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Paul Wood | 22 Mar 2011 | 0 comments

On 21 March 2006, Jack Dorsey sent the first ever Twitter message or ‘tweet’ with five simple words “just setting up my twttr”.  Five years later, 140 million tweets are sent in a host of different languages every day via the micro-blogging service which boasts over 200 million registered users worldwide and is valued at an estimated $7.7 billion following an auction of shares in March 2011.

Although Twitter’s 100 million messages a day may seem paltry compared to the roughly 66 billion email messages sent each day on average in March 2011 before the Rustock botnet was disrupted; (52 billion of which were spam). The prolific growth of micro-blogging platforms...

Paul Wood | 28 Feb 2011 | 1 comment

Posted on behalf of Nick Johnston, Senior Software Engineer, Symantec.cloud

 

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) allow domain names to include Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Latin (with diacritics) and many other characters like 寿司and 한글. It has been possible to include these characters in some domains for several years, but until last year, top-level domains (like .ru for Russia) were not internationalized like this. Several top-level domains now have internationalized versions, for example .рф for Russia.

I recently saw some German pharmacy spam (targeted at Germany, Austria and Switzerland). The spam itself is fairly normal. It promotes erectile dysfunction drugs, and includes links to a popular URL shortening site:

Figure 1 – example of spam email using URL shortening service redirecting to IDN domain

 

Most of the spam is in...