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UK payday loan spammers fined £175K for "Hi, Mate!" texts

UK payday loan spammers fined £175K for Hi, Mate! texts

Pretending to be your friend and urging you to take out a payday loan so you can go live it up is both immoral and illegal, the ICO says.

Google admits that forcing G+ on YouTube users has increased spam

Google admits that forcing G+ on YouTube users has increased spam

Google's recent decision to revamp YouTube's comment system by integrating Google+ in order to reduce spam has proven to be extremely unpopular with users. Ironically, however, it has proven to be quite a hit with the spammers themselves.

Spam from an anti-virus company claiming to be a security patch? It's Zbot/Zeus malware...

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A spam campaign that seems to originate from a whole raft of different security and anti-virus companies...

...is actually an effort to trick to into installing a new variant of Zbot/Zeus onto your computer.

Black Friday spams are too good to be true

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With the holiday season approaching and lots of super good deals being offered around the American Thanksgiving holiday, retailers aren't the only ones looking to make a buck.

Dirty Dozen spam sending nations - find where you finished in our Q3 SPAMPIONSHIP chart

Another calendar quarter is behind us, so it is once again time to wade into our spam traps and work out the latest SPAMPIONSHIP standings.

That's where we look at the sources of spam in order to calculate the Dirty Dozen spam sending countries.

Twitter introducing new direct message options - to combat spam or invite more?

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

Twitter appears to be rolling out new options to allow the reception of direct messages from users you don't follow and new restrictions on what types of links can be sent through direct messages. Is this a safety feature or does is it too restrictive?

Facebook finally wins $3 million payout in Power Ventures spam lawsuit

Facebook finally wins $3 million payout in Power Ventures spam lawsuit

Power Ventures lured Facebook users into handing over access to their contact lists, then spammed everyone they knew with emails urging them to join their site. Now that Facebook has won its five-year legal battle, has it earned back some trust?

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Secure Google Docs email results in mailbox compromise

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As cloud services become more pervasive criminals continue to try and convince corporate users to surrender their identities.

Google Docs is the latest target, so look out!

Monday review - the hot 18 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

The Dirty Dozen spamming countries - introducing the SophosLabs SPAMMIERSHIP League Tables!

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Once every three months, we tot up our country-by-country spamtrap statistics for the previous quarter and calculate the Dirty Dozen.

Of course, this is one "competition" in which getting promoted into the Premier Division - the SPAMMIERSHIP - is a cause for disappointment, not jubilation...

Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Game over - Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Sony has thrown in the towel on its appeal of a £250,000 fine ($377,500) imposed after its PlayStation Network was hacked in April 2011, losing data such as names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords of millions of users.

Monday review - the hot 16 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Google's $6m SMS spam suit nearing payout time

Google's $6m SMS spam suit nearing payout time

A class action lawsuit brought against Google for mass SMS spamming is drawing to a close, with a final hearing last week upholding the $6 million compensation fund agreed a year ago.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Did you miss anything in the past week?

Here's a recap of the hot 22 stories of the past seven days, so you can catch up quickly!

Facebook leak, Canadian spam, Opera breach - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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It's Saturday, and that means *60 Second Security*, where we aim to touch on some of the more thought-provoking security topics of the past week in just one minute of video.

Why not give this week's video a go?

Canada's long-delayed spam laws risk being quietly shelved

Canada's long-delayed anti-spam laws risk being quietly shelved

Anti-spam legislation in Canada should have been in force several years ago but it's unlikely that the laws will have any teeth for several more years, and they may even fall by the wayside. So Canadians, unless you want to be the weak link, pester your politicians to pull their collective fingers out.

Breakfast malware at Tiffany's? Trojan horses spammed out widely

Breakfast malware at Tiffany's? Trojan horses spammed out widely

Little blue boxes from Tiffany & Co. are the stuff of dreams for many. Don't let an unexpected email delivery - apparently from the company - make you so giddy with an excitement that you end up with a computer nightmare.

How to measure the biggest and most dangerous threats

measuring the biggest and most dangerous threats

Just about every security company publishes some sort of prevalence data - those little bar charts and top tens showing the most important and widespread threats. The raw data behind these easy-to-consume representations can be very useful to security experts and testers.

Outbreak! Fake Amazon UK emails spammed out, delivering malware

Fake Amazon UK emails spammed out, delivering malware

Although there has been increased talk recently on drive-by-downloads and compromised websites being used to deliver malware, it's worth remembering that email-based malware is far from dead.