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Everything You Need to Know About Email Spam, Rackspace Infographics Rocks!

We are all annoyed by spam, right? I mean, I could not think of anybody who takes pleasure in receiving spam emails. But have you ever wondered how spam invaded our email inbox? Or how much spam is out there in the online world that we all live in? We are those spams coming from really? Is Nigeria the biggest spammer country? – I think it’s time to debunk this myth in fairness to Nigeria.

These and other facts about spam are answered by this cool infographics prepared by the folks at Rackspace, who like everyone of us are annoyed by these persistently and rampantly attacking spam on our email. Learn and enjoy about folks!

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PleaseRobMe Hits on FourSquare, Other Location-Aware Services

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A new site called Please Rob Me is getting some media mileage not only because of its intriguing name but also because of its equally intriguing purpose.  Please Rob Me describes its goal as follows:

The goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. Because all this site is, is a dressed up Twitter search page (link). Everybody can get this information.

So, what does the site actually does? Well, controversial as well. It compiles and lists down all the status updates published on FourSquare and perhaps soon other location-aware services as well, that pertains to individuals saying that they are about to leave their homes to go somewhere else. These are posted on the site and on Twitter.

While Please Rob Me’s goal is unquestionably noble, the way it is pushing things to achieve this goal is not. Raising the level of awareness of the public over some dangerous matters is a good feat, but actually giving the would-be perpetrators an idea about this whole thing is certainly not commendable.

The site posts those updates on their Twitter account for all its followers to see and monitor.   They say that FourSquare, Gowalla and the others are just dressed up Twitter where updates live links that anyone can click through and access.

But the thing is, those location-aware service still give users the options to set up their privacy settings and control who among their contacts they would allow access to their updates. So, I guess location-aware services are still safe, just like Twitter.

Sugababes Promotes Windows 7, C’mon!

If the video promoting Google’s mobile search with movies  was rather inappropriate because it features three geek-looking Google engineers looking for a theater where New Moon is currently showing, wait till you see this new Microsoft video promoting Microsoft 7.  Microsoft’s video stars three babes known in the UK as Sugababes showing us how they use Windows 7 in their daily busy lives. Really? More →

How Google Chrome OS Will Handle Web Security

Before you get drown into the waves of news items explaining what Google Chrome is and what it is not, let’s not forget one of its most  important feature  which might make it click among Internet security geeks, like us.

The Official Google Blog explains why Chrome OS is very a secured OS by saying that since all apps that you will use will be living within the Chrome browser, Google has made sure that security was given utmost priority. More →

Miami is riskiest city for online fraud

According to a new survey, New Yorkis no longer the U.S. city eCommerce merchants fear most. That dubious distinction now belongs to Miami. In the survey, an annual poll of online merchants commissioned by CyberSource Corporation, merchants were asked “What single major U.S. or Canadian city presented the highest risk of online fraud?” No city garnered a majority of the votes, but this year Miami surpassed New York City. Runners up were Los Angeles and Chicago. Other cities receiving votes included Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

In the “Riskiest Country” category, Nigeria easily retained its position as number one, with more than three times the votes of the next country. Runners up were the UK in second place, Ghana in third, Indonesia in fourth, and China in fifth. Russia, which had been among the leaders in the two prior years of the survey’s history, fell out of the rankings for the first time.

The city and country questions were part of a larger survey, the Ninth Annual CyberSource Fraud Survey, commissioned by CyberSource Corporation and undertaken by Mindwave Research. The survey was fielded September 13, 2007 through October 1, 2007 and yielded 318 qualified and complete responses from U.S. and Canadian eCommerce merchants. The sample was drawn from a database of companies involved in electronic commerce activities.

Support.com launches online PC HealthCheck for consumers

Support.com announced the addition of PC HealthCheck to its roster of services. PC HealthCheck takes a remote scan over the Internet of a consumer’s PC and accesses the performance, security and overall system. Upon pinpointing key concerns, technicians can immediately help consumers resolve those issues with support.com’s lineup of remote repair services such as System TuneUp and Virus and Spyware Removal.

PC HealthCheck is recommended every 90 days, to eliminate future problems that may cause consumer’s PC to shut down or operate at a snail’s pace. The program is ideal for consumers and small businesses that want to ensure their computers are in top shape to handle everyday tasks, important deadlines and frequent family/business communication.

Fake Mac hack attack backfires

Do you want to know the sure-fire way to annoy your online community and smear the image of popular blogging platforms like Expression Engine and WordPress?

