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October 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/31

Hackers Attack Facebook Users by Malicious ‘Video Player’ Update

F-Secure, an IT security company, has alerted all Web users that a phony Facebook website is utilizing a malevolent JavaScript in the pretext of installing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/31

Panda - Spammers Target Auto Industry More Than Any Other Industry

According to a research conducted by an online security company 'Panda Security,' cyber-miscreants are targeting the automobile sector more with

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/31

ACMA - Australians Filed 3,947 Spam Complaints in 2008-09

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) commissioned a news poll study entitled "The Survey into Community Attitudes to Unsolicited

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/31

Sheriff’s Office Concerned on Mounting Phishing Scams

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is issuing alert to the general public regarding the prevalence and severity of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/31

Hacked Facebook Applications Install Fake Antivirus Software

Roger Thompson, Chief Research Officer, AVG, has recently disclosed that many games and other applications made to be used on Facebbok.com have been

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/30

Phishing Attack Targets Google AdSense Users

According to security researchers, a widely used Google AdSense advertising utility has been targeted by a socially engineered ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/30

ScanSafe - Gumblar Botnet Reactivates and Spreads Malware

According to researchers at online security firm 'ScanSafe,' several websites that were compromised by the Gumblar assaults during May 2009 are now serving

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/30

Phishing E-mail Shocks British Resident

As people increasingly use Internet and engage in social networking activities, cyber crime tends to increase.

Despite repeated

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/30

Lee County Residents Warned of Phishing E-mail

Lee County (Florida, US) officials are warning the residents to be cautious of a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/30

Botnet Attack on Polish Government Network

According to security researchers, computer servers at the government institutions of Poland suffered a well-synchronized cyber attack, which was allegedly

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

W32/Xpaj Botnet Expanding Fast

According to security researchers, they've found a new computer worm named W32/Xpaj which is fast proliferating worldwide. It (the malware) employs popular

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

Hackers Target Nearly 50% of German Internet Users

As per a research conducted by Forsa (a German research company) for Bitkom (the IT business association), almost 50% of Internet users in Germany have been

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

Zeus Phishing Scam Attacks Outlook Web Access Consumers

According to researchers at Trusteer an Internet security company on October 14, 2009, a newly launched worldwide spam is targeting web-mail consumers of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

ESET Lists Top E-threats for September 2009

Researchers at security company ESET recently published a threat list, which reveals the hazards that frequently troubled people with computer infections

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

New Koobface Scam Disguises as Update for Adobe’s Flash

During the 3rd week of October 2009, security specialists found that controllers of the Koobface botnet, which was driven with highly successful social

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/29

Cyber-criminals Evolving with New Attack Tactics

Cyber-security specialists participating in a cyber-security forum of TechAmerica in Washington D.C., cautioned that online miscreants were developing fresh

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/10/29

McAfee October 2009 Report - Hackers Become Smarter

As per McAfee's October (2009) Spam Report, 70% of worldwide spam are "Canadian" pharmacy spam that exploits fear of Swine Flu and increasing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

SABRIC Warns Online Banking Customers of Rising Phishing Attacks

Security officials at SABRIC have asked South Africans to be careful while doing their banking transactions online as hackers are using private details to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

Fortinet Releases its Threatscape Report for September 2009

Fortinet, which has recently released its "September 2009 Threatscape Report" says that the month witnessed cyber criminals employing scary

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

Evolving Malware Industry Revitalizes Traditional Cyber Crimes

Craig Schmugar, Threat Researcher, and Anthony Bettini, Product Manager, McAfee Labs, have said that as the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

Online Frauds Rising on the Royal Cayman Islands

The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has claimed that web scams are bothering them.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

EU Calls Member Countries to Step Up Fight against Spam

The EC (European Commission) has appealed to the governments of member countries to do more to combat spammers, as data from a recent research reveal that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

Trend Micro – Cyber Criminals may Attack SMEs with Ransomware

Trend Micro, an Internet security firm, has forecasted in its 2009 E-threat Report that during Q4 2009, there will be an increased use of ransomware to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/28

Botnets Responsible for Majority of Malware Assaults

According to online security specialists, highly up-to-date malware assaults are particularly

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

Spam Containing Viruses Spike Since Mid-September

Internet security company 'Symantec' states in its "State of Spam Report" for October 2009 that September 2009 saw a spike in spam levels carrying

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

GData – Malware Displays Bogus Firefox Security Alerts

GData Security has issued an alert that a new Trojan (if once entered user's system) can maneuver the addresses he enters in browser to divert him to a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

