Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (including most broadcast media, digital delivery systems) to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.

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How is Facebook Spam/Hacks Achieved?

Recently a handful of my Facebook friends flew off the handle screaming about how horribly they had been "hacked" and how scary it was and etc. It was my view that most of these "hacks" were simply ...
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What does this malicious PHP script do? [on hold]

Somebody hacked my site and uploaded this script (template46.php) to my webroot and its content is: <?php $vIIJ30Y = Array('1'=>'F', '0'=>'j', '3'=>'s', '2'=>'l', '5'=>'M', ...
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How to disable Symbolic link creation option to users in cPanel server? [on hold]

In shared hosting server, one user is trying to upload 100s of symbolic link files and trying to access files out side. Mostly it is for malicious purpose. In this image, you can see 100s of symlink ...
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Pawn in a nefarious porn marketing campaign?

About a month ago we upgraded (maybe not the right term) our site to WordPress. In that time we went from about 3800 inbound links (according to Google WebMaster) to about 5000. We exported our list ...
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Wordpress blog hacked?

There is a Wordpress blog running on Wordpress 4.0. Anyone having the company webmail can signup to the blog using their Google+ account and submit blog posts. Once posted they will be sent to some ...
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How to analyze spam email URLs to detect exploits?

I'm receiving spam emails that, looking at the email headers, appear to be coming from a variety of computers around the planet. They're always the same type of email that contains invalid URLs inside ...
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What is the point of gibberish spam

I fairly often happen across forums spammed with messages such as: Arugula (Eruca sativa) is an quarterly green, pretended or roquette. It's been Traditional times, overclever 20 flat has be ...
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Is this some kind of Bayesian poisoning?

So I've been reading my spam lately, and today I received this: To: my actual email, but with a name found here: tel2name.com (only hit on Google) Subject: one seemingly random excerpt of a web ...
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How does Bayesian poisoning work?

This answer mentions Bayesian poisoning in passing and I've read the wikipedia page but don't feel I've fully grasped it. The first case, where a spammer sends a spam with a payload (link, malicious ...
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What is a “spam seed”?

Here I found a new terminology first time. Looks like a spam seed is a post, which "is designed to allow spammers to post questions so it looks legitimate". What means this exactly? Maybe it ...
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Dealing with Spam with an unkown party harvesting the email address [closed]

I have a situation where I keep receiving spam from several IT companies (solicitations, marketing etc.). I think I gave away my email to a company in the last couple of years for reading a white ...
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Caller ID Spoof and Text Spams – How do they work?

A lot of people will have at some point received a spam text offering some sort of help via a debt settlement order, or help claiming for an accident that they have never had. I’ve noticed these are ...
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Weird visitor from Samara ----forum.topic5982…908.darodar.com? [closed]

I have seen this question asked about a user from Samara,Russia, and when I sifted through all the other occurances,everything everyone else is experiencing matched my experience, except for one ...
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Is using 'dot' and 'at' in email addresses in public text still useful?

When entering your email address publicly, a practice is to replace . with text dot and @ with text at. I assume that the reasoning is that this way automatic email-collector robots won't match your ...
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How to Check if my mail is classified as Spam

I think several of mails are classified as spam.But Gmail and other Public Email providers has no issues. It might be a false positive cases with the associated tools Is there a tool or a way by ...
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My sendmail started sending spam; what is causing it to do so? [closed]

Today my sendmail service started sending e-mail to various addresses. /var/spool/mail: From MAILER-DAEMON@noxcommunity.com Fri Jan 30 22:15:30 2015 Return-Path: ...
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Does a random number after the login name in the public members section of a website increase security or privacy?

http://forum.example.com/users/username-3723484 vs http://forum.example.com/users/username where username is specific to each user, as is its salt. My hypothesis is that it makes it harder for ...
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What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations?

A user of mine just received a phishing email claiming to be the IRS. What methods of reporting are available, and what should be included?
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Is this “Domain Registration Service” email a scam?

I received an email to the email address listed on our website (it's a generic info@ourcompany.com to help "weed out" spam, whereas each employee has something like andreas@ourcompany.com to which I ...
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Strange unsolicited email sent to almost never used email address

What initially looked like typical spam now seems extra odd and is bugging me (only figuratively I hope). Ostensibly, a sales rep from DomainNameSales.com (DNS), which I'd never heard of, sent an ...
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Is my account hacked? [closed]

I accidentally opened up a spam email in my junk folder. However I did not open up the attachment. Is my email and computer ok?
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Is there a true alternative to using CAPTCHA images?

Security is about balancing costs and risks, nothing is impossible to beat, specially not typical CAPTCHA implementations, but they do add something no other system seems to offer. I've been reading ...
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What does proxyexec + cagefs.server mean in the e-mail X-Source-Args?

I've the following headers in the e-mail which I've received as spam: X-Source: X-Source-Args: /usr/sbin/proxyexec -q -d -s /var/run/proxyexec/cagefs.sock/socket /bin/cagefs.server X-Source-Dir: ...
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Suspecious js file sent as email attachment

I received a js file with following code in my spam folder but I decided to take a look into the file. Do anybody of you know what does this code might do? var evl='';function nr() { evl = '}; ' + ...
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How to report abuse spam with X-AntiAbuse header which was added to track abuse?

