Jayne A. Hitchcock Wins the 2015 M3AAWG Litynski Award

When members of a fraud ring launched a series of online attacks against Jayne A. Hitchcock in 1996, as retribution for exposing their scam on a Usenet message board, they inadvertently touched off a campaign against cyberstalking and cyberbullying that would make their line of work much, much harder. Hitchcock fought back, gathering information about technology and tactics, working with law... Continue »

Hook, Line & Sinker: Protecting data against malicious phishing attacks

IT security stories are becoming more and more prevalent in the news. We are seeing hacking, data theft and the importance of data protection crowding the news agenda daily. Email marketing remains one of the most valuable internet services however it is extremely vulnerable and therefore prone to malicious attacks.  These attacks that seek to obtain sensitive data can cause major damage to... Continue »

Sony Hack Spotlights Vulnerabilities: A Review of the Threat Landscape

FBI director James Comey recently reaffirmed the agency’s initial position, attributing the late December attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment to North Korea. Some are already speculating that all out state-sponsored cyber warfare is just around the corner. However, this isn’t the first time Sony’s systems have been compromised, and government elements are rarely identified as instigators of... Continue »

Return Path Launches New Website and Whitepaper to Combat Email Fraud

For over 15 years, Return Path has been an integral part of the email ecosystem, helping ISPs keep bad senders out and letting the good guys in.  On top of our core product set of Email Optimization, there has always been an underlying theme of security and protection.  We were key players in helping drive SPF and DKIM adoption, and more recently were founding partners in developing DMARC, the... Continue »

New article: Email Authentication – Prevention is Better Than Cure

I recently wrote an article on the high level risks posed by email fraud, and the potential benefits of email authentication. One of the central themes of this piece is the importance of considering the role of the unwitting accomplice in any brand protection strategy. The unwitting accomplice is a challenge for any law enforcement or fraud protection professional. The various inbound & outbound... Continue »