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Microsoft shuts down spam behemoth Rustock, reduces worldwide spam by 39% - Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, working with federal law enforcement agents, has brought down the world's largest spam network, Rustock. Rustock, at its peak, was a botnet of around 2 million spam-sending zombies capable of sending out 30 billion spam email per day. Microsoft's wholesale slaughter of Rustock could reduce worldwide spam output by up to 39%.
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Google's take on e-mail security - How they filter the SPAM - The computer security industry historically borrows military defense concepts to combat digital threats, literally creating war rooms where experts follow attacks in progress on huge screens with phones ringing off the hook.Not so at Google's Postini e-mail security service provider unit. Instead, computerized systems monitor 3 billion messages per day that flow in and out of customer systems and pass through Postini's thousands of machines in data centers around the U.S. and in Europe before hitting the Internet. The Postini system is highly automated, distributed, and scalable, characteristic of all of Google's operations.
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So much spam from only one source? - At about 4:30 p.m. Eastern time last Tuesday, the volume of junk e-mail arriving at inboxes around the world suddenly plummeted by about 65 percent. Confronted with information that one Silicon Valley computer firm was hosting organizations that controlled the distribution of much of the world's spam, Internet service providers pulled the plug and McColo Corp., the hosting firm, went dark.
From Nony
|| 10/09/2008 ||
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McCain, misunderstanding the internet, tries SPAM - This might explain why some of the Web sites targeted by McCain's program haven't noticed much of a surge in pro-McCain comments.David Wissing, the founder of the Hedgehog Report, a blog about Maryland politics, said his comment traffic has been running about 60 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal in recent weeks, which is typical. Wissing said he keeps an eye on reader comments -- he recently banned a poster for using multiple screen names -- and hasn't seen postings that use similar or identical language, usually a telltale sign of an AstroTurf program.
From cw
|| 03/03/2008 ||
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Prolific spammer's conviction upheld (AP) - AP - A divided Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the nation's first felony conviction for illegal spamming on Friday, ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming law does not violate free-speech rights.
From cw
|| 11/08/2007 ||
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Stock Spam Reports - Stock spam has been around as long as the e-mail and the Web, but it has gotten much worse in the last few years. Stock spam messages rose 120% in the last six months, according to data from Postini, a messaging security company. In total, stock-related messages make up about 20% of all spam landing in in-boxes. The SEC estimates that 100 million stock spam messages are sent each week. Qwoter's Spam Report is tracking approximately 1,500+ public company’s daily and while the Securities and Exchange Commission made a splash by unveiling "Operation Spamalot", it is unlikely to end spam. In the face of increased enforcement, warnings and federal laws, spam is not only continuing, but flourishing. And there's no reason to think the SEC will be able to do anything to stop it. Why is this report useful to the investor? By using this Spam Report, the common investor will now have an information tool in which to make a more informed investment decision, whether the investor chooses to catch the wave early or to stay away from a "too good to be true" stock scam, at least he or she will have a better map of the terrain surrounding their investment decision.
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U.S. Gov't E-mail Server Turns Into Spam Cannon (PC World) - PC World - Subscribers to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security daily e-mail bulletin were inundated with dozens of e-mails on Wednesday due to a glitch with the mailing list.
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Police: 'Most Wanted' Nigerian Scammer Arrested In Florida - A man accused of being a member of a notorious group of Nigerian identity scammers was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Florida, according to the Secret Service.Rilwan Soetan, who is on the U.S. Secret Service's "Most Wanted List," was taken into custody in Hamilton County on Tuesday.
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Spammer gets 30 years in the slammer - Notorious spammer Christopher "Rizler" Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.US District Judge Michael Davis called Smith a "drug kingpin" before throwing the book at him. Smith was convicted on charges of conspiracy, illegal distribution of drugs, money laundering and operating a continuing criminal enterprise.
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Spamford Wallace banished from MySpace - Flooded site with a million messages Sanford Wallace, perhaps the world's most persistent and reviled spammer, has been banished from MySpace by a federal judge who ruled the social networking site is likely to prevail in a lawsuit that claims Wallace flooded MySpace with more than 1m come-ons related to gambling-related sites.
From cw
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Adware firm sues over adware classification - Zango fights spyware software again Adware company Zango is taking another crack at suing a desktop-security software firm for deeming its software undesirable.
