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January 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

Vietnamese Users Affected From Viruses & Bogus Anti-viruses in 2009

According to Back Khoa Network Security Center or BKIS (an Internetwork Security Center in Vietnam), during 2009, viruses heavily attacked computer systems

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

New Zeus Variant Attacks AOL Instant Messenger Users

Security researchers at Webroot, an antivirus company, have discovered that the infamous

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

Symantec Gets into Depth of Hydraq

As Google, the search engine giant, is on thinking terms to retreat from China, the notion regarding the involvement of targeted attacks is getting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

Banking Trojan Attacks Customers of Fifth Third Bank

CA Internet Security Business Unit recently received fresh spam mails that purported to be from Fifth Third Bank (US). The e-mails asked recipients to login

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

Windows Live Hotmail Accounts Receive 5.5 Billion Spam Everyday

350 Million people (along with hackers), who have Windows Live accounts , send 8 Billion spam mails on an average every day. Microsoft has revealed that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/30

Massachusetts Senate Race Spread Malware

In the third week of January 2010, several Web users, who had been looking for the breaking news and analysis of the Republican Party's astonishing success

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

UK Man Trapped in E-mail Fraud

A phishing e-mail scam has recently victimized a man in the UK. The person is now trying

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

ENISA – Fight against Spam Need to be Intensifed

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), which caters to cyber security in the EU, has released its latest report on spam giving

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

ISPs Likely to Face Massive DDoS Attacks This Year

According to the security firm Arbor Networks, the top operational security issue which the Internet Service Providers worldwide are facing currently is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

55% Rise in Illegal Content Download at Offices during Q4 2009

According to ScanSafe, a Web security company, malicious software (or illegal software) and music downloads on organization computers rose 55% during

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

PC Virus Hit Exeter University Network

A massive attack by a computer virus against the University of Exeter in South West England led to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/29

Australian Tax Office Warns Citizens of Phishing E-mail

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has released a warning to watch out for a fraudulent, ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

CCTV Spots Man Injecting Malware into Firm’s Computer

A cyber crook forcibly entered the office of a recruitment firm and remained there for hours. He installed ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

Asia Witnesses Profound Exploitation of Social-networking Sites

RSA, the security wing of EMC, released its '2010 Global Online Consumer Security Survey' during 3rd week of January 2010. The company queried 4,500

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

Malware Attacking Online Customers of Nordea Bank

Nordea Bank (Stockholm, Sweden) has cautioned the customers of its online banking service about a malevolent computer programme targeting the users of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

France, Germany Cautions Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

Govt. officials from France and Germany cautioned people against using Internet Explorer web browser of Microsoft Corp. The warning was issued by the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

Yet Another Rogue Security Software Discovered in 2010

The security experts have recently found a computer virus called "Internet Security 2010".

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/28

Phishing Attacks Surging With Proliferating DIY Cybercrime Kits

DIY (do it yourself) cybercrime kits are propelling a surge in computer infections via Internet, said security experts.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

Stanford Student Victimized in Online Attack Against Google

Tenzin Seldon, a 20-year-old student from Stanford University, is one of the human rights activists who became a victim of the advanced Internet assault

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

Cyber Criminals Exploiting Haiti Disaster

According to ESET (an Internet security firm), online crooks are cashing in on the Haiti earthquake to gain personal benefits.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

Patched Adobe Vulnerability Exploited to Infect US Defense Contractors

F-Secure Labs, an Internet security company, has just identified an interesting cyber assault. Aimed at the US Military contractors, it uses security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

Microsoft Detects New Malware ‘Rimecud’

Microsoft recently announced its January 2010 Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary during the 2nd week of January 2010.

In the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

PandaLabs Detects New Bogus Antivirus

According to PandaLabs' "2010 Computer Threat Trends Report," the problem of malicious software will continue to affect IT users in 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/27

Iranian Hackers Deface Baidu.com

Baidu.com, the most widely used search engine in China, came under seize of a hackers' group, which claimed itself as the Cyber Army of Iran.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

Microsoft Recommends XP Users to Update Flash Player

Microsoft, on January 12, 2010, alerted everyone via a security advisory that there were multiple bugs in Flash Player, which came packaged with Windows XP.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

‘APcDefender’ - The New Rogueware Detection for 2010

Security company PandaLabs reported during the second week of January 2010 that new fake anti-virus

