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November 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

DNS Servers Not Free of Vulnerability

As per a study conducted by Infoblox, the DNA servers are expanding and becoming advanced but, unfortunately, many of the, are still susceptible to attacks.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

Hackers Use Domain Names to Spoof Legitimate Companies

Researchers from MCRC or Malicious Code Research Center of security firm Finjan Inc. warn that a flaw in the process of domain name registration allows

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

Math Problem in Computer Chip could Shake Global E-commerce

The RSA public key algorithm could be vulnerable to attack on account of a mathematical error, according to Prof. Adi Shamir at Israel-located Weizmann

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

Attacks on Web 2.0, Vista OS & Online Games Top Threats for 2008

Security Company McAfee published its top ten online threats for 2008 where attacks on Web 2.0 category of sites were first on the list.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

Hacker Caught by Swedish Security Police

A Swedish hacker who has disclosed a security flaw in the mail system accessed by embassies has been caught hold off. Dan Egerstad was caught in his

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/30

Clients of First Hawaiian Bank Duped by Phishing E-mails

A phony First Hawaiian Bank internet site was removed on November 19, 2007 after the security staff was warned about a "phishing" message that was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

Retailers Still Vulnerable to Attacks on their Wireless Networks

Even after the well-publicized security breach at retailer TJX in early 2007, many retailers seem to have failed in preventing loss of their consumer data.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

Phishers Spoof YouTube to Lure Users into Installing Malicious Code

According to Websense, the ThreatSeeker of its Security Labs has been reported that a new malicious code is exploiting the brand name of YouTube to entice

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

Free Access to Numerous Database Servers Represents Significant Risk

An NGS research during the third week of November 2007 found that 124,000 databases on Oracle and 368,000 SQL servers of Microsoft are open to attacks at

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

Executives in Direct Line of Latest Phishing Attacks

As per MessageLabs, the leading provider of e-mail security services, targeted phishing or

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

Chinese Espionage Single Biggest Threat to American Technology

Chinese intelligence activity presents the only largest threat to American technology sector, stated a congressional advisory panel. The US-China Economic

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/29

‘Storm’ Pops Up Ads Asking for Investment in Weak Stocks

With an unexpected pop-up advertisement on Windows, luring users to buy penny stocks of a company not clearly discussed, there are good chances that the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Trojan Robs Online Gamers of their Account Information

Hoping to gain financially by tapping the real world economy that revolves around multiplayer online games, hackers are disseminating a Trojan program that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Rampant Tapping of Wi-Fi Connection Discovered

The leading cyber security company Sophos discovered that 54% of web users had gained illegal access into an unrestricted wireless signal - considered a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Malicious Ads on Prominent Sports Sites Affect Visitors

Hackers attacked the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Websites to embed an exploit in them that would trick visitors into downloading and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Hackers Work Overtime & Deface 143 Websites

Hackers' activities resulted in excessive damage as they defaced more than 143 Websites hosted in India during October 2007 compared to 60 sites that were

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Hackers Engage in Grade Change for Corporate Academy

Since the time system administrators at the Savannah-Chatham district school on November 8, 2007 discovered a hack into the computer system of the district

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/28

Asian Online Gamers at Receiving End of Trojans in October

On November 12, 2007, ESET declared that a Trojan that aims Internet gamers, especially of Asian origin, was the foremost danger to PC users during October.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Malware Alarm Attacks the Site of Whitepage

Security expert and blogger Sandi Hardmeier has uncovered the problem in Sensis and Telstra (Australian operator) owned whitepages.com.au. The problem is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Malware Removed from Times of India Website

The Indian newspaper 'Times of India' that receives heavy traffic on its Website has cleaned the site of malware within few days of hackers' attack on it

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Microsoft Issues Two Security Patches in November

Microsoft has released two security patches via its monthly update on November 13, 2007 with one that cleaned a serious bug from all editions of Windows

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Seagate Hard Drives Succumb to Virus Infection

Seagate is asking its customers to check if their systems have malware following the discovery of a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Vulnerability in ‘Windows OS’ Open New Hacking Method

At the University of Haifa, computer researchers have discovered a security flaw in Windows 2000 Operating System (OS) of Microsoft that allows hacking of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/27

Worms Slip Down to Make Place for Trojans & Adware

According to security firm PandaLabs, the more notorious malware like the trojans and adware have

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

US Financial Institutions First Targets of Global Phishing

The US banks are the targets of 60% of worldwide phishing attacks that aim global branded

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

Malware on MySpace Pages, Again!