From cw
|| 05/20/2007 ||
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Amazing and fabulous SPAM site - The SPAM story began with several thousand pounds of pork shoulder in Hormel's meat-packing plant, at the time no one knew what to do with all that useful meat. In 1927 one of Hormel's executives had a bright idea of chopping the pork shoulder up, adding some ham and spices then canning it in a clear gelatin casting, so it would keep almost indefinitely. Mahalo nui loi from the bottom of our hearts!
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Anti-spyware bill could mean tougher fines - Third time lucky? On Thursday, the anti-spyware bill - which has twice passed the U.S. House of Representatives only to be rejected by the Senate - got its third hearing in the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.
From cw
|| 03/04/2007 ||
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|| 01/31/2007 ||
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How Spam Bots Work - or, why you see spam here some days.
From cw
|| 01/06/2007 ||
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A Tour of the Google Blacklist - I recently decided to devote a day to walking through the Google Blacklist. While some of the findings were to be expected, others proved somewhat surprising. The Google Blacklist is a listing of URLs suspected to be phishing sites. It is used by the Google Safe Browsing for Firefox extension which is now part of the Google Toolbar for Firefox. It is also leveraged by the Firefox 2 web browser. Google maintains a number of different safe browsing lists to combat phishing including a URL blacklist, an encoded/hashed blacklist, a URL whitelist, a domain whitelist and a sandbox text list, which contains keywords included in URLs. While Google doesn't reveal exactly how these lists are developed, it's clear that user input is an important variable given that both the Google Toolbar and Firefox 2 allow for optional user feedback when phishing sites are encountered.
From cw
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Microsoft wins UK ruling to ban spam list sales - Can seek compensation, too Microsoft has stopped a man from selling lists of email addresses which were being used for spam. A court has granted a summary judgment against Paul Martin McDonald, stopping him from selling the lists.
From cw
|| 12/17/2006 ||
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Spammer Slammer Targets Politics - The Blue Frog system crippled spam-advertised websites by deluging them with opt-out requests, until a retaliatory cyberattack killed it. Now activists are redeploying the technology to send political messages that can't be ignored. By Ryan Singel.
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EU says more than half e-mails are spam (AP) - AP - Unsolicited e-mails continue to plague Europeans and account for between 50 and 80 percent of all messages sent to mail inboxes, the European Commission said Monday.
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Ten people create 80 per cent of spam - TEN WELL AIMED silver bullets would take care of 80 per cent of the world's spam, according to the anti-spam organisation Spamhaus.
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US court denies request to suspend Spamhaus domain - Spam roadblock remains in place A US judge has denied a request to order internet registrars to suspend Spamhaus's domain, easing concerns that the spam blocking service might be interrupted.
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Calif. court OKs suit against Nextel billing 'spam' - Millions at stake, but for whom? A US consumer lobby group has won an appeal to sue Nextel over "text messages spam" sent to customers – three years ago.
From cw
|| 09/18/2006 ||
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Spammers feel the pinch from Feds - Sanctions against botnet operators The Federal Trade Commission, the US consumer rights watchdog, has succeeded in shutting down four illegal spamming operations judged to have breached federal anti-spam laws. Targets of the lawsuits included an operation that offered the supposed chance to "date lonely wives" and two outfits that allegedly bombarded unwilling recipients with lurid ads for pornographic web sites, sent via compromised PCs.
From cw
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Anti-spam crusaders slapped with $11.7m judgement - Spamhaus unfazed by 'unenforceable' ruling A US court has ordered anti-spam organisation Spamhaus to pay $11.7m in damages for "illegally" listing email marketing firm e360insight as an affiliate of a known spammer, an entry that meant users of Spamhaus's mail filtering advisory system would not have received email from e360insight. The Illinois court also imposed an injunction on Spamhaus against interfering with e360insight's email marketing activities without sufficient evidence in future.
From cw
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Pump-and-dump spammers shift tactics - Buy low, spam high Pump-and-dump spammers are refining their tactics and marketing techniques in an attempt to drum up new business.
From cw
|| 09/06/2006 ||
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Spam + Blogs = Trouble - Splogs are the latest thing in online scams -- and they could smother the internet like a pestilence. By Charles C. Mann from Wired magazine.
From cw
|| 08/07/2006 ||
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Baiters Teach Scammers a Lesson - Wily freelance crime fighters make a mockery of spammers' Nigerian tales of woe. This time, it's the would-be grifters who get taken for a humiliating ride. By Robert Andrews.
