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October 2006

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

Mozilla Rules Out Bug in Its Firefox

There is clamor that the recent version of Firefox web browser is loaded
with two flaws. Owner of the browser, Mozilla Foundation has, however,
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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

Worm Infected Alaska Candidates' Website

Fran and Ted Gianoutsos, a couple contending for the posts of lieutenant governor and governor in Alaska experienced the same thing. A computer bug infected

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

Tussle Between Microsoft and Authentium Over ‘Vista Kernel’

Security software developer Authentium has decided not to incorporate Microsoft's 'PatchGuard kernel protection' in its next-generation 'Vista operating

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

SMBs Incur Extra Cost Owing to Spam

Spam is violently rife and expends on Internet resources. Several SMBs from various industries participating at an event hosted by security vendor

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

Microsoft’s Victory Over Porn Spam Sets Example

Microsoft had filed a suit against a German spammer for forging pornographic e-mail under the guise of Microsoft's hotmail.com domain. Microsoft has come

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

Australian Spam Act Lands Tough on Clarity1

The 'Australian Communications Authority' has filed a legal suit in the Federal Court in Perth charging 'Clarity1 Pty Ltd.' to send nearly 280 million spam

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/31

ACMA Extend Zombie-Hunting Program

The first stages of the trial started in November 2005 with 6 ISPs- Pacific Internet, West Australian Networks, OptusNet, Uecomm, Telstra BigPond and

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The Register - Robert Lemos 2006/10/31

Bot nets likely behind jump in spam

A significant rise in the global volume of spam in the past two months has security analysts worried that bot nets are increasingly being used by spammers

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earthtimes.org - 2006/10/31

Secure Computing Wages War Against Image Spam

"Image-based spam is a particularly difficult problem for a couple of reasons," noted Michael Osterman, founder and principal of Osterman

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thewest.com.au - Neale Prior 2006/10/31

New laws put a brake on spam

Australia has gone from the 10th most prolific spamming nation in the world to position number 25 since new anti-spam laws were introduced in 2004,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

W3C Picks Up Initiative on Web Surfing

Considering the myriad of security challenges that Web browsers encounter today, the 'World Wide Web Consortium' (W3C) has launched a campaign to build a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

Sophos Dismisses McAfee and Symantec on Vista’s Kernel

Although anti-virus vendors might be unanimous in their criticism for Microsoft, their opinion no

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

Botnets: Potential Threats to National Security

The online-outlawed community is mass-producing botnets to cripple network infrastructure of even entire nations, with Windows systems acting as their

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

Inqtana.d Installs on Macs Using Bluetooth

'Mac OS X' has been found with a 'proof of concept' exploit called
"Inqtana.d Bluetooth'. The exploit on the affected Macs provides hackers
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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

U.S. Brokerages On the Net face Hacker attacks

U.S. discount brokerages are spending millions of dollars to repay their clients after high-tech crooks victimized the customers in a recent fraud. The

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/30

Firefox’s Phishing Protection Raises Privacy Concerns

Firefox's latest version 2 is suspected of having a malady that might lead to compromising user's privacy. Its anti-phishing system is the subject of

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ars technica - Jacqui Cheng 2006/10/30

Botnets cause significant surge in spam

The volume of spam being sent has seen a significant increase recently, and the jump is being attributed to the increasing use of botnets by spammers.

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SDA India - 2006/10/30

Australian Company Fined USD 4.1 Mln for Spam E-mails

Sophos has welcomed news that an Australian company and its director have been fined a total of AUSD 5.5 million (USD 4.1 million) after it was claimed they

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ItWorldCanada - Mike Barton 2006/10/30

E-mail authentication key to war on spam

-mail filters have become effective at preserving our in-boxes, creating the illusion that spam has been tamed. But the bulk of spam is growing. MessageLabs

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

‘Windows Defender’ – Microsoft’s Free Security Product

Microsoft, on October 24, 2006, declared the release of its free anti-spyware program for the general public. After two years in 'beta testing', this move

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

Spamhaus Beats Off Anti-Spammer

Spamhaus has got a respite in the recent sloppy legal fight in which the company has been compelled to guard itself against e360 Insight, a marketing

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

Decoding iTune DRM For Users’ Benefit

A hacker who in his teens used to practice hacking operations had once decoded the encryption on DVDs. Recently he laid a hand on cracking the code that

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

Hackers Were Meddling With Chicago’s Election Website

The Chicago city suspects a security flaw in the city's election Web site that hackers could use to steal Social Security numbers and personal information

