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January 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/1/31

Phishing Scams for Identity Theft Rising at Fast Pace

According to Arkansas (USA) based Fayetteville Police Department, there has been a tremendous increase in e-mail scams to commit identity theft over the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/31

Cyberoam Discusses Major Spam Attacks in its Latest E-mail Threat Report

Security firm Cyberoam has announced its fourth quarter 2008 report on trends of e-mail threats prepared jointly with Commtouch. The main highlight of

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/31

Web-based Malware, a Growing Threat for Business Organizations

According to the latest research by security firm ScanSafe, the year of 2008 witnessed a significant increase in virus attacks against websites of specific

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/31

Malicious Spam Pose as Obama’s Acceptance Speech

According to the news report published by LatchEagle on January 15, 2009, BBB (Better Business Bureau) is warning people to be wary of a malicious spam mail

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/31

Downadup Worm Exploits Flaw to Infect Millions of Windows Machines

A malevolent program or worm that uses a recently patched Windows flaw has compromised over a million computers in the past 24 hours (January 15, 2009),

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/31

British Royal Navy's Communications Network Hit by Virus

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that it was attacked by computer virus which shut down some

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/30

Phishing Treating College Students as Easy & Constant Targets

According to Jim Fatz, Director of Information Security & Operations at Northern Illinois University, online ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/30

Sophos Detected a New Worm Written in Visual Basic Script

Security company, Sophos, has cautioned users about a new computer worm present in Visual Basic Script (VBS). Security researchers added that the worm

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/30

New “in-memory injection” Attack Found for Max OS X

Vincenzo Iozzo, a security researcher from Italy, has found a new method to inject malware into a

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/30

Nearly 70% of Top 100 Sites Contain Malicious Content

Web users are often recommended to visit only legitimate sites to minimize the risk of malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/30

Microsoft & IT Support Staff Held Responsible for Conficker Virus

Conficker Virus, which has infected millions of systems, continues to spread like wildfire. Naturally, the frustrated users have started blaming the IT

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/30

ESET Says Online Games Password Stealers were Top Malware in 2008

In its newly released report entitled "Global Threat Report for 2008", ESET points out that programs seizing passwords for online games posed as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/29

Monroe Credit Union Target of Latest Phishing Fraud

According to the news reports published by monronews on January 12, 2009, a phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/29

Hoax E-mails Steal Information of Google & Yahoo! Advertisers

Researchers at Sunbelt Software, a security company, warn that hoax e-mails masquerading as Google AdWords customer support are circulating on the Internet.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/29

Green Party Apologizes For E-mail Bungle

Green Party of Ireland has issued an apology for sending unsolicited e-mails in weeks when a new law forbidding spam was implemented. The Republic's

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/29

FBI Warns about E-mails Masquerading Lottery Win

Consumers are being cheated by spam mails allegedly originating from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). FBI informed that the spam mails had used

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/29

E-mail Spoofing Northwest Airlines Drops Trojan

According to a warning released by security experts at Sophos, a new malicious spam campaign is spreading a message that claims to provide information on

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/29

Tough Economic Conditions to Drive Cyber Crimes in 2009

Security firm McAfee has predicted that malware attacks in 2009 are likely to be driven by

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/29

Security Experts Warn MSN Files Contain Malicious Virus

Security experts at MSN said that MSN users are cautioned against MSN files as they contain a computer

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/28

Phishing Scam Targets Customers of Two Tennessee Banks

A phishing e-mail circulating on the Internet in Middle Tennessee (USA) is creating

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/28

People Cautioned About Online Pet Selling Scam

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is asking netizens to look out for a scam e-mail that offers puppies free of cost,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/28

New Phishing Technique Exploits Browser Bug

Researchers at Trusteer, a security company, has warned of a new "in-session phishing" attack that could become active by exploiting a loophole

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/28

US-CERT Warns of AutoRun Flaw in Windows

US-CERT's National Cyber Alert System is warning that Microsoft Windows' AutoRun feature is affected with security vulnerabilities. AutoRun is the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/28

Ex-employee Pleads Guilty to Hacking & Sabotage

According to the news reports published by startribune on January 13, 2009, 21-year old David Ernest Everett Jr. of Blaine pleaded guilty in the US federal

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/28

Arbor Network - Storm botnet is Back

The notorious Storm botnet has made a comeback after remaining inactive for several months in 2008. The botnet, which once had grown into a major network,

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/28

Apple Releases Security Update to Fix Bugs in QuickTime

On January 21, 2009, Apple released an update for QuickTime to patch seven security flaws. An advisory from the company said that these flaws could be used