Well, learn from the great Macheist.com. People behind this site created a fake hacker called Malcor who “hacked” popular Apple-related sites.

To make this fictitious character believable, they asked credible sites like AppleMatters.com, iPhoneMatters.com, Glenn Wolsey, and Macapper.com to be accomplices in this well conjured gig.

Every site had this image and a message saying, “This site has been flagged for excessive Apple fanboism, and has been taken down for 24 hours.”

malcor Fake Mac hack attack backfires

Well, initially it was intended as a joke but they underestimated the power of stupidity. This hoax has undermined the image of WordPress, Expression Engine, and hosting companies for many users perceived these companies to be vulnerable to hack attacks.

To matter matters worse, it led many Mac fanatics to believe that such anomaly exists. As for those who participated in this ridiculous joke, they have nothing much to say but sorry, sorry, sorry, and sorry.

The lesson is very simple that I find it very demeaning to point out: think before you act.

Facebook to overhaul safety procedures

facebook1 Facebook to overhaul safety procedures Part of its initiatives to protect its 47 million users from online harassment and sex predators, popular social networking siteFacebook has reached an agreement with New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo to revamp its safety procedures.

Connected with this new agreement is the improved complaint process wherein Facebook must respond to all complaints related to pornography, nudity, or harassment within 24 hours and update the complainants within 72 hours.

Moreover, an Independent Safety and Security Examiner will oversee for 2 years if the social networking site complies with the agreement.

“I applaud Facebook for addressing my office’s concerns about the site’s representation that they provided a safe environment and an expeditious complaint review process. I believe our agreement will provide additional confidence to young people and parents alike and give Facebook a competitive advantage in the marketplace for setting a new standard for safety,” said Cuomo in a news release.

Global spam levels reached an all-time high of 95% of all emails

Commtouch has released its Email Threats Trend Report for the third quarter of 2007 (pdf file), based on the automated analysis of billions of email messages weekly. The report examines the appearance of new kinds of attachment spam such as PDF spam and Excel spam together with the decline of image spam, as well as the growing threat of innocent appearing spam containing links to malicious web sites.

According to this report, global spam levels reached an all-time high of 95% of all emails at its peak during the quarter. PDF Spam represented 10-15% of all spam in early July and then dropped significantly, however a steady stream of PDF spam is still being maintained at 3-5% of all spam messages. Moreover, pharmaceuticals and sexual enhancers were the most popular spam topics, at 30% and 23%, respectively.

One technique which reached a new high during the quarter was innocent-appearing spam messages that contained hyperlinks to malware-sites. Several blended spam attacks of this type focused on leisure-time activities, such as sports and video games. Messages invited consumers to download “fun” software such as NFL game-tracking and video games from what appeared to be legitimate websites.

Spammers experimented with several new techniques to slip past anti-spam engines and into inboxes throughout the quarter. For example, they disguised messages in PDF, Excel, and other popular file formats. This simple trick fools many anti-spam technologies and end users alike, whose guards may be down when they see the popular file attachment ending.

Why You Should Beware of Cute Blonde With Pigtails

If you find it hard to resist clicking on pictures of beautiful women over the net, it’s time to think twice and get a grip on yourself.

SophosLabs, a global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts who protect businesses from known and emerging malware, such as viruses, rootkits and spyware, as well as other computer threats like phishing, spam and scams, is warning everybody about new attempt to infect PCs with malware by someone posing as a long lost school friend.

Taking advantage of the current popularity of social-networking and online friendships amongst adults, hackers are are using the lure of a possible internet romance in an attempt to trick the unwary into downloading a password-stealing Trojan horse.

The emails, which have been spammed out across the internet, purport to be from a young blonde woman with pigtails called Ann Berns who claims that she went to high school with the recipient. This is a sample of the alleged email:

Hi! I’m not sure if you remember me..
I’m Ann Berns, I guess we went to high school together.
It was quite a while ago but I still remember our friendship.
Do you remember that walk after classes? It was really cool!
I still think about you sometimes, all that fun, all whispering chats during classes. Do you want to see what I look like now? Visit my home page then, it’s at http://[REMOVED]

Users who click on the link in the email are taken to a webpage containing a picture of a young blonde woman with pigtails:

anne Why You Should Beware of Cute Blonde With Pigtails

“It’s a pretty sad state of affairs that cybercriminals need little more than a picture of a blonde woman with pigtails to steal passwords from unwary internet users. Everyone needs to learn to take more care over unsolicited emails, and ensure that they are properly defended when they open their email inbox or surf the web,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.