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.
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.
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, […]
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.
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 […]
Posted October 15, 2012 A slimmer, trimmer new eBay logo, rolled out last week, is already being pasted into phishing scams. Add “skinny letters” to the list of warning signs that flag fake eBay-branded come-ons. Read all about it.
Posted August 8, 2012 The bogus messages contain links to Java exploits that some anti-virus products struggle to detect. Read more here.
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.