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

IE Vulnerability Behind Google Hack: Microsoft

Microsoft, the software giant, has acknowledged that vulnerability exists within its Internet Explorer browser that let Chinese cyber attackers to hack into

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

E-Mail Scammers Target Donors of Haiti Relief

Cybercriminals are presently targeting well-intentioned people through fake e-mails and spoofed websites, trying to grab charitable donations actually meant

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

Chinese Attackers Hacked into NSA

According to M.K. Narayanan, who was the National Security Advisor of India until recently, the Office of NSA was targeted with a cyber attack from Chinese

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/26

CBN Warns Customers of Phishing E-Mails

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has issued a warning to the customers to watch out for spurious e-mails as well as ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

Trojan-laden E-Mails Target Law Firm

Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, a law firm based in California and representing Solid Oak Software, a US company, reported on January 13, 2010 that cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

Romanian Pleads Culpable On Phishing Charges

On January 14, 2010, a Romanian national, Cornel Ionut Tonita, 28, appealed guilty for his involvement in a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

Haiti Earthquake Leads to Upsurge in Malicious URLs

With Port-Au-Prince (capital of Haiti) struck by a massive earthquake during the second week of January 2010, cyber-criminals are unleashing numerous

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

419 Style E-Mail Scammers Solicit Muslims’ Help

A new fake e-mail of the 419-style scam is urging people of the Islamic fraternity to extend their help in getting back the funds of Umar Farouk Abdul

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

PNB Customers Foxed by Multiple Malicious Attacks

Several cyber attacks recently hit the Punjab National Bank. In one of these attacks, a malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/25

AppRiver’s Report Predicts Increase in Cloud and Zero-Day Attacks

Security company AppRiver published its 'Threat and Spamscape Forecast for 2010' in the second week of January 2010. The report throws light on the major

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Spam Level Hovers at 90% in 2009

Dermot Harnett, Principal Analyst for Symantec's Antispam Engineering, said that the last 10 years have witnessed the average volume of spam in the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Phishing Attacks Down in December 2009: Symantec

Security firm Symantec released its latest State of phishing Report, which assesses the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Credit Unions Cautioned against Banking Trojan Zeus

According to a warning released by Credit Union Information Security Professionals Association (CUISPA), several credit unions have been hit by the Zbot or

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Chief Culprit of DarkMarket Pleaded Guilty

A 33-year-old Sri Lankan man named 'Renukanth Subramaniam' residing in London accepted that he masterminded DarkMarket, the world's highly sinister Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Increasing Botnet Network Pushing Researchers to Take Offensive Approach

As per the news reports released in the second week of January, a botnet was blocked when researchers worked in collaboration with Internet Security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/23

Google.cn on the Brink of Closure

Search giant Google Inc. has announced that it is thinking to shut down Google.cn (its Chinese website) and its offices in China. This announcement from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

Symantec Makes Major Discoveries in January 2010 State of Spam Report

Symantec's January 2010 State of Spam Report was published in the second week of January 2010. A detailed inspection of spam methods in Asia-Pacific in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

E-Mail Fraudsters Widely Executing Personalized Assaults

Security researchers have found that during the recent months, there has been a worldwide increase in targeted e-mail attacks against individuals as well as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

Public Warned About Fake Online Charity Post Haiti Earthquake

According to a warning from the FBI, some maliciously minded people are hovering on the Internet to exploit the public's concern regarding those struck with

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

Phishing Tops the Chart in AppRiver’s Annual Report 2009

AppRiver, a leading e-mail messaging and Web security solutions purveyor, recently released 'State of Security 2009', its year-end virus and spam report in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

Conficker Worm Continues to Infect Systems

As per the Internet security company Akamai Technologies, several variants of the Conficker worm were actively circulating on the Internet in the third

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/22

Chinese Human Rights Activists’ Gmail Accounts Hacked

After Google announced that he had suffered from highly sophisticated cyber attacks in the month of December to gain control of its e-mail service Gmail, a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

Cyber Criminals Exploit Social Network’s Popularity to Spread Malware

On January 12, 2010, Commtouch issued its Q4-2009 Internet Threats Trend Report, highlighting that during this period, a virus named 'Mal-BredoA' spread

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

‘London E-mail Scam’ Targets Family in Massachusetts

The Amesbury (Massachusetts, US) based Kimberly Potts family was recently targeted by the notorious "London E-mail Scam."

