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November 2006

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/30

Hacker Directed Bank Customers To Bogus Website

Community America Credit Union reported to Kentuckiana Minority Business Council (KMBC) that a cyber-attacker managed to divert people from the firm's site

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/30

Vulnerabilities in Web Applications Invite Hackers’ Activities

According to 'Watchfire', a web application security firm based in Massachusetts, the weakest area capable of exploitation in 'enterprise information

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/30

FTC Clamps Down on Software Distributors

The U.S. 'Federal Trade Commission' (FTC), which has taken up the job of protecting consumers has been successful several times in fighting companies that

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/30

DOD Reports Threat of Foreign Software

A U.S. 'Department of Defense' task force will be alerting the Pentagon of an approaching threat to national security. There is going to be a security

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/30

Antivirus Firms Have Potential To Produce Single Signatures

As malware becomes increasingly sophisticated, the damage it does has also become more and more specific. Therefore, ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/29

EU Stepping Up Its Move To Combat Spyware And Spam

The Commission noted in a recent communication that despite current EU laws to bar spam mails in Europe, European countries continues to experience

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/29

Another Phishing Scam Using PayPal Service

An anti-spam researcher has revealed a ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/29

Hackers Write ‘Proof-Of-Concept’ Adware for Mac OS X

Savvy Windows users have learnt to defeat adware and other nasty codes that download from the Internet and intrude on user activity, pinch data, or clog

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/29

Inbar Put Under Investigation For Spam Scam

The world's most prolific spammers are using a British Internet company to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/29

Spam Displaying Explicit Images Downloads Trojan

Security firm Sophos has issued a nation-wide alert of a new spam that offers 'free' explicit images and videos. The true purpose of the spam is to make

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tech.blorge.com - Alex Zaharov-Reutt 2006/11/29

9 out of 10 emails are just spam!

Since June 2006, the amount of spam has explored, with more spam clogging out inboxes that ever.

The spammers have been very active, controlling

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/28

BBA Outlines Steps To Ward Off Online Fraud

The 'British Bankers' Association' (BBA) has cautioned the consumers who use debit and credit cards for online transactions many a times to help take care

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/28

A Merry Christmas For Cyber-Criminals

Innumerable number of people are waiting for their gifts as the festive season is approaching near. Online shoppers are getting ready to spend extensive

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/28

The Oprah Ticket Scam

Scammers trying to extract money from victims have been dispatching unsolicited e-mails inviting them to taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", said

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/28

Microsoft Proves To Be More Secure Than Oracle

Microsoft beats Oracle in the security of its database, says a recent report. Database security specialist David Litchfield of 'NGS Software' arrives at a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/28

Website Poses To Be Charitable Benefactors For Children

A warning by a security company says that a website that pretends to aid underprivileged children is actually spreading scam to swindle users into throwing

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iTWIRE - Alex Zaharov-Reutt 2006/11/28

Are 90% of emails sent today really spam?

A new online report claims that 9 out of 10 emails sent out since June 2006 are spam, and come from criminal gangs out to get your money either through some

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Australian it - 2006/11/28

Britain under spam siege

CRIMINAL gangs using hijacked computers are behind a surge in unwanted email peddling sex, drugs and stock tips in Britain.

The number of spam

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

Festive E-Greetings Turn Out Malicious Messages

Holiday shoppers this season are going to encounter a variety of online threats that are likely to explode in December 2006, say security trackers. As the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

‘Evil Twin’ Works As Hacker’s WiFi

Hackers using false wireless access points to illegally grab personal information are now targeting locations busy with high 'net' worth people. Millions of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

Microsoft Hunt Down Phishing Criminals

Microsoft, together with law enforcers, is tracking down cyber-criminals who attempt to pilfer bank account information via Internet. They have raised 129

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

Apple Mac OS X Suffers Vulnerability

Researchers have designed exploit code that attacks unpatched 'kernel' vulnerabilityin Apple's OS X desktop program. A vulnerability analyst working

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

Firefox And IE Confront A New Flaw

Mozilla's Firefox 2 and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 are susceptible to a flaw that could enable attackers to steal confidential information.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/27

‘Santa Spam’ Can Spoil This Season’s Fun

There is a warning for parents to be wary about spam mails that lure their children with a letter from Santa. As annual shopping frenzy for Christmas is

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/25

Chinese Malware Stealing Passwords

The malware is designed (and written in simplified form of Chinese) to aid cyber-criminals to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/25

Hacking Attacks Are Increasing to Haunt Banks

Banks are trying hard to make arduous defenses against cyber-criminals but they are encountering a bigger threat - physical theft of patron information by

