Anti-spam - Infoworld http://images.infoworld.com/t/2095 en The worst data breaches of 2014 ... so far http://images.infoworld.com/slideshow/148292/the-worst-data-breaches-of-2014-so-far-240315?source=rss_anti-spam <!--paging_filter-->We're only a third of the way through the year, and hackers have already had their way with all matter of security systems<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;re only a third of the way through the year, and hackers have already had their way with all matter of security systems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> networkworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.networkworld.com/slideshow/147526 </div> </div> </div> Anti-spam Wireless Security Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240315 at http://images.infoworld.com Facebook is trying to make its News Feed less spammy http://images.infoworld.com/d/applications/facebook-trying-make-its-news-feed-less-spammy-240322?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Posts on Facebook that repeatedly urge users to like, share or comment on them are being targeted in a new effort to reduce News Feed spam, Facebook said Thursday.</p> <p>Many of those posts are published by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/about/pages" target="_blank">Pages</a> that deliberately try to game Facebook to get wider distribution, the company said. The changes are designed to make more prominent the content people actually want to see, while better detecting and demoting other posts.</p> Applications Security Facebook Anti-spam Social Networking Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:34:29 +0000 admin 240322 at http://images.infoworld.com Spammers buy Google Chrome extensions and turn them into adware http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/spammers-buy-google-chrome-extensions-and-turn-them-adware-234573?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Changes in Google Chrome extension ownership can expose thousands of users to aggressive advertising and possibly other threats, two extension developers have recently discovered.</p> <p>At least two Chrome extensions recently sold by their original developers were updated to inject ads and affiliate links into legitimate websites opened in users' browsers.</p> Applications Security Google Google Chrome Anti-spam Cyber Crime Web Browsers Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:15:17 +0000 admin 234573 at http://images.infoworld.com Snapchat, Bitly, and Kik Messenger targeted by spammers http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/snapchat-bitly-and-kik-messenger-targeted-spammers-234346?source=rss_anti-spam <p>You have to give spammers credit for effort: Symantec found a spam campaign that manages to abuse three Web services at the same time.</p> Security Anti-spam Instant Messaging Malware Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:01:10 +0000 admin 234346 at http://images.infoworld.com Security startup Impermium joining Google http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/security-startup-impermium-joining-google-234347?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Security company Impermium has joined Google to help boost the Internet giant's already considerable expertise in countering spam and abuse.</p> <p>Impermium's CEO and cofounder Mark Risher said in a post Wednesday on the startup's <a href="https://www.impermium.com/">website</a> that Impermium was joining Google. "By joining Google, our team will merge with some of the best abuse fighters in the world," he wrote.</p> Security The Industry Standard Google Anti-spam M&A Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:51:09 +0000 admin 234347 at http://images.infoworld.com Malware IQ test: Round 3 http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/malware-iq-test-round-3-234220?source=rss_anti-spam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quiz-overview"> <div class="field-label">Overview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>2014 has kicked off with a cyber security bang thanks to the Target hack, which exposed the financial information of more 100 million customers. Make no mistake, understanding how hackers and malware succeed is more important than ever.</p> <p><strong>[ More InfoWorld quizzes: <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/programming-iq-test-round-3-221946?source=fssr">Programming IQ test: Round 3</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/hello-world-programming-languages-quiz-188874?source=fssr">"Hello, world": Programming languages quiz</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-javascript-iq-test-191020?source=fssr">The JavaScript IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/the-java-iq-test-194151?source=fssr">The Java IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/misadventures/the-2012-infoworld-geek-iq-test-209003?source=fssr">The 2012 InfoWorld geek IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-windows-iq-test-round-2-212323?source=fssr">Microsoft Windows IQ test round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/linux/linux-iq-test-round-2-657?source=fssr">InfoWorld's Linux IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/malware-iq-test-round-2-198237?source=fssr">Malware IQ test: Round 2</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/the-google-iq-test-204712?source=fssr">The Google IQ test</a> | <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-android-iq-test-196025?source=fssr">The Android IQ test</a> ]</strong></p> <p>Take this InfoWorld computer security quiz to see if you really understand how the malicious coders do damage. Find out if you can separate the fiction from the facts and the fantasy malware from emerging new threats. (And once you've aced it, check out our previous computer security quizzes: <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/are-you-cyber-sleuth-test-your-malware-iq-187066">Malware IQ test: Round 1</a> and <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/malware-iq-test-round-2-198237">Malware IQ test: Round 2</a>.)