Blogs: amirseries-spamculture

"You Could Save up to 50% on Your Phone Bill!" screamed an email from Vonage. Naturally, users complained this unsolicited, bulk email was spam. But some spam filters weren't having it -- a surprising number of these messages reached user inboxes. Vonage's marketing agent sent the email from a list of "nonsense" domain names, including the unpronounceable urgrtquirkz.com. Surely that's illegal? Let's find out, in this week's Security Levity...

June 23, 2010 12:12 PM EDT

This week on Security Levity... the second in a series of posts about spam in different cultures. This time: Nigeria, home of the 419 scam. We've all received advance-fee fraud come-ons: typically, badly-worded invitations to help a bank teller "liberate" money from a forgotten bank account. The basic idea is to gradually draw you into a web of lies, play on your greedy appetite for easy money, and then hit you for some "expenses"... or worse.

October 28, 2009 9:09 AM EDT

This week on Security Levity... the second in a series of posts about spam in different cultures. This time: how Russia views spam. As we saw when we looked at China, it's no surprise that Russian culture is very different from that in the West, whether in North America or western Europe. Spam is just one example of these huge differences.

October 14, 2009 9:09 AM EDT

I thought I'd kick off my new blog with some thoughts about how different cultures view spam. This will be the first in a series of posts about spam culture. Today: how China views spam.

October 02, 2009 9:10 AM EDT