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  • Blog Post: Spam levels still lower a year after Rustock

    Arstechnica wrote an article this past weekend entitled Spam levels still low a year after Rustock botnet takedown .  From the article: In March 2011, a Microsoft-led team targeted and decapitated the Rustock botnet, and a dramatic decrease in spam traffic was noticed almost immediately. It turns...
  • Blog Post: What is this Google+?

    A few weeks back I voiced my reaction to Google+: Meh.  A commenter wrote that with 10 million users, it was very successful.  Yet I was looped into Google+ simply because I have a Gmail account and people were adding me to their circles.  That made me one of those 10 million even though...
  • Blog Post: Latest Facebook scam

    This past week I got a message from a spammer who was spoofing Facebook.  I didn’t notice this message until this past week because our spam filters caught it and delivered it to my spam quarantine.  I find that these days I don’t have the insight into new spam campaigns that I used to have...
  • Blog Post: Facebook’s spam prevention systems

    Facebook recently posted a blog post explaining their antispam strategy for mitigating abuse.  The crux of the post is the following: Facebook has certain algorithms to shut down abusive accounts It’s nothing personal; they are not shutting down someone’s account based upon a particular social viewpoint...
  • Blog Post: Twitter feeling the pains of success

    Recently, Twitter settled a case with the FTC that it failed to adequately protect its users’ data and privacy.  From PogoWasRight : The FTC’s complaint against Twitter charges that serious lapses in the company’s data security allowed hackers to obtain administrative control of Twitter, including...
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