I've received the following spam e-mail (with the link to viagra site): Return-Path: <silviani@server04.funet.co.il> Received: from server04.funet.co.il (server04.funet.co.il. [212.29.215.70]) ...
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Would 'spam' mail really avoid eavesdropping?

spammimic.com offers a service that 'encrypts' your mail as 'spam', the rationale being that all mail services automatically filter out spam, and so if you're wanting to communicate with someone ...
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How do I safely inspect a suspicious email attachment?

I received a pretty blatantly spammy email to my Gmail account. I'm not really sure how it made it through the spam filters, since it has all of the telltale signs. The FROM field is spoofed as ...
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How do I stop attack on my email id from hackers?

We have an email id, info@<ourdomain>.com This email id is being hacked frequently and mails are sent from this email id, Following is the example of one such email. From: ...
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Webistes listing email address lists for spammers [closed]

Which websites would you usually check if you suspect that your company's address book has been leaked and is being used by spammers? I have identified https://pwnedlist.com/ for this purpose but was ...
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How to explain to a customer that spamfilters don't catch everything

I used to work in a small office which provided basic desktop support for users. One day I had to answer a call from a very angry customer and he asked for my boss. He wanted to know how could one ...
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How did the spam email sender get my name?

Some time ago I bought something online from a reputable website. I paid through my credit card and everything worked fine. The thing which is important to note is that the name used on the credit ...
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Attackers posting large HTML pages - just spam? or something more sinister?

More and more, lately - I've seen attackers posting complete HTML pages that seem to have nothing malicious - to php pages that aren't even listening to their POST (sometimes, it's a contact form, ...
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Is this email from Liliane Bettencourt a scam? [closed]

I received the following email from someone claiming to be the second-richest woman in the world, Liliane Bettencourt. I, Liliane authenticate this email, you can read about me on: ...
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How and why do people spam my website form?

In have a web form on my website, and someone keeps sending annoying spam through it. I know Captcha can block this, but why do people spam my site - what's their benefit? How do they access my web ...
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How will Gmail be able to detect SPAM and display ads when emails are encrypted end-to-end?

Context Google is making end-to-end encryption easier to use. SPAM How will they be able to perform SPAM detection when the email is transmitted and stored encryptedly? I suppose that if the SPAM ...
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How to check if range of IP addresses are SPAM blacklisted?

While it's easy to check if a single IP address is blacklisted for SPAM using for example http://www.spamcop.net/bl.shtml, then is there a way to check multiple addresses at once? For example how to ...
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It it a good idea to whitelist inbound email using a Hash on the address? (Similar to BATV, but with DKIM)

Problem Statement I'm looking at ways to ensure that business partners, or emails from trusted senders, never get quarantined; ....in other words prevent "ham being seen as spam". Ideally this ...
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Preventing users abusing emailing feature of web application

Our web application offers users with the option to bulk email a bunch of interesting information to multiple email addresses at once. It's fairly easy to register an account with the service and thus ...
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Human or Bot: Behind the Scene Checks vs CAPTCHA

I'm working on a web app at the moment where we’re trying to remove any user friction and excess steps from our user creation page. To avoid computer bots completely spamming our app we need to have a ...
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Trying to get control of spam? [closed]

Hopefully this question is deemed acceptable for this area of stackexchange. if not let me know what other site to use. Anyways i'm seeking advice on how you try to eliminate spam in your daily ...
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spam: several secret inboxes targeted at once. risk or coincidence?

I have a domain that is only used by me, with several inboxes in the format aep-x-company@domain , where i replace 'company' with wherever i sign up. This way i can detect when someone sells email ...
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Using + for email addresses to find out who is selling your data: is it naive or is it effective?

It's pretty common among security-minded folks to fill in addresses using e.g. foo+company@gmail.com when disclosing their email address to company so that they can tell if company has sold their ...
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random-string spam probe messages?

For years, we've been receiving messages through our contact form in the following format: name: vlsyekcz email: jjthiy@toaagq.com subject: BdsQiWYlYo body: 2BLgIr <a ...
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What are the disadvantages to the site owner to have third parties e-mails displayed publicly?

I frequently have to remind my members not to post their e-mails due to spam bots. One of them told me he doesn't care about that since his spam filter is good enough. If I allow him to do that, are ...
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How to stop gmail spam after connecting to public wifi without VPN on Android?

About two weeks ago, I had to reply to an urgent email (gmail) on my Android phone with the Gmail app. Unfortunately, my VPN client refused to work that day (Private Internet Access Android Client), ...
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How was my Yahoo email account used to send spams

My yahoo email account was sending spams at about 6:42pm EDT (the spams show 3:42pm PDT) yesterday. I realized it by receiving several "Failure Notice" emails for Yahoo was unable to deliver the spam ...
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Does using unicode or (at) actually stop spambots?

I want to make my email address available on my website and I was wondering if there was any point in using the "(at) (dot)" convention these days. If I was writing a script to trawl for email ...
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How do botnets deliver spam? [closed]

I can't seem to find the answer to this question. I read that botnet bots are used as email relays (they have smtp servers installed). Wikipedia on Open mail relay: "(...)Internet initiatives to ...
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Spam that comes from names in my address book, but not their email addresses

I've recently received two spam messages that show a possibly worrying degree of knowledge about my contacts, and I'm wondering how concerned I should be. Specifically, the names -- but not the email ...
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What is this spam bot trying to do by filling in my PHP forms randomly? [duplicate]

I have been getting a lot of bot spam lately. The most recent one has this as the body: already to standards Address is is required return ? then with local include accurate Another they in ...