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November 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/29

Websense Discovered Malicious Social Networking Spam Campaign

A malicious social engineering spam campaign is running on the net, said Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker. The campaign includes sending of fake official

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/29

US Lady Swindled of $400,000 in Nigerian E-mail Scam

In the biggest incident of its type, an American lady, Janella Spears, disclosed that the Nigerian Internet criminals have defrauded her of $400,000

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/29

Targeted E-mail Attacks’ Explosion Troubling Internet Users

Targeted e-mail attacks have more dreadful effects than the normal mail attacks, reported WashingtonPost on November 14, 2008.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/29

Phishers Make Very Less Money, Claim Microsoft Researcher Duo

Two researchers at Microsoft, Dinei Florencio and Cormac Herley, conducted a research wherein they found that phishers make very less or almost no

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/29

University of Florida Attacked by an Unknown Hacker

The University of Florida revealed on November 12, 2008 that an unknown hacker attacked the server of its College of Dentistry where records of several

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/29

Safeguard Antivirus Threatened by Malware Attacks

According to an information security company, iViz, antivirus software could probably serve as a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/28

US Federal Reserve Bank’s Name Used to Launch Phishing Attack

Security officials at US-CERT (US Computer Emergency Response Team) have warned online users about a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/28

Spam Rate Falls Drastically With Closer of McColo

Spam rates worldwide reduced drastically on November 13, 2008 after two leading ISPs cut off internet access, including McColo Corp, a San Jose,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/28

Portuguese Spam Exploits the Name of Symantec

A Portuguese spam message has been found tricking the PC users by making them to download and install a fraudulent Symantec product, reported SecurityPark

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/28

Nigerian 419 Scam Used to Steal Money from Facebook Users

Facebook is again targeted by spammers, but used a different spamming technique. They are using Nigerian 419 scam to dupe users for sending money.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/28

Patched Adobe Acrobat Reader Still Causing Threat

The unsecure PC users are exposed extensively to the wild threat posed by the malevolent PDF files that are exploiting the Adobe Reader, reported scmagzine

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/28

New SQL Injection Attack More Dangerous than Traditional One

As per the news reported by DarkReading on November 11, 2008, thousands of websites affected by a new web attack in which SQL injection tool has been used

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/27

Standard Bank Cautions Customers About Fake E-mails

Standard Bank of Namibia has been the recent target of phishers who sent fake e-mails that pretend to represent the bank and asked its customers to disclose

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/27

SEO Increases Chances of Malware Infection

Editor of Search Engine Journal, Loren Baker, said that techniques of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) like backlinking is capable of backfiring if the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/27

PandaLabs Detected Worm Spreads that via Social Networking Sites

A newly detected worm, Boface.G., by the security firm PanadaLabs uses social networking sites MySpace and Facebook to spread.

As

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/27

Janesville School District Systems Infected With Virus

Computer virus that attacked the Janesville School District (Wisconsin) systems has been removed, but the problems still remain with many questions left

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/27

Cyber Crooks Targeting Confidential Corporate Data to Aid Competitors

A computer virus infected the internal website of a Houston-based technology company by a safe

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/27

Critical Infrastructure Developing Firms Not Ready to Face Cyber Attacks

Secure Computing, a gateway security firm, interviewed industry insiders and experts and found that critical infrastructure development and utility firms

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/26

Spam Claiming Obama-McCain Deaths Mushrooming

According to Sophos, the IT security and control firm, cyber crooks, without wasting any time to capitalize on the global events, are charging the Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/26

Botnets Profitable, Though Require Millions of Spam for One Sale

Computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and UCSD (UC San Diego), have found in a study that ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/26

Sydney-based Woman Lost Money Online to Trojan

As per the news published by TMCnet on November 10, 2008, a Trojan virus infected computer of a lady, Sandra Bridekirk, and transmitted her online bank

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/26

Kaspersky Released October 2008 Top 20 Malware Threat List

Kaspersky Security Network has announced its list of top 20 malware, based upon the most common globally spread malevolent programs. As per the list,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/26

Hackers Launched Massive Hacking Campaign, Victimize Thousands

The security vendor Kaspersky Lab warned on November 7, 2008 that hackers have started a large scale campaign of Web hacking, connecting around 10,000

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/26

AVG Wrongly Identified Windows File as Banking Trojan

An update from AVG revealed on November 9, 2008 that the company made a mistake to identify user32.dll as a malware. The update recognized that file as a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/25

