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One of Worlds Worst Spammers Indicted for Wire Fraud

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Michael A. Persaud, a California man profiled in a Nov. 2014 KrebsOnSecurity story about a junk email purveyor tagged as one of the World’s Top 10 Worst Spammers, was indicted this week on federal wire fraud charges tied to an alleged spamming operation. According to an indictment returned in federal court in Chicago, Persaud used […]




Spammy Facebook invites for ‘Ray-Ban charity sales’

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If you search “Ray-Ban event” on Facebook, a flood of posts comes up. They all contain roughly the same language, although their posters live everywhere from Bangalore to Tecumseh, Okla. Aug. 13, 2:12 p.m.: “FYI I did not send out invites to some Ray ban charity event.” Aug. 13, 2:48 p.m.: “If I invited you […]




South Africa one of the top 40 spam producing countries

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Cape Town – South Africa is among the world’s top 40 sources of spam, according to security firm Kaspersky Lab. South Africa was ranked 36th as a global source of spam in the third quarter of 2015, Kaspersky Lab told Fin24. In the company’s ‘Spam and Phishing in Q3 2015’ report, it found that SA […]




US Once Again the Prime Target for Malicious Emails

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In the first quarter of 2014 spammers started imitating messages [http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792334/Spam_in_Q1_2014 ] from mobile applications. They especially like the popular mobile messengers – WhatsApp, Viber and Google Hangouts. Notifications supposedly sent from these applications were used to spread both malware and harmless adverts. The rising popularity of mobile devices means that phishing attacks targeting Apple […]




ISPA Spammer Hall of Shame

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The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), as the representative of the vast majority of ISPs in South Africa, recently released this report to assist South African consumers to effectively manage local unsolicited bulk email (which ISPA terms “spam”) saying; “There is currently significant growth in the generation of local spam and while ISPA’s members do […]




Electronic Communications and Transactions Act

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According to the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 No. 25 of 2002, the following is applicable to unsolicited communications: Section 45: Unsolicited goods, services or communications: Any person who sends unsolicited commercial communications to consumers, must provide the consumer with the option to cancel his or her subscription to the mailing list of that person; […]