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

Another IE 7 Bug Made An Appearance

Secunia, the security firm, last week discovered vulnerability in Outlook Express that could take advantage of IE 7 when a user visits a malevolent Website.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/28

Rootkits Low; Bot & Trojan Infection High

However, the data from the security tools of Microsoft shows that infections from stealth rootkit are decreasing. The probable reason is the inclusion of

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NZ Herald - 2006/10/28

$6.5m fine for sending spam email

PERTH - A Perth-based company has been fined A$5.5 million ($6.5 million) for sending millions of unsolicited emails, with a judge labelling the spam

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/27

Hacker Accused For Attack On Akamai Botnet

32-year-old John Bombard of Seminole, Florida is accused with breaking into 2 computer systems to make a botnet of ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/27

Chinese Hackers Threatening Korean Game Sites

Hackers from China are responsible for an annual loss of around $ 200 billion ($ 208 million). These hackers use phony names in online games and transact

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/27

Cal Poly Institute Encounters Spamming Worm

'Cal Ploy's' institute notified that a worm breached one of its computer systems that stored names and Social Security numbers of almost 7,000 former and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/27

Microsoft Introduces Its Free Sender ID Technology

Microsoft has introduced its 'e-mail anti-spoofing technology' free for use by any organization. On October 23, 2006, Microsoft announced its 'Sender ID

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/27

A Mistaken Hacking Call on CardSpace

A software developer discovered flaw in 'Windows CardSpace' claiming that it could give a user illegal access to the desktop. Was it a vulnerability that

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Herald Tribune - Asia-Pacific - 2006/10/27

"Australian business fined over spam e-mails"

PERTH, Australia The first company to be convicted under Australia's tough anti-spamming laws was fined Friday 5.5 million Australian dollars for sending

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Computerworld Singapore - Mike Barton 2006/10/27

Message authentication the next round in spam fight

Email filters have become effective at preserving our in-boxes, creating the illusion that spam has been tamed. But the bulk of spam is growing. MessageLabs

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

Closing Down ‘Spamhaus’ Could Reduce Business Efficiency

Spamhaus is a project that accumulates up-to-date blacklists of known spammers. Many countries benefit from these lists. However, if a court in the U.S.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

NCL Spreads Anti-Phishing Awareness

U.S.' oldest 'consumer advocacy group', "National Consumers League" (NCL) has joined with 'Goodmail Systems' to spread public knowledge about

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

McDonalds Unwittingly Distributes Contaminated Prizes

Fast food chain McDonalds in Japan recalled the 'MP3 players' prizes when it discovered that it bore a particularly offending malware. There is a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

IIA And Others Educate On Net Security

The 'Internet Industry Association' (IIA) of Australia has launched its 'GetNetSafe' scheme on October 23, 2006. The IIA is a national, non-profit

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

Heise Finds Fault With Banks’ Security

'Heise Security', an online security company has blamed online banks for shrugging responsibility of avoiding ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/26

U.S. Federal Agencies Lose Data To Hackers

People trust the federal government to keep their personal information secret but if it fails, where do they go? At least 19 federal agencies experienced

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

Trojan Installs Anti-virus, Surprised!

SpamThru has a unique P2P protocol to dispense the information in other compromised or bot-infected machines. In the process, the command-&-control

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

uSwitch Survey Predicts ‘Spamdemic’ Risk In UK

The research revealed that out of 16.9 million Internet connected PCs, 14.4 million receive spam mails on regular basis. The number of unsolicited mails

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

Long URLs Cause Security Flaw in Opera Browser

In an advisory issued this week, Opera detailed a flaw in its browser with regard to the software that handles 'long links'. The exploitation of this

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

Spammer Uses Green Bean’s WiFi

A rogue spammer illicitly worked to shut down the popular coffee shop - Green Bean's wireless Internet connection. It was on October 16, 2006 when somebody

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

Deliberate DOS Attack Slows NAB Website

An attack by unknown parties has deliberately slowed down the website of the 'National Australia Bank', creating problems for online banking services, said

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/25

The Vitriol VM Rootkit is Unguarded

'Vitriol machine-based rootkits' make malware-hiding even stronger and can while command a target operating system.