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/27

Ontario Man Succumbs to an Online ‘Inheritance’ Fraud

A man from Canada's Ontario says that he is indebted to various people of over $150,000 after an e-mail scam running by international scam artists made him

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/27

IRS Warns About Phishing Scams on the Prowl

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) receives complaints all round the year from citizens who have become victims of various Internet tax scams. For instance,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/27

Fraudulent E-mail Claims of Phishing Attack Against FDIC

According to the news reports released by BANK info SECURITY on January 15, 2009, FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) wrote a warning note to banks

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/27

BBB Cautions Users of Dangerous Social Networking Scams

Better Business Bureau (BBB) has alerted users of Facebook and others social networking sites about the latest scams used by hackers to steal their private

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/27

Virus-hit St. Tammany Parish Clerk Website Returns to Normalcy

The computer systems at St. Tammany Parish's Clerk of Court, Louisiana (USA) have reportedly been infested by a virus. The virus attack also shut down its

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/27

Panda Security Receives Complain of Speaking Computer Viruses

According to Panda Security, people have been calling its engineers reporting that they are experiencing some new forms of virus infection on their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/24

Spammers Using Names of Trend Micro & Microsoft in Their Messages

There is a growing trend among cyber criminals to use reliable and well-known logos in spam mails. The purpose is to attract potential victims into visiting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/24

Police Warned Charlottetown Citizens about Tax Refund Scam E-mail

A warning has been issued to citizens of Charlottetown (Canada) that they must avoid replying to an e-mail presently circulating on the Internet. The e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/24

Phishers Again Target Nigerian ATM Card Holders

According to the news published by THE PAYPERS on January 12, 2009, Interswitch, a Nigerian company that deals with electronic transaction and payment

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/23

Spammers to Increasingly Abuse Free Blogging Sites in 2009

As per "January Spam Report" published by McAfee for January 2009, the current year is expected to keep the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/1/23

Spammers Send False Messages Relating to Upcoming Football World Cup

Security specialists have alerted that a wave of spam mails relating to the 2010 World Cup is being observed. It could dupe unsuspecting recipients into

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/23

Security Expert - New E-mail Rules Infringe Civil Liberties of Citizen

Upcoming rules that mandate Internet service providers to maintain record of every outbound e-mail in the United Kingdom represent superfluous expenditures

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/23

Concordia University Blocked Use of Facebook

In September 2008, Concordia University in Montreal (Canada) banned Facebook use in study halls and libraries for its 40,000 students. The step was taken in

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/23

Spike in Gaming/Banking Trojans Together With Spam During December 2008

Provider of UTM (Unified Threat Management) solutions, Fortinet, has issued its December 2008 Threatscape report that highlights a considerable jump in the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/23

Hackers Compromise YouTube Messaging to Spread Malware

According to security experts, YouTube's messaging feature is attacked by cyber criminals who have acquired control of the site to spread malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/22

Bank of Bermuda Latest Target of Phishers

Internet scammers are currently targeting the Bank of Bermuda with spoofed e-mails to seize personal and financial information from its customers.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/22

AppRiver Released its Security Trends Report

Security company AppRiver recently released its annual report, "State of Security 2008", which shows that 2008 threats concentrated on tricking

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/22

Sunbelt - Trojans Topped the List of Malware Threats for December 2008

Sunbelt Software has come up with its data dump that lists the most prevalent spyware and malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/22

Storm Botnet Could be Cracked Down

Security researchers have cracked open the notorious and ruinous Storm Worm botnet. These researchers, who hail from RWTH Aachen and Bonn Universities, have

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/22

Paris Hilton’s Website Attacked by Hackers

Security vendor, ScanSafe, said that site of Paris Hilton is hacked and serving users a harmful Trojan program.

The firm reveals

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/22

Hacker Writes Note to Microsoft in Zlob Trojan’s Source Code

A hacker from Russia inserted a short message into a Trojan's source code. This Trojan is a variant of Win32/Zlob. The message was highlighted by a 'team'

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Spamfighter - Christian Bjørklund 2009/1/21

Move over Angelina, Britney and Paris-Spammers roll out the red carpet for Michelle Obama!

