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January 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

Youth Accused For Scamming Brokerage Accounts

On 25 January 2007, Aleksey Kamardin - a youth aged 21 was accused by the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) for intruding a number of online

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

Weaknesses in Vista Protection; Need to Inform Users

Webroot, company specializing in security software has announced the details of potential vulnerabilities in Vista operating system's protection tools,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

Family of Banker Trojans Expand

Twenty percent of all trojans detected in 2006 stole bank details, said PandaLabs. This category of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

Alarming Rise in Botnets Scares The Father Of Internet

Warning the dynamic attendees at the "World Economic Forum" at Davos, Vint Cerf - Founder of the World Wide Web - confessed botnets to be a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

2007 To See More Of Spam, Phishing and Rootkit Attacks

The round and round race between security software vendors and malware creators are here to stay in 2007, believes leading IT Management Company CA. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/31

‘Dorf’ Spams Behind Masks of Love and Greetings

Security experts at SophosLabs, the global network of virus, spyware and spam analysis center of Sophos have alerted about a large new malicious attack

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

Vista ‘Copies’ Download Trojan

As per a warning by a security expert, people should avoid downloading pirated copies of Microsoft's Windows Vista for they are illegal versions of the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

Microsoft’s EV SSL Validation to Authenticate Websites

Microsoft and its partners are planning to introduce a new anti-phishing technology in order to improve the level of security of the Web.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

Hackers Deface Site That Tracks Hacking

Hackers belonging to West Asia made a successful move when they reconstructed the homepage of Zone-h.org, a website that serves for storing and monitoring

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

GoDaddy Deletes SecLists at the Behest of MySpace

At the alleged request of MySpace.com, Internet Service Provider GoDaddy.com shut down a popular hacking website this week, arousing fiery accusations.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

Banks Reissue Credit Cards, Post TJX Breach

There are several cases of stolen credit and debit card data from computer networks of retailer TJX, owner of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to make fraudulent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/30

Apple Patches The Flaw In Mac Wi-Fi

Apple has patched the flaw in its product 'AirPort'. The vulnerability was exposed late in 2006 as part of Apple's "Month of Kernel Bugs" program.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

USB Sticks Pose As ‘Party Invitation’ For UK Companies

Almost 50 percent of U.K. companies were willing to insert a USB stick pretending as invitation to a party, into their systems even if it increased security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

Nigerian Scam Victimizes County Treasurer; Victim Arrested

Authorities suspended from job, the treasurer of Alcona County in the U.S. state of Michigan on nine-count charges of robbing public funds during his

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

Hacker Kit Dominates Web-Based Attacks

A hack package possessing multiple exploits resulted in almost three-fourths of all attacks on the Web during December, said a security company on January

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

After HD DVD, Hacker Similarly Unlocks Blu-Ray Protection

The hacker who cracked HD DVD copy protection has struck again, this time on Blu-ray. The coder identified as Muslix64 has used the same plain text

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

Woman Lying As Pregnant, Frauds Adoptive Couples

A malicious scheme was in circulation that tried to capture money and property from people desiring to adopt a child. A young woman has been proved guilty

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/29

Another Student Teenager Hacks School Computer

A high school student of Denver locality has been caught for changing grades.

At Golden High School, a 17-year old student was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

Storm Worm Swipes 1.6 Million PC

No less than 1.6 million computers were attacked by the Trojan Horse that was set in motion on Friday, divulged security firm 'Symantec' on Tuesday, 23

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

Storm Worm Still Circulating With More Themes

There is no retreating by the so-called Storm Worm. Now the gang of cyber thieves is spamming the Trojan in its new variants as it did over the past

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

Proposal Reviewing Customers Liable for Online Banking Fraud

Internet banking in the future appears hazy, as consumers have to collect the $25 million annual bill for being victimized by online scams.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

MySpace Sues Man for Spamming Using Member Accounts

MySpace has sued Scott Richter for committing offense under violations of state and federal laws including the CAN-SPAM Act and ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

Google Anti-Phishing Blacklist Inadvertently Made User Data Public

Search engine giant Google has erased some usernames and passwords it posted by mistake on a ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/27

‘No More Of Scamming Allowed Now’ – Wikipedia Tells Hackers

Wikipedia has begun instructing search engines that they should ignore links to external sites. A 'nofollow' attribute has been implemented by Wikipedia in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