Every

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ITnews.com.au - Negar Salek 2006/10/25

Spam costly for SMBs

At the event, hosted by security vendor MessageLabs, SMBs from multiple industries admitted that controlling unsolicited emails has become a time consuming

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Nigerian 419 Scammers Resurface

The Nigerian 419 fraudsters based in Amsterdam and Rotterdam have made copies of the websites of 'DHL' and 'Lufthansa Cargo', both express transportation

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Filters At ISP Level Is Better Option

Panda Software agrees with the growing crowd of security firms and joins with it in projecting the corresponding link between water supply and quality

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Bad Habits of Young Men Make Them More Susceptible to Spyware

As per Webroot, an anti-spyware firm, males in the age group of 18-29 are more prone to spyware

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Vulnerability Reported In IE 7 is an Outlook Flaw

Microsoft informed that the issue lies in a constituent of Outlook Express email client of Microsoft that can be fueled by browser. A security program

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Trojan Using Tatu To Strike

If you receive a mail with subject line of 'Photos of Tatu', just ensure to delete it and let your ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/24

Computers Hit By Briz.R Trojan

Briz.R is a very dangerous Trojan that is designed to give cyber-criminals the complete access to infected computers. It redirects the users to fake pages

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Apple said a certain number of ‘ video iPods’ constructed post September 12 had the virus called ‘RavMonE’.

A warning came from 'Apple Computer' on October 17, 2006 that some of its latest iPods moved out with a Windows virus. The company said a certain number of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

VoMM – a New Disguise of Browser Exploits

'Metasploit' is famous for publishing 'exploit code' for testing attacks by its flagship. On 7th October 2006, Symantec warned about release of new module

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Several Haxdoor Variants Impose Harmful Behavior

Several variants of the Haxdoor group of trojans have arisen over the last few days, informs

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Online Scams Makes More People Its Victims

Customers of Ebay were made to provide data online by the use of phishing procedures,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Netflix- No More Vulnerable to XSRF

Netflix, the service which rents DVD on a subscription basis and leveraged the way customers rent movies, has now set up its website with protection from

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

High-Profile Flaws in September Unrelated to Virus Rate

An anticipated flood of exploits in September 2006 against Internet Explorer vulnerability could not materialize, according to a recent study by UK-based

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

EA Allays Adware Fears Over BF 2142

The gamers are greatly annoyed about 'Electronic Arts' (EA) strategy to pack monitoring software with its latest game. The Battlefield 2142 packages carry

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Court Punishes Man For Phishing

On October 18, 2006, federal prosecutors unsealed an 18-count legal accusation on John T. Brothers III, aged 31, living in Marshallton for dispatching fake

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Browser Add Phishing Protection Features

The browser has 'tabbing' features with others found in rivals - Firefox, Opera and Apple's Safari. Microsoft claims this browser to be much more secure,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/23

Bogus IE 7 Installs Trojan

The malicious website gathers traffic with the help of a spoof e-mail message that calls itself from support@microsfot.com and shows a link to download

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TidBits - Glenn Fleishman 2006/10/23

International Haus of Spam

Spamhaus is a well-regarded registry of bad actors. The British nonprofit, along with partner organizations, tracks the IP addresses that spew most of the

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The Inquirer - Nick Farrell 2006/10/23

"Spammer" loses key battle against anti-spammer

UK anti-spam outfit Spamhaus has won a battle to keep its domain name being taken by

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

Recruitment of ‘Money Mules’ – New Way To Phish

Potential preys are contacted by fakers with ads of job vacancy through job search sites spam mails, or Internet chat rooms. Jobs are usually advertised as

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

American College of Physicians’ Website Hacked by North Carolina Businessman

Federal court on October 16, 2006 charged a businessman from North Carolina for illegally accessing the Website of American College of Physicians

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

Remote Workers Not Concerned About Security Threats

InsightExpress conducted a study on 1000 remote workers in ten countries for Cisco. In the study, market researchers found that many of the workers still

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

SEC Takes Action On Online Brokerage Theft

The 'Securities and Exchange Commission' said it received a large influx of complaints about online account intrusions in the past few months.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

Scam Hits Boston Students Again

Recently, the 'Bank of America' spam mail hit some 'Boston College' students asking them to update their online banking accounts. Ten students became

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

Hackers move Out $500,000 From ‘Banco Popular Bank’

Some hackers exploited flaws in the security mechanism of a Puerto Rican bank to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from two government accounts of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/20

Malware Through Fake Google Site

SurfControl has detected the fake Google website that is complete with an actual Google URL. The website uses ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer with the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

Phising’s New Target- IM Accounts

There is good news; finally, all the education, publicity and web chatter on phishing is

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

Phishing Scam Targeting Online Music Fans

A caution about a fresh spam operation was posted by Sophos. It highlighted how the personal data of users are phished out through Myspace. A ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

Web Browsers Too Have Security Exploits

All the Web browsers have some degree of vulnerability, as all of them have to work with malicious code circulating within its operating systems. Although

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

British Telecommunications Introduces New Anti-Spam System

British Telecommunications has cracked down on spam on a war-footing basis. British Telecom broadband will contact its spam-affected customers to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

