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  • Melbourne medical institute takes Kiwi spam cure

    With as much as 90% of its inbound email classified as spam, the McFarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research and Public Health in Melbourne has signed up to a New Zealand hosted mail filtering service to cut back the deluge.

  • Hackers selling IDs for US$14, Symantec says

    Identity thieves are offering a person's credit-card number, date of birth and other sensitive information for as little as US$14 over the internet, says a new report on online threats released this week.

  • Software vulnerabilities spiked 39% in 2006

    The annual IBM Internet Security Systems security trends report, published earlier this week, shows that 7,427 software bugs were cataloged last year, an increase of 39.5% over the number of vulnerabilities identified in 2005.

  • Ihug still fighting to sort out spam fiasco

    Hard-hit by an avalanche of incoming spam messages, ISP Ihug has decided to introduce further checks on servers wanting to send email to its customers. From now on, email servers must have matching reverse and forward pointing records in the Domain Name System (DNS) for messages to be accepted by Ihug’s SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) servers.

  • US spam regulator settles with email marketer

    Marketer Yesmail has agreed to pay a US$50,717 (NZ$75,740) civil penalty to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges accusing it of sending unsolicited commercial email after recipients asked it to stop.

  • Email servers will choke, says Spamhaus

    The legal battle between antispam organisation Spamhaus and David Linhard, of e360 Insight, is heating up, with a court order that could cause a temporary ten-fold surge in spam.

  • Spam-fighters – tricking the tricksters

    Computer security analysts who fight spam face the same thankless task as goalkeepers: they don’t get much credit for the unsolicited email they stop, only demerits for the ones that get through.

  • Spamming not to be a criminal offence

    Internet service providers have been relieved of the burden of being the first port of call for spam complaints, under proposed legislation that has been reviewed by a select committee.

  • Zero day exploits becoming a serious threat, says Symantec

    The risk of zero-day exploits is increasing as cyber-criminals become more sophisticated and better organised, says Robert Pregnell, Symantec’s Asia Pacific regional product marketing manager for endpoint security and compliance solutions.

  • Web Developers Association hires spammer

    The Web Developers Association of New Zealand (WDANZ) is off to a shaky start after CEO Dennis Smith revealed he has employed notorious US spammer Brendan Battles to help sell the service.

  • Reputation services pinpoint likely email baddies

    The IT industry will never eradicate security threats to email systems, and organisations should take a holistic approach to securing their communication systems to the level where they believe risk is manageable, according to panellists at the recent Inbox email conference in the US.