Spammers Exploiting Obama’s Victory to Spam in English & Spanish

Security experts at Websense, an online security vendor, have warned people about spam e-mails written in English and Spanish language and linked to a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/25

Cayman Islands: Scammers Target Businesses and Residents Using IRS

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), companies asserting to be the Internet Revenue Service (IRS) or lottery agents are trying to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/25

ScanSafe Discloses Top 5 Industries Facing High Risk of Malware Attack

ScanSafe, the pioneer in providing SaaS Web Security, launched its report, The Vertical Risk, on November 11, 2008 which revealed the leading 5 industries

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/25

Phishers May Target Customers of Iceland’s Collapsed Icesave Bank

Security analysts revealed that the customers of a failed bank of Iceland, seeking the claim deposits, are highly prone to fall victim to the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/25

Growing Number of Online Attacks Creating Trouble for Experts

As per a new report released by Arbor Network on online security, hackers have decided to close large sites; even the operators are guarding themselves with

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/24

Spam of Barack Obama leads in 2008 election

MessageLabs says that Democratic presidential nominee-Barack Obama-is the most favorite presidential candidate for hackers, who have continuously used his

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/24

Spam Graph Turned Back to High Level in October

According to the monthly spam status report released by the leading security firm Symantec, out of total e-mails received globally in October 2008, 76% were

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/24

Phishing Attacks on Indian Banks Sharply Increases during 2008, Says NASSCOM

According to NASSCOM (National Association of Software Companies), an industry lobby, several banks in India have been subjected to over 400 ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/24

Koobface Worm Still Active on Facebook Through Hacked Accounts

As per a security alert released by internet security firm, Websense, a computer worm

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/24

Fake Site with Corrupt WordPress Blogging Tool Spreading Trojan

According to the news published by TheRegister on November 6, 2008, online fraudsters have created a fake Website that contains a backdoored edition of the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/24

Vietnam – Nearly 4,000 New Computer Viruses Detected in October 2008

According to a Vietnam based networks security agency, the BKIS Network Security Center, as many as 3,910 new kinds of PC viruses were detected in Vietnam

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/23

Lottery Scam Using Skype Message & Phone Gaining Ground in China

A new scam has been discovered by Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network which sends a message to steal money from the victim. The scam is widely

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/23

Identity Fraud in UK Growing Rapidly

According to the Fraud Prevention Service, CIFAS, UK, the "facility takeover fraud" also referred to as "account takeover fraud" grew at

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/23

Worm for Windows Server Vulnerability Identified

A worm designed to exploit the recently patched security flaw covered in Microsoft's Security Bulletin MS08-067 has been spotted, said US-CERT, the cyber

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/23

Satyam’s Involvement Revealed in World Bank Network Hacking

Forensic investigators revealed the involvement of one or more employees of Satyam in the installation of sophisticated ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/23

Russian & Chinese Hackers Blamed for Infiltrating Campaign E-mails

According to the news published by Independent on November 8, 2008, sophisticated hackers broke into the computers of John McCain and Barack Obama while the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/23

Computers in Japan Increasingly Infecting with Virus Through USB

A recent survey conducted by Trend Micro Inc., and released on November 8, 2008 reveals that virus infections on computers via USB memory sticks are

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/21

Ypsilanti Credit Union Cautions Members about Phishing Attack

The Ypsilanti Area Federal Credit Union (YAFCU) of Michigan is cautioning its members against responding to bogus e-mails that have not made reference to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/21

UK – Economic Turmoil Pushed Cyber-crime 10% Up

As per the cybercrime report released by Garlik, an online identity firm, cyber-crime surged nearly 10% last year in the UK, with rapidly growing criminal

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/21

George Mason University Hit by Spam Mail

According to news reports published by ComputerWorld published on November 4, 2008, a bogus e-mail was distributed to around 35,000 students, staff members

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/21

Zlob Trojan Penetrating Deeply in Canada

Downloader virus Zlob Trojan is expanding on a large scale and has caused a significant hike in the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/21

Sunbelt Announces Ten Top Malware Threats for October 2008

Software security company Sunbelt Software on November 6, 2008 disclosed the top ten-malware threats prevalent during October 2008, as reported by PRWeb on

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/21

New Malware Attack Preys on NZ Website

According to reports received from Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network, A New Zealand Website ECPAT NZ INC* is now under attack from a new

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/20

E-mail Scams Using Obama’s Name, Drop Trojans

According to the news from Government Technology published on November 5, 2008, hackers have launched a new campaign to spread ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/20

Police Warn about Phishing E-mail Spoofing IRS

According to the reports coming in, The Oswego and North Aurora police administrations are warning about possible scams circulating in the locality, as

