward slope of 0.9 and 0.11 percentage points  from May. Meantime phishing dropped to 0.26 percentage points.

According to Wood although the figures show a fall in different forms of illicit activities, it is not clear that malicious web activity has lessened over the previous month. What is evident is that the world cup related threats sharply increased in the build-up to the tournament. Spam related Football keyword reached a quarter of  global spam since March 2010 to the days leading up to the big event!

Well, the world cup is such a huge event and now it has the world’s undivided attention and of course a base for cyber criminals to attack. To me what this figures show and what happened during the opening days are quite different. Criminals have become more sophisticated in their methods and shouldn’t be underestimated.           

What’s your take on it?

Source: Read more fromIT PRO

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Forward!Forward!Forward!

April 24, 2010

                                            

I have a friend who sends me dozens of forwarded emails which she feels are so cool or so important that she can’t resist sharing them with everybody she knows. Finally I got fed up and asked her nicely not to!

I believe most of you have had a friend like this. It can be addictive, I know. What happens is that we end up opening the email and then we get infected. We also think the email is so cool or so important that we have an urge to forward it. And we do so to as many people as we can thinking that they’re going to enjoy it.

You may not realize it, but there are some good reasons why you should control yourself from hitting the forward button in order to break the chain. First of all, you are annoying most of your friends by passing all that junk on. It’s true. Who cares if Jennifer Aniston has bought a new hamster! I can’t tell you how annoying it was to wait for a huge attachment to download only to find out it was nonsense! There is enough spam out there already, don’t add to it by sending junk to all your friends.

Secondly, they are a hoax. So many of the “call to action” type email forwards are simply not true. For instance, Virus hoax, which are characterised by warnings of highly virulent malware with exaggerated destructive power. The thing is they’re completely untrue.

Thirdly, each of your forwarded junk email is another spammer’s treasure! Believe it or not, you’re helping spammers in a big way by exposing your email address. They get  forwarded emails easily and add everyone on email addresses to their mailing list. Yeah, that’s it, spams are on their way!

I think I’ve mentioned enough reasons for you to STOP forwarding emails.