Tag: botnet

Spam volume up big time: 64% increase in one month

Global spam volume has seen a big increase in February over past months: Cisco’s Senderbase shows a rise of 64% from January, from 77.3 Billion to 126.9 Billion emails. The effect of shutting down many spam operations by the authorities in cooperation with companies like Microsoft, Google and others has been watered down by this increase, sadly.


Last year, global spam volume had seen a steady decline from May 2012, dropping to a low point of 77.3 Billion emails in January this year.

The sharp increase in spam volume in February however has also seen many new malware-including emails being sent. This includes weight loss emails but also Facebook Services emails including links to shady websites.

Spam volume up? Quit email, security company says

A European security company called ‘The European Network and Information Security Agency’ even went as far as saying there should be a campaign to stop using email. The main reason noted is that email is insecure, and the receiver currently cannot correctly assess whether the email would be a threat or if it would be safe.

I don’t know about them, but I can’t think of a better communication method for businesses right now than email, even with all the bad stuff involved including spam, scam and phishing emails and such.

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Spamhaus: About 80% of spam traced to less than 100 spam operations

spamhausThe ROKSO list, or the Register of Known Spam Operations, is a list of roughly 100 spam operations managed by Spamhaus. Spamhaus notes on the ROKSO page that about 80% of all spam received by internet users in Europe and North America originates from this group. The group consists of 1 to 5 spammers per operation, which makes the total number of people involved between 300 and 400.

Below is part of the ROKSO list as of 19th Feb, 2013:


Luckily for first time offenders or non-professional spammers (that is, marketing departments that don’t know how to handle their lists correctly) there’s a 3 strikes  method of putting spammers on the list. This means that you / your company must have been terminated by your ISP for at least 3 times for AUP (acceptable use policy) violations. After that, one gets listed on the ROKSO list, and IPs under control of the spam operation will be added to the Spamhaus Block List (SBL).

Spammers involved are those that see ISPs simply as throwaway resources: if and when they get caught, they’re already preparing to move their operation to a different ISP where they have already set up new IPs and domains.

For more information, check out the ROKSO faq on the Spamhaus website.

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Botnet pushing out 18% of all spam taken offline

botnet_email_spamA botnet known as ‘Grum‘, responsible for sending out 18% of all spam has been taken offline by Atif Mushtaq from the malware intelligence lab called FireEye. After Cutwail and Lethic, it was the third most active botnet in the world.

Atif has posted the main characteristics of Grum in a blog post:

  1. Grum has two different types of CnC servers:
    • CnCs that are responsible for serving configuration files and initial registration. I would refer to them as master CnCs.
    • CnCs that serve spam related activities. I would refer to them as secondary CnCs.
  2. Grum uses hard-code IP addresses instead of domain names.
  3. Grum is divided into small segments i.e., different malware builds talk to their own assigned set of CnCs.
  4. There is no fallback mechanism once the main and secondary CnCs are down. That particular segment will be without a master. Read more

Email news: botnet takedown, art of email, Google Analytics and email timing

It seems as US federal government is really pushing forward on taking down botnets. After Rustock it’s now Coreflood being taken out of business. Also on deliverability: dead email addresses becoming spam traps by Benchmarkemail. Lastly the ClickZ article on risk vs reward of ESPs is definitely worth a read.

Corporate news

Trendline Interactive: Mike Bloxham joins as Lead insights practice
smartFOCUS: Emailvision acquires smartFOCUS

Email designs / webmail clients / browsers

Kissmetrics: The evolution of webdesign
The relevant marketer: The art of email: our new series

Deliverability / (anti) spam / security

Benchmarkemail: How your dead email addresses get turned into spam traps
Deliverability: Email Mythology Part II: Gods of Deliverability
Cauce: An updated list of breached companies (over a 100 now)
Word to the wise: another botnet taken down (Coreflood)


DMA email blog: Upwardly mobile, email for the mobile consumer

Other email marketing news and posts

iMediaconnection: why email marketing deserves more respect by Simms Jenkins

iMediaconnection: Why your subject line is more important than you think (I said the same thing on Monday as well)
eConsultancy: how to use Google Analytics to find the best time to send your emails
Famous inboxes: Count Dracula (humor) by Mark Brownlow
Email marketing reports: When expert knowledge hurts your email marketing: 5 examples
ClickZ: Risk vs reward of ESPs

Social media vs email vs …

Tamebay: Introduction to email marketing & social media
Fusion Marketing Experience: Dela Quist: Social media marketing suicide?

Also, follow Emailblog on Twitter for more daily email marketing bits and bytes.

For this weeks video, it’s time to dive into what social media actually is: people seem to have many varying concepts about that. Enjoy!

Email marketing news: Emailography, trigger emails, mobile marketing

This week in email marketing news there’s a great email guide for the tourism industry, great news from the anti-spam front and some email template designs that have been reviewed on Twitter. Other than that there’s some great charts on mobile marketing as well. Take a look:

Corporate news

MailChimp: MailChimp’s Whisper Room
Benchmark Email: Restaurant Email Marketing

Email designs / webmail clients / browsers

TheNextWeb: Google confirms China blocking GMail
Litmus: Top tips and inspiration from Twitter chats

Deliverability / (anti) spam

Wall Street Journal: Botnet Rustock gets taken down (see also here and here)
Spam resource: Why are you in my inbox?


HeidiCohen: Mobile marketing must have facts
StrongMail:  Email marketing design for mobile devices
Mashable: 5 unique uses for QR codes

Other email marketing news and posts

Paramore|Redd: The basics of email marketing (free download until March 31st)
MediaPost:  New Email Era: Beginning Of The End Of Batch-And-Blast? by Loren McDonald
Smart Insights: Email marketing stats by Dave Chaffey
Mashable: e-mail is now officially email in AP StylebookThe Magill Report: Email a conversation? Pshaw! by Ken Magill
Email marketing reports: The trigger email (r)evolution: 9 naive questions
ClickZ:  Yawning Increases Time Spent With E-mail 12X

Social media vs email vs …

Fusion Marketing Experience: all the presentations of #fusionmex Brussels event online (see also this report of the day)
Mashable: How-to: optimize your email marketing for social media results

Finishing this post, here’s a great video interview by Brian Solis with Guy Kawasaki on Enchantment (Guy’s new book). It’s nearly 28 minutes, but worth watching, I can assure you.

REVOLUTION with Brian Solis: Guy Kawasaki: