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Scammers Finally Punished For Cheating U.S. Taxpayers Out Of Millions Of Dollars
Scamming phone call ring (from India) that stole millions was caught, convicted, and sentenced.
law  scam  spam  via:rachel 
july 2018 by mcherm
Using chatbots against voicespam: analyzing Lenny’s effectiveness | the morning paper
Lenny, the chatbot deployed to waste the time of spam callers, has no actual voice recognition. It keeps people engaged (very effectively) because it exploits underlying "turn-taking" mechanisms in human speech.
ai  spam  via:HackerNews 
september 2017 by mcherm
Kindle Unlimited is being flooded with 3,000-page garbage books that suck money out of the system / Boing Boing
Fake books that trick Amazon into paying the "publisher" by making it look like the person actually read it.
spam  amazon 
april 2016 by mcherm
FCC hopes to shut down robocallers by publishing numbers weekly | Ars Technica
In the fight against telephone spam, this seems surprisingly weak to me. Unlike email, the telephone protocol has a KNOWN SENDER. So why can't the phone companies just shut this down!
spam  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
october 2015 by mcherm
[messaging] Modern anti-spam and E2E crypto
A detailed explanation of how Google has managed spam on gMail over history and why, all the way up to the current day.
spam  email  google  gmail  blogworthy 
september 2014 by mcherm
To Beat Spam Filters, Look Like A Spammer? - Slashdot
Newsletters get blocked by spam filters sometimes. The things they recommend doing to avoid it all erode privacy protections.
spam  via:slashdot  privacy 
october 2013 by mcherm
Recruiter Spam
Someone who's keeping statistics on spam from technical recruiters.
hiring  spam  via:HackerNews 
march 2013 by mcherm
An update on our war against account hijackers | Official Google Blog
Google shares some information about attacks on Gmail accounts. Apparently they're filtering ~99% of spam. Attacks on accounts by guessing passwords used elsewhere is rampant and organized... a few organizations do 100s of attacks per second. They combat this with extra authentication for suspicious login attempts and 2-factor authentication.
google  security  spam  hacking  phishing  gmail  blogworthy  via:boingboing 
february 2013 by mcherm
Oxford Blocks Google Docs | Hacker News
Oxford blocked Google Docs because its forms were being used to collect data in a phishing attempt on Oxford students. I explain several better ways to have handled this problem.
spam  security  via:HackerNews  phishing 
february 2013 by mcherm
SOPA-like Nightmare: Domain Shut Down, No Notice, Over A Million Pages Down | Hacker News
A good example of the kind of harm that can happen if SOPA-like laws pass, but in this case his whole site was shut down due to one single failure of something else: spam.
sopa  law  politics  privacy  security  via:HackerNews  spam 
december 2011 by mcherm
Where Have All the Spambots Gone? — Krebs on Security
Amazing tale. Spam has been dropping precipitously since some anti-spam enforcement began. But bots are getting tougher, using powerful rootkits and doing things like cleansing the hacked machines of OTHER malware.
via:boingboing  spam  security  virus  rootkit 
july 2011 by mcherm
A way to take out spammers? 3 banks process 95% of spam transactions
Just 3 banks process 95% of spam payments (an 1 of those wants out of the business). Perhaps this is a weak link that could be used to make spam untenable.
spam  via:HackerNews  ArsTechnica  banking 
june 2011 by mcherm
Email Reputation Causes Penalties in Google Search Results Web Developers
This fellow claims that Google is now driving site rankings by the quality of the emails coming from the domain in question.
seo  spam  google  via:HackerNews 
may 2011 by mcherm
It's made out of meat. - Charlie's Diary
Charles Stross poses the following: spammers and spam filterers are engaged in building a Turing test and a tool to beat a Turing test. Perhaps this is what will result in genuine AI.
singularity  spam  via:CharlesStross  ai 
january 2011 by mcherm
Keeping an email address secret won't hide it from spambots | Technology |
Cory Doctorow agrees with me: there's no sense trying to keep your email address secret.
