Risk
3/31/2008
05:03 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
Commentary
50%
50%

McAfee Volunteers Go For All The Spam They Can Stand (And Then Some!)

Y'know those e-mails and offers and come-ons you're never never supposed to open or reply to? Well, McAfee is putting fifty, count 'em, fifty volunteers from across the world on an all-the-spam-you-can-answer diet. You get it, you answer it; you see it you click it -- every one of them for a month Seriously.

Y'know those e-mails and offers and come-ons you're never never supposed to open or reply to? Well, McAfee is putting fifty, count 'em, fifty volunteers from across the world on an all-the-spam-you-can-answer diet. You get it, you answer it; you see it you click it -- every one of them for a month Seriously.The McAfee if it comes you must click it experiment equips its volunteers -- selected from respondents to a Craigslist ad -- with laptops, ditchable e-mail addresses, even a bit of coin if being successfully spammed requires a purchase.

In return, the vols will blog their experiences on the McAfee S.P.A.M. Experiment (Spammed. Persistently. All. Month.) site.

The blogs go live Tuesday, April 1. (Hmmmm -- naah. Writing at the tail end of March I'll trust 'em... till tomorrow, anyway.)

The vulunteers, from ten countries, will blog in her or his native language; preliminary reports indicate that most are not techies. Be nice if McAfee will provide mutual translations for the various languages so we can see how the experiences differ -- spam across the waters, and all that

Each volunteer is being provided with a Dell laptop, only minimally protected against malware.(Wonder if they're being instructed to keep a backup spamless machine from which to post to the blog?)McAfee will clean the computers at the end of the 30-day run; the volunteers get to keep the cleaned machines.

It's going to be interesting to see if the blogs produce any breakout spammed-stars -- sort of American Idol for respondents to Nigerian cash claims or sexual enhancement products.

Whether or not the experiment turns out to "open a lot of people's eyes" the way McAfee hopes (and hypes), the project is almost certain to generate one, er, response.

Look for spam with the subj. line

Join in spam research project

to start hitting mail queues any minute now.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading Tech Digest, Dec. 19, 2014
Software-defined networking can be a net plus for security. The key: Work with the network team to implement gradually, test as you go, and take the opportunity to overhaul your security strategy.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-3580
Published: 2014-12-18
The mod_dav_svn Apache HTTPD server module in Apache Subversion 1.x before 1.7.19 and 1.8.x before 1.8.11 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference and server crash) via a REPORT request for a resource that does not exist.

CVE-2014-4801
Published: 2014-12-18
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in IBM Rational Quality Manager 2.x through 2.0.1.1, 3.x before 3.0.1.6 iFix 4, 4.x before 4.0.7 iFix 2, and 5.x before 5.0.1 allows remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a crafted URL.

CVE-2014-6076
Published: 2014-12-18
IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile 8.x before 8.0.1 and Security Access Manager for Web 7.x before 7.0.0 FP10 and 8.x before 8.0.1 allow remote attackers to conduct clickjacking attacks via a crafted web site.

CVE-2014-6077
Published: 2014-12-18
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile 8.x before 8.0.1 and Security Access Manager for Web 7.x before 7.0.0 FP10 and 8.x before 8.0.1 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that insert XSS sequences.

CVE-2014-6078
Published: 2014-12-18
IBM Security Access Manager for Mobile 8.x before 8.0.1 and Security Access Manager for Web 7.x before 7.0.0 FP10 and 8.x before 8.0.1 do not have a lockout period after invalid login attempts, which makes it easier for remote attackers to obtain admin access via a brute-force attack.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join us Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to hear what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer -- it may not be what you think.