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/20

October With its Myriad Events Gave Boost to Spam

According to security firm, AppRiver, owing to the economic downturn in the global market, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/20

Lawsuit Filed Against Man Suspected for Selling Pirated Software

BSA (Business Software Alliance) has filed a legal suit against a man from Liverpool, UK, on the suspicion that he was selling pirated software

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/20

Fortinet Released Threatscape Report for October 2008

As per the "Threatscape" report for October 2008 released by Fortinet, the malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/20

Nuisance Creator Trojan “FedEx Delivery” Exposed

A Trojan horse program, apparently from the logistics services company FedEx, has been exposed by the security firm IronPort.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/19

Spammers Increase Attacks on Hosted Services

MessageLabs, an Internet security firm, has released malware figures for October 2008 and found

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/19

Kaspersky- Llyod Deal for Security Software Under Attack by Phishers

Phishers have targeted the UK-based Lloyds TSB bank customers by sending a spam mail claiming to provide users a copy of Kaspersky Internet Security 2009

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/19

E-mail Scams Likely to Rise This Year, Says IRS

The Internet Revenue Service (IRS) has released a warning that the e-mail scams are expected to increase this year because of economic stimulus

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/19

Cyber-Criminals Striking Legit Web Domain Owners as Revenge

According to security experts, a latest phishing attack that targets authentic website

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/19

RSA Found New Banking Trojan Sinowal Running for Three Years

A well-organized and sophisticated cyber crime gang has stolen log-ins of over 300,000 Internet bank accounts and a similar number of credit cards in nearly

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/19

Microsoft – Stealing of IT Equipment Contributing to Data Loss

Microsoft stated on November 3, 2008 that its Windows operating system has improved in security, but threats from frauds, computer viruses and other online

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/18

Vindictive Man Guilty of Hacking Computer, Faces Prison

According to news reports published by ComputerWorld on November 4, 2008, an individual from Mill Valley in US faces a sentence to serve prison for full one

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/18

Regional & Vertical Spam Trends Released by MessageLabs for October 2008

MessageLabs, the leading vendor of Web security and messaging services to businesses around the world, released its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/18

Indian Banking Sector in the Phishing Net

Currently, phishing, followed by the identity theft, is threatening the banking industry of India, as reported by CIOL, on October 30, 2008. So Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/18

Computer Hackers Moving to Newer Trends

According to the Internet Threat Report by security firm Symantec, computer hackers are moving to newer trends, making a shift from hacking done for fame to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/18

Business Advisors Release Warning Against Phishing E-mails

A business advisory firm in Preston (UK) has issued a warning to businesses to be extra cautious after scam government e-mails being dispatched to companies

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/18

Microsoft - Malware Infection Rates Higher in Developing Countries Than Developed Ones

Microsoft released its Security Intelligence Report Vol. V on November 3, 2008, which

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/15

Phishing Scam Targets Financial Institutions Making News Headlines

Security researchers said that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) based in the US is cautioning customers, companies and financial

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/15

Hackers Attack Bebo & Creating Several Fake Accounts

Websense Security Labs said that Bebo, the famous social networking site, has been under attack from hackers who register several fake accounts advertising

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/15

Malicious Online Threats in Asia-Pacific Create Demand for Advanced AV Software

According to Symantec's ISTR (Internet Security Threat Report) Vol. III that tracked internet threat operations around the world for January-June 2008, the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/15

Finjan Calls for Caution Against Obfuscated Code

In its report titled "The Malicious Page of the Month", security firm Finjan reveals that one desktop computer at a company (name not disclosed)

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/15

Fake Pop-Ups Posing a Great Online Threat to Surfers

According to a warning given by Tony Neate, Managing Director of Get Safe Online, fake pop-ups on computer screens are becoming more and more sophisticated

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/15

Affiliates of Rogue AV Programs Making Huge Earnings

According to the news published by SCMagazine on October 30, 2008, cyber-criminals have let free a storm of malicious ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/14

UPS Spam Emerges Again

According to internet security researchers and analysts, the most current tactic used by malware

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/14

Phishers Run Quality Control Tests to Validate Credit Card Details

As per security analysts, since the specific number of users responding to phishing

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/14

ILCU Warns About Hoax E-mail Targeting Credit Union

According to Irish Credit Union, it has issued an alert notice about a phishing e-mail

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/14

UPS Scam Virus Targets Former Pastor of First Baptist Church

According to news published by ChurchSolutions on October 27, 2008, 65-year-old Ed Johnson former pastor of First Baptist Church situated in Ocala, US, lost

