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antispam New sophisticated email-based attack from NOBELIUM

Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has uncovered a wide-scale malicious email campaign operated by NOBELIUM, the threat actor behind the attacks against SolarWinds, the SUNBURST backdoor, TEARDROP malware, GoldMax malware, and other related components. The campaign, initially observed and tracked by Microsoft since January 2021, evolved over a series of waves demonstrating significant experimentation. [...] [more]
microsoft.com    Spam

antispam Update for Composite Blocklist (CBL) Users

As of the first week of 2021, the Composite Blocklist (CBL) is being retired. This data, however, is included in the eXploits Blocklist (XBL). We advise any users currently accessing the CBL through cbl.abuseat.org to reconfigure and query xbl.spamhaus.org. [...] [more]
spamhaus.org    Spam

discussion Sendgrid Under Siege from Hacked Accounts

Email service provider Sendgrid is grappling with an unusually large number of customer accounts whose passwords have been cracked, sold to spammers, and abused for sending phishing and email malware attacks. Sendgrid's parent company Twilio says it is working on a plan to require multi-factor authentication for all of its customers, but that solution may [...] [more]
krebsonsecurity.com    ESP, Spam

antispam G Suite security updates for Gmail, Meet, Chat and Admin

Support for the BIMI standard in Gmail. While we have many defenses built into Gmail, we recognize that email functions in a large, complex, interconnected ecosystem. This is why we’re working not just to keep Gmail safe, but to help keep the entire ecosystem secure. [...] [more]
google.com    Spam, Trend

discussion Is 2020 the year of BIMI?

You might notice that in my "2020: What's next?" post, I didn't mention BIMI. BIMI, aka Brand Indicators for Message Identification, is the new way to specify what logo or brand avatar a sender wants shown alongside their email messages. (Learn more about BIMI here.) Showing a logo, avatar or little graphic along side an email message isn't a new thing. Gmail, Yahoo Mail and others have supported some form of logo display for a long time now. But where that logo was sourced from, how it was [...] [more]
spamresource.com    From, Marketing, Spam

discussion Barracuda update

The Barracuda twitter account has been very helpful and responsive to the issue. A few hours ago they tweeted that the problem should have been fixed. Reports are that listings are resolving and [...] [more]
wordtothewise.com    Spam, Deliverability

antispam M3AAWG Position on Selling Email Address Lists [PDF]

The practice of selling, buying or sending to lists of purchased email addresses – whether business to business (B2B), business to consumers (B2C) or other categories, is in direct violation of M3AAWG core values. There are many reasons why buying and selling of email address lists is an abusive practice. It leads to a high volume of non-permission based email and creates a drain on corporate resources. [...] [more] 
m3aawg.org    Listbuilding, Spam

discussion DoiChain - “Double-Opt-In“ System on the Blockchain [PDF]

This primarily technical document is mainly intended to be understood by blockchain developers. Several chapters are also readable for a non-technical audience. E.g. 2) Summary 3) Background & Motivation and others. Also visit https://www.doichain.org/en/#about . [more] 
github.com    Law, Spam

antispam 800+ Million Emails Leaked Online by Email Verification Service

On February 25th, 2019, I discovered a non-password protected 150GB-sized MongoDB instance. This is perhaps the biggest and most comprehensive email database I have ever reported. Upon verification I was shocked at the massive number of emails that were publicly accessible for anyone with an internet connection. Some of data was much more detailed than just the email address and included personally identifiable information (PII). [...] [more]
securitydiscovery.com    Spam

antispam Spam does not bring us joy—ridding Gmail of 100 million more spam messages with TensorFlow

1.5 billion people use Gmail every month, and 5 million paying businesses use Gmail in the workplace as a part of G Suite. For consumers and businesses alike, a big part of Gmail’s draw is its built-in security protections. Good security means constantly staying ahead of threats, and our existing ML models are highly effective at doing this—in conjunction with our other protections, they help block more than 99.9 percent of spam, phishing, and malware from reaching Gmail inboxes. Just as we evolve [...] [more]
google.com    Spam

antispam Wer steckt hinter der Flut illegaler Werbemails?

Eine neue Form professionell wirkender Werbe-Mails soll die Empfänger in die Arme von Versicherungsmaklern treiben. Die Spur der Absender führt zu Deutschlands größtem Adressenhändler für Versicherungen. Das Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik nennt es den Klassiker unter den Spam-Mails. Ein Lottogewinner aus Nigeria muss dringend sein Geld außer Landes schaffen, dafür braucht er die Hilfe eines deutschen E-Mail-Nutzers. Im Gegenzug, verspricht der Absender, würde er sein Vermögen [...] [more]
welt.de    Spam

antispam SpamAssassin is back

The SpamAssassin 3.4.2 release was the first from that project in well over three years. At the 2018 Open Source Summit Europe, Giovanni Bechis talked about that release and those that will be coming in the near future. It would seem that, after an extended period of quiet, the SpamAssassin project is back and has rededicated itself to the task of keeping junk out of our inboxes. [more]
lwn.net    Spam, Deliverability

discussion Marketoonist: Marketing Automation

Brands are increasingly adopting marketing automation, with email marketing as the most common application. Marketing automation has great potential to help deliver personalized useful messages to an audience that wants them. Yet a recent Econsultancy study found that 37% of brands say their marketing automation efforts are not successful. I wonder how much of the failure rate relates to how the tool is frequently used. [...] [more]
marketoonist.com    Automation, Marketing, Spam

stats How has GDPR affected Spam?

The real answer is that it is far too early to tell. Various articles currently state that "nothing has happened" as a result of GDPR or "spam has fallen slightly"; however, the true effects of GDPR providing anonymity to domain owners will take a long time to play out. The main crux of the matter isn’t the effect GDPR is having on spam levels, but how it’s hampering organizations from effectively stopping career cybercriminals from defrauding innocent people. [...] [more]
spamhaus.org    Law, Spam, Study

antispam What do Postmasters see daily?

Some common questions Postmasters field from senders are, “What happens to all the Postmaster tickets we submit? Does anyone look at them? What’s even going on there?” Before coming to 250ok, I worked as an AOL Postmaster. So in short, I know some stuff, and I’m happy to share what I can. So, we could go straight to the short answer, but… what’s the fun in that? Instead, let’s go on a journey together. Let’s start by getting a better understanding of what’s going on at the Postmaster. Even though [...] [more]
250ok.com    Spam, Deliverability
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