Posts Tagged 'spam'

Bill aims to cut down the spam

Perhaps some relief is in sight for your email inbox. Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement has proposed two bills aimed at protecting web surfers from identity theft and spam. Unfortunately spam has just become a part of everyday life and for the most part attempts to reduce or eliminate it have been futile. It’s estimated that spam costs Canadians over $3 billion in network security and lost productivity costs. It’s certainly a step in the right direction. Now if we could only get other countries on board we could free up some bandwidth and make the Internet fast again.

And the winner is …

Shaoxing, China. Hold the applause. This isn’t the kind of contest you want to be proud of winning. According to a study by Symantec 21.3% of malicous emails are sent from Shaoxing, making it number 1 in the world. That’s a lot of email to own up to. Is there any wonder why spam has tripled over the past year? Email is mostly unusable thanks to the malicious activity of these criminals.

Symantec was essential in helping Google track down the cyber espionage activity during the past year’s security breaches. Most involving the Chinese state assistance.

Protect those Passwords

Everyday my inbox is full of spam. Thieves always want to get their hands on my passwords. To the untrained eye some of them look legit. Seemingly trustworthy domains with alarming subject lines “account compromised” log in now to secure you account. The scammer hopes you ignore common sense and click on the link embedded into the body of the email that clearly links to some foreign website that will ultimately compromise your account.

Don’t be dumb. Never click on links in your email. Oh but it’s a survey from your bank? WELL then it must be legit. Or maybe it’s Blizzard emailing you about your warcraft account. Someone has changed your password it claims? Well you’d better log into that Russian website and fix it right away!

If you ever are concerned about an issue. Close you email. Update your anti-virus and run a full scan. Go to the actual website yourself, ensure that the little lock is on the bottom right, and that the URL is accurate, before you start typing in anything. Then you should be able to ensure your account is secure. Don’t be fooled. Protect those passwords.

Will Spam be the end of the Internet?

Everyday it’s the same thing. An email box full up of messages, 90% of which is spam. Remember back in the day when you used get excited when you got snail mail? With email … not so much. Would it surprise you that 97% of all email is spam? In fact I have several email accounts for this exact reason, to avoid spam. However it forces me to keep a schedule. Logging in each account to check for spam and delete it. Forget a few days and it inconveniences me to delete everything. Go on vacation and you might as well close that email account because legitimate emails have already been bouncing because your email was full within a day. Despite a few notable arrests and charges, spammers are not deterred. Sadly it’s just a part of daily life when you’re living with the Internet. However, it’s unbelievable that it only takes a handful of bad apples to ruin something so incredibly useful. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe so I can spam you.

Spam clogging up the Intertubes, 80% of email traffic

Almost everyone hates spam. The only people that don’t hate it are the ones that make vast amounts of money from sending it. The profits they turn are so large that regardless of what spam fighters do, the amount of spam keeps increasing. According to web security firm MessageLabs, spam accounted for 81.5 percent of all e-mail traffic in June.

This number, which is calculated based on 3 billion e-mail connections that MessageLabs scans every single day, more or less corresponds with US-specific data. An analysis of year-to-date spam rates for individual US states shows that the percentage of e-mails that were spam range from 77 (Montana) to 91 percent (Illinois). In other words, in every single state in the US, over three quarters of e-mails sent are junk. The average spam level in the US was 86 percent in June. (link)

Spam survey, do you really want to know?

Back in April, McAfee launched an experiment designed as a tribute to Morgan Spurlock’s Super-Size Me documentary on eating nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days. Instead of fast food, however, McAfee gathered a group of some 50 volunteers from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK. Once this elite group of brave souls had been assembled, McAfee put them on a diet of pure spam.

No, we’re not referring to the creamy mounds of whipped pig nestled inside a pop-top container—although 30 days of eating it might make an interesting experiment in and of itself—but the kind of spam that arrives via your inbox and tempts you with online degrees, job offers, free XBox 360s, and magnanimous gifts from your great-uncle Dmitri back in Russia. (link)

Bell Canada source of most malicious activity

Bell Canada’s Internet service carried the most viruses, spam, computer attacks and other so-called “malicious activity” in the country in the last half of 2007, says cyber-security firm Symantec.

Symantec, producer of the widely used Norton Antivirus software, conducts a twice-yearly global Internet security investigation. The company detected a whopping 711,912 new malicious code threats to the Internet in 2007, up dramatically from 125,243 in 2006.

The study named Canada the No. 9 hot spot for malicious activity, far behind the United States at No. 1.

Being the nation’s largest Internet provider, it’s not surprising that Bell’s Internet users were either knowingly or unknowingly responsible for 17 per cent of what’s termed “malicious” or “undesirable” activity here, said Dean Turner, Calgary-based director of Symantec’s Global Intelligence Network.

“Honestly, I think it’s just because they (Bell) are the biggest target,” he said. “They have the largest percentage of broadband users in Canada at 24 per cent.” (link)


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