[LINK] Spam after upgrading Norton

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Mon May 17 07:56:26 AEST 2010

It didn't occur to you that these were email's that Norton was _detecting_
as Spam, rather than spam caused/triggered by your upgrade?

I suspect that if you look in the options for Norton you'll have the ability
to turn off it's anti-spam (in which case you'll still get the messages, but
not tagged as such), or alternatively have it treat the messages differently
(eg, drop the completely, or put them in a Junk folder which is possibly
where they were going before the upgrade).

And as per usual, Google is your friend - if you let it be  (hint: "Norton
antispam in subject" without the quotes would be a good start)

Ohh.. and if it's Viagra-related, then it's not spear phishing - the two are
completely unrelated forms of spam.


On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM, Stephen Wilson <swilson at lockstep.com.au>wrote:

> Dear Linkers
> Anyone able to shed light on this?  I upgraded my Norton security suite
> yesterday and in less than 24 hours since I have received six spams with
> subject line prefix [Norton AntiSpam].  I've never received this subject
> line till now, so it can't be mere coincidence. It's spear phishing:
> exactly the sort of e-mail one might expect soon after upgrading. But
> crude and readily spotted: the senders are mostly Viagra related!
> How do spammers know when people have upgraded their Norton software?
> Do I have spyware in my PC that has spotted this event and alerted the
> spammers?
> Cheers,
> Steve Wilson.
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