A Queer Dispute Over “Spam”

'Hormel Foods' is famous because it holds the European Union trademark for the spiced-ham food product 'Spam'. But it has failed to establish 'spam' as a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/19

Enterprising Hackers Commercialize Their Activities

Security research has clear evidence that we have stepped into a new and dangerous period in ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

PowerPoint Flaw questions Microsoft’s testing quality

The 'catch me if u can' challenge that hackers has been posing against the software biggie-Microsoft Corp. for years has further intensified, just when the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

Gov't Websites faces the ire of Islamic protesters

Muslim hackers have been persistent in their retaliatory assault over Danish websites in rage over the allegedly sacrilegious political cartoons that ran in

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

Ireland and U.K. are Fundamental Originators of Spam Mails

As per research from 'IE Internet', PCs placed on 'broadband networks' in Ireland and the U.K. has come up as the major origin of spam mails. Although the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

Scam Mail in ‘SAB’s’ Name Resurfaces

'South African Breweries Ltd.' (SAB) said on October 10, 2006 that an e-mail scam is doing rounds offering SAB's beer for free to people. The scam, which

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

CNNIC Tries to Justify Its Software

'Anti-Malware Alliance' sued 'China Internet Network Information Center' (CNNIC) in Guangzhou for distributing malware. On October 10, 2006 the alliance

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/18

Caching Servers Shelter Malware

On October 12, 2006 Finjan Software released its latest Web trends report. The report said the 'caching technology' that search engines, ISPs and big

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theglobeandmail.com - Tenille Bonoguore 2006/10/18

Are spam's days numbered?

Ontario's privacy commissioner has thrown her support behind an on-line identity system that will be grafted onto the bare bones of the Internet to create a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/17

Trojans to Target VoIP in 2006

IP Communications facilitate benefits of productivity, flexibility and declining costs. But for that, companies must keep their networks free from viruses,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/17

Spam Mail With 'Vaio' Order Distributes Malware

The e-mail that displays a fake order has content, which begins with a thank you note for ordering from their Internet shop. If the payment is made from a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/17

Police Catches Group of Online Thieves


A group of 13 computer-savvy youth was caught by the police on October 9, 2006 because it attempted ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/10/17

‘Messenger Plus’ Bundled With ‘Lop Adware’

Microsoft had recently bestowed on Cyril Paciullo the status of the 'Most Valuable Professional' (MVP) for developing the 'Messenger Plus' application. But

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/17

Identity Theft On UK Computers

'The Metropolitan Police Computer Crime Unit' reported on October 10, 2006 that as many as 83,000 passwords, credit card numbers, financial data and e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

McGruff, The Crime Dog Will Challenge Cyber Crime

The 'National Crime Prevention Council' has launched a new campaign called "Take a Bite Out of Cyber Crime", which has used the 26-year old mascot

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Medicare-Medicaid Computer System Show Up With Vulnerabilities

The New York Times reported that there are serious flaws in the computer system that holds financial data for millions of Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Software Vulnerabilities in 2006 Outnumber That of 2005

Modern society significantly depends on computer systems and the Internet for communication, business and other uses. But it is highly in threat of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

The $100 Laptops For Children

Keeping children in mind, the 'One Laptop Per Child' project was launched at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its basic purpose is to improve

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Microsoft Patches 26 Flaws In a Single Day

In an interview, Alfred Huger, senior director of engineering at Cupertino, California-based Symantec Corp, informed that at least two of the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Malware-Infected Blogs On The Rise

Blogs can generate huge revenues for social engineers. They can help to gather information about a target's day-to-day interests, views, psyche and friends.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Judgment Pending for Spamhaus’ Suspension

Spamhaus blacklisted the company e360insight for distributing unsolicited commercial e-mail. In response, e360insight sued Spamhaus. Initially Spamhaus

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/16

Hacker Posts Fraud Message on Google Blog

On Sunday, a Google blog post appeared according to which the bug was treated and the fake notice immediately removed from the site. The blog post announced

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SDA India - 2006/10/16

Spam Campaign Targets MySpace Users

Sophos's has issued a warning regarding an aggressively distributed Spam campaign that uses the name of MySpace in an attempt to phish information from

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/13

Adopting Messaging Security Solutions

80 percent of companies and enterprises know that a threat of confidential data loss by insiders exists yet only 43 percent have enforced messaging security

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SPAMfighter News 2006/10/13

Britons Resist to Go Online for Fear of Cybercrime

A government investigation in UK suggests that more Britons are worried about cyber crime than about crimes of real world, like burglary. 21% felt the

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