security  spam  email  via:CoryDoctorow  CoryDoctorow 
january 2011 by mcherm
Trouble In the House of Google: Coding Horror
Someone else (In this case, Jeff Attwood) saying that Google is having a major problem lately with spammy pages built from scraped content.
via:CodingHorror  codinghorror  seo  spam  google  JeffAtwood 
january 2011 by mcherm
Random Digilante: Hacking Spammers
A guy who hacks the accounts of people running tools to post spam on forums, then sets it to send out messages saying "please delete this account".
security  spam  via:HackerNews 
october 2010 by mcherm
Daring Fireball: Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks
There's this terribly annoying feature that attempts to interfere and insert text in whenever you copy from a website. Here's how to block it.
internet  via:reddit  javascript  spam 
june 2010 by mcherm
The App Store Spam Problem -
Well-known apps for iPhone have lots of junk apps that are named similarly.
appstore  spam  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
may 2010 by mcherm
Coding Horror: So You'd Like to Send Some Email (Through Code)
Jeff Atwood explains what you need to do if you want to make sure that the email your machine is generating and sending will actually arrive without being classified as spam.
email  spam  via:CodingHorror  JeffAtwood 
april 2010 by mcherm
Good Guys Bring Down the Mega-D Botnet - PC World
Astonishing. I just cannot believe that we live in a world that actually has battles between criminals and heroic (but unsupported) security experts over control of 250,000 hacked computers.
security  hacking  spam  botnet  via:reddit 
january 2010 by mcherm
Anatomy of a bad search result – chris dixon's blog
How Google gets fooled: someone is building fake "blog" sites that pull text from real sources (wikipedia, etc) to fool Google.
search  google  spam  seo  via:HackerNews 
december 2009 by mcherm
Internet ghost-towns: the blocked IPs where the bad guys used to live - Boing Boing
IP address blocks where spammers used to live are now "toxic waste dumps" that legit businesses cannot occupy.
internet  spam  via:boingboing 
november 2009 by mcherm
Security firm chokes sprawling spam botnet • The Register
It's like something out of a scifi novel: battling cybercrime syndicates and heroic defense forces. But it's real.
via:slashdot  spam  security  botnet  TheRegister 
november 2009 by mcherm
John Resig - Google Groups is Dead
A complete reaming of Google Groups, and all for completely justified reasons. He has convinced ME never to use it.
google  usenet  J  JohnResig  via:HackerNews  spam 
october 2009 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Who Falls for those Nigerian 419 Scams Anyway?
A look at someone who was actually taken in (for $400,000) by Nigerian email scams.
via:BruceSchneier  BruceSchneier  scam  spam 
january 2009 by mcherm
A spam-fighting service. I'm not as impressed as with my current tool, but then I'm also not happy with my current tool.
blogging  spam 
december 2008 by mcherm
Spamalytics: An Empirical Analysis of Spam Marketing Conversion
To really understand the economics of Spam, you need to know the conversion rate. So some researchers hacked part of the "Storm" network and followed 500 million spam emails in order to measure this and other facts. Interesting ethical problem also.
via:BruceSchneier  spam  research  hacking  security  ethics 
november 2008 by mcherm
Spam Volumes Drop by Two-Thirds After Firm Goes Offline - Security Fix
Spam volumes drop by 2/3 after an evil ISP is closed. But they'll be back soon.
via:reddit  spam  ISP 
november 2008 by mcherm
Spam gets 1 response per 12,500,000 emails | News | TechRadar UK
Some actual measurements of the rate of spam responses. It's low... one in ten million responds. That's still enough to make huge profits, because the cost of sending is so very close to zero.
via:digg  spam 
november 2008 by mcherm
Fake popup study sadly confirms most users are idiots
An actual study on popup windows shows what we probably could have guessed: people don't notice the difference and just see them as an annoyance. And they may click some likely button, just close the window, or just drag it out of the way so they can get on with the work... any of these responses is more-or-less random.
security  popup  spam  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Lessons from the bloody war on spam | Technology |
Insights from the "war on spam" (spam won) that might apply to the attempts to apply DRM to prevent peer-to-peer sharing. By Cory Doctorow.
