"Moore's Outlaws"
July 2010  |  David Talbot, MIT Technology Review

"What we’ve seen is that arms races often progress in an evolutionary fashion. But now and then, they jump,” says Paxson. "If there is some cyber attack that messes up a city for a week–or if a big company is brought to its knees–it will be a game changer."

“Revealing the Secrets of the Internet’s Gatekeepers”
May 25, 2010 | Jim Giles, New Scientist

Who controls your internet access? It's tempting to think that no one does. Sign up with an internet service provider (ISP) and that's it: you're free to browse. Well, not quite free. Your ISP is your internet gatekeeper. Many provide trouble-free service. But providers are able to slow down or block online activities such as file-sharing – an ability that the US Federal Communications Commission wants to rescind.

“Why Spam Filters Read Obscene for Clean"
March 29, 2010 | Jude Sheerin, BBC News

After 90 years, one of Canada's oldest magazines, The Beaver, is changing its name. Its publishers say it was only natural that a Canadian history journal should have been named in honour of the industrious dam-building creature which is the country's national emblem. But in recent times the magazine's attempts to reach a new online audience kept falling foul of spam filters...

“Researchers Develop a More Accurate Spam Filter"
January 27, 2010 | Jill Laster, The Chronicle of Higher Education

California researchers have developed a system they believe could stop the most common kind of spam from reaching people’s in boxes. Most spam e-mail messages are transmitted using a few infected computers that use a template-based system. The new system works by analyzing the small changes in messages that spammers make to slip past spam filters, according to the team from the University of California at San Diego and the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, Calif.

“To Beat Spam, Turn Its Own Weapons Against It”
January 25, 2010  |  Jim GIles, New Scientist

Spammers' own trickery has been used to develop an "effectively perfect" method for blocking the most common kind of spam, a team of computer scientists claims. Most of the billions of spam messages sent each day originate in networks of compromised computers, called botnets. Unbeknown to their owners, the machines quietly run malicious software in the background that pumps out spam.

“Boffins Birth Uber ‘Net Neutrality’ Dowser”
January 22, 2010 | Cade Metz, The Register

Researchers with the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California have unveiled a completed version of their Netalyzr service, a tool designed to detect when your ISP is interfering with your net connection. The web-based service has been available as a beta since the middle of last year, but it's now set to collect mountains of data for a National Science Foundation-funded project that seeks to determine the state of so-called net neutrality.

Cyber Espionage Reveals Spammer Strategies"
May 14, 2013  |  Jeff Hecht, New Scientist

The war against spam is entering a new phase. Security researchers have identified patterns in the way spam is created that could give the upper hand to anti-spam software.

Spam Grows Up"
Spring, 2009  |  Daniel Gillick, Berkeley Science Review

Researchers Hijack Botnet for Spam Study"
November 10, 2008  |  John Leyden, The Register

Pharmacy-touting spammers can turn a decent return on response rates as low as one in 12 million, far lower than previously thought. So say security researchers at the University of California, San Diego and UC Berkeley, who infiltrated the control system of the Storm botnet to research the economics of spam.

"Study Shows How Spammers Cash In"
November 10, 2008 | BBC News

Spammers are turning a profit despite only getting one response for every 12.5m e-mails they send, finds a study.