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/25

McAfee’s Site Advisor Misclassified As Anti-Phishing Product

McAfee has been compelled to withdraw its claims that a test by anti-phishing toolbars misrepresented one of its products. According to McAfee, it was

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/25

Study Indicates Incapacity of Anti-Phishing Tools

When researchers at 'Carnegie Mellon University' were studying anti-phishing toolbars, they could not find a single capable product. The study involved a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/25

Hackers Running Dry of New Ideas

A study by Russian anti-virus firm, 'Kaspersky Lab' says that virus writers are running out of new

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

Virtual Machines Can Prevent Malware Execution

Hackers are applying 'virtual machine detection' to the worms and trojans they drop on computers to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

Spam Scams Make A Comeback

Bunches of different types of e-mail spam scams are coming and going. Currently, the "You Have Won The Lottery" is back in the cycle. Different

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

New Patient Database: Cause of GPs Fear

A new poll reports that three out of every five GPs have fears that cyber-criminals and non-health employees would be able to access the patient's records

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

Guidelines For Safe Online Shopping This Season

Ron Teixeira, executive director of the NCSA said that they, in partnership with the NCL this year, would like to remind consumers to adopt simple security

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

China UnionPay Website Becomes Victim of Hack

A hacking attack dropped a backdoor Trojan on the China UnionPay website, reports news sources in China. The site runs a 'cross-bank credit card service'

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/24

‘Source Media’ Files Hacking Accusation on Hoffacker

A former executive of 'Source Media Inc.' was held for hacking into the company's computer system after three years of his dismissal, prosecutors said on

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

A Newer Rootkit in PCI Cards

John Heasman, security researcher, released a paper recently describing how to hide a malicious code embedded on graphics and network cards so as to avoid

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

Adobe Flash Player Upgrades To Fix A Bug

Flash manufacturer Adobe (formally Macromedia) has fixed a virus by using a silent update to version 9.0.28.0. The bug is useful for an attacker using

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

Another Case of Hacking City Website

A Turkish hacker on November 18, 2006 attacked the Website of the city of Las Cruces for the second time in two days. The hacker posted pictures showing

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

Arrival of Exploit Code and Subsequent Patch for Microsoft OS

'Proof of concept' exploit code has begun to appear on the Internet. It provides detailed instructions to launch attack on wormholes in Microsoft Windows.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

Small Companies Avoiding IT Security

Claranet, a managed services expert, organized an IT security event at the House of Lords, UK. Here, Schimdt said that that absence of proper security

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/23

Zango Not Following FTC Terms

FTC, on November 3, 2006 announced that Bellevue (Washington) based Zango (formerly called as 180Solutions) had accepted to pay a fine of $3 Million that

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

Spam Is On A Rise Again

Stephen Pao, vice President, Product Manager, Barracuda Networks, said that the observed hike in the penny stocks trading volume that are boosted in the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

Phishing Attack Luring SBI Customers

Customers are getting fake mails that claims that their banking details has to upgraded due to an upgrade to servers. The mail gives a link to spoofed ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

Microsoft Shows Up a Range of Vulnerabilities

In its weekly report released on November 17, 2006, Panda Software lists the vulnerabilities as MS06-066, MS06-067, MS06-068, MS06-069, MS06-070 and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

IBM Protects Customers From Microsoft Vulnerabilities

IBM has promised to use its 'Internet Security Systems' to help customers to all possible extent in tackling recent Microsoft vulnerabilities. This was

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

Guidance Software Enters a Settlement With FTC

On November 16, 2005, Guidance Software Inc. declared that it settled Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges related to a security failure the same year

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/22

Experts Suggest Alternatives to Banking E-mails

Banks and computer security experts are not agreeing on the issue whether banks can use e-mails to communicate with their customers. They feel it is unsafe

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ITP.net - Cleona Godinho 2006/11/22

Barracuda’s bid to slam spam in ME

BARRACUDA NETWORKS, supplier of anti-spam and anti-virus e-mail protection is bracing itself for an unprecedented increase in demand for its services in the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

WinZip Launches ‘Build 7245’ to Fix Flaw

Windows' 'compression software' WinZip holds an 'ActiveX module' in version 10 during its installation in the system. Unluckily, the module has a security

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

Spanish Hackers Arrested for Cyber Crimes

As per the reports of a Spanish newspaper, a couple of 17 year-olds were apprehended in Alicante on Nov 15 2006, accused of producing a Trojan, which

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

Panda’s Online Scanner Contains Bugs and Hole

Secunia, the firm that specializes in assessing vulnerability declared on November 16, 2006 that it is trailing a flaw and two bugs in Panda Software's free

