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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. 

  • Top spammer indicted on email fraud, identity theft

    The arrest may reduce the volume of spam in the short-term, say experts and analysts, but the real spam threat comes from criminal gangs based in Asia and Russia. 

  • IETF approves new weapon to fight spam, phish

    DomainKeys Identified Mail specification (DKIM) gained approval as an official IETF standard. The approval is seen as a major step in the fight against spam and phishing attacks. 

  • Symantec fixes flaws in Norton, pcAnywhere

    Attackers could exploit flaws in Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and pcAnywhere to launch malicious code or compromise a user's session credentials. 

  • Death threats part of new online scam

    Security experts are warning of a new online scam in which the victim receives an emailed death threat. Such scams are becoming known as a 419 death threat. 

  • Technology making headway in spam battle

    Few people in the world know more about identifying and stopping spam and other unwanted email than Paul Judge. Now the chief technology officer at Secure Computing Inc., Judge spent years at CipherTrust studying spammers, their motives and tactics a... 

  • New image spam sneaks into inboxes

    Researchers at Secure Computing Corp. have discovered a new form of image spam that is sneaking into corporate systems and clogging inboxes. 

  • Hackers get free reign to develop techniques says Microsoft security chief

    A patchwork of laws in the United States and foreign apathy toward cyber crimes give attackers an advantage over law enforcement, said Microsoft's top security chief Scott Charney. 

  • Microsoft claims success in spam battle with Sender ID

    Sender ID, a framework to verify the authenticity of email messages, is successful in blocking tens of millions of messages each day, Microsoft claims in a study it released today. 

  • Malware outbreak 'largest in almost a year'

    Security firm Postini and the SANS Internet Storm Center said they are tracking a significant malware outbreak. Postini calls it the biggest email attack in almost a year.