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October 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/10/31

Hackers Exploiting the Global Financial Crisis

In wake of the current banking turmoil, online banking customers have been cautioned against a latest series of ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

Virus Attacks Increasingly Become Common, Says Symantec

World's major anti-virus software company, Symantec Corporation, has announced the results of its

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

Security Shield of Mac, Linux, BSD in Line of Hackers Attack

Eugene Kaspersky, the Russian Co-Founder and Chief of anti-virus Research at computer security firm

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

Penn Student Imprisoned for 3 Months for Hacking University Server

As per the reports, in a rare case of hacking, a Penn University bio-engineering student was sentenced on October 21, 2008 for 3 months (90 days)

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

Google Fixes Chrome’s Carpet-Bombing Vulnerability

As per recent news reports, Google Inc. has patched a month-old security flaw in its Chrome browser that could be exploited by hackers to get people to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

Experts Warn of Antivirus XP 2008 Scareware

According to reports coming from the Threat Center-Spyware and Virus Removal Website, since the 1st week of October 2008, an undesirable ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/31

AhnLab Released its Q3, 2008 ASEC Security Report

AhnLab, an international integrated security service vendor, recently announced the top 7 security problems arose in the third quarter of this year (2008)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/30

Phishing Scammers Relying More on Targeted Information

According to McAfee, there are possibilities of a dangerous rise in personalized attacks that will target both corporate and home users. Also, while the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/30

Phishers Return to Old Fundamental Attack Tactics

As per an analysis of over 20 Billion Web-based threats by Network Box, a security firm, cyber-crooks have returned to the use of fundamental social

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/30

Cooperation Summoned From Security Vendors to Fight Phishing

According to security researchers at the eCrime Researchers Summit held in Atlanta, Georgia, the average life span of infected Websites are commonly longer

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/30

Bank of New York Mellon Falls Prey To Phishing Scams

Several users along with the Scam Examiner were worried about identity theft fraud after receiving emails since March 2008 notifying the loss of data

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/30

ScanSafe’s Report Reveals Continuous Increase in Malware Threats

According to ScanSafe's quarterly Global Threat Report for Q3 released on October 21, 2008, the security agency finds that organizations across the globe

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/30

Phishing Progressively Becoming Profitable

According to Warren Sealey, Head of Training at MessageLabs, with cyber criminals increasingly using spam and targeted Trojans, the most up-to-date

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/30

Botnet Infection Takes Less Than Five Minutes to Infect the System

According to reports released by the security researchers of Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement Team, the average time a botnet takes to infect a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

Texas Attorney General Issued Security Alerts Against Phishing

The Texas Attorney General's office is issuing alerts against phishing scams and other

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

Spammers Revive Old Airline-Ticket Trick

As per news reported by COMPUTERWORLD on October 20, 2008, security firm, Trend Micro Inc., stated that hackers are repeating an old summer trick to infect

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

Hong Kong Again Emerged The Most Spammed Country

According to MessageLabs, Hong Kong experienced the maximum increase in spam levels that rose 13.2% in September 2008 to occupy the place of the highest

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

FTC Outlines Tips to Avoid Spam

As per a news released by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and North Country gazette published it on October 18, 2008, the Commission asks online users to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

FBI Nets Cyber Criminals Under the Cover of ‘DarkMarket’ Website

As per a report published in Wired's Threat Level blog, DarkMarket.ws, a forum for cyber criminals, is frequently visited by spammers, phishers, identity

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/27

AVG Labels ZoneAlarm as Malicious & Infected With Trojan

According to news reports published by TheRegister on October 16, 2008, a tricky anti-virus update

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

Warezov Botnet Becomes Active After Nine Months

According to the latest reports received from Joe Stewart, malware Director at SecureWorks, a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

Teenager Held for DDoS Attacks on the Church of Scientology

An 18 year old from New Jersey, Dmitriy Guzner, who was indulged in DDoS attacks against the Church of Scientology during January 2008, has been admitted

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

New ‘MacGuard’ Sending Early Alarms to Security Experts

As per news reports published by vnunet on October 17, 2008, software security company Sunbelt Software revealed that its security researchers had unearthed

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

Infected Application Claims to be Windows Security Center

Security researchers at security company CA Inc. have detected a malicious application pretending to be a Windows Security Center. If it installed on the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

E-cards Containing Malware Come Back to Infect Systems

Security experts at Sophos have discovered that e-card (electronic card) which circulates malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/25

