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Spammers take advantage of Naked Security writing about spammers

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An identity theft focused spam campaign is doing the rounds pretending to be a winning notification from the American "green card lottery". Worse yet, the spammers decided to utilize imagery hosted on Naked Security.

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese cops nab 1,530 mobile SMS spammers in raid on fake base stations

Chinese police have arrested 1,530 spammers who've been driving around, spewing spam at people's phones from mobile, fake base stations. But it's just a drop in China's enormously spammy bucket.

How emails can be used to track your location and how to stop it

Chrome extension 'Streak' betrays what time you open mail and your location

A new Google Chrome browser extension lets email senders using Google accounts see when recipients open email, who exactly opened the email, and where the recipient is located. And sorry, but no, recipients don't have a say in the matter whatsoever, since we don't have to sign up for the extension to have it blab about us.

Facebook: At least 67 million accounts are fake

Facebook: At least 67 million accounts are fake

Based on Facebook's own figures, anywhere from 67 up to 137 million of its monthly users are either duplicate, malicious or otherwise 'fake'.

The Spampionship, the PWN2OWN unicorn, and how Target was breached - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Where do you find Extreme Spammers? Can you find the exploit unicorn? And how did Target get breached?

Find out in 60 Sec Security for 08 Feb 2014...

Move over, Superbowl - here come the latest "Dirty Dozen" SPAMPIONSHIP tables!

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Unlike conventional sporting events such as the Superbowl, the Six Nations or the Bundesliga, the SPAMPIONSHIP is one title that no team wants to win.

Find out who finished where...

Sophos Techknow - Understanding Botnets [PODCAST]

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Botnets, short for "robot networks", are more than just malware: they're the money making machinery of modern cybercriminals.

Paul Ducklin and James Wyke help you to understand the What, How and Why of this troublesome topic...

Festive season spammers offer some cutting criticism to the Naked Security crew...

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Most of the time, the spam comments submitted to Naked Security are unremittingly flattering.

But at least one festive season spammer has taken the opposite approach...

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?

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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

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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.