Political Spam Is a Growing Problem in Text Messaging

Text messaging has become one of the most widely-used and trusted communication platforms in the U.S. with more than 4 in 5 Americans texting regularly and 5.5 billion messages being exchanged every day. But a novel threat presents new challenges: political spam. In part, text messaging’s popularity is explained by the fact that users on […]

Online Security and Your Dog

Getting a dog for home security can make sense, but how about online security? This weekend we started downloading a map app – high tech consumers in action, but progress ground to a halt because we were uncomfortable with the app’s demand for an email identity to associate with the app.  There is no good […]

Reduce the Net Payoff from Hacking

Chinese hackers made the headlines in May when Washington confessed that Chinese army officers are behind cyber-attacks to collect U.S. intellectual property and military strategies.  It is unclear if the army hackers are on a commercial mission, doing espionage, or perhaps both. In April, Spanish police charged a man with a massive distributed denial of […]

Safe from the Internet Elephants and Scammers

Spamhaus and Cyberbunker are scuffling in the Internet and the public is their victim. Spamhaus, whose mission is to identify trouble spots on the Internet, identified Cyberbunker as a chronic spammer.  In retaliation, it appears that Cyberbunker used a bot-net to orchestrate the largest-ever denial of service attack focused against Spamhaus.  The attack spread delay […]

ONLINE WORRIES REMAIN HIGH, ACI SURVEY SHOWS; Consumers Most Concerned about Identity theft, Viruses, Privacy and Spyware

Internet consumers continue to express high concerns about online threats such as viruses, spam, and identity theft, according to a survey by the American Consumer Institute (ACI), though the level of concern was somewhat lower than expressed in last year’s survey. Topping the list, 63% of consumers saying they were “very concerned” with identity theft, […]