ThreatList: Holiday Spam, the Perfect Seasonal Gift for Criminals

ThreatList: Holiday Spam, the Perfect Seasonal Gift for Criminals

It's no surprise, consumers are much more likely to fall for spam during the holiday season. Maybe holiday cheer makes people less cynical. If so, that explains why social-engineering spam tactics prove to be more effective during the festive season. New research shows that spam campaigns disguised as delivery notifications or online shopping invoices, while always a favored tactic by criminals, work even better around the holidays. That’s largely because, among other factors,...

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3 Clues to Spotting a Spam Scam

The notice looked real at first -- but turned out to be an obvious scam. Unraveling its origins offered an object lesson in how not to get suckered. I received the following “domain abuse notice” for one of my inactive registered domains last week: Those of us who have dealt with falsely blacklisted domains in the past have seen notices like this before. It’s usually from an antispam vendor or service letting...

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