24 May 2021

Amex Fined After Sending Over Four Million Spam Emails

American Express has been fined by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for sending out over four million spam emails, becoming the latest big-name brand to receive a fine from the data protection regulator. The company has been fined £90,000 for the emails, which were marketing messages. The ICO alleges

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31 Mar 2020

Coronavirus-themed spam surged 14,000% in two weeks says IBM

Recently, there have been numerous reports of cybercriminals and hacking groups taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. IBM emerged with new information that stated that in the past two weeks, coronavirus themed spam has increased by 14,000%. The report by IBM’s X-Force reveals how much spam has been generated, taking

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30 Sep 2019

Most malspam contains a malicious URL these days, not file attachments

Email-based cyber campaigns usually rely on malicious links rather than malware-laced attachments, a new report by Proofpoint shows. In the second quarter of this year, the vast majority (85%) of malicious spam emails (malspam) contained nefarious URLs. Malicious links were also more popular than attachments in the first quarter of

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30 Aug 2019

Phishing attacks jump by 21% in latest quarter, says Kaspersky

The number of phishing campaigns increased by 21% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year, a new Kaspersky report shows. The firm detected a total of 129.9 million phishing emails that impacted 12.3% of Kaspersky users. The most targeted organizations were banks (30.7%), payment

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07 Aug 2019

Ongoing Campaign Spoofs Walmart, Dating, Movie Sites

Threat actors have set up over 540 domains that closely resemble that of Walmart and a number of career, dating, and movie and TV websites, a security professional at DomainTools discovered. So far only 181 of the spoofed domains have been blacklisted, but this number will likely increase in the

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12 Jun 2019

More than 3B fake emails sent daily as phishing attacks persist

A new Valimail report shows that threat actors are distributing a staggering 3.4 billion inauthentic emails every single day, representing 1.2% of all email. This is happening even though 80% of all inboxes across the globe use the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) open standard in order to

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10 Jun 2019

The Minefield of Corporate Email

Even though the concept of spam is about 40 years old and phishing campaigns have been around for over 30 years, email-based attacks remain a massive problem for corporations and individual users alike, a new Cisco report shows. One of the reasons that email attacks are still so common and

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10 Jun 2019

Microsoft Warns of Campaign Exploiting 2017 Bug

Microsoft is urging users to update a two-year-old vulnerability that is being used in a fresh wave of attacks. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2017-11882, was patched in 2017, but many unpatched systems remain vulnerable. The new campaign involves spam emails containing malicious RTF attachments capable of exploiting the vulnerability in order

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26 Apr 2019

Cybercriminals are becoming more methodical and adaptive

A new report by Trustwave sheds light on how cybercriminals continue to shift tactics to increase the success rate of their attacks. When it comes to spam, the report shows that campaigns aiming to distribute malware are on the decline, while other malicious spam campaigns, such as those involving sextortion

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08 Mar 2019

An Email Marketing Company Left 809 Million Records Exposed Online

Once again, an unsecured database has exposed sensitive data on millions of people and companies This time, “email validation” firm Verifications.io failed to properly secure a MongoDB database containing 809 million marketing-related records. The data included 763 unique email addresses, as well as names, gender, birth dates, phone numbers, physical

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