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November 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Webroot Alerts about New Phishing Attacks against Financial Institutions

A major banking solutions providers, Webroot, is alerting its customers that phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Ponemon’s Survey - Insider Threat Main Cause of Data Breaches

According to the Ponemon Institute's new research "Worldwide State of the Endpoint Survey 2010," about 60% of businesses in the United Kingdom are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Malware Variants Explosion Make Antivirus Programs Inadequate & Ineffective

According to the news published in Emirates Business24/7 on November 19, 2009, given the growth of Internet threats and an overabundant supply of exclusive

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Digital Distributors Abandon Online Game

The system, which substituted computer servers hosting Modern Warfare 2, namely 'IW.net' is reportedly compromised in such a way that it installs a Trojan

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Botnet ‘Donbot’ Distributing Spam through Social Network

Internet security company 'MessageLabs' in a new warning states that a prominent botnet has become active and is engaging in some gigantic spam operation to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Webroot Urges Online Shoppers to Beware of Malicious Links

Web security firm Webroot, in its latest research, has found that cyber assailants are laying a wide trap to attract online shoppers this shopping season.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/30

Rogueware & Scareware on the Rise with Growing Internet Penetration

Symantec Corp. has claimed that hackers are using convincing online scare methods to persuade computer users to buy rogue security solutions. Rogue security

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

New Phishing Scam Targets Mac Users

Apple news website '9to5Mac.com' is cautioning Mac users that a newly launched e-mail attack is distributing a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

Cybercriminals After Law and Public Relations firms

As per the latest warnings from FBI, cybercriminals are using unique subject lines in their e-mail scams, which have been developed to involve users with

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

ESET Experts Warn Online Shoppers of Merond Worm

As per a warning issued by the Internet security firm ESET, Ireland has felt the presence of a new malicious worm which seems to capitalize on the seasonal

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

British Police Arrested Couple for Spreading Zeus Trojan

British Police stated on November 18, 2009 that they had arrested two individuals for spreading Zbot or Zeus, an advanced ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

Symantec Releases Top Online Security Threats for 2009

Online security company Symantec has lately released a report on 'Top security threats of 2009.' As per the report, Michael Jackson has been declared as the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/27

Computer Virus & Trojans Hit 57% of Gulf Businesses in May-Oct 2009

As per a study by IT security firm 'Trend Micro,' almost 57% of Gulf businesses were targeted by two or more virus assaults in the last six months

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Kaspersky Warns of Increasing Fake Antivirus

According to the security company 'Kaspersky,' the problem of rogue antivirus is reaching ever-new

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Security Software Commonly Fail to Perform

ICSA, a security research and testing company, performed a study over computer security software and found that 80% of products couldn't pass the first

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Massive Malicious Search Results Hit Google

According to online security firm 'Cyveillance,' cyber criminals have launched attacks, in the guise of Google search results poisoned by SEO technique,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Symantec Admits its Unpreparedness to Handle Conficker Virus Last year

The Conficker virus, a highly prolific malware globally, actually attained this status because a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Mac Users Equally Prone to Phishing Attacks as Other OS Users

Randy Abrams, Technical Education Director at ESET, an antivirus company, has said that phishers,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

McAfee’s Virtual Criminology Report Warns of Global Cyber Warfare

McAfee, a Web security giant, released the grave results from its fifth yearly Virtual Criminology Report on November 17, 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/26

Hackers Crafted Fake Facebook Page to Steal Login Information

PandaLabs has discovered a bogus Facebook page designed to steal login information of social networkers. Users of the social networking website are warned

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

Russian Web Affiliates Aspires to Earn from H1N1 Pandemic

In the wake of H1N1 pandemic, Russian cyber assailants are duping unwary customers in an attempt to sell bogus swine flu medicines and benefit from the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

UPJ Finding Origin of Virus Attack

Authorities at the UPJ {University of Pittsburgh's Johnstown (USA)} have been trying to analyze a PC worm after its infection significantly reduced the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

Palestinian Arrested for Allegedly Masterminding Phishing Scam

Police along with the IDF took Palestinian resident 'Mohammed Aalan,' aged 22, living in the West Bank (Palestine) into custody on November 15, 2009 on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

New Phishing E-mail Drops Trojan

Internet security researchers at Sophos Labs have said that a Trojan is spreading widely through e-mails, notifying recipients that their accounts have been

