Spam as spoofed Email Policy Violation

200px-No-spam.svgThese spammers are good, really. Not wholesome good, but good at what they do which is bad. They are using simple mind games to infect your computer. Like their recent vector of attack using DSN (Delivery Status Notification), they are preying on your fear of trouble. The lastest is "Email Policy Violation" coming from your host's mailer-daemon.

subject Email Policy Violation
The attached message contains content which violates our email policy. The message was not delivered.

Who wouldn't open it to see if it was an important message you sent?

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Spam as Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

spam using DSNThe newest wave of spam is quite clever. They are abusing the geek-sacred protocol of the DSN (Delivery Status Notification), adding an attached html file that is a script set to redirect to a distant website, maybe selling Viagra.

Delivery Status Notification (Failure)
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
Delivery to the following recipients failed.

Look familiar? The standard, important notice that your email has bounced for some reason. Now it could be spam.

 

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Why Blogging Is Not Great For All Websites

As I was posting about the increase in spam, I noticed that my last post was over a month ago, talking about a server outage. That's not the kind of stuff that you want staying on the frontpage. :)

This is why I recommend NOT blogging to many website owners. It takes a lot of time to regularly update a website, unless that is your job, or you  have a lot of free time managing your business.

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Big Increase in Spam

I know, very big increase in spam.
It is likely caused by a botnet infecting many people, but I haven't seen any reports of it on any news sites.

The total volume of email has increased a lot in the last 2 months, and

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Short Server Outage

Many of us woke up to no email this morning due to an outage at the data center. (we have our servers at ThePlanet.com) The servers  were up and running, but network issues were limiting access to the servepowered-by-planet-logo-smallrs.

Some reports from ThePlanet techs:

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Fresh Phish and Spam

Last week it was fake confirmation email of Amazon Orders. Now we have a flood of phishing spam claiming Apple Store orders. Though most should get caught by email filters, some may get through. So, as a reminder, don't be fooled.

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Nothing is more expensive than trying to save a buck.