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  • Spammers tweak Storm to push PDF spam, less image spam

    Spammers that target enterprises are switching from image spam to emails containing PDF attachments that could eventually perform denial of service attacks and spread bot code. 

  • Countdown: Top 5 next-generation messaging attacks that antivirus can't catch

    In this Podcast, expert Mike Rothman counts down the top five next-generation messaging attacks that antivirus can't catch, and tells you how to stop them. 

  • Eliminating the threat of spam email attacks

    Spam emails cluttering your inbox aren't just a minor inconvenience; these annoying messages can infect your systems with harmful code, viruses and Trojans. Contributor Scott Sidel examines SpamAssassin, an open source software tool designed to keep ... 

  • pharming

    Pharming is a scamming practice in which malicious code is installed on a personal computer or server, misdirecting users to fraudulent Web sites without their knowledge or consent. 

  • spam trap

    A spam trap is the inclusion of an option in an online form that is preselected by default with the expectation that the user will fail to notice the option. 

  • spoof

    Spoof was a game involving trickery and nonsense that was invented by an English comedian, Arthur Roberts, prior to 1884, when it is recorded as having been "revived. 

  • spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail)

    A spam cocktail (or anti-spam cocktail) is the use of several different technologies in combination to successfully identify and minimize spam. The use of multiple mechanisms increases the accuracy of spam identification and reduces the number of fal... 

  • Joe job

    A Joe job is an e-mail spoofing exploit in which someone sends out huge volumes of spam that appear to be from someone other than the actual source. 

  • munging

    Munging is the deliberate alteration of an e-mail address on a Web page to hide the address from spambot programs that scour the Internet for e-mail addresses. 

  • mail bomb

    A mail bomb is the sending of a massive amount of e-mail to a specific person or system.