Hackers Grip German Website Of Google

World's biggest and most trusted search engine 'Google' was brought to a halt early on 23 January 2007. Apparently, the German site of the search engine was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

Fixture of QuickTime Flaw by Apple Commenced “Month of the Apple Bugs”

On January 23, 2007, Apple launched a patch for a major security flaw in its QuickTime media player software. The fix has been released publicly after 23

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

US Generated Most Spam; China Most Malware

2006 again saw United States leading the world in producing spam and hosting malware, said a security vendor on Monday. But China topped as the nation that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

U.K. Police Lacks Expertise in Handling Cyber Crime

Microsoft and people of the open source community reported to the science and technology committee of the House of Lords that U.K. police did not have the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

Dramatic Rise In Vulnerabilities During 2006

The number of security vulnerabilities reportedly jumped successively in 2006 from the previous year, according to the Computer Emergency Response Team

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/25

‘Collateral Hacking’ Looms on Small Businesses

A renowned computer expert has cautioned small businesses to adopt better measures of securing their data to prevent from falling prey to hackers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

Sun Repairs Java Flaw in its GIF Images

Sun Microsystem's Java Runtime Environment encounters a flaw when it processes graphic formats or GIF images. But the company has designed a critical

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

Security Breach In Nordea – Hackers Loot US$ 1 Million

The customers of 'Nordea' - the largest bank of Sweden - were tricked by Russian hackers to download spyware that filched details of their account login to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

Police Grabs Online Dating Site’s Owner For Scamming

SophosLabs, the global network of Sophos for virus, spam, and spyware analysis centers, has sent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

Phishers Victimize Reputable Korean Financial Institutions

On January 21, 2007 there was report of a new type of phishing fraud targeting Koreans. ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

Deceptive E-Mail Campaigns eBay Shutdown

An e-mail is circulating a message that online auction site eBay is approaching shutdown in end February. IT security firm Sophos has, however, warned it to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/24

‘Whitelisting’ Takes Care of Ineffective Anti-Malware Systems

The anti-virus programs curre ntly in use have turned ineffective. This is because they have been

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

Spammers Send Storm Worm To Compromise PCs

Hackers are playing unusual real-time tactics using human tragedy to take control of vulnerable computers. The European storm, which has drawn public

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

New Spam Trick Leverages E-Newsletter

Spammers have some new tricks to play. So long they have been disguising Viagra ads as e-mail newsletter, which offer information such as of latest airline

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

HD-DVD Copy Protection Proved Vulnerable To Attack

A group of hackers around the world succeeded in defeating the anti-piracy software developed to protect a number of high-resolution movies developed in the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

Hackers Assault TJX Computer Systems

TJX Co., operator of T.J. Max and Marshalls' discount stores reported on January 17, 2007 that hackers intruded their computer networks late in 2006 and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

Dutch Prosecutors Sentence Jail To Cyber Gang

Two Dutch men have been engaged in a massive computer hacking scam where they infected more than one million PCs with adware and other malicious software.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/23

Anti-Cyber Crime Law Seeks Legislation in Pakistan

Pakistan Minister for IT (Information Technology), Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari visualizes cyber crime bill's adoption as a significant step in enforcing a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Thrift Savings Plan Officials Take Extra Precautions After Being Hacked

About 25 participants of Thrift Savings Plan bore theft of nearly $35,000 from their accounts. The administrators are therefore asking all its members to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Scammers Collect MySpace Passwords Via Phishing

There is a warning for MySpace users about a phishing scam and suggestion to check for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Microsoft Issues and Re-Issues Patches For Excel Holes

Microsoft has re-released a security patch in Excel that was issued earlier in January 2007. The re-release happens after the earlier update resulted in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Man Proved Guilty of Violating Anti-Spam Law

A jury under a 2003 federal law prohibiting Internet spam has found the first guilty defendant. The defendant is from California who sent e-mails to users

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Google Expert Draws Similarity Between Two Exploits

There is a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in one of Google's Web hosting services. The vulnerability is capable of altering third-party Google

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/22

Cyber Worm Destructs Chinese Language Software

Internet security experts have issued an alert to computer users to be on guard for the most destructive cyber worm compromising Chinese language software,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

Trojans At Forefront Of Online Threats

A PandaLabs report identified trojans and adware/spyware making up over half of the malicious code