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

BOA Online Scam E-mail Offers $50 to its Customers

According to a news published in The Business Insider on November 17, 2009, many US residents have been receiving an e-mail apparently from the Bank of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

Microsoft - Australians Show Strong Resistance against Malware Infection

A new Microsoft's 'Security Intelligence Report', which is based on systems installed with its Malicious Software Removal Tool, has stated that almost 3.9

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/25

Yahoo! Jobsite Flaw Discovery Prevented Hackers Stealing Personal Information

Security firm 'Imperva' has found an SQL injection flaw in Yahoo! jobs site. SQL injection is an attack in which harmful code is pierced into strings which

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

Zbot Malware Distributors Aim Mobile Phones Users

According to security researchers at Sophos, an e-mail campaign is currently spamming messages to spread a fresh variant of Zbot. The e-mail messages

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

Phishing Scam Attacks Payment Transfer Organization NACHA

A fresh malicious e-mail campaign is reportedly aiming attack against a financial transfer system that transacts trillions of dollars every year. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

Phishing E-mail Targets VCU Students

A phishing outbreak unleashed on November 10, 2009 and posing as an important warning,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

Microsoft Confirms Zero-day Flaw in Windows

In accordance with a confirmation from Microsoft, the company is examining the issue of a vulnerability reported in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

UK Court Sentenced Imprisonment to Four Hackers

UK's Southwark Crown Court sentenced imprisonment to four men after they had pleaded guilty to committing an online fraud. They had cheated customers of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/24

Hackers Exploit Adobe Flash Web Browser Vulnerability to Serve Malware

A security investigator at Foreground Security has found that the method in which Web browsers deal with Adobe Flash is flawed; consequently, it could allow

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/11/24

Zeus Botnet Sends Spam to Target MySpace Users

Security researchers at Trend Micro have claimed that they have detected spam e-mail sent by the Zeus botnet, which encourage users to update their MySpace

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

Hackers Target Twitter Users to Send Spam via Direct Messages

Twitter, a popular social networking website, is now being targeted by a new attack that attempts to compromise user accounts so as to distribute spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

Federal IT Face Cyber Attacks Daily

IT professionals struggle to cope with or prevent cyber security problems a minimum of once every seven days, finds a new study poll by CDW-G, the federal

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

Sex Tape Video of Former Miss California Could Download Virus

Snarkfood.com, an entertainment website, has issued an alert to Web surfers looking for a free sex movie of Carrie Prejean, former Miss California, that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

Cyber Criminals Hide Malicious Web-links with Twitter API

According to a news published in The Register on November 12, 2009, it has been found that drive-by exploit authors are utilizing a well-known command on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

Phishing Scam Hits Apple MobileMe Subscribers

Sunbelt Software, a Web security firm, issued warning about a fresh phishing e-mail scam,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/23

FireEye Did Well to Knock Out Mega-D

The botnet that once accounted for an estimated third of the global spam traffic has recently been kicked out of the charge, and the credit goes to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

New Element in Koobface Virus Creates Facebook Accounts

According to Trend Micro security researchers, they have detected a new element in Koobface, which enables the malicious worm to make its infection process

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

Google’s AppEngine Used for Spamming Malware

According to online security company Arbor Networks, a botnet came into light during the 1st week of November 2009 that distributed spam and ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

Connecticut BBB - Scareware Attacks Spreading Through Legitimate Sites

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Connecticut cautioned computer users in the 1st week of November 2009 that an outbreak of cyber attacks posed an online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

Bank of Israel Cautions Customers of Phishing Scam

On November 10, 2009, the Bank of Israel sent out a mail cautioning that mails which were lately sent asking users for information, viz. bank account

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

India Stands Fourth in Producing Spam

As per the Symantec's phishing Report for November 2009, a new cohort of attackers is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/21

Hackers Earn Millions Through Phony Antivirus Solution

Online security firm AVG claims that hackers are acquiring control of people's systems and forcing them to purchase fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

Phishing and Spam Escalating to Newer Peaks

According to the new State of Spam and phishing Report from security company Symantec

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

Koobface Botnet Uses Google Reader in New Attacks

According to Trend Micro, the Koobface botnet is up to leverage a fresh trick. It is utilizing regulated Google Reader accounts for supporting images, which

