Posts Tagged ‘virus’

OnlyMyEmail Finishes 1st in VBSpam Competition

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

For the 34th test in a row, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender blocked more spam than any other filtering system competing in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge.

During the latest competition, which ran for 16 days with live email feeds, OnlyMyEmail accurately blocked more spam than all other spam filters, missing one spam email out of 169,565 messages, 160,426 of which were spam.

In addition, OnlyMyEmail did not create a single false-positive result (blocking of legitimate emails) during the test, resulting in another VBSpam+ award.

By comparison, well known solutions performed much worse, with Kaspersky missing 165 and 197 spam emails with their two solutions, Trustwave allowing 234, Sophos missing 332, and SpamHaus failing to capture 5,804 emails from the exact same live feed of messages.

The results from Virus Bulletin’s VBSpam Challenge continually document that OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender is decisively superior to any other spam defense available today, having stopped a far higher rate of spam than any other filter tested since the VBSpam Competition began in 2009.

In all, over the years, OnlyMyEmail has significantly outperformed a total of 41 other systems including hardware appliances, software programs and other Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.

Quoting from the VBSpam review:

“The OnlyMyEmail hosted email solution…. achieved a final score that, rounded to two decimals, would be 100.”

The full list of competitors to date, (including past competitions) includes:

Anubis Networks, Axway MailGate, BitDefender, CronLab Anti-Spam, Eleven eXpurgate, ESET, FortiMail, GFI MailEssentials, GFI VIPRE, Halon Security, IBM Lotus Protector, IBM X-Force, Kaspersky Anti-Spam, Libra Esva, Mailshell, McAfee Email Gateway, McAfee EWS, McAfee SaaS, Messaging Architects M+ Guardian, MessageStream, modusGate, Netmail Secure, NoSpamProxy, Pro-Mail, Scrollout, Sophos Email Appliance, SPAM Fighter, Spamhaus, Spamhaus ZEN+DBL, SpamTitan, Spider Antispam, Symantec Brightmail, Symantec Messaging Gateway, SURBL, Trustwave Secure, The Email Laundry, Vade Retro, Vamsoft ORF, Webroot, and ZEROSPAM.

OnlyMyEmail Captures First Place in VBSpam Competition

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

For the 20th consecutive competition, OnlyMyEmail’s MX-Defender blocked more spam than any other filtering system in the Virus Bulletin VBSpam Challenge and secured yet another first place finish.

During the latest competition, which ran for 13 consecutive days, OnlyMyEmail accurately blocked more spam than all other spam filters, missing only one spam email out of 82,206 total. This represents a capture rate of 99.9988%.

In addition, OnlyMyEmail did not create a single false-positive result (blocking of legitimate emails) during the test, resulting in another VBSpam+ award.

By comparison, well known solutions performed much worse, with Kaspersky missing 84 spam emails, Sophos allowing 159 and McAfee failing to capture 442 emails from the exact same live feed of messages; with Kaspersky and McAfee both blocking multiple legitimate emails as well.

The worst performers were Spamhaus ZEN+DBL which allowed 7,439 spam emails for a capture rate of 90.95% and the SURBL which missed 53,864 meaning they only blocked 34.48% of all spam.

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Google Docs Phishing Frauds

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

It seems that almost every tool Google provides is readily adopted by spammers and scammers alike.  Not a day goes by that we don’t see spam and Phishing fraud and other identity theft emails from hacked Gmail and Google Groups accounts and often abusing systems such as Google Docs.

The ubiquity of these free services makes for the perfect no-cost social engineering platform for hackers to use for launching their attacks.

A current Phishing campaign uses stolen Gmail accounts to steal the credentials to other email accounts, allowing spammers to increase their spam volume day over day.

The most common email circulating now comes with a subject that references the sharing of a file though “Google Docs” and often has a subject line of simply:

Subject:     Important Document

Since the email comes from a previously hijacked account, the recipients will typically recognize the sender’s address which makes it more likely that they will be taken in by this fraud:

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The Better Business Bureau Trojan Horse

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

With the fake Better Business Bureau Trojan Horse campaign, we find yet another infectious email that is socially engineered so well, that users often release such messages from quarantine; even after spam filtering has clearly identified the emails as a Virus carrying Trojan Horse.

The emails typically arrive with spoofed headers such as:

Subject:     FW: Complaint Case 091921
From:     “Better Business Bureau” <Kerri_Rucker@newyork.bbb.org>

In order to appear legitimate and to try and evade simple spam filtering systems, the Complaint Case number will be randomized, and the spoofed sending email address will vary as well.

The content will include vague yet serious sounding allegations, such as:

The Better Business Bureau has received the above-referenced complaint from one of your customers regarding their dealings with you. The details of the consumer’s concern are included on the reverse. Please review this matter and advise us of your position.

A full copy of such the bogus email:

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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 »

New Skype Has Been Releases ! Upgrade Now

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Mailboxes are now receiving fake Skype upgrade spam sent from hijacked Rhapsody.com mail servers.

The current campaign arrives as:

Subject:     New Skype Has Been Releases ! Upgrade Now
From:     “Skype” <newsletter@news.skype.com>

In an interesting twist, the spammers involved appear to have hacked and are in control of Rhapsody.com mail servers as the samples we’ve reviewed so far are actually from:

  • mta900.e.rhapsody.com ([63.211.90.40]
  • mta902.e.rhapsody.com ([63.211.90.42]
  • mta903.e.rhapsody.com ([63.211.90.43]
  • mta904.e.rhapsody.com ([63.211.90.44]
  • mta905.e.rhapsody.com ([63.211.90.45]
  • etc., etc.

The spam email itself is as follows:

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Critical security patch released! – Spammed Virus

Monday, May 16th, 2011

A new version of an old virus fraud is circulating with a spoofed Microsoft address:

Subject:     Critical security patch released!
From:     Microsoft Corp. <windowsupdate@microsoft.com>

What’s clever and also amusing about this is it pretends to address a recent Microsoft update that addresses a different kind of spoofing:

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Your package has arrived – Canada Post Virus

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

After seeing countless bogus email campaigns claiming to be from UPS, DHL, Fed Ex and the United States Postal Service all used for spreading viruses, it was inevitable that we would also start seeing similar messages claiming to come from Canada Post arriving as:

Subject:     Your package has arrived!
From:     “Canada Post”<tracking@canadapost.ca>

While the From address says it’s from Canadapost.ca the latest batch actually came from Germany, via:

web08.konfigserver.de ([83.141.3.208])

Here’s the complete email:

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