SPAMfighter, the company backed by the world's largest spam fighting community, reveals that for the month of December, Michelle Obama overtook traditional

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Virus Disrupts School Board’s Operations

A computer virus attacked systems at the Vancouver school board in Canada on January 7, 2009,

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Taxpayers Warned About Fake IRS Websites

Spammers are infamous for exploiting current events with which they try to attract unsuspecting consumers towards their malicious schemes. The tax-paying

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Rootkit Torpig Described as Most Dangerous Malware

According to security firm TrustDefender, a fresh wave of an old-time and notorious rootkit Torpig, also called Mebroot and Sinowal, is observed. This

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Microsoft’s First Monthly Update for 2009 Fixes Windows Vulnerabilities

Software giant Microsoft, in its first monthly security bulletin for 2009, released just a single update on January 13, patching vulnerabilities in its

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Kaspersky Releases Monthly Malware Statistics for December 2008

KSN (Kaspersky Security network) has recently announced the top 20 list of malware for the month of

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/21

Government Departments of New Zealand & Bulgaria Attack by Viruses

According to the media reports, government departments in Bulgaria have been attacked by PC virus infections in the first few days of January 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/20

E-mail Scam Strikes on MTN

MTN (Mobile Telecommunications Network) of Ghana has cautioned its consumers to be wary of a fake e-mail scam saying that participating users would get a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/20

Associated Bank Customers Attacked by Phishing Scam

Associated Bank is cautioning its customers in Illinois and Wisconsin about a new phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/20

‘Space Faking’ - A New Concern Regarding Online Identity Theft

The increasing trend of "space faking" on the Internet in which users impersonate other people has once again set ablaze concerns regarding the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/20

SAIC Blamed Malware for Recent Security Breach

SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), a recipient of several important government contracts, informed the Attorney General of New Hampshire

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/20

Emerging Economies at Higher Risk of Cyber Attacks

Online security provider MessageLabs has released a report, "MessageLabs Intelligence: 2008 Annual Security Report", which states that emerging

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/20

22,000 New Malware Samples Detected Everyday During 2008

Security experts at PandaLabs said that the increasing number of malware samples and the new

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/19

Job Hunters Conned By Mystery Shopping Scammers

York [US] Police's fraud unit cautioned job seekers trying to make a fast buck by responding to online "secret shopper" advertisements promising

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/19

Sites Hosting User Content Open Opportunities for Security Threats

According to a recent report from security company Commtouch, considerable increase in content generated from user participation has resulted in fresh

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/19

Security Experts Released 25 Most Hazardous Programming Blunders

A report entitled "CWE/SANS TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors", prepared by security experts from over 30 international and US cyber

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/19

Safari Bug Could Expose User’s Personal Files

A new vulnerability detected in Apple's web browser Safari that allows a remote malicious website to view files stored on the hard drive of a Windows or Mac

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/19

IT Employee Face Three Months Imprisonment for Breaking into Computers

As per the news published by TheRegister January 7, 2009, it is understood that 46-year-old Julius Oladiran of South Norwood, UK, was instructed to pay over

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/19

Critical XSS Flaw Affected "Reset Password" Page of Facebook

According to security reports published by XSSed on January 4, 2009, security expert

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/17

Twitter Users Again Under Phishers Attack

A phishing scam is spreading through Twitter, as DMs (Direct Messages) are appearing in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/17

Spammers Spinning a Web of Deceit

Nowadays, junk e-mails have turned into a facade for cyber criminals to perform

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/17

After Twitter Scam, Phishers Targeting Digg

Following the much known Twitter phishing scam very recently, a fresh scam has emerged

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/17

Popular BitTorrent Sites Blocked By Trojan

Recently, a Trojan known as Troj/Qhost-AC turned up at a number of torrent websites and infected sites - Mininova and The Pirate Bay that list and track

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/17

Google Code Hosting Projects Misused to Push Malware

Security company McAfee alerts that cyber criminals have created a number of bogus Google Code projects that are being used to drop malware on unwary users'

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/17

CheckFree Alerts its 5 Million Consumers About Security Breach

CheckFree, an E-Bill Payment Company, and its banking clients have notified 5 Million consumers of a security infringement on the company's site that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/16

Cape Regional Credit Union Cautioned About ID Theft E-mail Scam

The Cape Regional Credit Union (Girardeau, Missouri, US) has cautioned its members about an e-mail ID theft scam. The e-mail was reported to the Credit

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/16

Amazon’s Customers Latest Target for Phishers

Online retailer of books, DVDs and CDs Amazon.com is the latest target for phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/16

‘UPS Delivery Notification’ Scam Raises its Head Again

According to MXLogic's Threat Operations Center, a fresh onslaught of bogus 'UPS Delivery Notifications' started. The reports said that these fraudulent