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

Hackers Compromised Media-server.net in Code Injection Campaign

According to Websense's Security Labs, 'media-servers.net', a website of an established Internet media company, has become a victim of hack after cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

MySpace Spoofed Spam Mails Install Malware

According to the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham, spammers are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

Computer Viruses ‘Taterf ‘and ‘Conficker’ Spread Unabated

According to security experts in the United States, computer worms 'Taterf' and 'Conficker' continue to attack vigorously even after a year has passed since

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

New Trojan Daonolfix Poses Threat to Security Experts

Just as the IT sector is attempting to deal with the upgradation of leading operating system from software giant Microsoft, news of infection from a fresh

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/20

Finnish Police E-mails Spoofed in Phishing Attack

In a warning released by Finland's NBI (National Bureau of Investigation), the public has been alerted about "phishing" gangs, which are currently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Phishing Scams Target University of Delaware E-mailers

Security investigators at the University of Delaware's (UD) IT department have alerted that several ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Fake Security Applications Pose Big Threat to Canadian Computers

Microsoft Corp. has recently released a security report, which states that during the first six months of 2009, the biggest threat to Canadian computers was

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Computer Viruses Could Download Porn As Well

According to an investigation by Associated Press (AP), several instances have emerged in which innocent people have been acknowledged as pedophiles after

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Trojan Hacked Secret Data of Syrian Nuclear Reactor

A computer Trojan, utilized for intelligence purposes, reportedly revealed critical information about a secret Syrian nuclear reactor that had been

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Symantec - CEOs Becoming Victims of Spear Phishing Attacks

According to a warning released by the Internet security firm 'Symantec,' CEOs and other executives of grade-C are increasingly falling to advanced ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

BBB Cautions of Swine Flu Scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has alerted consumers to be watchful for fake mails and sites trying to exploit the swine flu pandemic and the increasing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/19

Adobe Releases Security Patches for Shockwave Player

Adobe Systems recently (November 4, 2009), issued an update to patch vulnerabilities in its Shockwave Player and suggested users that they should install

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Spain and US Hold Top Position for Bot-Infected Systems Worldwide

The latest reports released by security experts from PandaLabs reveal that Spain leads the bot ranking with 44.49% of all systems attacked by bots in the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Trojan.Clicker.CM Continues to Top Bitdefender’s List of E-Threats

Internet security firm BitDefender has released its list of top ten online threats for October 2009 in the first week of November 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Flaw in SSL Protocol Could Infect Secure Connections

Once again security vendors have been prompted to issue warnings, and this time it's due to a new vulnerability in the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Social Network Related Phishing and Malware Attacks on the Rise

According to the news published in The Washington Post on November 4, 2009, phishing scams

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Increasing Sophistication Makes Malware Hard to Detect

According to a security expert, Internet users must remain cautious while dealing with malware.

Tom Kelchner, research centre

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Notorious Cocktail Attack via Facebook Phishing Campaign

Apart from a general password phishing attack, Facebook threats, in actual terms, serve

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/18

Botnet Festi Rising Tremendously

Security researchers of MessageLabs (an e-mail security firm now owned by Symantec) has come up with findings related to a latest botnet known as Festi,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Researchers Design Rootkit Blocking Tool Based on Hypervisor

Security researchers belonging to North Carolina State University along with Microsoft Research have come up with a latest method for blocking ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Whitewell Exploits Facebook to Contact C&C Server

IT security firm Symantec has detected a Trojan that uses social networking site Facebook for communicating with a command and control (C&C) server.
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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Password Stealers Rising Alarmingly

Microsoft has just released its new Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, which states that the number of password-stealing malicious software is growing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Scammers Use Advertising Medium to Distribute Malware

Security researchers have found that hackers and spammers in a novel and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Phishing E-Mail Reminds Missourians Regarding Unclaimed Property

Clint Zweifel, State Treasurer of Missourians, is alerting residents about a phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Online Gamers Warned to be Wary of Fake Beta Sign-up E-mails

Customers of EA (Electronic Arts), California, a leading global interactive entertainment software company, are being warned of some fake e-mails making

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/17

Experts Claim Rise in Themed Malware Assaults

According to a recent research undertaken by Internet security firm Panda Security, it has been learnt that hackers developed thousands of websites that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

Windows 7 Susceptible to 80% of Viruses

A security expert with Web security firm SophosLabs has said that Windows 7 continues to be vulnerable to viruses. The firm's security blog revealed that a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