An unknown group of hackers accessed the MySpace pages created for Grammy award winning singer Alicia Keys and some musicians of Europe. The attackers, who

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

Hacking Easy on Un-patched Windows XP with SP1

A security professional in London took just six minutes to hack a system running Windows XP that had Service Pack 1 loaded but was devoid of subsequent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

Hacker Distributes Malware to Commit Online Fraud

A Computer Security Advisor for 3G Communications, John Schiefer, was charged of planting malware

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

FCO Investigated for Unsecure UKvisas Website

The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has violated the Data Protection Act as a result of exposure of personal information of those people who applied

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

Cyber Crime Surpasses even Illegal Drug Business

One of the global crimes that are growing at the fastest rates is computer crime, according to the Security Chief of Centurion-located ICT Company.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/26

5 Million Malware Sites Discovered in October

On November 14, 2007 Webroot Software Inc., a leading security software provider for businesses, SME markets and consumers, announced the most popular and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

Websites Hosting Malware Increases to 66,000 & Still Rising

In November 2007, Websites infected with malware increased to a staggering number of 66,000 and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

'Virtual’ Thief in Dutch Police’s Net

On November 14, 2007, Holland's police claimed that they had caught a 17-year old "virtual" criminal, who had thieved "furniture" worth

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

Three Data Breaches Occur at MSU in 2007

After Montana State University suffered three distinct data hacking incidents, it is alerting 271 people of a possible exposure of their Social Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

Small Nations Vulnerable to Cyber Crime Too

M. Anwarul Iqbal, Adviser to Bangladesh Caretaker Government's LGRD and Cooperatives, and Labor and Employment, said on November 5, 2007 that it is most

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

Indian Cities Increasingly Susceptible to Bots

'Botnets', or armies of compromised computers, infected with malicious software designed to capture confidential information or to send out spam mails is a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

Dutch Officials got Suspension for Hacking Press Agency’s Computer

A temporary suspension order has been carried out on some officials of the Dutch Social Affairs Ministry, Minister of Social Affairs, Hein Donner, announced

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/23

British Employees don’t Store Data in Shared Computer Network

More than 50% of the total British staff stores job-related files like electronic messages and documents in other places instead of a shared network of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

Phishing Scam Targets Salesforce.com Customers

A warning from San Francisco-based Salesforce.com tells customers to be
wary of malicious software that might target them via ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

Russian Malware Hosting Association Probably Shifting To China

The St. Petersburg, Russia, based renowned cyber-terrorist and malware-hosting association, Russian Business Network (RBN), has stopped operations, alleged

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

PDF Spam Returns with Greater Power

A summertime nuisance, PDF spam that inundated surfers inboxes in August
2007 to soon disappear has returned back with an even worse impact.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

Microsoft Alerts of Vulnerability in Macrovision’s Copy Protection Software

Microsoft is warning users that "limited" attacks were targeting systems
running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, through the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

Cyber Crime Increased - Whether in Terrorism or in White-collar Arena

Robert S. Mueller III, Director of FBI, reached Pittsburgh on November 7, 2007 to visit the Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center at Carnegie

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/22

Cisco Survey: Spyware & Bots No.1 Security Concern for IT Professionals

As per a study released on November 9, 2007, almost 3 quarters of the IT managers with the evaluators of US government are devoting additional time on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

Web Page of Chilean Presidency Hacked

A hacker hacked the Web page of Chile's Presidency and placed the flag of the neighboring country Peru. As per Associated Press (AP), the site was disabled

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

UK Government Entreated to Protect Security of Internet Users

The Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Lords is urging the government to take action against Internet crime and protect individuals on the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

Two Men Face Hacking Charges to Change Grades

Two men of California may have to go to jail for 20 years on charges of breaking into a PeopleSoft system of California state university in order to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

E-mail Tries to Exploit Benefactors of Wildfire Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned on November 3, 2007 that an e-mail scam was being run on the Internet that asks for charitable funds to support

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

PC Stripper Fools Surfers into Spreading Spam

The writer of a new Trojan horse is claiming that e-mail users will ignore security for sex. A new Windows game has been created by ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/21