</p> </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Security Anti-spam Anti-virus Cyber Crime Hacking Malware Security Tools Security Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jason Snyder 234220 at http://images.infoworld.com Spammers target Google hospitality listings http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/spammers-target-google-hospitality-listings-234235?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Spammers targeted hospitality-related business listings on Google services, modifying links in what appeared to be an attempt to drive traffic to a hotel bookings site.</p> <p>Google said Tuesday it was aware of and working to fix the issues, first reported by the blog <a href="http://searchengineland.com/thousands-of-hotels-listings-were-hijacked-in-google-local-181670" target="_blank">Search Engine Land</a>.</p> Security The Industry Standard Google Anti-spam Hacking Web Services Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:41:10 +0000 admin 234235 at http://images.infoworld.com Quiz: Name that hacker http://images.infoworld.com/slideshow/115363/quiz-name-hacker-224969?source=rss_anti-spam <!--paging_filter-->After breaking into networks for fun, profit, and to fulfill political agendas, some did prison time<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After breaking into networks for fun, profit, and to fulfill political agendas, some did prison time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> networkworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/115363 </div> </div> </div> Anti-spam Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 224969 at http://images.infoworld.com New security scheme tracks text spammers in hours http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/new-security-scheme-tracks-text-spammers-in-hours-224487?source=rss_anti-spam <p>A new way to track the source of spam text messages can detect culprits within two hours, helping reduce the illicit traffic that can clog cell towers and disconnect legitimate calls, researchers say.</p> <p>Called Greystar, the scheme invokes the use of phone numbers assigned to laptops, tablets and the like, which don't typically receive any SMS messages, according to the research to be presented at the 22nd Usenix Security conference next week.</p> Security Anti-spam Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:15:44 +0000 admin 224487 at http://images.infoworld.com Spam blizzards used to hide malicious activities http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/spam-blizzards-used-hide-malicious-activities-222054?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Digital desperadoes have begun hiding their larcenous activities behind blizzards of spam aimed at their victims' inboxes, a report released Tuesday by a cloud security provider notes.</p> <p>The technique, called Distributed Spam Distraction (DSD), began appearing early this year, <a href="http://www.appriver.com/about-us/press-releases/read/AppRiver-Mid-Year-Threat-and-Spamscape-Report-Reveals-Top-Spam-and-Malware-Trends-1690.aspx" target="_blank">AppRiver revealed</a> in its Global Threat &amp; Spamscape Report for the first half of 2013.</p> Mobile Technology Security Anti-spam Cyber Crime Data Loss Prevention Mobile Security Malware Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:11:30 +0000 admin 222054 at http://images.infoworld.com Spam catchers catching spammers better http://images.infoworld.com/t/anti-spam/spam-catchers-catching-spammers-better-219760?source=rss_anti-spam <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/privacy_hp.jpg" alt="Spam catchers catching spammers better" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>A year ago, the state of the spam-catching art was in dire straits.</p> Security Anti-spam Fri, 31 May 2013 15:56:05 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 219760 at http://images.infoworld.com Google's Penguin update lets you squeal on spammy websites http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/googles-penguin-update-lets-you-squeal-spammy-websites-219336?source=rss_anti-spam <p>The latest version of Google's sophisticated anti-spam algorithm, dubbed Penguin 2.0, was announced yesterday in an <a href="http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/penguin-2-0-rolled-out-today/">official blog post</a> from the company's well-known webspam czar, Mike Cutts.</p> <p>The 2.0 label was applied, according to Cutts, because the update is a major one -- it includes changes to the underlying algorithms used to evaluate whether a website is spammy or not, not just the dataset Google uses. About 2.3 percent of queries in U.S. English will be visibly affected by the changes.</p> Security Google Anti-spam Fri, 24 May 2013 15:34:01 +0000 admin 219336 at http://images.infoworld.com More lives than Lazarus: Internet bounces back against spammers http://images.infoworld.com/t/cringely/more-lives-lazarus-internet-bounces-back-against-spammers-215497?source=rss_anti-spam <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/14OPentinsight_hp.jpg" alt="More lives than Lazarus: Internet bounces back against spammers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The Internet's demise has now been officially downgraded to Exaggerated.