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Sugar Grove Fire Department Attack by 375,000 Spam Mails

On June 2, 2008, the Fire Department of Sugar Grove reported that
it got around 30 spam mails which provide everything starting from
celebrity snaps to hair and weight loss product.

Deputy Chief David Adler added that it is expanding at the rate of
100 per 30 seconds. They were in Japanese and Russian language and
something related to Britney Spears, as reported by KcChronicle on
June 6, 2008.

Spam mails are uninvited mails sent in large numbers to users
without their knowledge. Also, many of the users respond to these
mails and became their victim.

Later on, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) claimed that most of
the spam mails in the inbox of Sugar Grove Fire Department were
fake, deceptive e-mails and could install spyware and viruses in
system and steal identities. When FTC gave a look to the remote
server of fire district, they noticed 375,000 spam mails

The officials also inform that the messages appeared to have come
from some bank or financial institution and ask to update their
account details. Further, these mails contain a link that seems
to be taken to an authentic site but lands up in a fake Website.

If any user divulges their login details or other personal data,
hackers can access it to steal their identity. Several of these
phishing mails contain poor use of grammar, exaggerations,
misspellings and threats.

Daw, the Internet security services provider to the fire
department, could clear the spam mails 10,000 at a time over a
10-hour shift. Further, it was conducted slowly to ensure that the
department did not lose any data.

Further, by noticing the heavy emergence of spam mails, FTC hosted
a two-day Spam Summit in Washington DC in 2007 to address the
uninvited spam mails targeting the companies.

The increase is coming from networks of hijacked personal systems
that hackers access to masks their identities while they send spam
and viruses. The investigations of FTC discloses that spam is
accessed for initiating installations that can close down user's
system, enable ID theft and undermines the stability of Web.

Related article: Secure Computing Released Internet Threats for Q2 of 2008

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