October 14, 2005

Anti Spam Software Provider Targets the Spam Bull’s-Eye

Securence, a leading internet and email filtering service provider helps control the onslaught of spam and viruses.

Minnetonka, MN,  October 14, 2005 -- http://www.securence.com - Securence, Inc., a leading provider of anti spam, anti virus software and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small businesses, enterprises, and educational and government institutions worldwide, targets the spam bull’s-eye and aims to bring it under control.

Findings from a report produced by Nucleus Research, a global research firm that recently conducted in-depth interviews with employees at 82 Fortune 500 companies, identified two startling results:
1. Spam is definitely on the rise. The average employee received nearly 7,500 spam messages in 2004, up from 3,500 in 2003.
2. Employee productivity continues to be hurt. Average lost productivity per employee was 3.1% in 2004, up from 1.4% in 2003.

It's not surprising that spam continues to present serious security and resource risks to an organization's infrastructure: overloading systems, clogging mailboxes, defrauding recipients, reducing employee productivity and draining morale. It also increases the frequency, severity and cost of virus attacks and related threats, such as the damage to an employer's reputation from inadvertently sending spam or viruses. As a result, companies are faced with the ever-increasing challenge of not only reconciling inherent problems caused by spam, but also protecting themselves from on-going attacks. With such a foreboding technological landscape, at times even the most tech savvy IT administrators are hard-pressed for what to do.

The question arises, how do companies keep spammers in their sights? Enter Securence, a company with a unique Internet filtering and anti spam solution that helps protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user.

In today's email world, all mail is born either legitimate or illicit. From here, the delivery process is rather straightforward. The originating mail server delivers email to the destination mail server via SMTP, with both servers having an IP address. Simply put, think of two phone numbers trying to connect.

In the case of a company using Securence's solution, SecurenceMail, when an email is sent to its mail server, the email is initially redirected to Securence through its MX record, which is short for mail exchange record, an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server responsible for handling emails for that domain name. (The MX record points to an array of servers that run in Securence's data centers in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.) Before an email can be accepted by Securence's system and delivered to the recipient, a series of steps must occur to ensure "clean" delivery. This cleansing process is also known as "filtering."

"What we're basically doing," says Travis Carter, VP of Technology at Securence, "is looking for Internet rodents."

SecurenceMail provides total protection against spam and viruses at the gateway. It typically blocks over 98% of spam and allows businesses to create and enforce custom email policies to further reduce the threat of unwanted email entering or leaving an organization. SecurenceMail is complemented by round-the-clock virus protection through Norman AntiVirus and Clam AntiVirus. This integrated multi-layer technology is fully scalable with flexible administrative management tools. By providing consolidated protection against the convergence of spam and virus threats, Securence offers organizations significant business and operational efficiencies, and lowers the total cost of ownership of anti spam and anti virus security.

About Securence
Securence is a leading provider of , and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small business, enterprises, educational, and government institutions worldwide. The Company’s unique solutions help protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user. Securence provides real-time protection from the latest email threats through the use of cutting-edge filtering technology and 24/7 monitoring – all backed by world-class customer service. Securence can be implemented immediately and requires no integration, migration, or upfront costs. Based in Minneapolis, Securence is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Internet Corp., a premier, full-service application service provider.

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October 03, 2005

Oklahoma Man Wins $10 Million Judgment Against a Spammer

I'm sure it was a long and hard battle but an Oklahoma man wins a legal fight with a spammer.

"On Thursday the 22nd, Robert Braver, an Oklahoma ISP owner who is a long time activist against both spam and junk faxes, received a default judgment of over $10 million against high profile spammer Robert Soloway and his company Newport Internet Marketing. Soloway has frequently been cited as one of the ten largest spammers in the world."

Read more over at Circleid.com

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September 26, 2005

New anti-spam efforts hampering email

According to a report by Bigfoot Interactive, email marketers who don't adjust for changes many broadband ISPs are making regarding limits on simultaneous SMTP connections and volume rates are in for some serious deliverability problems Providers, such as BellSouth, Comcast, and RoadRunner are implementing the procedures to cut down on bulk spam.

For information about software and solutions, contact Securence.com at 1.866.200.9013.

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September 08, 2005

Yahoo helping spammers and phishers?

Yahoo is really catching a lot of negative press as a result of comments made by Spamhaus regarding the hosting of 5000 domain names that are used for phishing.

"According to the Richard Cox, chief information officer of U.K.-based Spamhaus, Yahoo! has nearly 5,000 domains hosted and registered with the words “bank,” “eBay,” and “PayPal” within the domain name. “I just took three hot words, but there are dozens of others including misspellings. They are mostly phishing Websites, which shows that the situation is out of control," Cox told an audience at the eConfidence--Spams and Scams conference in London earlier this week, according to press reports."

