We found a massive spam operation — and sunk its server

For ten days in March, millions were caught in the same massive spam campaign.
Each email looked like it came from someone the recipient knew: the spammer took stolen email addresses and passwords, quietly logged into their email account, scraped their recently sent emails and pushed out personalized emails to the recipient of that sent email with a link to a fake site pushing a weight loss pill or a bitcoin scam.
The emails were so convincing more than 100,000 people clicked through.
We know this because a security researcher found the server leaking the entire operation. The spammer had forgotten to set a password.
Security researcher Bob Diachenko found the leaking data and with help from TechCrunch analyzed the server. At the time of the discovery, the spammer’s rig was no longer running. It had done its job, and the spammer had likely moved onto another server — likely in an effort to


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“Catastrophic” hack on email provider destroys almost two decades of data

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Email provider VFEmail said it has suffered a catastrophic destruction of all of its servers by an unknown assailant who wiped out almost two decades’ worth of data and backups in a matter of hours.
“Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone,” VFEmail founder Rick Romero wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning after watching someone methodically reformat hard drives of the service he started in 2001. “It will likely not return. I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.”

Yes, @VFEmail is effectively gone. It will likely not return.
I never thought anyone would care about my labor of love so much that they’d want to completely and thoroughly destroy it.
— Havokmon (@Havokmon) February 12, 2019

The ordeal started on Monday when he noticed all the servers for his service were down.


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Mass email hoax causes closures across the US and Canada

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A tsunami of emailed bomb threats is prompting closures at hospitals, schools, public transit agencies, and business across the US and Canada.
Word of the emails surfaced Thursday morning in tweets such as this one:

So I actually just got a bomb threat in my work email today ordering me to send the person $20,000 via bitcoin or they will blow up my place of work…. 2018 is wild pic.twitter.com/sn0vVLwe6v
— Ryan William Grant (@TheeRyanGrant) December 13, 2018

And this one:
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How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised

If you’ve been using PGP—short for Pretty Good Privacy—to send and receive encrypted emails, it might be time to switch to a different service to maintain the privacy of your communications. A brand-new vulnerability, hilariously called EFAIL, can reveal the contents of your emails (even older emails, in certain…Read more…


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Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

Just a few days ago we reported about the upcoming redesign of Gmail on the web. Delving further into the redesign we find that there are new features, including self-destructing emails. With a new “Confidential Mode”, Gmail will not only give user the ability to set an expiry date for the emails they send to people, but also put restrictions on messages to prevent them from being printed or forwarded. See also: Google is ready to roll out Gmail redesign, adding new features like Smart Reply and snooze Dropbox partners with Google Cloud for integration with Docs, Gmail and Hangouts Chat… [Continue Reading]


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Front makes email collaboration much smoother

email buried Front started out as an app to manage shared email addresses. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those pesky emails that you receive on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email addresses. After adding more channels, Front has released a major update to refine its service with more power Read More


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