Cyber-fraud Gang Hacks into Barclay's Bank

An online bank-robbers gang has taken over the accounts of about ten people and stolen money to the tune of millions of pounds. The gang is being tracked by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

Trojan Working on Mac Spreads Wild

Intego, the developer of security software for Mac, on October 31 2007 alerted on the Internet that Trojan OSX.RSPlug.A was circulating in the wild.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

Students Breach Records at Fayetteville-Manlius High School

School officials of Fayetteville-Manlius High School have said that three students are under suspicion of hacking into computers and adjusting their grades

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

New Spam Advances with MP3 File Attachments

As e-mail users get more wary and anti-spam tools get more sophisticated, ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

Malicious Scripts with Zero-byte Padding can Pass Undetected

According to a warning by security experts, cyber criminals could create insurmountable problems by redesigning the decade-old technique of disguising ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

IBM Provides Patches for its Domino & Notes Vulnerabilities

IBM Corp has developed four patches for flaws in its Domino and Notes e-mail program to fix security loopholes whose exploitation could allow unauthorized

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/20

BitDefender Releases its October Malware Chart

Data security solutions and anti-virus software provider BitDefender announced the ten ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

Threat Faced by Google Advanced Search Spam

Google is among the most developed search engines and to make search simpler, it carries a few advanced query words that have narrowed the extent of search

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

Scammers Use CUNA’s Name to Carry Out Phishing Scam

The trade association for credit unions in the US, CUNA (Credit Union National Association), has issued a fraud alert for a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

Researchers Claiming Criminal Botnet Supports Ron Paul

After examining a latest flurry of mails, which have offered huge support to Ron Paul - a long shot Republican candidate - computer security researchers

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

IT Managers Worry More about End-user Abuse

As per a latest research, the IT managers get more worried because of end-user abuses of the systems of IT than assaults from hackers and other dangers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

Grocery Store Accused for $10 Million Phishing Scam

A big grocery store, Supervalu, was found to be involved in a phishing swindle, which

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/19

Fake Presidential Campaign Sites Target Innocent Users

The rising applications of the net as means of interaction and fund-raising by presidential nominees has another malicious twin - an abundant, though

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

MySpace Invaded by Phishing Virus Promising Free Gift Card

The social networking site MySpace has been invaded by sophisticated hackers who leak out their private details through an Internet 'superbug'. This ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

Man Arrested for Sending E-mail in Ambani’s Name

India's CCIC, i.e. Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, arrested a private firm employee on November 3, 2007 for delivering hate e-mails on the address of Mukesh

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

Leopard’s Firewall Incapable of Stopping Hackers

A security investigator alleged that Apple's latest Operating System OS X Leopard's ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

Ireland Spam Touches Peak in October 2007

The volume of unsolicited commercial e-mails delivered to Internet users in Ireland was the highest in October 2007, according to latest statistics.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

Heavy Spamming of PDF Malware in October

PDF malware was the most prevalent threat in October 2007, a security company reported on November

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/17

‘Storm’ Spam Using Halloween Theme is Latest Social Engineering

Web users have been cautioned that spam mails on Halloween themes and carrying the malicious Storm Trojan are circulating.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

China on the hunt for Taiwanese Hacker

China is searching a man who has allegedly spied on sensitive government data after hacking into its computers on the country's mainland, reported The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

GPU Processes Fast to Crack Passwords

According to a software company in Russia, it can crack passwords for computers with the help of a new technique it has developed that uses inexpensive

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

Microsoft Apologizes again for Unpredictable Downloads

Microsoft Corp., the giant maker of software, has once again apologized because Windows Server Update allowed the evasion of controls and installation of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

Microsoft’s OneCare Security Tool Alters Windows Automatic Update Settings

There are claims from certain quarters that the OneCare package of Microsoft has been allowing secret downloads and unlawful updates.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

FTC Demand More Spyware Fighting Tools

Federal consumer protection officials said that they want more spyware fighting tools so that the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/16

MP3 Music Files, Another Progress in Spamming Techniques

Although getting smaller in size, the Storm Worm botnet still manages to push out massive amount of spam. Recently in October, it dispatched 15 Million