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

OIT To Assume Charge Of Systems Security At UT

The computer network of the University of Tennessee is daily bombarded by countless cyber-terrorists, stated Brice Bible, the chief information officer at

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

Microsoft’s Much Awaited Forefront Client Security Released

Microsoft's timely corporate security system, Forefront Client Security, has been issued to public beta. The newfangled concept, blending the ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/21

Criminals Organize Spam Attack to Raise Stock Prices

Large number of consumer inboxes tends to be flooded with "pump-and-dump" stock scams infiltrating over years. Security firm PandaLabs has spotted

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The National Business Review - Patrick Learmonth 2006/11/21

Fines send spam warning

Australia's anti-spam laws, which were enacted in 2003, have claimed their first victim.

Perth business seminar promoter Wayne Robert Mansfield was

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CNET.com.au - Joris Evers 2006/11/21

'Tis the season to send spam

season.

Mass e-mailers traditionally bump up their activity as the year winds down. But this year, the amount of junk messages could be unprecedented,

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Electric News - 2006/11/21

Inboxes everywhere swamped by spam mail

WANT to buy computer software at 90 per cent off the retail price?

Or maybe you want some blue pills to fire up your sex life?

You might not

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/20

Privacy And Data Protection Critical To Future Success

In today's progressively globalized business atmosphere, organizations still have to endeavor to upgrade their data security, with confidentiality and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/20

Messagelabs And Telstra Announce Business Broadband Plans

The SMB scheme of Telstra is available in a wide selection, encompassing Business Broadband Starter for small business concerns, Business Broadband

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/20

Spamhaus’ List Of 10 Worst International Spammers

The leading anti-spam organization Spamhaus, committed to combating and preventing the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/20

SANS Highlights Twenty Top Hacker Targets

During its yearly appraisal of the biggest security troubles detected this year, the SANS Institute on November 15, 2006 named zero-day strikes and human

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/20

Cyber Saboteurs Target Australian Broadband Users

The spread of broadband web access in Australian households is putting users at greater risk of being targeted by hackers, industry analysts have cautioned.

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Networking news - 2006/11/20

PandaLabs Detects a Massive Organized Spam Attack

PandaLabs has detected the distribution of massive amounts of spam trying to push sales of stocks in a certain company. Specifically, the emails predict a

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Computerworld - Juha Saarinen 2006/11/20

Ihug still fighting to sort out spam fiasco

Hard-hit by an avalanche of incoming spam messages, ISP Ihug has decided to introduce further checks on servers wanting to send email to its customers. From

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stuff.co.nz - 2006/11/20

Spam busters going global

Auckland anti-spam specialist SMX has raised $890,000 to take its e-mail filtering service to the global market.

Half the money comes from the

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idm.net.au - 2006/11/20

Spamhaus Finds The Spam Culprits

A report from the anti-spam non-profit organisation Spamhaus, finds 80 percent of the world's spam comes from only 200 spam gangs.

While the top 200

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Trojan Keylogger Downloaded With Adobe Spoof Email

A spoof message aiming Adobe users - purporting to have the recent variant of the firm's PDF reader, but actually bearing a malevolent Trojan keylogger -

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Rigged RealMedia Files Install Trojans

It is acknowledged that media files like videos or songs can be exploited to sneak in malware onto

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Service-Denial-Attacks in the UK Now Attract Stricter Penalties

Under a new law in the UK, a jail sentence of up to ten years along with fines now awaits hackers carrying out service denial attacks. The Police and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Porn Sites Surreptitiously Use Malicious Software To Infect Computers

Users who regularly visit websites with porn content have been asked to be careful. In the course of surfing through such sites, the user is likely to be

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Mozilla Takes Lead Over Microsoft In Fight Against Phishing

A survey authorized by Mozilla grants Firefox 2 a huge victory over Microsoft's IE 7 in the fight to bar ID thieving scam sites, however both Web browsers

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/18

Microsoft Turns Heat On Spyware Creators

Regrettably, the authorities often leave firms run by spyware developers and ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

McAfee Joins Forces With .im registry to Fight Spammers

The Isle of Man has intensified its battle against spammers tapping its .im

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

Discovery of More Politically Motivated Spam in the US

Monitors of Spam at PandaLabs have noticed an operation aimed at inducing users to visit a page hostile to the US government. Security information was sent

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

Microsoft Releases Updates For Better Security

Patches released by Microsoft fix crucial vulnerabilities in IE and Windows. Two of the released patches fix crucial flaws that are being exploited actively

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

Hackers Strike Anti-Doping Lab Computers, Steal Data

Global cyber-terrorists furnishing data for perpetrating frauds to counteract the battle against drug-usage in athletics might appear very far fetched but