70% Internet Users in the Gulf Face Online Attacks Everyday

According to security company Trend Micro, which conducted a new survey and published its results on October 20, 2008, 70% of the internet users in the Gulf

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/24

HerbalKing’s Shut Down Not Affecting Spam Flood

As the police ended the game of the infamous spam network HerbalKing in the second week of October 2008, security agencies and the ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/10/24

Consumer Affairs Warns about Bogus YouTube Links

According to the SCDCA (South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs), computer users need to watch out for a freshly launched scam that spoofs YouTube

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/24

New Malware on Facebook Infecting Users

According to a new posting by security research company F-Secure, the firm has traced the sources of several pages on Facebook, a social networking Website,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/24

Network of Zombie Computers Expanding & Attacks Multiplying

According to new security reports released by security research organization Shadowserver Foundation, it is expected that about 300,000 ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/24

Malicious PDF Files Used to Exploit Adobe Vulnerabilities

According to security firm ESET, its researchers have discovered some malicious PDF files that exploit vulnerabilities in PDF reader software with over

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/24

Hacker Attacked JOGMEC’s Website

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) unveiled on September 18, 2008 that an overseas hacker attacked their website on July 27, 2008 and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/23

Share of Russian Spam on Internet Increased in October 2008

In one of its latest spam report released in October 2008, the security vendor Kaspersky Lab reveals that the contribution of spam mails in mail traffic of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/23

List of 5,534 Hacked eBay Accounts Discovered

Christopher Boyd, Director of FaceTime Security Labs, a malware research firm, has found a list of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/23

India to See Surge in Spam During Festival Time

According to a news from ITExaminer published on October 13, 2008, cyber-security experts predict nearly 20% growth in spam mails in India around Diwali, as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/23

Domain Registrars Identified Web Addresses Referred in Spam

The Internet's main governing body, ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) said on October 15, 2008 that a German organization,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/23

Popular Security Software Demonstrate Dramatic Failures

Secunia, a Danish security analysis company, conducted a series of tests that showed a comprehensive suites of security software from the dominant ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/23

Internet Security Threats Evolve with Greater Sophistication

GTISC (Georgia Tech Information Security Center) published its annual report wherein it reveals the chief threats to data security that are expected to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/22

Woman Found Guilty in a High-profile Spam Case

A lady, Judy Devenow, an active member of the gang of spamming top dog Alan Ralsky, ahs been accused in charges of conspiracy and assisting fraud in the US

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/22

Spammers Circulating E-mails in Name of FBI Deputy Director, IC3

A new spam e-mail purporting to have come from FBI Deputy Director John S. Pistole is currently flooding into the inboxes of netizens in the US, as per the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/22

Image Spam Set to Hit Worldwide PCs Back

Image spam is slowly raising its head, said Symantec researchers. In image spam, a text is embedded in an image attached with an e-mail and this spam. Some

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/22

Fake Antivirus Products Witness Rise in Downloads

A report released by PandaLabs claims that almost 30 Million systems are affected by fraudulent antivirus products every month, generating profit of almost

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/22

Dreadful Storm Botnet No More

Analysis of the Marshal Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) disclosed that the spam evolving from Storm botnet were facing a decline since past

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/22

Adobe’s Serious Magic becomes Victim of Asprox Botnet

As reported by security firm SophosLabs, seriousmagic.com (owned by Adobe) has been infected by the automatic injection of SQL by Asprox botnet. With this,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/21

Three New Zealand Spammers Nabbed

Three New Zealanders have been ordered to pay fines up to 200,000 New Zealand dollars (US$ 124,000) for their alleged involvement in a major international

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/21

Spam Touched 94% of Total Mails in Q3 2008

On October 15, 2008 Commtouch, a security firm, released its trending report for Q3 2008. The firm said that the level of spam touched 94% of total mails

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/21

South Korea - The Fourth Largest Creator of Spam Mails

As per a report released by security firm Symantec Corp. on October 16, 2008, South Korea was the 4th largest spam creator in the world during September

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/21

Flaws in Google Services Encourage Phishers to Create Spoof Pages

According to a demonstration given by Adrian Pastor, Security Expert at the GNUCitizen, Google's Gmail service has a number of vulnerabilities that could

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/21

Malicious Cyber Activities Increased Last Year

According to Shawn Henry, a Senior FBI Official, malicious cyber activities became more sophisticated and prevalent over the year 2007, and threats have

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/21

Hackers Repeatedly Attacked the World Bank for Sensitive Data

According to news report from FoxNews, the World Bank Group has been hit by a succession of attacks on its network during the recent few months, with

