Email Anti-SPAM News, Help & Advice.

Fed up of receiving SPAM, viruses, scams and phishing schemes via email?? We were - so here are some useful news articles, hints and tips to keep informed and reduce the problem!

October 27, 2005

Spammers send bird flu malware

Spammers are now distributing a trojan (Naiva-A) pretending to be a Word document with information about the bird flu epidemic to try and trick users into viewing it.

However, once run the trojan executes two Word macros to run and install another program (Ranky-FY) onto the now infected machine which gives hackers the ability to control that computer.

So as always be careful what attachments you run and ensure your anti-virus / anti-spyware software is up-to-date.

October 21, 2005

Spam email selling Tamiflu

We have seen a large increase in spam mail offering to sell Tamiflu (an anti-bird flu drug). The emails try and direct you to online pharmacy sites but many of these are purely scams to try and get credit card details and other personal information.

So as always our advice is - NEVER BUY FROM SPAMMERS!

October 16, 2005

Unfortunately US still worst spammer

According to Sophos more than one in four (26.4%) of spam detected between April - September originated in the US. South Korea was second with 19.8% and China third with 15.7%.

After these the remainer of the top 10 (in order) were: France, Brazil, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, Japan and the United Kingdom.

We have heard from several non-US ISP's that some US based ISP's are still blocking huge chunks of the Internet in a bid to reduce the amount of spam they receive. Although we would consider blocking entire netblocks is usually very heavy-handed (and often causes more problems than it fixes) it may also be worth focussing on their domestic customers and networks to help reduce the spam problem.