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October 21, 2009  7:08 PM

Panda Security Finds Automotive Industry Hit Hardest by Spam



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, spam

Interesting study. It seems that spam content received is constant across all industries and the majority of it is pharmaceutical related. This could mean one of two things: either very few spammers are responsible (likely); or, a lot of men fall for the v-i-AGR*A spam. Anyway, check it...

September 23, 2009  8:15 PM

Hacking Skills Challenge – Level 5



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Ethical hacking, Hacking, Password, Security, security awareness

So far, we’ve explored the first 4 basic missions at HackThisSite.org. As we get to each new level, the difficulty increases, but they’re still pretty easy.


August 14, 2009  7:18 PM

Gmail Vulnerability Points Up the Need for Strong Password Policy



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Exploits, Gmail, insecure, Password, Secure Computing, Security, Vulnerabilities

There’s a vulnerability affecting Gmail accounts that was recently announced by security researcher Vincente Aguilera Diaz. You can read the posting on the Full Disclosure security list which contains complete...


July 27, 2009  8:50 PM

“Of Course, I Never Reply to Spam – Except Sometimes”



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Botnet, E-mail scam, Email security, Phishing, Secure Computing, Security, security awareness, spam

Sounds funny, doesn't it?  But that's part of the title of a consumer survey recently completed by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG): "A...

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June 30, 2009  1:32 AM

Accused Spam King Alan Ralsky Pleads Guilty



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Botnet, Cybercrime, E-mail scam, Scam, spam

Once again, I’m behind on the news. This Security Fix report is almost a week old:

Alan Ralsky, a 64-year-old...


May 11, 2009  8:44 PM

Real Spam Statistics



Posted by: Ken Harthun
email, Email security, Security, spam

Depending on whose reports you view, spam accounts for from 85 to 95 percent of all emails sent. This may hold true over the Internet at large, but as with any other statistical data, there are local and regional variations. My own inbox is an exception to the general rule; I get far more...


April 30, 2009  1:21 AM

Swine Flu Breeds Spam



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Email security, Scam, Security, spam

As usually happens with major disaster events—in this case the impending Swine Flu pandemic—email scammers are busy perpetrating pharmaceutical and other types of scams. In some cases, they’re using celebrity names to grab attention. Spam is hitting inboxes with various subjects. The...


April 15, 2009  12:31 AM

Beware U.S. Tax Phishing Scams



Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Email security, IRS Phishing, Scam, Tax scam

It's tax time in the U.S. and with that generally comes an increase in the number of phishing scams directed at taxpayers. The IRS, whether we like them or not, has an excellent anti-scam/anti-phishing web site. One key thing to remember is that the IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications...


February 11, 2009  10:30 PM

Software for Secure Computing: Easy Email & File Security with AxCrypt



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Encryption, Secure Computing, Security

Most of the email we send and receive from our co-workers, family, and businesses contains little that requires any degree of confidentiality. The same goes for most of the files we have stored on our hard drives and thumb drives. Occasionally, however, we need to pass on or store some information...


January 14, 2009  2:28 AM

Security Resolutions for 2009



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Email security, Secure Computing

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