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/20

Phishing E-Mail Attacks Barclays Bank PINsentry Users

Barclays Bank's online customers are being targeted in a recently launched e-mail scam tricking them into divulging their account information to cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/20

Microsoft Releases Eleven Patches for October 2008

Microsoft Corp. has released its latest monthly security bulletin - Patch Tuesday for October 14, 2008. It includes eleven patches addressing 20 security

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/20

Internet Banking Crime on a Soar, SABRIC

According to the South Africa Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), internet crime related to banks is the rapidly mounting crime across the world, as

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/20

Trial Security Update is Malicious Trojan, Warns Microsoft

According to a warning released by Microsoft on October 13, 2008, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/20

Sunbelt Software’s Release List of Top Ten Malware for September 2008

Sunbelt Software, a software security firm, announced the list of top ten malware and spyware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/20

BitDefender - September 2008 Witnesses More Web Threats Than Usual

According to BitDefender, Web-based electronic threats dominated the list of top ten online threats during September 2008.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/18

Spear Phishing E-Mails Attack LinkedIn Members

About 10,000 users of the professional social networking Website LinkedIn.com were recently targeted in a customized scam that asked recipients to download

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/18

Spam Mails Hitting Workers’ Mailboxes in the UK

Internet security firm MessageLabs recently conducted a research, which reveals that employees working in the city of Scarborough, UK, receive an average of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/18

Romanian Hacker Pleaded Guilty for Defrauding Over 7000 People

A federal court in Minneapolis, US, found a Romanian hacker, named Sergiu Daniel Popa, guilty for possessing more than 15 unauthorized access devices and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/18

Virus Spreading as a Hallmark Greeting Card

Web users have identified a PC virus that disguises as an online postcard, as reported by SCMagazine on October 8, 2008. Security specialists disclosed that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/18

SilentBanker Trojan Returns with Secret Modous Operandi

Symantec, a well-known security firm, has warned that the popular SilentBanker Trojan is back with improved features that make it even more difficult to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/18

McAfee Warns of Increasing & Newer Spam Tricks

According to McAfee's Security Journal published on October 13, 2008, spammers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/17

Spam Attack Stops Virgin E-Mail Service

Several customers of Virgin have lost contact or little access to their mail accounts for four days after a suspected spam attack. The problem affected an

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/17

MDCU Members Suffers from a Phishing Scam

Martinsville DuPont Credit Union (MDCU) customers have been slammed with a "phishing" fraud wherein phone calls and e-mails attempt to deceive

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/17

Email Scam Attacks Local Bank

Customers of a local bank in Pennsylvania are being targeted by a phishing scam and the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/17

Most SMEs Suffer Due to Inadequate IT Security

Security firm Symantec has released a research report after surveying small enterprises across Europe about their attitudes toward online security. It

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/17

Viruses Created & Sold as Products on the Internet

According to cyber security firm RSA, internet is a mass host to services that make and sell computer viruses in the form of products, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/17

Affiliate Marketers Earn Undeserving Commissions by Deploying Adware

Ben Edelman, an adware researcher, published his new report on September 30, 2008 saying that few affiliate marketers are employing adware to earn

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/16

Spamming Peaks while Exploiting the Ongoing Financial Crisis

MX Logic released its monthly security threat report in the first week of October 2008 in which it indicates a steep rise in e-mails having malware. This

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/16

Spammers Attaching ‘Unsubscribe’ & ‘Read Receipts’ to Messages

Security investigators at BitDefender have found a new surge of spam mails that present a combination of "unsubscribe" and "read

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/16

FDIC- Another Victim of Phishing Scam

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) alerts the users about the fake e-mail claiming to be coming from the FDIC itself.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/16

40 Trillion Spam Scheduled for 2008

The Ferris Research, which studies messaging and content control, has declared that around 40 Trillion spam mauls will be sent in 2008 costing the worldwide

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/16

Ever-changing Obscuring Methods Making Botnets Hard to Disable

Botnet activities that rely on increased methods of people in obscuring domain addresses by continuously mapping to various bots on the network is becoming

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/16

Asus Confirms Virus in its Eee Boxes Released for Sale

The Japanese unit of Taiwanese computer and parts manufacturer Asus has formally confirmed that some versions of the company's pint-sized Eee Box desktop

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/15

Phishers Exploit Financial Crisis to Their Advantage

Though the latest economic crisis brought doom for most of the business organizations, phishers community found a silver lining in this upheaval also. On