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

Virus-laden E-mails Masquerade as Official FTC E-mails

The Federal Trade Commission (US), that pursues spammers frequently for unlawful

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

Wildfire Scams Crossing the Internet, Warns Websense

Security Company Websense Inc. in San Diego announced on October 25, 2007 that scammers were netting money from people by pretending to be charitable

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

Spyware Company DirectRevenue Shuts Down Operations

New York Company DirectRevenue LLC, the maker of infamous adware, has eventually closed shop. Since its inception in 2002, the company was a reason for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

Gozi Trojan Returns as a New Variant

The Gozi Trojan is prowling the Net as a new variant leading to the return of the notorious malware, which is specialized to steal in bits users' protected

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

Despite High Popularity of E-mail System, Consumer Trust is Low

As traffic from personal e-mail and online shopping swells during the approaching holiday season, consumers feel a sense of insecurity in the e-mail mode of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/15

F-secure Warns against Corrupt PDF Files Deluge

As per the security company F-secure, countless e-mails carrying malevolent PDF (Portable Document Format) files have been swamping the message folders of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

TJX Breach - One of the Worst Breaches, Says Banks

The huge computer information violation at TJX (TJX) may be biggest ever so far. As indicated by court documents registered by an association of banks, over

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

Scammers Use Novel Ways to Pull Out Money

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that consumers have handed more than $1.1 Billion to scammers in 2006, shooting up from nearly $570 Million

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

Canadian Executives Feel their Data is at Risk

In Canada, almost 50% of business executives believe that hackers could access their stored confidential information by committing security breaches,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

Malicious PDF on the Loose

Just a day had passed when Adobe plugged a serious security loophole in its Reader and Acrobat programs and now unscrupulous mischief-mongers are flooding

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

Hackers Attacked Hacking Art.com Clients’ Personal Data

In Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 27, 2007, an online dealer of framed art, posters, and prints warned clients that cyber-terrorists had breached into the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/14

Man Sued because of Second-Life Fraud

About half a dozen cyber owners have sued a man from Queens for faking and selling their products' versions through the Internet. In the second last week of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

Storm worm comes much more refined

The new features in the Storm worm botnet are able to beat security defenses by launching denial of service attacks when the defenses try to prevent the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

Man convicted of child exploitation, gets jail

The Office of Mississippi Attorney General has sentenced 37-year-old John Argo of Horn Lake in DeSoto County Circuit Court to 15 years imprisonment after he

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

PDF flaw gets fixed with Adobe patch

Adobe Systems Inc. has released patches for its Acrobat Reader programs on October 22, 2007 to mend vulnerability affecting users of Windows XP that would

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

Microsoft Collaborates with Law Enforcement to Combat E-crime

Microsoft is increasing its collaboration with world law enforcement agencies to fight Internet crime.

Microsoft's latest

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

NJ Orders Bank to Report Phishing

On October 23, 2007, Trenton (New Jersey, US) State Attorney General Anne Milgram declared that she has ordered four banks for reports on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

Guilty MSA Hackers Arraigned

On October 24, 2007, two students of Michigan University were found guilty of their bold attempt in 2006 of damaging the opposition student political

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/13

Bank of Hawaii Clientele Butted by Phishing E-mail

Bank of Hawaii released a warning on 24 last month about an online survey scam asking its customers to ignore an e-mail which seemingly appears to be from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

US Again Topped ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Spamming Countries

International Company Sophos Labs that specializes in IT control and security has released its latest 'Dirty Dozen' report describing United States as the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

UK Fears Cyber Theft as the Biggest Crime

The UK has named cyber theft the biggest crime in the country with Britons feeling they are more vulnerable to Internet fraudsters than criminals of any

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

Security Products often Less Secured than They Appear to be

The market for IT security has a lot of bad products and purchasers often are not aware of their quality, delegates attending the RSA security conference

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

Malware Increased Fivefold during First Half of 2007

Malware like password stealers, keyloggers, trojans and other malicious codes installed on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

Hackers Use Phone Call Attacks against Vonage Telephone’s

While leading VoIP Company, Vonage, tries to protect itself against AT&T's patent lawsuits, it is also at new risk of hackers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

Encryption Technology Enhances Protection of Data

PGP Corporation, an international provider of protection for enterprise data, announced the results of Aberdeen Group's research, which shows that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/11/12

Dixie College Suffers Data Hack

A computer hacker has stolen the private information of employees and former students of St. George-based Dixie College. The college's IT department came to

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