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Researchers detect spike in "snowshoe" spam attacks using .club gTLD

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A rise in hit-and-run spam attacks, also known as "snowshoe" spam attacks, has been detected by researchers at Symantec.

Adult webcam spam sends sexters to Kik

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In a trend tracked by Symantec since last summer, most adult webcam spam leads Kik, an instant messaging service for all smartphones.

New Zealand logged 219 cyber events in 2013, NCSC reports

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Most of the incidents originated overseas and the private sector was most frequently targeted.

Twitter accounts created to spread spam, malware are easy to create and sell

Twitter accounts created to spread spam, malware are easy to create and sell

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A new academic research report provides a glimpse into the thriving and organized market for these accounts.

Kate and William's baby presents royal opportunity for spammers

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According to security firms Websense and Kaspersky Lab, online vandals wasted little time in capitalizing on the occasion by spreading malicious spam.

FDA seizes $41M in drugs after shuttering pharmacy spam sites

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Between June and July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shut down 1,677 pharmacies it says were operating illegally.

Scammers on the hunt for Memorial Day deal watchers

Scammers on the hunt for Memorial Day deal watchers

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Like they do with major news events and other holidays, online fraudsters are seeking to cash in on the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Online crime clearinghouse received nearly 290K complaints in 2012

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The number of fraud complaints lodged with the Internet Crime Complaint Center actually fell in 2012, but the amount of alleged losses to victims rose.

The growing importance of security in messaging and email services

The growing importance of security in messaging and email services

While the list of security challenges continues to grow, there are a select number of really critical issues that are center-stage for messaging leaders.

Dutch man alleged with carrying out widescale DDoS on Spamhaus arrested

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Sven Olaf Kamphuis, a man from the Netherlands with ties to Dutch web host CyberBunker, reportedly has been pegged as the suspect.

New BlackHole email campaign found

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Spam campaigns are sending out spurious emails purported to be from Facebook, LinkedIn, American Airlines and financial institutions, McAfee researchers found.

FTC lodges new set of complaints against alleged cell phone spammers

FTC lodges new set of complaints against alleged cell phone spammers

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Defendants are charged with inundating consumers with texts promising "free" gift cards - and running sites that profited off the scam.

Video: The year in spam

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After a year that witnessed a threat landscape more diverse than ever, Neil Cook, CTO at Cloudmark, talks about the unprecedented levels that spam has reached.

The anatomy of a Facebook gift card scam

The anatomy of a Facebook gift card scam

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Software architect Troy Hunt explains how a common Facebook spam campaign functions.

Online marketers behind spam ads to pay $2m to FTC

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Florida companies Clickbooth.com and IntegraClick were charged with knowingly allowing affiliates to deceptively market Acai Berry weight-loss products and colon cleansers.

LinkedIn users being targeted by fake photo email

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Scammers use a click-the-pic ruse to redirect users to the Blackhole exploit kit

Redirect flaw on .gov sites leaves open door for phishers

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An "open-redirect" vulnerability has allowed scammers to phish several thousand people using shortened links to legitimate government websites.

Time-sensitive keywords prominent in phishing attacks

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Successful phishing attacks in 2012 include words that allude to shipping and urgency, according to a new report.

Video: Targeted Attacks

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It's one thing to be a victim of a phishing campaign, but it's an entirely different ball game when you're at the receiving end of a targeted attack.

RSA finds phishing led to $687m in worldwide loses

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Tried-and-true phishing scams continue to win a psychological game with victims, and have hit Canada particularly hard.

Living in a world of trust

Living in a world of trust

You can protect your brand's online reputation, says ZeroSpam's David Poellhuber.

Grum botnet dead after remaining servers are shut off

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One of the world's largest spam botnets, responsible for as much as a third of all unwanted mail sent as recently as last week, is finally offline, according to security firm FireEye.

Google, researchers question if Android spam botnet is real

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The existence of an Android spam botnet is disputed, with some saying more proof is needed. No matter the truth, the incident underscores the dangers of installing mobile applications from unofficial sources.

Google, Apple app stores hit with spamming trojan

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The "Find and Call" app, which uploads a user's contact list to a remote server so its developers can spam friends and colleagues of the victim, is the first malware to enter the Apple App Store.

Phishing remains most reliable cyber fraud mechanism

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Criminals continue to lean on trusted brands to dupe victims out of their personal and financial information, and they are getting smarter in their strategies and techniques, said a Kaspersky Lab researcher.

"Canadian Pharmacy" spam claiming to be from Vimeo flooding inboxes

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Clickthroughs for a new spam campaign that appears to arrive from popular video-sharing site Vimeo takes unwitting recipients to a Canadian pharmacy site, selling sex enhancement medications.

LinkedIn bolsters security while some users ignore breach

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Many of the emails sent to LinkedIn users alerting them of compromised passwords mistakenly were blocked as spam by the recipients.

Cyber crime as a market

Cyber crime as a market

Information security experts often talk about the costs of cybercrime to businesses, but a new report from Russia quantifies how much criminals make in the "cybercrime market."

Spam is down, but malware is as hot as ever, Symantec finds

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Security firm Symantec's latest "Internet Security Threat Report" found that malicious attacks and malware variants are more prevalent than ever, and are being delivered to their victims in mass and targeted ways.

Russian cyber crime market more organized, lucrative

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Traditional mafia groups are entering the cyber crime scene in Russia, which is leading to more centralization and professionalization -- and bigger profits.

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