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/14

Flaws in Open Office Allow Remote Code Execution

According to news published by Vnunet on October 31, 2008, Open Office, the application suite for cross-platform office, is addressing security flaws that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/14

Finjan Reveals Compromised Corporate Data Theft by Hackers

The global web security solution provider, Finjan Inc., has revealed that its Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) has recorded how gradually corporate

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/13

Worm Spreads Among Facebook Users by Using Google Sites

According to reports, a malware that emerged on Facebook.com in late July 2008 has resurfaced, this

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/13

Financial Meltdown Increases Spam Production, Says Bitdefender

As per the anti-spam experts at BitDefender, the world economy could suffer a loss of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/13

Economic Crisis Hot Topic for Online Fraudsters

According to Tim Cranton, Expert in Internet Safety at Microsoft, during the ongoing economic turmoil, it is likely that online fraudsters worldwide would

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/13

Countrywide Bank Faces Spam Attack Trying to Phish Customers’ Details

An organized gang of cyber-criminals is thought to be behind the distribution of a spam mail targeting customers of Countrywide Bank on October 30, 2008,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/13

Obama Overtakes McCain in Malware Apart from Debates

According to online security researchers, Barack Obama leads John McCain not just in the pre-election polls but in the world of cyber-crime as well.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/13

Link Between Financial Market & Cyber Criminals Established

The Spanish security firm PandaLabs indicated that slumping markets over the past few months has resulted in a sharp rise in the rate of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/12

Secure Computing Releases Malware List for Q3 2008

Security company Secure Computing released its Internet Threat Report for Q3 2008 which reveals that the ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/12

MessageLabs Reveals Rise in Malware Threats During October 2008

MessageLabs, an online security company, released its latest statistics on October 30, 2008 that revealed a 50% increase in the number of freshly infected

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/12

LaSalle Bank Customers Receiving Phishing E-mails

As per reports, the Spam Data Mine of the UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) unveiled a new scam during the end period of October 2008, which is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/12

Georgia Credit Union Name Used in Phishing Scam

As per news published in GreenevilleSun on November 1, 2008, several people in Greeneville reportedly got a fake e-mail on October 24, 2008, posing to be

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/12

Almost 90% of Mails Sent to firms in Q3 2008 were Spam

PandaLabs announced on October 27, 2008 that less than 6% of mails received by firms in Q3 2008 were legitimate correspondence. Also, 1.43% of mails carried

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/12

New Flaw Found in Opera Browser

Security researchers have discovered one more security flaw in Opera browser that could affect users' computers. According to Aviv Raff, Security

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/11

Phishing E-Mails Target Students’ Accounts at UConn

In the last few months, an e-mail fraud called phishing, struck the University of Connecticut e-mail server, putting personal information of thousands of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/11

Phishers Prefer Seasonal Breaks Just Like Rest of Us

Envisional, the fraud-detection company, has found that there had been a significant drop in ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/11

USB Drives Increasingly Infecting Systems with Computer Viruses

Antivirus program developer, Trend Micro Inc. has observed that virus attacks through USB flash drives had increased more than two folds in September 2008.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/11

Teenagers Increasingly Getting Involved in Online Crimes

According to computer security experts, teenagers are populating a large number of net forums to trade ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/11

SMEs are Most Vulnerable to Cyber Crimes

According to reports published by AsiaOneBusiness in October 24, 2008, SMEs (small to medium-sized eanterprises) have to deal with more serious issues

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/11

Greater Web 2.0 Usage in Corporate Entailing Higher Malware Cost

A new study conducted by FaceTime Communications reveals that as employees use more and more of Web 2.0, the large organizations bear a rising ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/11/10

Netizens Alerted Against Online Scams Exploiting Global Economic Crisis

As per reports published on October 25, 2008 by The Local, security experts at the leading German internet security firm, G-Data, had cautioned internet

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/10

Fraudulent Warning to Customers of Halifax

As per a news by mk Financial Solutions on October 26, 2008, a phishing mail is sent to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/11/10

Cyber-Crimes Rising in Backdrop of Financial Crisis

According to security experts, internet scammers have invaded the Indian online market of finance to make quick money by exploiting the current global

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/11/10

Trojan Gimmiv Exploits Critical Security Hole to Infect Users’ PCs

On October 23, 2008, Microsoft issued a critical patch, unlike its regular patch cycle to deal with a fresh wave of virus attacks similar to the MSBlaster

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