CoryDoctorow  DRM  spam  security  copyright 
september 2008 by mcherm
Heinlein's Fan Mail Solution
Heinlein had a creative and innovative way of coping with the mass of fanmail that he received. He used a form letter in the form of a FAQ.
RobertHeinlein  spam  socialcomputing  fame  via:boingboing 
september 2008 by mcherm
Valentino’s tiny WebServer » Post Topic » Stopping blog spam or Why I started to block Internet Explorer 6
He blocks IE6 from his site since so many bots use that user agent. I doubt this is a good idea (too easy for the bots to circumvent), but it makes me wonder if the stats for users of IE6 are seriously inflated?
spam  browsers  blogging 
september 2008 by mcherm
BBC NEWS | Technology | Letter lottery defines spam load
Curious thing: the percentage of email received which is spam varies significantly depending on the first letter of your name. Why this should be is not really explained.
spam  via:digg  hash 
september 2008 by mcherm
Inside India’s CAPTCHA solving economy | Zero Day |
Yes, there's an actual business that pays people in India to solve captchas. That finally breaks CAPTCHA forever.
via:boingboing  security  captcha  spam 
september 2008 by mcherm
Computerworld - How CAPTCHA got trashed
Another article about how CAPTCHA is broken.
captcha  security  spam 
july 2008 by mcherm
Amazon EC2’s spam and malware problems / Justin Mason's Weblog
Amazon's EC2 is being used to send spam. Amazon's initial response was less helpful than it ought to have been.
spam  ec2  amazon 
july 2008 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Ransomware
My thoughts on ransomware -- it's more dangerous than it sounds.
via:BruceSchneier  mypostings  security  spam  virus 
june 2008 by mcherm
Coding Horror: The Day The Trackbacks Died
Trackbacks don't work. Here's why. Also an idea of what to do instead (maybe).
blogging  JeffAtwood  spam 
may 2008 by mcherm
Mailinator(tm) Blog: How to search for the word "pen1s" in 185 emails every second
A description of a programming problem and how a trie is the right tool to solve it. The problem is to scan huge amounts of data for spam keywords.
algorithms  programming  spam  datastructures  trie  java 
january 2008 by mcherm
xkcd » Blog Archive » ROBOT9000 and #xkcd-signal: Attacking Noise in Chat
Very interesting idea. Given a chat channel which has grown too big to be useful, prune it down by blocking anyone who says a sentence that's ever been said before.
xkcd  via:digg  internet  socialcomputing  social  collaboration  spam  chat  moderation 
january 2008 by mcherm
Inside the 'Ron Paul' Spam Botnet - Research - SecureWorks
An account of a detailed investigation into some spam apparently sent on behalf of the Ron Paul campaign. We learn a lot about the botnet and the spam sender but nothing at all about who asked for it / paid for it.
spam  politics  blogentry  botnet  hacking  security 
december 2007 by mcherm
BBC NEWS | Technology | PC stripper helps spam to spread
Spammers beat capchas by showing porn to people in exchange for solving them.
security  spam  phishing  funny  via:BruceSchneier  capcha 
november 2007 by mcherm
Catalog Choice - Eliminate unwanted catalogs you receive in the mail
A site which promises to stop the sending of unwanted paper catalogs.
spam  useful 
october 2007 by mcherm
Gathering 'Storm' Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets
Article describing a truly scary botnet that is gathering (substantial!) power, but not doing anything (yet).
via:BruceSchneier  security  virus  software  spam  windows  botnet  scary 
october 2007 by mcherm
Light Blue Touchpaper » There aren’t that many serious spammers any more
There are just a few giant spammers. Also it's now 75% of traffic!!
april 2007 by mcherm
Wikipedia Nofollows Links
An interesting proposal that wikis start with links set as "nofollow" to avoid benefiting spammers, but then modify them to normal after a certain period of time.
blogging  spam  wiki 
january 2007 by mcherm
Site where phishing sites can be tracked; can be freely incorporated into applications.
useful  spam 
october 2006 by mcherm
Spamlent Green is people
Proof that some blog spam is written by people.
personal_net  blog  spam 
july 2006 by mcherm

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