Human error blamed for Microsoft network hack

Microsoft blamed human error after two computers on its network were hacked and then misused by spammers to promote questionable online pharmaceutical websites. Microsoft launched an investigation Tuesday, after the problem was first

Published on: October 15th, 2010 Robert MacMillan

Deterrents like $1B ruling against Facebook spammer Adam Guerbuez needed in Canada?

Tougher penalties, security experts say, are what Canada needs to deter big time spammers such Montreal man Adam Guerbuez who is now facing a fine of $1.069 billion for sending out four million

Published on: October 7th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Malware, spam in 10 per cent of Facebook links

It's doubtful if Lady Gaga's poker face would break into a blush if she found out that her Facebook page which has close to 19 million fans, recently hosted 1,717 instances of online

Published on: October 6th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Dating scams on the rise

Dating scams are a common spam email problem.  Spam relating to sex or dating currently accounts for approximately 4 per cent of global spam.  In a typical scam, a recipient (male or female)

Published on: September 22nd, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Beware of tricks used by spammers

 It is well known that spammers use many different tactics to add legitimacy to their emails. Two techniques that are popular include personalizing emails and using images to try to fool the

Published on: September 8th, 2010 ITBusiness Staff

Ping on its way to becoming a spammers’ haven?

In less than 48 hours Ping netted over one million users. But will its success also become a source of woe for Apple's new music-focused social networking service?Ping is barely a week old

Published on: September 8th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Spammers get the boot with Facebook’s new remote logout

Facebook users will soon have a new way of knocking spammers out of legitimate accounts.The social-networking company is rolling out a new security feature that lets users see which computers and devices are

Published on: September 7th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Gmail once again shows up corporate e-mail with Priority Inbox

Google has started rolling out a new Gmail feature which automatically prioritizes incoming email into categories its believes reflect each message's importance to the receiver. The most important messages are tagged ‘Important' and

Published on: September 2nd, 2010 John E. Dunn

Gmail Priority Inbox filters frivolous e-mail

E-mail is a double-edged sword when it comes to productivity. The benefits of e-mail as a communications tool can easily be lost in the sea of nonsense that floods most inboxes, though--and that

Published on: September 1st, 2010 Tony Bradley and Nestor Arellano

Demand Media ‘worst ISP in the world’

As Demand Media gears up for its initial public offering, anti-spam advocates and online crime fighters say that the company needs to clean up its act.In a report, released late Tuesday, HostExploit, a

Published on: August 12th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Hackers’ new ‘double-whammy’ attack threatens SMBs

The good news is that traditional techniques used by cyber criminals to cover their tracks are becoming less effective.The bad news – security researchers have recently discovered the emergence of combined attacks that

Published on: July 27th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

New Brunswick is ‘spam capital’ of Canada

New Brunswick's dramatic coastal scenery and legendary hospitality appear to have attracted highly unwelcome visitors of late.Cyber criminals have turned New Brunswick into the spam capital of the country, according to a report

Published on: July 16th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

World Cup super scorers — spammers, phishers, hackers

The World Cup final may have elicited the most penalty cards ever issued by a referee in the championship game, but FIFA's 2010 tournament also boasts another record for fouls of a different

Published on: July 13th, 2010 Brian Jackson

World Cup-related scams

Buying a fake World Cup ticket isn't the only scam that awaits the unwary footie fan online. As the tournament in South Africa reaches its climax and excitement mounts in the lead up

Published on: July 8th, 2010 Paul Wood