Spam levels still lower a year after Rustock

Arstechnica wrote an article this past weekend entitled Spam levels still low a year after Rustock botnet takedown.  From the article: In March 2011, a Microsoft-led team targeted and decapitated the Rustock botnet, and a dramatic decrease in spam traffic was noticed almost immediately. It turns out that a full year later, spammers have not…

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What is this Google+?

A few weeks back I voiced my reaction to Google+: Meh.  A commenter wrote that with 10 million users, it was very successful.  Yet I was looped into Google+ simply because I have a Gmail account and people were adding me to their circles.  That made me one of those 10 million even though I…

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Latest Facebook scam

This past week I got a message from a spammer who was spoofing Facebook.  I didn’t notice this message until this past week because our spam filters caught it and delivered it to my spam quarantine.  I find that these days I don’t have the insight into new spam campaigns that I used to have…

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Facebook’s spam prevention systems

Facebook recently posted a blog post explaining their antispam strategy for mitigating abuse.  The crux of the post is the following: Facebook has certain algorithms to shut down abusive accounts It’s nothing personal; they are not shutting down someone’s account based upon a particular social viewpoint Sometimes they block an entire service like bit.ly or…

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Twitter feeling the pains of success

Recently, Twitter settled a case with the FTC that it failed to adequately protect its users’ data and privacy.  From PogoWasRight: The FTC’s complaint against Twitter charges that serious lapses in the company’s data security allowed hackers to obtain administrative control of Twitter, including access to tweets that consumers had designated private, and the ability…

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