Cyber Criminals Mix Sophisticated Trojans and Money Mules to Hack Bank Accounts

According to Internet security experts, there are high possibilities that cyber criminals would mix Trojan viruses with money mules (a sophisticated

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

UK Online Banking Continues to Lose to Online Criminals

As per the figures by Financial Fraud Action UK (the UK industry body charged with fighting fraud), online banking fraud losses amounted £39 Million during

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

Spammers Attack Web-mail Accounts at Gmail, Yahoo! and Hotmail

According to researchers at a web security company 'Websense,' there is a steep rise in spam mails being sent from Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo accounts.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

Trojan.Brontok Infects a Single Computer 102,793 Times

A security researcher at Sunbelt conducted ThreatNet scan on a computer and found that it was infected by six malicious programs of which one,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/27

Phishing Scam Targets Cornell Students

Security specialists at Cornell University (located at Ithaca, New York) said in news brief on their CIT (Cornell Information Technologies) website on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/26

Botnet Using Twitter to Send Spam Advertisements and Other Trash

As per the news reports from PCMagazine published on October 5, 2009, a botnet seems to be utilizing Twitter to send bulk messages containing advertisements

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/26

Sunbelt Software Releases September List of Top Ten E-threats

Sunbelt Software, a company that provides Windows security software, has released its list of Top Ten malicious programs for September 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/26

Kaspersky - Malware Economy Rapidly Flourishing

Kaspersky Labs' 'Threatpost,' the cyber-security blog, stated on October 6, 2009 that the malware economy was flourishing. It also emphasized that the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/26

Indian Government Warns Users of Fake IT Refund E-mails

Several e-mails propagating over the Internet claiming to be coming from the Income Tax Department of India are asking the users to provide their online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/26

FBI Cautions Computer Users of Three Fake E-mail Scams Installing Malware

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has alerted that three separate e-mails are circulating on the Internet and attract people to access FBI terrorism

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/23

Social Networking Sites Continue to be Phishers’ Favorite

SpamTitan, manufacturer of e-mail security solutions, recently informed that phishers are getting more tactful in procuring user's personal details from

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/23

Asprox Botnet Becomes Alive, Uses Old SQL Injection Tricks

According to security researchers, a botnet constituted of numerous compromised PCs has become active again over recent days and is infecting websites in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/23

Mumbai Police Website Hacked

Security authorities have discovered that the site of the Mumbai (India) Police - www.mumbaipolice.org - have been hacked and installed with malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/23

Conficker Variant Hits Oxford Brookes Network

Security experts have informed that a malware infected the shared computers used by students at

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Tax Refund Phishing E-mails Targeting HMRC on Rise

According to a warning issued by HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) UK, e-mail scams related to tax refund are on the rise. The e-mails pretending as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Scareware Purveyors Include Skype in Their Malicious Business

Malicious compromised search results, Facebook messages, iFrame infected sites and spiteful online advertisements have reportedly been joined by the VoIP

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Virus ‘Conficker ‘Strikes Australian Rail Corporation

According to security researchers, a number of computer systems at Rail Corporation had contacted infection from the Conficker worm although there was no

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Researchers Compromise ‘Mebroot’ Botnet to Analyze Drive-by Download Attacks

Security researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, compromised the Mebroot botnet and kept it under their control for nearly 30 days to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Webroot - 1 in 12 Web-pages Contains Irrelevant Content

According to Webroot, a provider of Internet security for business organizations, malware is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Hackers Use SEO Technique to Promote Fake Security Programs

AVG Technologies, which has recently examined a fake anti-spyware scam, observed that within 24-hrs of news about a particular incident, cyber criminals had

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Scareware Distributors Poison Search Results for Google Wave

According to security researchers at Websense, 'scareware' developers have manipulated results obtained from searching Google Wave by using Blackhat SEO

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/22

Phishing Attack Exposes Usernames & Password of Yahoo, Gmail & Others

Security experts have discovered a list of almost 20,000 names and passwords posted online. The list carries e-mail addresses and passwords of accounts

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

Targeted E-mails Download Trojan on PayChoice Customers’ Systems

PayChoice has stated that it is probing into a security violation due to which its consumers got targeted e-mails that posed as messages from the company,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

BitDefender Announces Top Ten E-Threats, Trojans Dominate

According to BitDefender's September 2009 E-Threats Report, the ten most prevalent Web threats for the month include three ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

