Looks like Xmas Vacation is over for the Spammers

On Monday, January 14 2019, we saw a sudden spike in spam of the Emotet and Snowshoe Marketing variety from our detection tools. Here is our data from the Monday and 30 days prior. It shows that Emotet has been … Continue reading

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SMTP AUTH Attacks, How Big is the Problem Really?

The duties of a Spam Auditor involves more than just spam filtering; it also covers other suspicious mail server activity. One example of suspect mail server activity is SMTP Auth attacks. Such attacks can be carried by a single attacker, … Continue reading

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A Brief Reminder on Sextortion Spam

The sextortion spam that is prominent today has existed for many months now, if not longer. We’ve written about it ourselves in our April post (https://spamauditor.org/2018/04/no-they-didnt-catch-you-masturbating/). However, we understand most people are not up to date with Information Security news, … Continue reading

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Why You should have Better Password Policies

We do a lot of work with ISPs and Telcos and we get it.. you don’t want to make changes that might affect your customers. However, if you don’t make some simple changes to account and password policies, not only … Continue reading

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Does Politics affect Spam Outbreaks

While we are predominantly interested in email spam there are other attacks that can indicate ‘bad actors’, and the networks they operate from, that are worth examining. It can be tomorrow they change tactics and start sending spam. We couldn’t … Continue reading

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Large File Size Spammers Part 2: A Case Study

Not too long ago we published an article going over the general landscape of large file size spam (http://spamauditor.org/2018/02/large-file-size-spammers/). In this article we will present a case study identifying a particular hosting provider whose network has been consistently sending out … Continue reading

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No they didn’t catch you masturbating

A new malicious spam is making the rounds, and it might scare a few people into falling for this. This form of ‘blackmail’ spam, pretends that some how they hacked your computer or home TV and watched you through your … Continue reading

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Large File Size Spammers

Normally, spammers tend to rely on very small spam messages because their goal is to get as many spam messages out as cheaply as possible. They also save on bandwidth costs this way. But with more and more hosting companies … Continue reading

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Tis the Season for Parking Tickets

It looks like Canadians need to watch out for fake parking ticket spam this Christmas season.  We have gotten reports that once again, (see http://spamauditor.org/2017/05/parkingspeeding-…geting-canadians/) spam originating from a large Russian Hosting company is targeting Canadians. For one, just look … Continue reading

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It’s nice when Hackers make it easy..

A new bot seems to be making the rounds, but this time it is nice that this bot is easily identifiable. We’ve observed the bot perform three different behaviors so far: 1) Attempting to log in user accounts with a … Continue reading

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