Last Friday, Epsilon, an email marketing firm that serves approximately 2,500 clients and sends about 40 billion marketing messages for clients annually, reported that someone hacked into its computer system and stole an unknown number of e-mail addresses and names. The scale of the problem became clearer over the weekend and by Monday, some of the nation’s largest banks and corporate brand names began alerting their customers to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails. Fraudsters now have access to names and active email accounts, coupled with information about which particular brands individuals have relationships with. Having access to this kind... Read More
Spam levels have declined dramatically since the March 16 takedown of Rustock, the world’s largest botnet, but how long will this victory last?  Rustock was responsible for sending almost half of all global spam and up to 44 billion spam emails per day.  The spam was mainly emails that linked to websites offering counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs.  Since the Rustock takedown, Viagra and Cialis spam emails have declined 75 percent, and security vendors have noted that Rustock has not become active again.  The takedown is certainly a positive development, but pharmaceutical brand owners have good reason to remain cautious. The key reason... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More