From cw
|| 07/27/2006 ||
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The Rise and Fall of a Spam King - A noir melodrama tracks a sleazy dude through his short life, as he withholds employees' pay, boasts of sexual adventures, enrages government officials and floods Russia with 25 million e-mails a day. Until he gets his skull bashed in. By Brett Forrest from Wired magazine.
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|| 07/23/2006 ||
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MySpace adware attack hits hard - Purity check Online banner ads running on MySpace.com and web sites infected more than one million users with adware, according to net security firm iDefense.
From cw
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CastleCops An Open Source Blue Frog: We are not giving up th - Blue Frog was a great idea. They showed us that we can bring pain to the spammers. But they could not keep up the pressure. They weren’t ready for war. We are! We are software consultants with the knowledge to design the project but insufficient resources to see it to completion. We know how this can be done, but we need help. We believe there are a lot of bright, talented and pissed off people that would like to be involved.
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Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - Hours after anti-spam company Blue Security pulled the plug on its spam-fighting Blue Frog software and service, the spammers whose attack caused the company to wave the white flag have escalated their assault, knocking Blue Security's farewell message and thousands more Web sites offline.
Like I said, now the spammers think that they can do anything they want.
From Surfer
|| 02/15/2006 ||
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419er jailed for 376 years - A Nigerian 419er was last Friday jailed for 376 years by a Lagos court for "stealing, forgery, impersonation and conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences" contrary to the Advance Fee Fraud Act, the Nigerian Daily Independent reports.
From cw
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Infamous 'Nigerian scam' gets Russian spin - MOSCOW - Russia has more in common with Nigeria these days than just oil. Following up on the politically charged jailing of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a wave of scam e-mails in the style of Nigeria's notorious spammers have been popping up in inboxes from Moscow to Kentucky. But instead of impassioned pleas by dead African dictators' aides to move millions of dollars overseas, the appeals appear to come from the inner circle of the man who was once Russia's richest.
From Popper
|| 01/06/2006 ||
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Spammer lands $11 billion fine - A SMALL ISP in the town of Clinton, Iowa, has just won one of the largest payouts ever extracted from a spammer.The firm, CIS Internet Services, won $11.2 billion from James McCalla, from Florida, who was found to have sent millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage and debt consolidation services through the ISP's network.
From cw
|| 12/28/2005 ||
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Businessman wins e-mail spam case - A businessman has won what is believed to be the first victory of its kind by claiming damages from a company which sent him e-mail spam.
From cw
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Spam Stock Tracker - tracking how much money people can lose - I have many more stocks to add but I think the point is proven by the many stocks emailed to me through spam that I added in a short few weeks I did this. I am keeping this site up for reference to those who may be so interested in just what would happen if you invest in the stocks mentioned in junk email. The prices are current and the running loss is also current, I am just not adding more penny stocks to the test.
From Surfer
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Spam Stock Tracker - tracking how much money people can lose - I have many more stocks to add but I think the point is proven by the many stocks emailed to me through spam that I added in a short few weeks I did this. I am keeping this site up for reference to those who may be so interested in just what would happen if you invest in the stocks mentioned in junk email. The prices are current and the running loss is also current, I am just not adding more penny stocks to the test.
From cw
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Maybe they should take my approach? - Earlier I wrote about a link spammer who seemed to be targeting me by sending out comment spam with links to my website (this particular article). After some emails between me and Ann Elisabeth, a.k.a. SpamHuntress it seems this spammer is not targeting me personally but engaging in a general attempt to pollute centralized anti spam blacklists. At least I can't think of any other purpose.
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This spammer's stash could be yours - Why is AOL on the brink of giving away a fully loaded Hummer H2 and nearly $100,000 worth of gold bars and cash--all of which once belonged to an e-mail marketer?
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Russia's Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered in Apartment - Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head.
From cw
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Do Not Call list under attack, activists say - They’re back. Or they might be, those pesky telemarketing calls, after nearly two years of peaceful, interruption-free dinners. That's the warning a consumer protection group is about to issue.
From cw
|| 07/22/2005 ||
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Biggest 419 bust in history - The operation, codenamed Nile, centered on a mob which operated from Southern Spain. No less than four hundred officers from the Spanish police, the FBI and the US Postal Service were involved with the investigation, which began in 2003. Officers raided 166 homes in places such as Malaga, Benalmádena, Mijas, Torremolinos and Marbella. Police seized € 218,000 in cash, 2,000 mobile telephones, 327 computers and 165 fax machines. Besides lottery emails, they also sent over 6 million 'classic' 419 scam mails, offering rewards for people who were willing to stash away money that had been taken out of Iraq by the family of the ex-dictator Saddam Hussein or money founds in the remains of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks.