Virus Attack on Integral Energy Threatens Power Grid

According to security researchers, the computer network of Integral Energy power utility in Australia has been attacked by a malicious virus, compelling the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

Number of Spam Laden with Viruses Spike in H2 2009

According to security specialists at Google, the volume of spam during the latter part (H2) of 2009 have grown in such a large proportion that the spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

Phishing Attack Exposed Thousands of Hotmail Accounts

On October 5, 2009, Microsoft confirmed that a phishing attack had exposed thousands of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

PandaLabs - Malware Authors Busier than Ever Before

According to PandaLabs' IT security report for the past quarter, creators of malicious software are setting fresh records in designing new methods for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

Fake Facebook Profiles Lead to Malware Installation

According to a security investigator, hackers are creating fake Facebook profiles by using automated technique and publicizing them in such a way that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/21

‘Net’ Never as Perilous as Now, says APWG

With cyber criminals continue to set new records in spreading of malicious software, online security experts have become increasingly worried about the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Hackers Attacked Facebook by New ‘Vidyartha College’ Virus

Facebook, the most visited social networking website, is facing the attack of a virus called "Vidyartha College Facebook Virus."

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Damballa - Small Botnets Pose Big Problems to Enterprises

A research by security firm 'Damballa' indicates that it isn't necessary the largest sized botnets, which are responsible for the greatest threat, pose

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Free Security Software Still Luring UK SMBs

A research report named "International Barometer of Security in SMBs" released by the cloud security firm Panda Security states that small and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Botnets Generate 87.9% of Total Spam Messages

Symantec, a world renowned online security solution provider, has recently made a revelation that botnets are liable for almost nine of ten spam messages

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

PandaLabs - Malware Infected PCs Rose 15% in Sep 09

Antivirus vendor 'Panda Security' released its e-threat report on September 29, 2009 telling that the number of infected computers surged 15% globally in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Man Face Charges of Phishing £600k from NatWest Bank

Security officials stated that a group of web fraudsters, which employed a technically sophisticated virus to defraud accounts from the compromised systems

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

Malware Purveyors Continue to Exploit Tragic News Searches

A loss of hundred of lives by the Indonesian earthquake on September 30, 2009 provided immense opportunities to cybercriminals who did not waste single

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/20

China Held Leading Position in Spam Production despite Decline in Spam & Virus Levels

As per the web security firm 'Network Box,' the level of viruses and spam came down in the month of September but the US and Brazil remained the chief

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

XSS Virus Hits Reddit

Security researchers have reported that a variant of the XSS virus spread to users' computers through postings made to the social news service Reddit,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

Romanian Phishing Suspects Deported to US

According to security officers, two men from Romania, Cornel Tonita (aged 28) and Petru Belbita (aged 25), charged with creating fraudulent ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

New Trojan Modifies Online Bank Statements

According to researchers at the Internet security firm Finjan, a novel Trojan has emerged, which not only steals the login details of users' online banking

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

Fresh Botnets Emerging Despite Closure of Spam-friendly ISPs

Researchers at the online security firm 'Symantec' have found that a newly emerged botnet 'Maazben' that was first observed during late May 2009 contributed

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

New ‘Monkif/DlKhora’ Botnet Hides Trojan Downloader Behind JPEG Files

Jason Milletary, a researcher at SecureWorks, said - a newly built botnet known as 'Monkif or DIKhora' is spreading Trojan downloaders to already infected

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

Botnet Compromises Half of Fortune 100 Companies

Security experts with Canadian security firm Defence Intelligence have informed that a botnet has compromised half of the Fortune 100 companies to conduct a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

Malware Distribution Network Consistently Expanding

Researchers at web security firm SecureWorks have found that an industry based on serving adware has now developed into a full-fledged channel distributing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/19

Construction Company Loses Substantial Amount to Hackers

Security experts stated that a Maine-based construction firm known as Patco Construction has lost almost $588,000 from its bank - Ocean Bank of Delaware -

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Symantec Ranks Idaho as No. 1 Spam-Affected US State

According to Symantec's MessageLabs, Idaho (US) is now characterized as a state receiving maximum number of spam messages that amounts to 93.8% of its total

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Search for Philippines Tropical Storm Videos Loads Malware

As per Joseph Pacamara, Senior Threat Analyst at Trend Micro, cyber criminals are exploiting the tropical storm 'Ondoy' that wrecked the Philippine Capital

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Malware Problem on Twitter Getting Worse

