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PPI SMS text spammers fined £440,000 by UK Information Commissioner

Posted November 29, 2012 The UK information commissioner has for the first time used its shut-the-hell-up powers to quash the annoyance that is spam text messaging, having fined two men nearly half a million pounds. More such investigations are in the works, the ICO promised. Read more.

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Goatse hacker Auernheimer found guilty of breaching AT&T to access customer iPad data

Posted November 22, 2012 A hacker claims he was disclosing a security flaw responsibly. But IRC transcripts show that the Goatse hacking group was instead musing about shorting AT&T stock, discussed selling 120,000 email addresses to spammers, and never told AT&T about the vulnerability in the first place. Here’s the full story.

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iOS dictionary apps posting false piracy “confessions” onto users’ Twitter accounts

Posted November 14, 2012 An iOS dictionary application has rewarded those who bought it by hijacking their Twitter feeds to post cooked-up piracy confessions. The Japanese maker of the dictionary apps has apologised and posted fixed versions, but the #softwarepirateconfession tweets are still coming in at a good clip, much to the chagrin of law-abiding, […]

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“Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card” is a Facebook scam

Posted November 8, 2012 Hungry for a few dozen hamburgers? Your stomach will continue to rumble, plus your blood pressure will likely go up, if you click on a Facebook survey scam offering “Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card”. For more, here’s the story.

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Spammers exploit open redirects on US government websites

Posted October 23, 2012 Would you trust a URL which ends with .gov? US government websites have been left with egg on their faces, after spammers exploited sloppily coded redirect code to redirect gullible internet users into visiting “make money fast” websites. Read all about it.

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India spews more spam than ever before, report finds

Posted October 16, 2012 You can thank India for one out of six spam messages in your inbox, up from one in 10 when SophosLabs last put out its list of the Dirty Dozen top spam-relaying countries. The UK has upped its spam output as well, meaning it’s rejoined the dirty dozen after an 18-month […]

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Facebook glitch lets spear phishers impersonate users’ friends and family

Posted August 31, 2012 Facebook blames a “temporary misconfiguration” for allowing spammers to get their hands on users’ personal details and then pose as trusted friends to lure victims into clicking. But is the problem properly fixed yet? Read more here.

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Exploits posing as messages from payroll company ADP

Posted August 8, 2012 The bogus messages contain links to Java exploits that some anti-virus products struggle to detect. Read more here.

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Is security training futile?

Posted July 20, 2012 Phishing attacks succeed against even those who should know better. Which all begs the question, “Why bother with security training?” Read the full story.

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