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

Phishing Scam Attacked Commercial International Bank Customers

The Hungarian Internet has been inflicted by numerous phishing e-mails that are apparently

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

Obama Evolves as the Most Popular Spam Subject

Security company McAfee's 'January 2010 Spam Trend Report' released in the second week of January 2009 states that President Barack Obama surfaced as the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

Yet another Malware Attack Targeting Amazon

As per the warnings issued by Amazon, a multinational e-commerce company based in America, cyber crooks are disseminating fake e-mails, containing malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/21

Absa Faces Two New E-mail Scams

A leading South African bank - Absa - is warning its customers to remain cautious of two scam e-mails that are making rounds on the Internet and targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

Websense Alerts of Microsoft Fake Antivirus

According to the security company Websense, search results for Microsoft Office homepage are taking Web-surfers to a page that hosts fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

Filipinos Cautioned against New Job Scam

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has alerted Filipinos looking for jobs in foreign countries to be wary of a new kind of scam that involves job

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

Cybercriminals Using Google Groups as Springboard for Rogue Anti-virus

According to a warning released by security vendor Webroot, Google Groups, a Google service supporting discussion groups, are being attacked by messages

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

‘Antivirus PC 2009’ Infecting Computers Worldwide

Symantec, an online security company, has detected over 250 kinds of phony anti-malware programs during 2009 and has forecasted that 'scareware' or rogue ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

Rumors of Facebook Charge Used to Distribute Malware

The security experts informed that a fake rumor stating that social networking site Facebook is looking to charge $4.99 per month from its users. The rumor

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/20

A New Spam Campaign Abuses IRS to Distribute Malware

As the holiday season is over, cybercriminals are now turning up to the imminent tax season. Lately, the security company Trend Micro discovered that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

X-Ray Devices on Airport PCs Can be Hacked

According to a warning released by security specialists, it wouldn't be long when hackers seize the technically sophisticated X-Ray scans capturing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

Tazewell County Residents Cautioned of Phishing E-mail

The Sheriff's Office in Tazewell County (Virginia, USA) has alerted netizens to remain vigilant of an ongoing e-mail scam via Facebook, which has erupted

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

Spear Phishing E-mails Swindle Microsoft Outlook

Red Condor, an e-mail filtering firm, has been trying to block a surge in spear phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

SSL Protocol Vulnerability Fixed

Engineers have recently released a patch to plug a potentially dangerous security flaw in the "Secure Sockets Layer" (SSL) protocol that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

BitDefender Releases List of Top Ten Malware Programs

According to BitDefender's List of Top Ten Security Threats for December 2009, malware, Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen, was the most prevalent threat accounting for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

HMRC-based Phishing E-mails Target Englishmen

Citizens of famous city 'Suffolk' (East Anglia, UK) need to watch out for e-mails that pose as messages from HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs), a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/19

Colombia Seizes Hacking Ring Pilfering $2 Million

Authorities informed that Colombian Police broke a hacking ring that was being operated by a systems engineer called Omar Ignacio Rosso Buritica from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

Bank Phishing Scams Continue Worldwide

During 2009, the world witnessed an increase in the number of phishing scams targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

7% PC Infections Caused by Rootkits, Says Microsoft

Microsoft malware Protection Center has stated in a blog posted January 8, 2010 that around 7%

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

Phishing E-mail Cons Arizonian Woman

Better Business Bureau (Arizona, USA) has cautioned all people in the state as well as in the country after a lady named 'Sarah' was conned by online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

Gumblar Virus Infects Five Company Websites

The scary worm 'Gumblar' might have infected over 70,000 PCs that accessed the websites of five corporations; one of them was Honda Motor Corp. The ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

Waledac More Extensive Than Expected

Researchers from University of Vienna and University of Mannheim have recently found that Waledac botnet is far much efficient and bigger than that thought

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/18

Secure Corporate Networks Demand Better Implemented Policies

Businesses should become attentive towards the security of their networks and should automatically and regularly update their security software. They should

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Webroot Released List of E-threats for 2010

Webroot, an Internet security company, published its list of security threats for 2010 during the end-week of December 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Major E-mail Vendors’ Products Fail to Filter Phishing Messages

In September 2009, Joshua Perrymon, CEO of PacketFocus (a penetration-testing firm), conducted an experiment with spear ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Hackers Stole $3.8 Million from Duanesburg Central School Bank Account

