Posts Tagged ‘spam’

Your order is awaiting verification! – Staples Virus

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Sometimes spam, viruses and Trojan Horse emails are so convincing that they manage to trick users even after spam filtering has clearly identified the emails for their true nature.

The recent spate in bogus “Your order is awaiting verification!” emails claiming to be from Staples office supplies is a pretty good example.

Despite being clearly marked as viruses, we’ve seen many users attempt to resend these blocked messages to themselves, apparently believing that our blocking these messages represents a false-positive result on the part of our filtering, whereas the opposite is the case.

The emails typically arrive with spoofed headers such as:

Subject:     Your order is awaiting verification!
From:     “Staples Advantage Orders” <Order@staplesadvantage.com>

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OnlyMyEmail Sweeps A Dozen Spam Competitions

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

For the twelfth consecutive time, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 1 single spam email out of 134,418 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.9993%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed 56 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to Kaspersky LMS which missed 94 spam emails from the same corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,000 spam emails included:  Bitdefender, IBM, CronLab, Vamsoft ORF and SPAMfighter, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.

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OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam in The VBSpam Competition

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

For the eleventh consecutive time, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 242,703 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.993%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed 400% more spam, 50 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to ZeroSpam which missed 112 spam emails from the same spam corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,000 spam emails included: M+Guardian, Halon Security, Vamsoft ORF, IBM, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL. more »

OnlyMyEmail Takes First Place in VBSpam Competition

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Competing in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system, and for the tenth consecutive time.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 242,703 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.996%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed nearly 500% more spam, 77 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to Spam Titan which missed 183 spam emails from the same spam corpus. The worst performers, missing well over 1,500 spam emails included: Halon Security, CronLab, SPAMfighter, Vamsoft ORF, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL and SURBL.

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OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam 9 Trials In A Row

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Competing in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge, OnlyMyEmail has again blocked more spam than any other filtering system, and for the ninth consecutive time.

The latest competition ran for 16 consecutive days, during which, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 12 spam emails out of 191,893 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.994%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was Libra Esva which missed nearly 500% more spam, 59 emails in total. The third best blocking rate went to M+Guardian which missed 115 spam emails from the same spam corpus.

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Mailbox Closure Warning!!! – Google Docs Email Theft

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The latest abuse of Google Docs for email theft appears in your inbox as:

Subject:     Mailbox Closure Warning!!!

or

Subject:     WEBMAIL ADMIN.ntc

If that manages to grab your attention, the content of the message goes further:

Helpdesk requires you to upgrade webmail by Clicking

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGkzVVg4WGlMaWFpaGdYcG1wVlV4cVE6MQ

This Message is From Helpdesk. Due to our latest IP Security upgrades we have reason to believe that your webmail account was accessed by a third party. Protecting the security of your webmail account is our primary concern, we have limited access to sensitive webmail account features. Failure to revalidate, your e-mail will be blocked in 24 hours.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Verizon – Your Bill Is Now Available – Fraud

Friday, May 4th, 2012

In the never-ending quest to steal identities, there seems to be no limit to the sites that spammers and cyber-criminals will try to impersonate.

Many web users are now understandably suspicious of emails claiming to come from Ebay, Paypal or their bank. And, we’ve already seen email frauds claiming to come from Netflix, Vonage, Linked-in and of course Facebook.

Now your cellular service emails can no longer be trusted either…..

An email Phishing fraud campaign is actively making the rounds with emails falsely claiming to come from Verizon such as:

Subject:     Your Bill Is Now Available

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OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam 8 Competitions In A Row

Monday, April 16th, 2012

For the eighth time in a row, OnlyMyEmail has blocked more spam than any other email filter in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

Once again, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender accurately filtered out more spam than all other competitors tested, missing just 4 spam emails out of 146,121 total. This represents a spam capture rate of 99.997%.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was SpamTitan which not only missed 47 spam emails, but also inadvertently blocked 600% more legitimate emails, known as false-positive results.

The average “false-negative” rate among the other 21 filtering systems tested was a whopping 293 missed spam messages and the median was 176.

The results from Virus Bulletin’s VBSpam Challenge have proven, time and again, that OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender is decisively superior to any other spam defense available today, including hardware appliances, software programs and other Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions solutions as well.

Quoting from the full VBSpam review:

In this test, OnlyMyEmail missed fewer than one in 36,000 spam messages. After several exceptional performances like this, we’ve almost stopped being surprised and thus it is good to note that many users do not even receive this much spam in a full year!

The full list of competitors to date, includes: AnubisNetworks, BitDefender, CronLab Anti-Spam, FortiMail, GFI MailEssentials, Halon Security, IBM Lotus Protector, Kaspersky Anti-Spam, Libra Esva, Mailshell, McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee EWS, McAfee SaaS, Messaging Architects M+ Guardian, Sophos Email Appliance, SPAM Fighter, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL, SpamTitan, Spider Antispam, SURBL, Symantec Messaging Gateway, The Email Laundry, Vade Retro, Vamsoft ORF, and ZEROSPAM.

Once Again, OnlyMyEmail Stops More Spam

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The results from OnlyMyEmail’s seventh participation in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge competition have been released.

For the seventh time in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender has blocked more spam than any other competing spam filtering solution. This time, OnlyMyEmail missed just four spam messages out of 113,770 total, for a spam filtering capture rate of rate of 99.996% and did so without blocking even a single legitimate email.

By comparison, the next best capture rate was McAfee SaaS which missed 53 spam messages but did so with a whopping 20 false positive results as well.  The second best capture of any spam filter with the same zero false positives as OnlyMyEmail was Mailshell with a disappointing 113 missed spam emails.

The average “false-negative” rate among the other 23 filtering systems was a whopping 519 missed spam messages and the median was 193.

The results from Virus Bulletin’s VBSpam Challenge have proven, time and again, that OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender is decisively superior to any other spam defense available today, including hardware appliances, software programs and other Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions solutions as well.

The full list of competitors to date, includes: AnubisNetworks, BitDefender, CronLab Anti-Spam, FortiMail, GFI MailEssentials, Halon Security, IBM Lotus Protector, Kaspersky Anti-Spam, Libra Esva, Mailshell, McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee EWS, McAfee SaaS, Messaging Architects M+ Guardian, Sophos Email Appliance, SPAM Fighter, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL, SpamTitan, Spider Antispam, SURBL, Symantec Messaging Gateway, The Email Laundry, Vade Retro, Vamsoft ORF, and ZEROSPAM.

Introducing Your US Department of Justice and FBI Victim Notification System

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Here’s something we really don’t see every day….

We recently received an email claiming to be from the U.S Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS)

Subject:     US Department of Justice Victim Notification System
From:     Courtney Walker <fedemail@vns.usdoj.gov>
To:     Business Representative <address>

Our typical “common sense” check for email Phishing Fraud starts with the obvious:

  1. Overly serious/threatening Subject line…. check!
  2. Human sender doesn’t match email address…. check!
  3. Impersonal and generic salutation… check!

The email itself open with:

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.

U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBI – New York
26 Federal Plaza, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10278
Phone:  (212) 384-2564
Fax:  (212) 384-4104

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