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January 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/31

SoftScan Cautions for Safe Online Lifestyle

SoftScan warned users on January 17, 2008 to secure their lifestyle on the Internet in 2008 by not just focusing on use of gaming and social networking

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/31

Malware Attacks to Disable Screen-reader Programs

A malware item that targets partially-sighted and blind surfers has been found circulating in the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/31

British DSL Service Flawed, Warn Hackers

Vulnerability in British Telecom's (BT) DSL home gateway could lead Internet users to reveal personal data over telephone to a person they mistakenly

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/31

Hackers Deface & Crash Panama’s Parliamentary Site

An the end of four months (Sept-Dec 2007), after Pedro Miguel Gonzalez was elected leader of the Panama legislature, hackers brought down the website of the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/31

Police Recover EC’s Stolen Laptop, Finds Data Intact

The Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Police Department, which retrieved a hard drive from the missing Election Commission notebook computer, said that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

UK Retailers Target of Rising Online Fraud

Almost half of the total retailers in the United Kingdom have experienced high levels of online fraud during the past twelve months, according to a recent

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

High-tech Criminals in Vietnam to Target More of Social Networks

Nguyen Tu Quang, Director of Bach Khoa Internet Security Center (BKIS), said on January 17, 2008 that with blogs, photo and video-sharing websites, and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

Yahoo’s CAPTCHA Decoder Allows Automated E-mail Registration

The CAPTCHA security system used to block spam primarily by Yahoo! along with other service providers such as Microsoft and Google may be at risk, according

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

Wikipedia Infected with Old ILOVEYOU Virus

In a special report dated January 16 2008, Wikinews came to know that a couple of users, one with an undisclosed identity and another called User: MODX,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

Adobe Repairs XSS Flaws in Shockwave Flash Files

On January 16, 2008, Adobe issued two security patches to safeguard affected systems from XSS or cross-site scripting attacks.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/30

Report Claims Hacked Sites Outnumber Maliciously-crafted Sites

As per a report released by San Diego-based security firm Websense on January 22, 2007, it is discovered that the number of genuine sites hacked and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

Videos Deploy Malware in User’s PC via Skype Flaw

On January 18, 2008, Skype released a security report that deals with a cross-zone scripting flaw in its IP Telephony application.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

UPnP Becomes New Ladder of Hijacking for Cyber Attackers

In the second week of January 2008, security researchers revealed the codes used by the cyber attackers to misuse a couple of popular technologies to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

Spam Comes in Disguise to Saleforce.com Users

SalesForce.com's users face a tough time as hackers are sending them spam messages in the shell of Identity Confirmation feature. The changed tactics by the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

IT Sector Needs to Step up Security

According to a Deloitte report, TMT or Technology, media and telecommunications, businesses are only putting little effort or none at all to guard

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

'Hacker Safe' Certified Sites Home to Hackers

Over 60 Internet sites authorized as being "Hacker Safe" by the ScanAlert service by McAfee have been found defenseless against cross-site

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

Fraud Application Imposes itself on Mac Users

Users of Mac are now in a position to claim their maiden instance of "scareware", a global scam in Microsoft's Windows in which counterfeit

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/29

Bots Responsible for Spamming was Major Threat in 2007

Discussing trends in malware behavior, PandaLabs, through its annual report for 2007, indicates

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

The New Malware of Love Storms Internet

On January 16, 2008, the experts at Sophos announced the widespread spammed e-mail, which is a love message, has spread all across the net in an attempt to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

Secunia: Nearly Every Window Machine has Unpatched App

As per Secunia ASP, it has security fixes for those computer users who downloaded and installed its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) app in the first week

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

Scam for Non-Profit Organizations Exploiting Barbara Moratek

Small organizations are being attacked by the new variants of 419 scams. Spams have been delivered to various non-profit organizations exploiting the name

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

Publicity can Bring Malware Activity Down

Shadowserver Foundation, a volunteer group, recently came out with a white paper which threw light on one part of activity on the hub of the major crimeware

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

Online Privacy - A Big Concern in US

Privacy concern is the biggest concern for the Internet users in the US. The loss or stealing of credit and debit card information and other important

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

New Microsoft Excel Falls Prey to Vulnerability

Microsoft on January 15, 2008 released its security advisory on the issue concerning the flaws in the security of its Excel spreadsheet application.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/28