The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with New York State Police is probing into a theft of about $3.8 Million from the bank account of Duanesburg

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Batelco Blocks Spam Spewing Accounts

As per some reports came on January 6, 2010, Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has identified several spam spewing e-mail accounts to clamp them

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Young Overweight People Easily Trust Weight Loss Spam E-mails

As per a new study conducted by Joshua Fogel, it has been discovered that computer users who receive unsolicited spam message about weight loss medications

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/16

Advertising Toolbar Composes Kaspersky’s Top 20 Malware Threat List

Security firm Kaspersky lately released a list of leading malware threats for December 2009. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

Hackers Replaced Spain’s PM with Mr. Bean on Official Website

Hackers, who attacked Spain's official website, briefly replaced the country's prime minister with a fictional comedy man, Mr. Bean.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

Hackers Attack Van Morrison with Baby Rumors

According to reports, Van Morrison (the legendary Irish songwriter and singer) was apparently again become father of a newborn at 64-years of age. But the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

PandaLabs - Two New Fake Anti-spyware Detected

PandaLabs has released a report "2010 Computer Threat Trends," in which it predicts that IT users will face the problem of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

Facebook Users Warned Against ‘iTunes’ Phishing E-mail

Garlik, the company specializing in security of online identity, has cautioned Facebook users to watch out for an e-mail scam targeting the widely-used

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

Trojans Dominate Sunbelt’s Malware Report for December 2009

One of the leading Windows security software vendors Sunbelt Software declared the ten most rampant malicious threats of December 2009 in the first week of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/15

ESET Forecasts the Cybercrime Landscape for 2010

ESET research team has envisaged the trends in cybercrime and cyber security that are expected to emerge in the current year (2010).

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

PDF Exploit Makes Malware Detection Harder

A new PDF attack, which utilizes more advanced shellcode, is creating problems for security researchers in analyzing ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

Hoax Spam E-mail Targets Students of Brooklyn Tech

Students at Brooklyn Technical High School (New York) received a hoax e-mail on January 3, 2010 supposedly sent by the assistant principal 'Marc Williams.'

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

Taiwan Man Disguises as Brunei Royal Family Member Scams Public

According to the reports published in YAHOO News during the end-week of December 2009, Wei Yao-sheng, a Taiwan citizen, is under arrest on charges that he

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

New E-mail Scam Uses Yellow Pages Invoice

Warnings have been issued for colleges and schools in Britain to remain wary of fake invoices, which pose as bills from Yell, the directory publisher, in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

Conficker Infection Dropped Suddenly

As per the Shadowserver Foundation and the Conficker Working Group, people have got another reason to celebrate the occasion of New Year 2010. The security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/14

25 Million New Malware Detected in 2009

In the recently released annual report for 2009, PandaLabs said that there were 25 Million pieces of new malware circulating on the Internet in 2009. In

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

Phishing E-mail Landscape Unchanged during H2-2009

BitDefender, an Internet security company, in its newly published report outlines that there has been hardly any change in the number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

Bank Phishing Scams Rising in Nigeria

Nigeria has been witnessing more and more phishing attacks ever since the country stepped

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

US Citizens Become Victims of Fake Antivirus

The Federal Bureau of Investigation warning about pop-up security alerts appears ineffective in moving people to take precautions. Nonetheless, their harm

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

Phishing E-mail Victimizes Connecticut Woman

Connecticut residents have been urged to watch out for a phishing e-mail scam doing the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

Bredolab Tops on December 2009 Threatscape Report of Fortinet

In the last week of December 2009, Internet security company 'Fortinet' released its December 2009 Threatscape report.

Fortinet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/13

Boeing 787 Maiden Flight Search Results Poisoned

As Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet completes its much hyped first flight on December 15, 2009, web enthusiasts hit Internet to find related news articles and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/12

Phishing Scam Targeted Hispanic Community

The Office of Washoe County Sheriff (Nevada, USA) has issued an alert to the Hispanic community to be wary of a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/1/12

Blue Coast Releases 2010 Security Threats for the Middle East

Nigel Hawthorn, Vice-President EMEA Marketing, Blue Coat, has forecasted the most likely trends of Internet security that resellers across the Middle East

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SPAMfighter News 2010/1/12

Sentrigo Announces Data Security Threats for 2010

California-based Sentrigo Inc., a database security company, announced in the end week of December 2009 the most likely data security threats for 2010 from

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