Last trading day of the year – eTrade spam!

It’s the last trading day of 2011 (Friday, Dec 30 – although I am informed that it started yesterday) and what do I come into work to see? Spam spoofing eTrade.  Here’s a sample message: From: <redacted > Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 7:18 AM To: <redacted> Subject: Etrade Alert: URGENT update More information here…

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Antispam law draws backlash

I was reading in the Canadian Lawyer Mag that businesses in Canada are now coming to grips with the Canadian Antispam law that was passed last year.  Canada’s antispam law is much tougher than most jurisdictions.  Aside from the penalties of the law, which are steep, what differentiates it the most from the US law…

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Spam at lowest levels in the past three years

The CS Monitor has an article up (I was directed to it via All Spammed Up) where they review Symantec’s latest security report and the main trends of the past year.  From the article: Targeted cyberattacks – the kind used to burrow deep into corporate computer networks and steal their proprietary secrets – rose sharply…

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How much expertise do you need, anyhow?

Today, I returned to work after some time off (trip to New Zealand, plus some medical recovery time).  It’s good to be back sometimes, other than the place being nearly like a tomb, what with this being the interim period between Christmas and New Year’s and 50% of the people taking holidays. Anyhow, I walked…

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Stratfor hacked by Anonymous – and my information gets stolen

Ah, it’s good to be back in the United States. After a long holiday in New Zealand (more on that in a series of future posts), I’m almost ready to get back on the blogging trail.  And what better way to do it than to write about a breaking news topic? If you’ve read my…

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No posting for a couple of weeks

I’m going to be gone for a couple of weeks so you won’t see any new posts on here until late December.  Until then, ho-ho-ho and have a Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays, if you’re so inclined to celebrate something else)!  

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Password advice you can use… maybe

A few days ago, security researchers published a report indicating something that we all know – users use weak passwords and reuse them.  But the Canadian press recently published an article with something that is actually useful: Online security experts say there are a number of tactics to thwart hackers when it comes to passwords,…

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Brazil–the newest up and comer

The VB Conference last month had some good presentations, including this one by Fabio Assolini of Kaspersky.  He spoke about how Brazil is the the newest up-and-comer on the cyber crime block. The tale begins with the story of Igor and Emily, two cyber criminals operating out of Brazil.  Together, the two of them stole…

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What snoeshow spam looks like

While at the VB conference in Barcelona last month, I also had the chance to attend a presentation on Snowshoe Spamming, presented by Brett Cove of Sophos. What is snowshoe spamming?  Well, it’s a different type of problem than the traditional spam problem.  Whereas botnet spam has declined over the past 12 months, snowshoe spam…

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Senate to take up cyber bill in 2012

Reuters published an article today indicating that the US Senate plans to draft up a bill to tackle cyber security in 2012: The Senate will take up cybersecurity legislation next year to fight online fraud, espionage and intellectual property theft whether or not Republicans and Democrats reach agreement on a comprehensive bill, Senate Majority Leader…

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Taking a timeout from security–the passing of an antispam community member

This isn’t something that I normally might write about, but one of the members of the Antispam community – J.D. Falk – recently died of cancer. If you don’t know who he is, J.D. worked on email, anti-spam systems and policies for more than fifteen years including collaboration with influential companies such as the original…

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What Advanced Persistent Threats look like

While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other two posts, I attended a session put on by some folks from MessageLabs that talked about the observations that they have made regarding Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs.  What do they look like?  What are some of their characteristics?…

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What Chinese DDoS malware looks like

While at that same Virus Bulletin conference that I was talking about earlier in my other post, I also had the chance to check out a session on Chinese DDoS malware put on by some folks from Arbor Networks.  As little insight as I have into Android malware, I know even less about Chinese DDoS…

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What mobile malware looks like

Last month at the Virus Bulletin Conference in Barcelona, I took in one of the sessions on mobile malware.  This type of malware is foreign to me because I mostly stay in the email space at work (and even then, I am focusing more on day-to-day issues of running a large mail provider than I…

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