Places unsubscribe link next to sender’s email address
With most estimates for the total number of spam emails sent daily being in the hundreds of billions, it’s no surprise that many unwanted messages often find their way past even some of the best spam filters. To make matters worse, we often find ourselves receiving messages which, although not unsolicited, are no longer relevant to us. Google has now rolled out a new feature to help Gmail users get rid of such unwanted messages a bit more easily.
AOL says encrypted passwords and other user data compromised hacker attack
AOL today said it's investigating a "security incident" involving unauthorized access to its network and systems that resulted in the possible theft of user data, including email addresses, postal addresses, address book contact information, encrypted passwords, encrypted answers to security questions that AOL asks when a user resets his or her password, and certain employee information.
Confronted with a large number of reports of Dropbox-associated email addresses being targeted by spammers, the cloud storage company brought in “outside experts” to probe the issue earlier this month.Those experts have now concluded their investigation and identified the exact cause behind this entire fiasco.
If your junk mail folder seems smaller as of late, there's good reason for that. Computer security experts collaborated to take down Grum, the world's third largest botnet, which they say was serving up 18 percent of spam around the globe by way of 18 billion spam messages every 24 hours. A few more victories like that and it may become easier to buy fake Rolex the old fashioned by -- by seedy looking individuals wearing trench coats.
Two security issues have been identified in McAfee's SaaS Total Protection anti-malware software suite, one of which could allow an attacker to misuse an ActiveX control to execute code and turn affected PCs into spam servers. The other vulnerability involves a misuse of McAfee's "rumor" technology to allow an attacker to use an affected machine as an "open relay," which could also be used to send spam. Fixes for both are coming.
Many people on Wednesday received an email claiming to be from the venerable New York Times. It requested them to reconsider their recent decision to “cancel your home delivery subscription.” But after being contacted by a number of puzzled people regarding the email, the paper said it appeared to be spam. However, as it later turned out, the paper had no idea of what was going on.
Security firm Symantec this week announced the results of its November 2011 Intelligence Report, a monthly analysis on the state of security and trending cyber threats. The roller coaster report notes that the number of targeted attacks quadrupled since January (boo!), but the global spam rate in November is not only the lowest all year, but for the past three years as well (yay!).
Don’t click on suspicious links from unknown sources. We know you know, but the rise of link shortening services like bit.ly make it next to impossible to know where you’re being directed half the time, especially on Twitter. Unfortunately, spammers have caught on to the fact (C’mon, it was only a matter of time). Legitimate link shorteners have been doing a good job of eliminating malicious links, but b new report says that a gang of spammers have set up 87 URL shortening sites and are using them to flood inboxes around the world with junk.
Symantec noticed an uptick in social engineering attacks in September, a trend the security outfit attributes to a rise in polymorphic malware in email, the company said in its recently released "Symantec Intelligence Report: September 2011." Spam levels dipped slightly in September to 74.8 percent of all email, a decrease of 1.1 percent from August, but a "deluge of malicious email-borne malware" more than made up for the drop in spam.
Yahoo is denying accusations that it knowingly and willingly censored email messages related to "Occupy Wall Street" protests, a leaderless non-violent resistance movement upset over the disparity of wealth and power in the U.S. Protestors accused Yahoo of foul play when their emails containing a link to the organization's website were flagged as suspicious and blocked from being sent.