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/15

Phishers Exploit Current Global Financial Crisis & Bank Buyouts

Online banking services users should be extra cautious as fresh spam e-mail attacks purporting to have come from popular banks and exploiting the recent

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/15

India Tops the Asian Countries to Relay Spam

According to Trend Micro, India is the leading country among all the Asian countries in generating spam, accounting for over 4% of the entire global spam.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/15

India Enters the Top Ten Phishing Countries

India has joined the league of phishing attacks. In 2007, India stood at 14th position in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/15

Hacker Sentenced for Two years Imprisonment By the US Federal

A man from Fairfield, US, tried to close two sites by launching denial of service attacks with zombies. He was punished for two years of imprisonment.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/15

Bogus Microsoft Message Includes ‘Backdoor’ Trojan

Barracuda Networks, the worldwide leader in web security, recently announced that they have identified a new Trojan that tries to infix a backdoor on its

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/14

Zombie Driven Spam Becoming More Common

According to Symantec's latest 'State of Spam' report, malware-laced e-mails are becoming common day-by-day compared to what they were during January-June

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/14

Spammers Misusing Google’s Web 2.0 Services

According to Websense, spammers are increasingly using Google's Web 2.0 services

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/14

Spammers Could Take Advantage of O.J. Simpson Prosecution

According to a warning released by security company MX Logic, users should watch out for spams talking about the guilty verdict of O.J. Simpson, an

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/14

New Phishing Attacks Target Bank Customers

SonicWall, an online security firm, said that it has been closely following e-mails that try to attract users to fake bank sites on the pretext of verifying

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/14

Windows AutoRun-NOX Worm Extended Rootkit Repertoire

Researchers at F-secure, an anti-virus company, have found the most sophisticated and subtle Windows

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/14

Russian Police Identified Author of Gpcode Ransomeware

The Russian police claimed that they found the writer of Gpcode virus, which was in reality a ransomware.

The police disclosed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/13

Phishing E-Mail Circulating in Dorset to Deceive Residents

According to the Trading Standards Service of Dorset County Council, residents at the Dorset county of South West England are asked to watch out for a new

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/13

Spammers Crack Microsoft’s CAPTCHA to Push Spam

According to security company Websense, spammers have managed to crack Google's

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/13

Westpac Customers Alerted About Phishing E-Mail

Auckland-based SMX, an e-mail security firm, has alerted online users in New Zealand about as sophisticated ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/10/13

Huge Political Spam Predicted Before Upcoming Presidential Election

SonicWall, a network infrastructure firm, forecasts that the registered US voters will receive over 5 Billion spam mails carrying a political theme during

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/13

Corrupt DNS Cache is a Serious Problem

David Holman, Director of First Cyber Security, issued a warning that the DNS cache could be used to trick users into unwittingly divulge their personal

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/13

Counterfeit Software Increase Risks to Vulnerability for Organizations

Harrison Group, a unit of Microsoft, recently commissioned a study which found that organizations using unlicensed copies of Microsoft's Windows operating

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/13

Facebook has a Deluge of Malicious Profiles

According to Cloudmark's European Head of Technology Services - Neil Cook, a research completed by the company reveals that about 20-40% of all new profiles

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/10

OFWs Warned against E-mail Address Stealing Phishing Scam

OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), their friends and family members have been warned by an e-mail against a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/10/10

Obama, Palin Topped in Election Related Spam

As per the Secure Computing new study released on October 3, 2008, the volume of spam citing Sarah Palin standing ahead of her rival Sen. Joe Biden surged

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/10

MessagesLabs – Spam E-mails Declined, Phishing & Malware Surged

As per the MessageLabs Intelligence Report for the third quarter of 2008 and September 2008, the ratio of global spam e-mails originating from new and old

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SPAMfighter News 2008/10/10

Indian Financial Industry Facing Rising Online Fraud

As per the KPMG India Fraud Survey 2008 Report, India has witnessed a significant increase in the proportion of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/10/10

Barclays Bank Customers Hit by Phishing Scam

A hoax phishing scam has hit the Barclays Bank, encouraging its customers to provide their

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/10

Two European Men Caught for DDoS Attacks on US Sites

On October 2, 2008, a federal jury in the city of Los Angeles, US, indicted two European men for launching DDoS (Denial-of-Service) attacks against two US

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/10/10

Malware Attack Luring Users to Porn Video, Says McAfee

McAfee researchers have discovered a new attack by malicious users trying to lure people to a malicious site via a YouTube page containing adult

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