Cyber-security Issues for 2008 Listed by SANS

Twelve security experts from the SANS Institute teamed up to predict the most dangerous attacks for 2008 that would lead to a substantial damage.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

Website to Track Storm Botnet

A website will display the graphic profile of Storm, which has developed into a remote-controlled botnet, ever since it started out as a worm a year ago

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

Carphone & TalkTalk Blasted for Exposing Customer Data

The ICO, i.e., Information Commissioner's Office, has warned that Carphone Warehouse and its associate organization TalkTalk could be prosecuted and charged

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

CA Predicts Online Threats & Methods of Attack in 2008

The new Internet Security Outlook Report by Computer Associates Inc. (CA) released on January 15, 2008 warns in advance that social networks, online gamers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

Flaw Identified in Cisco Unified Communications Manager

Cisco, the networking giant, informed about a defect in Cisco-owned Unified Communications Manager software, which enables a distant, illegitimate user to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

Imprisonment for Ex-IT Systems Administrator of Cox Communications

38-year old William Bryant of Norcross was sentenced to 5 months of imprisonment from January to May 2008, to be followed by another 5 months of confinement

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/25

AirDefense Probe Exposes Wi-Fi Security Reality at NRF Convention

At a big US trade show, the veil was lifted and the myth about high wireless security was broken when a survey conducted on Wi-Fi Access Point's (AP's)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

Philippine Phishers Thriving due to Latest Toolkits

According to RSA's latest research based on observations it garnered during December 2007, ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

Buffer Overflow Flaw Found in IBM’s Tivoli Storage

IBM warns that a security bug exists in the backup and retrieval system of its Tivoli Storage Manager Express that could allow unauthorized viewing of data

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

Phishers Exploit XSS Flaw to Operate Banking Scam

Internet services company, Netcraft, based in Bath, warns that an 'extremely convincing' ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

Another Banking Trojan Captures Users’ Account Data

A recently emerging Trojan is on the run to capture banking data of unwitting users by stealing their account information to be subsequently encrypted and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

MySpace Exploited by Hackers to Distribute Spam

On January 17, 2008, Marshal's TRACE team revealed that spammers have begun

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/24

Malware Gangs Unite to Spread their Net Worldwide

Now that several malware groups are traveling across national boundaries and making news worldwide,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

MySpace User’s Account Used to Download Malicious File

As per the researchers at security vendor McAfee, better security is needed to deal with the counterfeit Microsoft updates.

Online

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

Zango Refutes Passing Adware via Facebook Application

On January 8, 2008, Zango refuted claims that the adware company was sending malicious software via the Facebook social networking site.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

Hackers Compromised Printers & Spam Print Commands

Using the idea of cross-site scripting with which attackers insert malicious code onto web pages that people view, they are now injecting malicious spam

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

Italian Researcher Detects New QuickTime Hole

A security researcher in Italy has published a proof-of-concept code to exploit zero-day vulnerability affecting the latest version (7.3.1) of QuickTime

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

Legitimate Websites becoming Popular Targets for Hackers

A large number of websites mostly under the operation of small firms in the UK were found infecting visitors with malicious JavaScript and observed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/23

Malicious Toolkit Hacks Computers by Effectively Evading Detection

Cyber criminals, in December 2007, used a special hacking kit with which they corrupted thousands of computers and by effectively evading detection were

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

30 Months Imprisonment for Planting Logic Bomb

A former system administrator, Yung-Hsun Lin, of Medco Health Solutions sentenced to 30 months of prison by the federal judge on January 8, 2008 for

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

TSA Security Flaws Cause Identity Theft

The Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a U.S. Rep., Henry Waxman, D-Calif., issued a report on January 11, 2008. The report

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

Banking Sector Hacked by Phishing Sites

The research team of Fortinet Global Security has reported two phishing attacks on major

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

Malware & Spam Plagued Internet Most in 2007

Malware growing 16 times more and spam proliferating vigorously accounted for the greatest two security problems on the Internet last year in 2007,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

Phishers Escalate Operations during Festive Season Purchases

According to Internet security firm SonicWALL Inc., the buying frenzy this holiday season is expected to cause a surge of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

Unwanted Code Takes Advantage of Gifted Digital Devices

In recent postings on their blogs, researchers at Kaspersky, Sans.org and Microsoft said that users should be careful while plugging gadgets received as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/22

GAO Enfolds Security Lapse of IRS

In the second week of January 2008, the government auditors slammed the cybersecurity infrastructure of Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The reason for a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

