The very first spam email was sent by Gary Thuerk to about 400 recipients on 3 May 1978 over the Internet’s predecessor, ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency NETwork).
Kaspersky Lab has published a 2017 spam and phishing report. According to the report, the share of spam in e-mail traffic is down to 56.63%, having decreased by 1.68% since 2016.
Necurs, one of the largest known spam bot, distributed spam emails promoting an ill repute cryptocurrency named Swisscoin, reported BleepingComputer.
Spamhaus Malware Labs issued block List (SBL) listings for more than 9,500 botnet Command & Control servers on 1,122 different networks in 2017. Botnet controllers play a key role in operations conducted by cybercriminals who are using infected machines to send out spam, ransomware, launch DDoS attacks, commit banking fraud, click-fraud or to mine cryptocurrencies.
Researchers have discovered a botnet, called Onliner, that has collected 711 million email accounts used to send spam messages.
The global spam rate for July was the highest seen since March 2015, increasing to 54.9 percent, reports Symantec in its July Intelligence report.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking action against two domain name registrars that have been sending out unsolicited communications to its business clients.
The social network botnet called Siren algorithmically created Twitter accounts and generated more than 8.5 million spam tweets. ZeroFOX, a company that discovered the botnet, believes this has been one of the largest spam campaigns on social media so far.
Spamhaus reported that the government of France provides lists of email addresses to French political candidates to be used when sending campaign emails.