Online Gamers Most Vulnerable to Malware Assaults

According to a research report released by Microsoft Security, virus authors are increasingly attacking online video game players. Also, numerous malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

Trend Micro Gets into Depth of ‘Elite Control’

Security researchers at the TrendLabs group of Trend Micro have unearthed the code responsible for a dangerous botnet called "Elite Control" that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

‘Pirate Bay’ Clampdown Fuels Rise in File-Sharing Sites

The Web security firm McAfee, in its recent report, highlights that there is an alarming increase in file-sharing websites, to the tune of 300%, from the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

Two Different Phishing Scams Hit US

Security experts have cautioned people to ignore two different phishing e-mail scams which

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/16

Pirated Software Correspond to High Malware Infection Rate

In a warning issued by Microsoft, it has been revealed that users in countries having a high software piracy rate are comparatively more exposed to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

McAfee’s Q3 Report Finds Bleak Online Security Scenario

Security company McAfee in its new threat report states that malware, spam and other online threats have attained unprecedented levels.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

Malware Purveyors’ Latest Attack Exploits Google Wave’s Popularity

Researchers at the Web security firm Symantec have found that authors of malicious codes are now cashing in on people's interest in the new 'Wave' service

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

Microsoft Discovers Trojans as the Major Information Security Threat

Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report (SIR) (Version 7), for the period January 2009-June 2009), released on November 2, 2009. The report sheds light on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

Conficker - A Potential Weapon in Cyber War

According to one of the founders of The Shadowserver Foundation, Andre DiMino, a botnet built to a size same as the Conficker could be used as a weapon to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

FBI: Money Mule Scams Racked $100 Million

Security officials of FBI (Federal Reserve Bureau) revealed in a statement that attackers have tried to steal an anticipated $100 Million from corporate

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/13

Experts Alarm Users of Twin Cyber Threat

Bredolab and Fakerean, two latest viruses in the cyber space, are targeting unaware users and causing huge damages, as reported by DNA on November 3,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

URL Shortening May Lead to Risk

According to a security investigator at Websense, a Web security firm, organizations are increasingly reaping maximum advantage from the strength inherent

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

Northampton Woman Victim of Nigerian Scam

A fraud through electronic mail reportedly duped a Northampton (USA) based woman, aged 60, into remitting money when she got a message from her buddy,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

New File Encrypting Trojan Doesn’t Produce Ransom Message

Internet security firm Symantec has issued an alert on a new ransomware variant called Trojan.Ramvicrype that although, after compromising computers,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

Global Co-Operation Important For Combating Spread of Malware Sources

According to the Internet security firm Network Box, although malware volumes continued to be high

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

Newark Town Councilor’s Yahoo! Account Hijacked

It happened on October 24, 2009, when friends and associates of Mr. Lawrence Goff, a Newark-based Town Councilor (Nottinghamshire, UK), started receiving an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/12

Employees Shopping Online With Office PCs Increase Security Risks

According to researchers on cyber security at the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), an international non-profit team of IT

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

New Phishing E-Mail Abuses Name of US Attorney General

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to consumers that a fresh e-mail, which is posing as a message from the Attorney General of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

Experimental Spear-Phishing Attack Proves Spam Filters Ineffective

Joshua Perrymon, researcher and CEO at security solutions provider 'PacketFocus' based in Birmingham, Alabama, US, lately conducted a spear-phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

Virus Hits Computer Network of Swiss Foreign Ministry

According to security researchers, some unknown computer attackers have maliciously hacked into the network of the Swiss foreign ministry that has led to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

Taiwan Officials Warned of Latest Spear Phishing Attacks

Taiwan-based officials have become a new target of spear phishing scammers, reported

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

SoftBarrier – A Threat to Online Security

According to security researchers, SoftBarrier, the latest development of the hackers from Winisoft, also known as WiniGuard, appears to be one of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/11

Criminals Fined for International Pharma Spam Operation

Two New Zealand spammers have confessed their roles in a major international

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/10

Another Facebook Spam E-Mail Detected

Facebook users are asked to beware of a malicious e-mail, which purports to be from Facebook administrators, reported Help Net Security on October 29,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/11/10

Scareware Volume in October Touches the Highest Level in Over One Year

Security company Fortinet in its "October 2009 Threatscape Report" has revealed that the volume of fake ...