Phishers Spoof E-mail from NPRC Complaining Payroll Fraud

In an alert notification about e-mail, Websense Security Labs published on its website on January 8, 2008 that a new attacking e-mail is spoofing a message

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

MP3 Spam Continues to Survive

According to many security researchers busy in tracking the MP3 spam phenomenon, the rage of MP3 spam goes on. They report that when in October 2007 ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

MP3 Players get Delivered with Unwelcome Infection

A MP3 players' shipment that Victory the Dutch firm sold in the past few months has been identified to contain Fujack worm. The worm manipulates the autorun

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

Malware Hacks CA.com

In the first week of January, part of the website of Computer Associates (CA), security software vendor, was hacked. The hacked website redirected its

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

Commtouch Presents E-mail Threat Report for Q4 2007

Commtouch released its E-mail Threat Report for the quarter on January 8, 2008 after analyzing the weekly e-mails by an automated process.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

Colombian Resident Found Guilty of Identity Theft

A Colombian resident, on January 9 2008, pleaded guilty after being legally accused of involvement in an identity fraud scheme. He is believed to have

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/21

“Hacker Safe” Geeks.com Becomes “Hacker Prone”

Geeks.com, a website certified by McAfee as "Hacker Safe", is notified of being intruded. Geeks.com made this notification on January 4, 2008

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

Spammer & Accomplices Indicted on Charges of Stock Fraud

The 52-year-old notorious American spammer, Alan Ralsky, was one of the 11 persons charged in an indictment on January 3, 2008, that was initiated against

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

Storm Botnet Uses New Trick of Phishing E-mails

Security researchers warn that the Storm Worm-created botnet is applying a new tactic this year (2008) by using its vast collection of compromised computers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

Spammers Make Illegal Use of SkyDrive

On January 7, 2008, McAfee's Avert Labs trapped a large number of spam mails that employed Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive service. This service offers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

Pennsylvanian State Websites Fall Prey to Hackers

Cyber-terrorists from China are supposed to have attacked the Pennsylvanian government site in the beginning of January 2008. However, officials asserted

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

Attacks on IM, P2P & Chat Increased in 2007

New statistics released on January 11, 2008 found five different Instant Message (IM) and peer-to-peer (P2P) virus attacks on the network of enterprise in a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/19

2008 to Become the Year of Cyber Crimes

One of the leading security vendors, MessageLabs, reported that 2008 will witness a huge increase in the Internet economy, which will further help in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Spam Peaks To 97% In December 2007

According to a warning by SoftScan on January 7 2008, despite several arrests of high profile nature and court cases that turned out successful throughout

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Customer Sues Sears For Data Breach

When it became known that retailer Sears, headquartered at Cook County III had a security breach on its ManageMyHome.com site leading to exposure of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Stealthy Trojan Infects From Behind Windows, Escapes Detection

Security experts have discovered a new variety of attacks in which malicious program is attached to the hard drive's bowels making detection and removal of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Spam Mounts To A Peak For Irish Users In December

Statistics for December 2007 released on January 8, 2008 show that there has been a dramatic rise in the amount of spam sent to Irish business people. Over

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Hack Into Durham Police Website Though Didn’t Expose Sensitive Information But Caused Inconvenience

The website of Durham Regional Police was withdrawn from the Internet late January 3, 2008 following a hacker's strike on the homepage. Technical experts

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/18

Cyber Espionage Needs Strong Dealing By International Community

According to director and chief economist Scott Borg of U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a research institute that runs on a no-profit basis, the most

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Boxun.com Falls Prey to DDoS Attack

A news website of China based in the US is undergoing a tough phase. According to the reports, the website confronted a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

XSS Bug Remains the Worst Infection for Sites

XSS bugs continue to create trouble for application and web programmers as they allow hackers to steal bank account details and other confidential

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Davidson County Facing Spam Forced to Overhaul E-mail

Spam and fraudulent e-mails piled up on the e-mail system of the Davidson County led to frustration among employees, slow down in its Internet network, and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Criminals to Flock on Social Networking Sites in 2008

Cyber criminals are likely to increasingly target social networking sites during the current year 2008, warned security experts.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Hackers Attack Mass Websites Using SQL Injection

An attack with automatic SQL insertion has compromised thousands of websites and although the code has been removed from some, others are still infecting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Philippine Government & Private Websites Targeted by Hackers

