Spammers are running an email scam, sending emails that appear to come from funeral directors. These scam emails contain the name and logo of a legitimate funeral home, but solicit recipients to click on a link that contains malware. Jessica Koth, spokeswoman for the Wisconsin-based National Funeral Director Association, told Bangor Daily News that the issue has been happening all over the country.
UC Davis Health System has contacted 1,800 patients warning them about a data breach that came out of a phishing scam. The email accounts of three doctors were compromised during the attack. The hospital has assured patients that there was no breach of patient records or the health system database. However, patient names and medical record numbers were accessible to hackers.
Daily Secret, a daily email service that sends out offers with city-specific tips in more than 20 countries worldwide, has raised $1.25 million in Series B funding led by PanAfrican Investment Co. The company plans to use the money to expand its newsletters into Africa, specifically in major cities including: Nairobi, Lagos and Accra. The company has 1.5 million subscribers worldwide and plans to launch newsletters in 15 new cities over the next year.
Google revealed today that a glitch in its iOS app for Gmail caused a number of users' emails to be deleted or marked as spam. "You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message," the company explained in a notification. "The issue occurred between January 15 and January 22 and is now fixed." Google is encouraging users to look for any lost emails in the trash or spam folders.
Infogroup has introduced a new business unit called Yes Lifecycle Marketing, which rolls a number of the company's existing assets into a new business unit which will provider one SaaS platform for marketers. The platform is designed to help marketers create tailored messages based on customers' transactions. Infogroup's Yesmail unit will be rolled into the new business unit which will be headed up by Yesmail President Michael Fisher.
Zeta Interactive's revenues reached more than $100 million last year and the company has been growing its revenues 30% year over year. However, the company's brand recognition doesn't stretch much beyond email. "We are not the buzz du jour," David Steinberg, founder of Zeta Interactive told Forbes. "People thought of us as an old-school email company. We are hoping that will change with the acquisition and rebrand."
IBM has released a new user interface for email. The company is calling the new interface Mail Next and it is inspired by social media, the company revealed at its Connect 2014 conference this week. IBM described the new inbox as a scientific approach to coping with multiple incoming communications across multiple channels. The tool uses analytics to help email users prioritize their inboxes.
The FBI has reportedly accessed Tormail's entire email database, a popular tor-based email service that used Freedom Hosting. The agency allegedly used its access to push out malware on behalf of the company. According to reports, the FBI didn't need a search warrant to access TorMail's database.
Federal prosecutors have charged two Arkansas men for running a business that stole the email passwords of consumers and sold them to their suspicious spouses. The company, which was called needapassword.com, hacked into 6,000 email accounts in order to steal the passwords. The site charges $50 to $350 per password. The men are charged with accessing a protected computer without authorization.
An Israeli defense minister's computer was hacked into through email that contained a malicious attachment. The email appeared to come from the country's Shin Bet secret security service. Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert, reported that earlier in the month hackers gained temporary access to more than 15 computers including one that belonged to Israel's Civil Administration that monitors Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territory.