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

The First Ever Critical Patch From Oracle

In its first Critical Patch Update in 2007, Oracle tackles 51 different security vulnerabilities. Though it may appear to be a high number, it is less than

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

Scam Sets False Job Offers

A fresh e-mail attack is being spammed that offers jobs causing substantial money wastage, reported PandaLabs. The firm found these messages to arouse

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

Rootkit – A New Trojan Is On The Move

Internet is flooded with malicious codes that once downloaded on your PC can hardly be removed ever, reason being the built-in protections that these codes

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

Protection At A New High For Vista Launch

An announcement from Microsoft revealed release plans for Windows Vista-ready products and services from its security unit and leading security firms like

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/20

MoAB: Exploit The Root Is The Name Of The Game

The MoAB (Month of Apple Bugs) disclosure of today is perhaps the most serious up till now.

Apple users are very often touted to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

Yet Another Phishing Attack on UTI Bank

Cyberspace fraudsters have again embarked on their criminal act. And, this time they've come down on the website of UTI Bank through a ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

Soaring Phishing Attacks versus Perishing Defenses

Phishing attacks continue to touch heights both in quantity and quality, reports Internet monitor Netcraft. The company Toolbar in 2006 arrested more than

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

Researchers Urge Caution against Phishing Scams

McAfee Inc.'s Avert Labs has published a white paper that discusses the trends of the latest computer and online identity theft. It also points at major

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

New VML Flaw in Windows Captures PCs

A company having specialized in structuring attacks for penetration testing evolved a live exploit of a critical patch by Microsoft within hours of its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

Man Gets Deterrent Sentence for Hacking MSN

An individual was accused for stealing identities of several women on Instant Messaging and for even blackmailing one. The man aged 24 years was sentenced

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/19

Cyber Crime Profits Increase With Rise In E-Mail Threat Volumes

SonicWALL Inc. used its SMARTLABS network of more than one million e-mail users to gather data that indicated an increased trend of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Spam Set To Cause Double Trouble

There's been a historic rise in the spam levels month after month for years now. However post-July 2006, a significant trend has been noted with ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Snort Vulnerability Exposed

A discovery was made by the University of Wisconsin researchers in Madison that exposed the vulnerability in open-source intrusion prevention technology,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Hacking Under Scanner In IT Security Conference

IT security was the topic of a conference on January 10, 2007 staged by the Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) in unison with the non-profit

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Google Under Fire For Website Warnings

Complaints are being made by website operators against Google for falsely deeming their sites as containing malicious software.

At

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Fool-proof protection for PayPal

Ebay Inc will in the coming months offer a $5 security key, new tool to combat phishers for its PayPal users. A tiny electronic device, the PayPal Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/18

Belgian Defense Ministry Web Site Shuts Down Briefly

The Defense Ministry of Belgium took its Website off line on January 15, 2007 following a hacking attack during the weekend by a group promoting Turkish

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Students Hack High School Computers To Change Grades

A senior and a fresh graduate from a Cherry Hill High School were arrested for stealing data from protected computers. Authorities accused them for hacking

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Server-Side Polymorphic Viruses Beat Standard AV Signatures

In 2006, new kinds of computer viruses emerged that successfully countered traditional anti-virus

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

MOAB Uncovers Mac OS X Flaw On Safari Browser

Computers running Apple's Safari Web browser caused vulnerability in Mac OS X, which researchers discovered under the ongoing Month of Apple Bugs (MOAB)

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Microsoft’s Tuesday Patches Did Not Have Word Zero-Day Fixes

Microsoft issued patches on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 to fix vulnerabilities in its Windows and office software but none for several known zero-day flaws in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Hackers Spread Malware Using Saddam-Related Themes

E-mail messages with Trojan horses have been circulating that claim to contain video shots of Saddam Hussein's execution, said Finnish security company

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Hacker of Macworld Obtains Free Platinum Passes

A hacker claimed to get early-access to priceless speech of Steve Jobs at the Macworld Conference and Expo. People entitled for the priority access were

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

FBI Alerts New Change To Earlier Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is playing around ransom extortion threats, warns FBI to Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/17

Companies Fear Leakage of Secrets Through Personal E-Mail Accounts

Despite companies investing money and doing efforts to keep their corporate e-mail systems secured, there are possibilities of security breach by their own

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

Spam Rate Tumbles Like Never Before

There has been a mysterious drop in global spam levels during the first week of January this year, according to SoftScan, a managed e-mail provider. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