</p> Cringely Internet Anti-spam Cyber Crime Hacking Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:25:51 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 215497 at http://images.infoworld.com What part of 'no spam' don't you understand? http://images.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/what-part-of-no-spam-dont-you-understand-215244?source=rss_anti-spam <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/16TCdataleak_hp.jpg" alt="What part of 'no spam' don't you understand?" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Honest mistakes are one thing. But claims of special privilege mixed with willful disregard of rules is another.</p> Applications Networking Storage Internet IT Jobs Anti-spam Email Software Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 215244 at http://images.infoworld.com 9 classic hacking, phishing, and social engineering lies http://images.infoworld.com/slideshow/91935/9-classic-hacking-phishing-and-social-engineering-lies-214942?source=rss_anti-spam <!--paging_filter-->Whether it is on the phone, online, or in person, here are 9 lies hackers, phishers, and social engineers will tell you to get what they want<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whether it is on the phone, online, or in person, here are 9 lies hackers, phishers, and social engineers will tell you to get what they want </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> csoonline.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/91935 </div> </div> </div> Anti-spam Security Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 214942 at http://images.infoworld.com Android botnet abuses people's phones for SMS spam http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/android-botnet-abuses-peoples-phones-sms-spam-209415?source=rss_anti-spam <p>In a new twist, spammers have built a botnet that sends SMS spam through infected Android phones, shifting the potentially pricey cost of sending spam to victims.</p> <p>The trend, spotted by security vendor Cloudmark, poses a new challenge for operators. Victims whose phones are sending the SMS spam often do not know their phone is infected, and they could have their account suddenly shut down by their operator if abuse is detected.</p> Mobile Technology Security Anti-spam Mobile Security Smartphones Malware Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:28:54 +0000 admin 209415 at http://images.infoworld.com The 5 cyber attacks you're most likely to face http://images.infoworld.com/d/security/the-5-cyber-attacks-youre-most-likely-face-208361?source=rss_anti-spam <p>As a consultant, one the security biggest problems I see is one of perception: The threats companies think they face are often vastly different than the threats that pose the greatest risk. For example, they hire me to deploy state-of-the-art PKI or an enterprisewide intrusion detection system, when really what they need is better patching.</p> <p>The fact is most companies face the same threats -- and should be doing their utmost to counteract those risks. Here are the five most common successful cyber attacks.</p> Security Anti-spam Anti-virus Malware Patch Management Phishing Social Engineering Security Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Roger A. Grimes 208361 at http://images.infoworld.com Tech predictions gone wrong http://images.infoworld.com/t/it-management/tech-predictions-gone-wrong-205383?source=rss_anti-spam <p>The computer industry and the customers it serves have proven to be extraordinarily slippery during the past 45 years.</p> <p>Though there have been plenty of mundanely accurate predictions of market share, technology development and adoption rates, the predictions that stick in the mind are those that demonstrate spectacular misjudgment, misunderstanding, overly optimistic hyperbole, self-delusion or wishful thinking.</p> Internet Anti-spam IT Management Consumer Electronics Desktop PCs Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:46:12 +0000 admin 205383 at http://images.infoworld.com Follow the money: IT unravels payroll puzzle http://images.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/follow-the-money-it-unravels-payroll-puzzle-203239?source=rss_anti-spam <p>It can be infuriating -- and humbling -- to review the makings of a tech snafu. Yes, there are many reasons why details can be overlooked in any IT project: <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/the-it-migration-hell-197972">lack of communication</a> between those in the workflow, <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/it-sweatshop-pays-the-price-budget-cuts-195913">limited resources</a>, or a <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/it-jobs/amateur-hour-database-disaster-it-cant-fix-198595">new technology deployed</a>, to name a few.</p> your IT tales IT Jobs Anti-spam IT Management IT Training Email Software Software Licensing Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 203239 at http://images.infoworld.com Update: Competitors target Postini customers after Google closes unit http://images.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/competitors-target-postini-customers-after-google-closes-unit-201017?source=rss_anti-spam <p>Email security vendors are trying to lure Postini customers now that Google has announced plans to shut down the unit and migrate its customers to Google Apps.</p> Cloud Computing Security Google Google Apps Anti-spam Collaboration Software Email Software Encryption SaaS Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:38:31 +0000 admin 201017 at http://images.infoworld.com