Full Article at Multichannel Merchant. Also try Technorati

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September 06, 2005

Suckers For Spam

It's amazing people still fall for email spam and phishing techniques. Here's an account of an unlucky record producer in CA that fell for the old Nigerian money transfer scam:

Hard as it is to believe for long-time Internet denizens, online scammers and spammers are still reaping rewards from the community at large.

Last week's bizarre tale of a Los Angeles record producer claiming he was being chased by Nigerian scam artists is a high-profile example of the pervasiveness of the activities still evident today.

According to a report by the L.A. Times Sunday, Christian Irwin was found after a five-day search initially prompted by the producer's disappearance and a frantic phone call he made to friends.

According to the report, friends and family said Irwin had become involved in an Internet scam that paid him to transfer money from Nigeria to the U.S.

He panicked when the scam artists demanded repayment of $50,000, the report continued, and phoned a friend to say he thought he was being chased by Nigerian scam artists. He was found Sunday alive in a stream near his house.

The Nigerian e-mail fraud scheme is one of the oldest tricks in the Internet scam book, earning its own advisory Web page on the U.S. Secret Service's site. Also called an advance fee fraud or 419 scheme, after the Nigerian penal code for fraud, the Secret Service believes the Nigerian e-mail scam has bilked hundreds of millions of dollars annually from users.

Here's how it works. Link to full story at EnterpriseITPlanet.com

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August 15, 2005

Florida state lawmakers join fight against spam

Two Florida legislators want to "slam spam," adding criminal penalties to those caught flooding inboxes with junk messages that are "false, misleading and unsolicited."

State Rep. Ari Abraham Porth, D-Coral Springs, already has filed his bill HB 45; www.myfloridahouse.gov/) and State Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-West Palm Beach, is preparing a Senate version. Penalties, up to a felony, would be based on volume: 10,000 in a 24-hour period, 100,000 in 30 days, 1-million in a year.

In a news release, Port acknowledged the difficulty of tracking down spammers, but said "we must enact laws to protect our most vulnerable residents from unscrupulous con artists and thieves."

Keep reading on St. Petersburg Times.

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August 05, 2005

It's a bull market for stock spam

The volume of stock scam spam has risen, posing a new threat to investors, warns a new study

Though traditional spam categories -- medication, mortgage and pornography -- continue to dominate, new ones such as stock scams are growing, according to the study, which covered the first six months of 2005.

Medications, including unbranded versions of Viagra, accounted for 40 percent of all spam traffic, the study said. This was followed by mortgages at 11 percent and porn at 9.5 percent. Stock-related spam came in fourth place at 8.5 percent of the total spam traffic. The volume of "pump-and-dump" stock scam e-mail has increased at an average rate of 10 percent per month.

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August 04, 2005

Court deals blow to dating-service spammer

An online dating service does not have the right to blast unsolicited e-mail at thousands of University of Texas e-mail addresses, a federal appeals court ruled.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that the university did not run afoul of federal law or the U.S. Constitution when blocking a torrent of spam from White Buffalo Ventures' LonghornSingles.com site.

The University of Texas may "implement the Regents' Rules without violating" spammers' rights, a three-judge panel unanimously concluded.

White Buffalo, an Austin, Texas, start-up that boasts of making "a ton of moolah" by promoting relationship-based Web sites, began its bulk e-mail campaign in February 2003 by filing a freedom of information request that gave it nearly all the university's e-mail addresses. Two months later, it began deluging the school's servers with commercial solicitations--and had its Internet addresses blocked after refusing to stop when asked.

Most spammers might halt their efforts at that point, but White Buffalo was unusually determined. It filed a lawsuit against the University of Texas and sought a court injunction protecting what amounted to a right to spam--citing both the federal Can-Spam Act and the First Amendment, which broadly limits a government university's ability to restrict free speech.

Keep Reading on News.com

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August 02, 2005

FTC: Top Retailers Comply With CAN-SPAM Opt-Out

A Federal Trade Commission survey of top online merchants released yesterday found that most were complying with provisions in the CAN-SPAM Act requiring them to honor consumer opt-out requests.

The FTC developed a list of 100 top online retailers, then created three e-mail addresses. The agency registered each address to receive e-mail promotions, offers and newsletters from each of the 100 retailers.

After monitoring the three e-mail addresses for six weeks, the FTC sent opt-out messages to each retailer from each address. According to the FTC, 89 percent ceased e-mails to all three addresses, while 93 percent stopped e-mailing at least some of the accounts.

All the merchants complied with the CAN-SPAM requirement to clearly display opt-out notices in outbound marketing e-mails, the FTC said.

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July 18, 2005

Spam Moving from Email to Cell Phones

Spam is starting to move more and more from e-mail to the cell phone.

What can you do to protect yourself from spam text messages? First, if it gives you a message to return the call, don't call back. The number may be offshore, meaning you'll be charged big bucks.

Also, document everything. Write down the date, time, the message, all the information on the message. Then file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission online. It only takes a few minutes and it's easy.

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