A Giant Spambot Has Been Discovered And It's Probably Got Your Email

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Tech

An absolutely massive spambot has been discovered with access to over 711 million email addresses. The spambot, known only as ‘Onliner’, was disco...

Have You Ever Been Spammed Into Abandoning An Email Address?

Alec Dobbie | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Tech
Alec Dobbie

Over the years I know of many people who have abandoned their email addresses or change their phone numbers because they were fed up with sheer volume of spam mail and nuisance calls they received. Quite an extreme thing to do, but when your data has been abused by businesses and organisations to the point that it's impacting your life, this might have been the only option to regain privacy.

Ransomware: What Is It And How Much Could It Cost You

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Tech

Security experts have issued a warning about a 'huge' surge in the amount of ransomware attacks that are taking place through junk emails. According t...

27 MILLION Message 'Spam King' Pleads Guilty, Internet Breathes Sigh Of Relief

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Tech

Sanford Wallace, otherwise known as the 'Spam King', has pleaded guilty of sending over 27 MILLION unwanted Facebook messages after gaining access to ...

In The Best News Ever, Spam Emails Will Soon Become A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Tech

Spam emails, widely regarded as the source of all human conflict since the dawn of time, have just reached a 12-year low. This momentous news c...

Would You Like to WhatsApp Ronald McDonald?

Richard Batt | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
Richard Batt

Reports online are saying WhatsApp is going to open up to more commercial messages, allowing companies and entrepreneurs to contact customers. Which is great if you run a high-level spam operation, not so great if you just enjoy messaging your friends.

Twitter Is Tricking Its Employees Into Clicking On Spam

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Tech

Following the Sony Pictures Hack, Xbox hack and others, large tech companies are now using slightly unorthodox methods to clue their employees up on t...

Google Just Killed This Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech

Google has killed CAPTCHA. The online security widget, through which users 'prove' they are human by typing out nearly-unreadable passwords, is nea...

If You Get Bombarded With Nuisance Calls, Things Could Be Over Soon

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

Companies that bombard people with nuisance marketing calls will be more likely to face fines of up to £500,000, under Government proposals. Cultu...

Introducing The World's First (And Hopefully Last) Spam Doughnut

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're still trying to get your head around Cronuts (the croissant-doughnut fusion trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City) then pre...

Nuisance Calls Are Like Moles, Knock One on the Head and More Appear

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

The most bizarre thing just happened. I sat down to write this blog on nuisance calls, and I received a PPI text message.

Spam Starts a New Chapter

David Emm | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Spam is ubiquitous today and the people behind these messages will find any excuse to persuade you to part with your cash. Most of us are familiar with the 'family-in-distress' tactic used by scammers over recent years and believe we have the edge on them. But now there is a new plot, a new story-line with new characters.

UK and USA Government Bodies Join the Fight Against SMS Spam

Neil Cook | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Tech
Neil Cook

It is good to see the ICO using its power to issue a monetary penalty for a serious breach of the regulations in regards to SMS spam for the first time, and it is nice to know that they are looking at three other companies, but regulation on its own is simply not the answer.

The Soviet Union's Internet Domain Still Exists, Is 'Haven' For Criminals

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Tech

An old corner of the internet once controlled by the Soviet Union has become a "haven" for hackers, security experts have said. According to the As...

Will LinkedIn Sink in a Sea of Spam?

Andy Lopata | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Tech
Andy Lopata

The more that people abuse LinkedIn the less likely they are to explore its true potential. As a result, the less likely it is that they will benefit from membership of the network. In addition, the more that people receive what they perceive to be spam, the less inclined they will be to engage with LinkedIn.

Consumers Beware: Mobile Devices Are Under Increased Attack From Spammers

Neil Cook | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Tech
Neil Cook

Most consumers have got wise to email spam. The savvier consumer knows not to open spam mail, and immediately hits delete. However, spammers have become more creative in their spam attack methods.

Spamhaus, Spam and DDoS Attacks

David Emm | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

There has been a lot of coverage on the recent DDoS attacks on Spamhaus. But it occurs to me that there might be many people who aren't clear on two of the key constituents of this story - that is, spam and DDoS. So it seems like a good opportunity to explain what they are and the impact they have on all of us.

How to Avoid 'Honey Traps' When Seeking Your Soul Mate Online

David Emm | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

The popularity of online dating sites such as, eharmony and plentyoffish could hardly escape the attention of fraudsters. Spam emails imitating notifications from popular dating sites are widespread in almost all major languages.

Meeting the Global Challenge of SMS Spammers

Ciaran Bradley | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Tech
Ciaran Bradley

Until recently spamming used to be limited to email and post. But increased competition, cloud messaging services and the growing availability of low-priced text bundles have made mobile an increasingly attractive and lucrative option for spammers.

Up To 8% Of Android Apps Leave Users Open To Data Theft, Report Says

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Tech

Many users of Google's market-leading Android smartphone operating system are being tricked into leaking their personal information, a report has foun...

Up To 8% Of Android Apps Leave Users Open To Data Theft, Report Says

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Tech

Many users of Google's market-leading Android smartphone operating system are being tricked into leaking their personal information, a report has foun...

WATCH: Text Spammers Fined £250k Over Nuisance Messages

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

Two super spammers, who sent millions of nuisance texts "that blatantly break the law" to people claimed they were owed personal injury compensation o...

Safeguarding the Next Generation - iChildren

Jacinta Tobin | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK Tech
Jacinta Tobin

Children today certainly have an increased awareness of technology, yet their perceptions of danger are not fully developed as they have not had the life experiences needed to make them risk averse.

The Rise of Cyber Crime Ambition

Jacinta Tobin | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Tech
Jacinta Tobin

If you haven't been the victim of an attack just yet, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not vulnerable to it. Exercising more common sense and a bit more self-awareness can go a long way. Learning from the misfortune of others means that you might think that little bit more carefully about safeguarding your own personal freedom rather than handing it over to the bad guys. And with attackers becoming more ambitious with their targets, the more we can do to hinder them, the better.

Government Data Website Swamped By 'Monumental' Spam Attack

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Tech

A government website has been almost overwhelmed after a "monumental" attack by spammers attempting to sell counterfeit goods. The webs...