Researchers at security firm Kaspersky, after employing security tools which scrutinize tweets (messages) on Twitter for possible threats, have apparently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Spammers Making Huge Money by Selling Illegal Products

According to SophosLabs, associates behind any spam network are capable of earning $180,000 per annum by generating traffic for online casinos, bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Cyveillance - Phishing Attacks Increased June-Aug 09

Cyveillance, a world leader in cyber intelligence, declared a major rise in phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Computer Forensics - Bogus IRS Notices Contribute 10% of Spam

Gary Warner, Director of Research in Computer Forensics, the University of Alabama (Birmingham), warned that nearly 10% of total spam messages presently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Several Popular Websites Serving Users With Malicious Ads

According to a security firm ScanSafe, various popular sites, like Horoscope.com, Drudge Report, and Lyrics.com, were recently detected of unintentionally

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/16

Computer Virus Transferred $35 K from Crystal Lake School Bank Account

According to security researchers, a malicious virus that has crept into thousands of computers could be responsible for the loss of around $350,000 from

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Symantec - Phishing Attacks against Reputed Indian Companies on the Rise

According to the software security company Symantec, Indian brands are increasingly becoming targets of phishers who try to grab people's private and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Phishing URLs Rose to Unprecedented Level in April-June 09

Security researchers at San Francisco-based 'MarkMonitor', a firm which traces origins of domain-name exploitation, report that the total number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Trojan Ruins Monopoly’s Online Gaming Experience

In a most recent social-engineering ploy, security experts have identified a new spam campaign, trying to attract users to download a Monopoly game, which

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

PC Virus Attacks ‘LiveJournal,’ Steals E-mail IDs

According to recent news reports, blogging site 'LiveJournal' was attacked by a virus, which spreads rapidly and seizes e-mail addresses of people who

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Mango Airline Cautions Customers of New E-mail Scam

Airline Mango said - an e-mail scam, which provides discounted flights, is presently circulating on the web to capture attention of people looking for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Phishing Scam Riddling Arkansas Internet Users

According to a latest news report from Arkansas (US), Internet users are recommended to be cautious of an ongoing ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Google: ISPs Must Come Together to Fight Malware

Eric Davis, head of Google's Anti-Malvertising team, said that in order to prevent the curse of malicious Web botnets and advertisements from infected

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/15

Cybercriminal’s Group Paid Abundantly to Infect Macs

Dmitry Samosseiko, manager of Sophoslabs, Canada, has disclosed a latest incident which proves growing interest of cyber crooks in Apple's OS X platform.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

New Malware Sites Targeting Google Users

According to security investigators, a fresh online attack on users of Google is deceptively taking victims onto fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

Internet Users in Singapore Fail to Recognize Phishing Scams

According to a recent survey by YouGov, a research firm based in London, while online adoption in Singapore is regarded as most advanced regionally, most

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

Phishers Procure Twitter Passwords via Direct Messages

According to security experts, a new phishing scam is making rounds on Twitter that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

National Bank’s Online Users on Phishers’ Target

St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Limited, Basseterre (West Indies), issued an important warning e-mail asking its users to be cautious of an e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

McAfee – Password Stealing Malware Multiplied to 400% in 2008

As per the latest report by security company 'McAfee,' the use of password-stealing trojans

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

Small Businesses Most Vulnerable to Banker Trojans

Think Security First, the national awareness and education program set up to protect small business in the US, warned small businesses to be vigilant of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/14

MS08-067 Vulnerability Attracting Malware Families

The trio of researchers at Microsoft - Elda Dimakiling, Scott Wu and Francis Allan Tan Seng - analyzed MS08-067 related malware attacks in a presentation at

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SPAMfighter News - Orla Cox 2009/10/14

Virus ‘Clampi’ Sneaks into Thousands of US and UK Computers

Internet users have been warned to be vigilant while surfing after the discovery of a new computer

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/13

PC Virus Infects Network of Tucson Schools

According to security experts, the IT department of Tucson Unified School District is fighting to eliminate a sample of the Conficker worm that has affected

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/13

Hackers Exploit Windows System Restore Functionality to Make Money

According to security experts, cyber criminals in China are targeting hard disk recovery cards on systems in cyber cafes to make illicit money. They are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/10/13

Phony Adware Scanner Downloads Bogus Antivirus

Security researchers at Sophos are tracking down certain fresh changes to the now long-time known idea of presenting fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/10/13

ISPA Names Most prominent Spammers in its Hall of Shame List

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) recently issued its 'Hall of Shame Report,' which lists the names and shames of spammers, most prominent

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