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/16

Symantec’s Latest Spam Report Indicates Resurgence of Spam Levels

According to report 'The State of Spam' released by the leading security company Symantec on January 2009, spam volume has surged nearly to 80%, the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/16

PC Users Advised Against Downloading Pirated Copy of Windows 7

According to Fortify Software, a company specializing in application vulnerability, Windows users need to stop downloading the pirated replica of an early

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/16

Corporate Networks Vulnerable to Various Web Flaws

Osterman Research conducted a Web poll of organizations employing a mean of 1,000 staff, for PureWire, a provider of web security software, in which it

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/15

Phishing Despite its Advancement is Low Paying Business

Microsoft Research, in a new report published recently, goes deep into the study of online phishing. Researchers, Dinei Florencio and Cormac Herley, who

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/15

Network Box – 2/3rd UK Firms Don’t Take Their Web Security Seriously

The latest research conducted by Network Box, based on 440 responses from firms with employees between 200 and 10,000, reveals that almost 2/3rd of UK

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/15

ConsumerMan Releases Probable Internet Scams for 2009

Just as every security company is releasing the most common online scams in 2008 through their annual reports, so the Internet scam warning website

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/15

Model Sues Google for Her Blog’s Manipulation for Scareware

A Canadian model Liskula Cohen has sued Google and demanding that it reveals the individual who allegedly was misappropriating her blog, "Skanks in

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/15

McAfee - TMS Redirecting Traffic to Malicious Websites

According to McAfee Avert Labs, spammers are getting trickier, as rather than

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/15

Finjan Released Q4 Web Trends Report for 2008

Finjan, a digital security company, said that around 5 Million computer users were targeted by scareware scams in 2008.

Security

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/14

Spamhaus - Google Third Highest Spam Hosting Site

In a recent development, Google has overtaken Microsoft as No.3 ISP (Internet Service Protocol) in terms of spam-friendly. This is as per Spamhaus's, an ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/1/14

Phishing Scam Attacks Tax Office of Australia

A fraudulent mail is circulating in Australia spoofing the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and offering tax refunds.

The e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/14

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services Released Top 10 Spam Stories of 2008 Released

Program Manager at Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services, Terry Zink, launched the top 10 spam stories of 2008. Zink said that Backscatter spam topped among

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/14

Malware Spreading Through ‘Gaza Invasion’ Spam Scam

According to a forensics expert on computer threats at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), a newly emerging e-mail scam taking advantage of the Gaza

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/14

‘IRS Stimulus Payment’ Scam Targets the US Taxpayers

As per the news published by wsbradio on January 6, 2009, with recession striking hard on the US, there is a talk in Washington to release a fresh package

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/14

McAfee Alerts Internet Users of New Typosquatting Crime

According to McAfee security experts, cyber criminals are engaging in 'typosquatting' whereby they register domain names with common misspellings of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/13

Phishing Scam Strikes HMRC

Websense - a firm that monitors the Internet - is warning that a phishing scam spoofing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/13

Mumbai Student Falls Prey to Spammers

Various tactics are being adopted by spammers to extort money from people. In

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/13

Israel Comes Up with Anti-spam Law

As per the news from pgcitizen.ca published in December 2008, there is a growing intolerance for spam in Israel. Accordingly, the country has implemented

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/13

Fake Celebrity Profiles on LinkedIn Pose Malware Threats

Just as with most social networking websites, the business networking site LinkedIn too seems to be growing into a preferred platform for cyber-criminals

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/13

E-Victims Counts Ten Most Common Online Scams for 2009

According to E-Victims, the total number of Internet scammers offering illicit cheap credit, together with phony online retailers using classified

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/1/13

Worm Targets Vulnerability in Windows Server Service

A fresh variant of malicious software called Worm: Win32/Conficker.B was found to be exploiting a flaw in the Windows Server Service infecting all supporter

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/12

Twitter Account of Big Personalities Succumb to Hack

On January 5, 2009, 33 Twitter accounts succumbed to a malicious hacking assault. Some of these accounts belonged to Barack Obama, Rick Sanchez and Britney

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/12

Phishing E-mail Using Mobil Oil FCU Name Targeting Unsuspecting Consumers

According to the news reports from Beaymont Enterprise published on January 5, 2009, scam e-mails are being circulated in the Beaumont (Texas, United

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/12

Maine Credit Union League, Target of Phishing Scam

Members of the Maine Credit Union League have been alerted of a phishing e-mail,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/1/12

Children Falling into Phisher’s Net, Putting Parents in Danger

Youngsters who use their parents' credit cards for buying online are unknowingly providing their credit card details to phishers, claimed security experts.

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