Spam Grows Through Image-Based E-Mails

A junk e-mail added with some picture is a great annoyance for the recipient. It

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

New Worm Produces Severe Spam

Spam volume shot up in December 2006 to make a record high of 94 percent e-mail, said a message security company on January 9, 2007.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

New Phishing Kit Available For Underground Online Sale

EMC's present security division, RSA announced in the company press release that its 24X7 AFCC (Anti-Fraud Command Center) has discovered online fraudsters

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

APE Tool for Apple Patches, Is Flawed

A tool used to fix bugs in Apple software has been found to have flaw in it. The group of researchers working on the 'Month of Apple Bugs' (MOAB) project

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/16

Adobe Patches Multiple Bugs in PDF

After admitting a serious flaw in its well-known Acrobat and Reader software, Adobe a week later patched multiple bugs to prevent attackers from loading

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

Upgrades Would Mitigate Adobe’s Vulnerability

Adobe Systems has recently found a cross-site scripting flaw in its software that could let attackers run malicious JavaScript on a victim's computer.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

UC Teacher Assistant Steals Identity

A teacher assistant working formerly at the Cincinnati University has been held for launching a ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

UA Computers Come in the Grip of Foreign Hackers

Overseas hackers made several intrusions into the computer network of UA during the last two months of 2006. They dropped files on a number of servers and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

Major Predictions of Malware Attacks

Online fraudsters were recording buyers' behavior their spending habits and trying to snatch personal identification and login information, since there was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

Complacency In Disclosing Personal Data Online Can Be Risky

Users increasingly reveal their personal information on the Web, and they do not feel uncomfortable doing it, according to Kaspersky Lab, which conducted a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

Attacks to Soar With The Use of Complex Code and Web 2.0 Applications

A report on new trends of Web security for the fourth quarter of 2006 prepared by Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) forecasts security trends

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

Attack On Site By Overloading Server

A group of Internet hackers disabled a website by overloading its server. The site belonging to Hal Turner, N.J. white supremacist in North Bergen crashed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/15

A New Scam Involves Death Threats

A recent scam threatens to take away recipient's life. The e-mail says business owners would be target of a hit man. The nasty e-mail is circulating in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/12

U.K. Companies That Defy Spam Legislations

Many U.K. companies are not maintaining compliance with regulations governing the distribution of unsolicited e-mails, says a survey of a direct marketing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/12

Top Search Engine Weaknesses Responsible for Quick Spread of Malicious Spyware

Analysts with the security dealer Prevx have found that some harmful spyware programs that have infected computers block users from going to common search

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/12

Internet Explorer Was Vulnerable for Overwhelming Part of 2006

Brian Krebs, the Security analyst for The Washington Post, studied 2006 data and discovered that familiar security flaws in the browser could readily have

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/12

Botnets Make Innocent Users Participate in Internet Crime

Mischief-makers, in their never-ending drive to break through the defenses of the Internet, are sharpening their tools. With increasing elegance they are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/12

Amazon.com Hit by New Phishing Scheme

The latest flood of phishing scams termed as "man in the middle attacks" has

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/11

Two Engineers Send Computer Commands To Disrupt L.A.’s Traffic Center

Two prominent engineers of city transportation have been held for damaging signal lights at airport and road crossings while a labor union contract dispute

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/11

India Sets Up The First Online Cyber Law Clinic

An educational organization based in Anand district of Gujarat, India launched on January 7, 2007 a freely available cyber law clinic portal to ward off

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/11

Forecasts Predict More Spam in 2007

Spam in December 2006 accounted for nearly 90% of all e-mails sent. But that is not bad enough when we hear what Secure Computing has to say. The world IT

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/11

ESET Discusses Malware Writers’ Trend

Malware writers continue to commit fraud, information theft and construction of botnets as their prime activities, as per reports of ESET's ThreatSence.Net

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/11

Court Sentences Utah University Student For Hacking

A student of University of Utah admitted making illegal access of a university computer system to improve his grades. You Li applied software to decrypt the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/10

Massive Spam Rates in 2006

The Annual Security Review, a publication of IE Internet, January 4, 2007 discussed that spam increased massively in the year 2006. The average spam rate in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/1/10

India Experiences Phishing March

On a particular day in October 2006, Sukhwinder Singh was checking his bank account online when he found that his deposited sum of Rs. 41,000 wasn't

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