From Surfer
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Blue Security - Fight back against Spam. - Using a breakthrough approach, the Do Not Intrude Registry™, our solution uses an ethical and effective approach to eliminate unsolicited bulk e-mail by disrupting the economics of spam. The Do Not Intrude Registry lets you reclaim your e-mail experience. Sounds good, altho I haven't tried this. I'm going to look into it.
From Jeb
|| 07/07/2005 ||
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Microsoft to Buy Gator Maker? - The New York Times and other sources are reporting that Microsoft has been in talks to acquire Claria, the adware company that's probably best known for its Gator software, which gives you an electronic wallet but also displays ads based on your surfing habits. Claria is also behind DashBar, Precision Time, SearchScout, Date Manager, and other applications that display advertising on your system.
|| 06/06/2005 ||
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A web of trouble - In 1998, a few months after Chris Smith dropped out of Lakeville High School, his concerned father talked to him about the benefits of college -- and was startled by his son's reply."Dad, I made $69,000 online by 11 a.m. Why go to college?"
From cw
|| 06/04/2005 ||
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Hacker Hunters - At 9 p.m., Nagel, the Secret Service's assistant director for investigations, issued the "go" order. Agents armed with Sig-Sauer 229 pistols and MP5 semi-automatic machine guns swooped in, aided by local cops and international police. The adrenaline was pumping, in part, because several ShadowCrew members were known to own weapons. Twenty-eight members were arrested, most still at their computers. The alleged ringleaders went quietly, but one suspect jumped out a second-story window. Agents nabbed him on the ground. Later, they found a loaded assault rifle in his apartment. The operation was swift and bloodless. "[Cybergangs] always thought they operated with anonymity," says Nagel, a tall, chiseled G-man. "We rattled them."
From cw
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One of the world's worst spammers, a gang led by Leo Kukayev, had dozens of their websites shut down by a Massachusetts court order for violation of the state's Consumer Protection Act and the Federal CAN-SPAM Act.

The gang, centered in the Boston area, is accused of sending millions of unsolicited, deceptive emails advertising for counterfeit drugs, pirated software, and pornography. A "spam trap" run by Microsoft intercepted 45,000 messages within three weeks.

|| 05/10/2005 ||
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Spyware scumbags make $2bn a year - Spyware ­ invasive programs that generate pop-ups, hijack home pages, redirect searches and poison DNS files ­ generates an estimated $2bn in revenue a year1, according to a study by anti-spyware firm Webroot. It estimates the surreptitious spyware and adware market "may be approaching 25 per cent" of the already-established market of online advertising.
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The Ugly Man's Guide to getting laid... Yeah sure...
From Juniper
|| 04/09/2005 ||
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|| 03/29/2005 ||
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Christian Soldier - Mr. Tierney, a former military intelligence officer in Iraq who works as a translator and investigator for private companies, cried as he talked about watching the Schiavo spectacle on television and feeling the utter need to be at the hospice.

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Bill Tierney . . . had just returned from eight months working as an interrogator for US forces ...

|| 12/29/2004 ||
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|| 12/19/2004 ||
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Spam suit nets $1 billion - A federal judge awarded a Clinton Internet service provider more than $1 billion in judgments Friday in a lawsuit against companies who used his equipment to send so-called spam e-mails.
|| 11/24/2004 ||
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Guide to Spam-like Products - everything SPAM!
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Bill Gates Dubbed Most Spammed Person In The World - Reportedly, Gates gets 4 million e-mails a day, making him arguably the most spammed person in the world.
|| 11/08/2004 ||
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Jury Finds 2 Guilty of Felony Spam - The jury recommended that Jaynes spend nine years in prison and that DeGroot pay $7,500 in fines for violating Virginia's anti-spam law. A third defendant, Richard Rutkowski, 30, also of the Raleigh area, was acquitted of three felony counts.
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|| 09/24/2004 ||
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A visual history of spam (and virus) email - "I have kept every single piece of spam and virus email since mid-1997. Occasionally, it comes in handy, for example, to add naive Bayesian spam filter to my custom-written email filter. And occasionally I use it to build a chart of spam and virus email."

|| 09/17/2004 ||
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|| 09/04/2004 ||
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How to obscure URL's - used in SPAM

|| 08/03/2004 ||
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Spamologue - a new take on the 419 spam scam