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ICO deals finance firm fine, as ICO fine total mounts up

ICO deals finance firm fine, as ICO fine total mounts up

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A finance firm based in London has been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, in retaliation for its contracted marketing firm sending out some 2.2 million unsolicited SMS messages. The fine comes as the ICO's total bill of outstanding fines mounts up, due to companies going into liquidation rather than paying them.

Localised "designer" malware campaigns all the rage, says Sophos

Localised "designer" malware campaigns all the rage, says Sophos

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Criminal outfits are increasingly distributing "designer" spam and malware, customised to optimally target victims in specific geographic regions, according to new research from Sophos' research division, SophosLabs.

Facebook scam promises friend's video, delivers malware instead

A new spam campaign tries to fool Facebook users into downloading malware by luring them to a fake YouTube page supposedly featuring a friend's video.

Nigerian man sentenced to 12 years for operating spam scheme

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A Nigerian man was sentenced to more than 12 years in a prison and ordered to pay US $13 million in restitution for his role in an internet fraud scheme

Shade among top three encryptors in Russia; delivered via spam, exploit kits

Shade among top three encryptors in Russia; delivered via spam, exploit kits

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Researchers at Kaspersky Lab said Shade encryptor has gained a top three encryptor berth in Russia in less than a year.

Decoding the DNS: A new arena in cyber defence

Decoding the DNS: A new arena in cyber defence

Cyber defence tactics are constantly evolving to meet new threats - but one area that has been undervalued up until now is the Domain Name System (DNS), says Simon McCalla.

Kaspersky Lab—spam and phishing in Q2

Kaspersky Lab—spam and phishing in Q2

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Kaspersky's latest report shows that in the second quarter of 2015 spam was controlled by emails based on real events.

Cloudmark identifies iomart worst for spamming in UK

Cloudmark identifies iomart worst for spamming in UK

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Scotland-based iomart has been identified as the leading UK source of spam last month by email security firm Cloudmark.

Attention, criminals: DMARC will not get your spam delivered

Attention, criminals: DMARC will not get your spam delivered

Time to set the record straight on email authentication: DMARC won't get spam into the inbox, says Rob Holmes

TorrentLocker copycat CryptoFortress leads new wave of ransomware

TorrentLocker copycat CryptoFortress leads new wave of ransomware

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Ransomware continues to rise in several new and old guises, including a copycat TorrentLocker, BandarChor and a spam campaign encompassing the infamous CryptoWall.

Huge spam campaign drops Trojan on UK bank customers

Huge spam campaign drops Trojan on UK bank customers

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A huge spam campaign has been installing the Dyreza banking Trojan on tens of thousands of UK computers, specifically targeting those with accounts at major banks.

Banking credential theft hits German speakers

Banking credential theft hits German speakers

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German language spam campaign delivers malware to steal banking credentials.

UK watchdog ICO complains about limited powers

UK watchdog ICO complains about limited powers

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has once again hit out at its limited powers, but might get more resources and money when new EU data protection laws go live.

Cybercrime threat landscape evolving rapidly

Cybercrime threat landscape evolving rapidly

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New research claims to show that, whilst spam levels fell to a five-year low last month, the increasing complexity of cyber-criminal attacks shows no sign of easing, with increasing levels of malware attacks and dangerous PDFs rapidly becoming the norm.

MH17 spammers direct Twitter users to Zeus-ridden websites

MH17 spammers direct Twitter users to Zeus-ridden websites

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In the aftermath of the MH17 tragedy which saw almost 300 people lose their lives in an airplane crash over Ukraine, cyber-criminals are taking advantage by leading social media users to malicious websites.

Can Twitter spammers steal email addresses?

Can Twitter spammers steal email addresses?

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Some Twitter users have claimed that cyber-criminals may have been able to spam the email addresses registered with the social networking giant.

Spamhaus seeks arrests of non-EU DDoS attackers

Spamhaus seeks arrests of non-EU DDoS attackers

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Anti-spam organisation Spamhaus welcomes two arrests in the UK and Spain, and now seeks others outside the EU, which commentators believe is unlikely to happen.

Spam down in May says Kaspersky

The proportion of spam in email traffic fell 1.3 percent from April to May says Kaspersky.

Major Twitter spam attack 'traced' to fellow social media site

Major Twitter spam attack 'traced' to fellow social media site

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Photo-sharing website We Heart may have been hit by a stream hack, after it was cited as the source for thousands of spam messages being sent out on Twitter.

360 million records on sale to cyber criminals

360 million records on sale to cyber criminals

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In addition to the 360 million stolen records for sale, there are apparently 1.25 billion stolen emails also available, which would be "enough to spam China".

UK shines as spam levels soar worldwide

UK shines as spam levels soar worldwide

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Sophos' latest report into the top spam-relaying nations finds that this is a global trend which often leads to bigger malware attacks.

Exclusive: Bitly hit by DDoS attack

Exclusive: Bitly hit by DDoS attack

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The website of URL shortening service Bitly was down on Wednesday morning.The company has blamed a DDoS attack.

Advanced spam: new opportunities for hackers

Advanced spam: new opportunities for hackers

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"There is no silver bullet for spam"

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