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

E-Market Website Hacker Arrested

On September 22, 2006, Nguyen Quang Huy alias Huy Remy aged 22, hooked up his PC to the server of Peacesoft, the InfoTech solution company and subsequently

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/17

Spyware Activities Restrained By Court Order

At first sight it is highly improbable that a company like ERG Ventures should be investigated by the FTC for engaging in the distribution of screensavers

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Computerworld Australia - Michael Crawford 2006/11/17

Image spam now in the billions

Global spam has increased nearly 100 percent year on year according to current statistics from the IronPort Threat Operation Centre - a key driver of which

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PC World - Mitchell Bingemann 2006/11/17

Spam's most wanted list published

Spamhaus has published a list of the world's 10 worst spammers. And with inboxes bursting full of Viagra offers, penis pumps and sexual performance

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/16

Symantec Refutes Adware Charges Against LiveConnect

Customers of the Symantec product line like Norton antivirus received a surreptitious install,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/16

U.S Social Security Agency Alerts About Phishing Scam

As per the Social Security commissioner Jo Anne Barnhart and Social Security inspector general Patrick O'Carroll Jr., the organization has got some

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/16

Hackers All Set To Take Advantage of Festive Season

The Product Strategy Vice President of PC Tools, Michael Greene, cautioned that one out of 10 holiday shoppers may end up confronting some form of spyware,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/16

Microsoft Blocking Gmail

Live OneCare, Microsoft's virus scanning software Windows has reportedly started blocking Gmail as a virus leaving many users seeing a warning indicating

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/16

Cyber Child abuser Sentenced To Imprisonment

36 year old resident of Ilkeston in Derbyshire, Adrian Ringland, admitted impelling young girls to forward him naked photos after affecting their PCs with a

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Computerworld - Grant Washington 2006/11/16

US spam regulator settles with email marketer

Marketer Yesmail has agreed to pay a US$50,717 (NZ$75,740) civil penalty to settle US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges accusing it of sending

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/15

Another Attempt Of Islamic Hackers to Move the Vatican City Flopped

The proclamation was made through the formation of an ad hoc Website where attackers can download the programs to initiate the Internet strike. The web

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/15

Hackers Attack On Laiki Bank Failed

Laiki Bank, on November 10, 2006, said that none of the banl's customers had been fooled by a worldwide scam that asks users to log into their bank accounts

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/15

New Variants of Spamta Worms Flood Computers

On November 9, 2006, PandaLabs found seven recent versions of Spamta worm operational within a short span of time. All are planned to direct themselves to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/15

Microsoft Preparing to Turn Address Bar into Traffic Signal

The purpose of providing a colored bar is to let the users know which site is authentic and which is fake, so that users can carry out the transactions

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/15

Hackers Slip Through Security Software To Hack Lubbock City System

District, state and national agencies keep on probing the November 9, 2006 thievery of private information from Lubbock's online civic job application

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/14

Videos From Fake YouTube Install Adware

Wensense, the security vendor, reported that it has located porn videos that need the Zango installation from a fake YouTube site. The trend is rising on

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/14

UK Organizations Fall Victim To Malware Attacks

Most of the companies in UK have been the targets of a malware strike and the business connotations

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/14

Serious Flaw In Broadcom Wi-Fi

The susceptibility is a 'stack-based buffer flush' in Broadcom BCMWL5.SYS wireless driver. As per the reports, it could let an attacker to gain complete

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/14

New Email-Aware Worm Poses As False Breaking News Story

Security Company Sophos is alerting cybernauts about the latest email-aware worm that impersonates several fake breaking news -- such as, flare-up of a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/14

Mozilla Introduces Patches To Cure Product Flaws

A couple of weeks following the general issue of Firefox 2.0, the open-source organization Mozilla Corp. on November 8, 2006 brought out a set of vital

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ZDNet Australia - Tim Ferguson 2006/11/14

Get ready for attacks on VoIP?

Spam, phishing and denial of service could all soon be threatening VoIP services, and businesses need to take steps now to ward off the danger.

As

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/13

America Online ICQ Compromised

Investigators of TippingPoint cautioned America Online ICQ computer users regarding a flaw that permits hackers to penetrate software onto the target's

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/13

US Leads Spam Relaying Countries

Computers in the US relayed 21.6 percent of the global spam between August-September. China, in second spot, represented 13.4 percent. France, Spain and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/11/13

US And S. Korea Major Victims Of Phishing Scams

The file, which is executed by the net start-up OpenDNS and gathers data from volunteers, affirmed 3,678 official ...