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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.

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.

"Wire transfer canceled"? Watch out for spammed-out malware attack

"Wire transfer canceled"? Watch out for spammed-out malware attack

If you've received an email in your inbox telling you that your wire transfer has been cancelled, take care - as it's the latest attempt by online criminals to infect the general public's Windows computers.

Would you let a spammer give you a root canal? Sure you would!

When someone contacts you entirely for their benefit, out of the blue, and pitches you a concept that is peculiar at best, and outright alarming at worst...

...you really do find yourself thinking, "Why? WHY? What can the sender POSSIBLY hope to get out of this?"

New incoming fax message is actually malware - be on your guard!

Example of junk fax

Computer users are warned to be on the lookout for messages in their email inbox, claiming to be an incoming fax.

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

In case you missed any recent stories, here's everything we wrote in the last seven days.

Goodbye to spam, er, @spam, on Twitter...

Twitter and its users have perennial problems with spam, as a quick search of Naked Security will reveal.

So you might be surprised that the micro-blogging site's own Twitter identity for reporting spam, the easily-remembered account "@spam", has been killed off.

Anatomy of a phish - how to spot a Man-in-the-Middle attack, and other security tips

Even if you are used to phishing scams, it still pays to take the occasional look at a scam campaign, just to remind yourself not to let your guard down.

Paul Ducklin digs into a recent "tax refund" phish with an added Man-in-the-Middle attack...

Warning! Hackers are exploiting Texas explosion news to spread malware

Warning! Hackers are exploiting Waco explosion news to spread malware

Once again, cybercriminals are leaping at the opportunity to take advantage of breaking news stories to spread malware.

Snapchat sexting spam - how to stop messages from Honey Crush 9 and her friends

Snapchat sexting spam - did you get a message from Honey Crush 9?

Many Snapchat users complain that they were sent photos from scantily-clad women with names such as "Honey.Crush9" inviting them to join them in a Skype conversation.

Here's what happened, and how to stop it from happening again.

Sick malware authors exploit Boston Marathon bombing with Trojan attack

Sick malware authors exploit Boston Marathon bombing with Trojan attack

With sick inevitability, cybercriminals have exploited interest in the breaking news story of the explosions at the Boston Marathon by spreading malware.

Mali offers free .ML domains to anyone. What could *possibly* go wrong?

Mali offers free .ML domains to anyone. What could *possibly* go wrong?

It's good news if you're a cybercriminal.

But probably not something that's going to do much good for one of the world's poorest countries.

Linkless Italian phishers quote Shakespeare in an attempt to defeat security products

Linkless Italian phishers quote Shakespeare in an attempt to defeat security products

O, frailty, thy name is insecure pet supply website operators...

Spammers think quoting Hamlet is a way to help them steal usernames and passwords - but they're wrong.

German net users targeted by Skype email malware attack

German net users targeted by Skype email malware attack

SophosLabs has intercepted a malware attack, hitting many German internet users today, disguised as an email from Skype with the title "Wir haben Ihre Bestellung geliefert".

Bill Gates offers $5000 for Facebook sharing? It's just not that funny

Bill Gates offers $5000 for Facebook sharing? It's just not that funny

Bill Gates may be a billionaire, but if he's going to splash his cash around he's got better things to do with it than give it to people who simply share a photo of him on Facebook.

Monday review - the hot 17 stories of the week

Monday review - the hot stories of the week

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

A QQ-loving US soldier in Iraq is offering $120 to every reader of Naked Security

A QQ-loving US soldier in Iraq is offering $120 to every reader of Naked Security

Apparently Sgt Jack Lenz is looking for a "loyal and trusting person".

Well, that's *us* - right?

Has your Hewlett-Packard ScanJet printer just tried to infect your PC with malware?

Has your Hewlett-Packard ScanJet printer just tried to infect your PC with malware?

Beware! Cybercriminals have attempted to infect computers worldwide, disguising their attack as an email claiming to come from a scanner in your office.

"We apologise for the previous apology" - NZ gov dept in email CC: double-blunder

A government department in New Zealand has had to apologise twice after mixing up CC: and BCC: when apologising for mixing up CC: and BCC:.

It's a really easy mistake to make, so take a moment to remind yourself why it's a bad idea...