Visitors visiting the websites of the Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/17

Banner Ads Holding Malware Swamp Social Networking Sites

Individuals visiting MySpace online forums via outdated browsers and auxiliary media player programs like Adobe Flash Player and QuickTime are being advised

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

‘Secret Crush’ Application Installs Adware on Facebook Users

Researchers at Fortinet, the vendor for gateway security, discovered a scheme that distributes adware on the social networking site Facebook. The attack is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

Virus Propagate Through IM

The researchers at IM Security Center at Akonix Systems stated that around 18 new malicious code attacks were tracked over Instant Messaging (IM) network in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

South Korean Soldiers under Attack by Chinese Hackers

The access to systems of South Korean soldiers by the Chinese hackers has led to the declaration of emergency alert by the security authorities of South

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

PandaLabs Finds Trojan Programs Topping the 2007 Cyber Threat List

ActiveScan, the online scanner of Panda Security, after scanning computers in 2007 found that ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

Cyber Crime Pose Threat to Small Businesses

As per the Small Firms Association (SFA), criminals are taking the liberty of expanding web world, which is ever expanding with more and more people

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/16

Botnets & Spam Creating Troubles for Users

According to Paul Ferguson, Network Architect for Trend Micro, botnets are not just confined to irritating spam pumping factories but they are emerging as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

Two Security Updates for Windows OS Released by Microsoft

On January 3, 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced that it would ease into this patch year with the release of only two security updates in the mid-week of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

Storm Worm Spam Increase Bots Four-time this Season

The deluge of fake e-greeting cards sent out as spam during the holidays might have been responsible for a four-time increase in the number of computers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

Hackers Phish on Facebook Profiles

As never before hackers are now targeting Facebook, the popular networking site, which has faced its first major security breach. The attackers have been

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

Phishers could Exploit CEOs on Facebook

A security company in Hong Kong warned on January 4, 2008 that executives of large organizations should make sure that the data they post on Facebook and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

FTC Report Urges to Fight Spam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) conducted a workshop "Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions" in July 2007 and has described

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/15

Critical Firefox Flaw Makes it Easy Prey to ID Thieves

Aviv Raff, the Israeli security expert, has reported a flaw in the technique employed by Firefox to show verification dialogs that can permit identity

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

Viruses Make Leads through Social Networking Sites

Virus authors are making hay from social networking websites by spreading their malware through

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

UK Govt. Publishes Guidelines for Checking Hacking Tools Distribution

The government of the UK has published guidelines for computer users to refer in the use of the proposed laws against hackers but the guidelines have drawn

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

Trojan & E-mail Worm - Top Malware in December

On January 2, 2008, Kaspersky Lab published its list of top viruses for December 2007. A worm spreading through e-mail ranked the highest, leading the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

Trojan Malware Demands Ransom over Phone

Sunbelt Software's Alex Eckelberry detected a malicious Trojan that would hold PC hijacked unless a ransom is paid. Securitypronews published this on

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

Personal Information Theft Soars to Unprecedented Levels

Personal data breaches like theft of credit card numbers and social security information reached dizzying heights in 2007. The trend is not likely to be

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

US-CERT Warning Not to Use Latest Version RealPlayer

The US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) has warned the computer users about a new problem with the latest version of RealPlayer. This

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/14

Researcher Charged Sears for Spreading Malware

A researcher from Harvard University has charged one of the US' best retailers for injecting privacy stealing ComScore's ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/1/11

Profit-motivated Cyber Criminals Aim Soft Targets like Bank Codes

Each year, unknown risk zones draw near, however, in 2008, there's a bunch of cyber criminals to cross. Though computer security items now prevent better

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/11

NYC Taxi Commission Deny Charges of Hackers Accessing Cab Touchscreens

On December 31, 2007, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission declined latest claims that cyber-terrorists can get hold of classified data via

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/11

Israeli Arab Nabbed for Cyber-vandalism of Israeli Websites

A 17-year-old Israeli Arab resident is arrested by the police for his association with an international gang of cyber criminals aiming and sabotaging

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/11

Hackers Seeking Pirated Music & Movies Breach University Servers

An advisory was released on December 6, 2007 on the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint) after somebody attacked a number of computers, possibly putting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/1/11

Lenience Resulted in Hacking of Porn Portal

On December 26, 2007, a New Jersey company, which assists thousands of porn websites in their operation, accepted a major security breach. The incident has

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