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November 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/30

Web-Based Malware Infections Reached Over 1.2 Million in Q3-2010

According to a recent study by the security firm Dasient, the number of malware infected websites

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/30

Shropshire Residents Cautioned over Email Scams

Recently, Trading Standards Chiefs cautioned Shropshire (county of England) residents to be protected against the e-mail and the postal scams as the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/30

Phishing E-Mail on Changed Password Targets Facebook Accountholders

According to a warning by security researchers at Sophos, e-mails infected with the Oficla Trojan are circulating as they pretend to be notices from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/30

Most Widespread Malicious Programs Spotted on Macs

Sophos the security company has lately studied malware that's most prevalent and which Mac users

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/30

Internet Gaming and E-Commerce Phishing Assaults Explode

Provider of services and technology, Internet Identity (IID) recently published its ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/29

UK Ranked Top Spamming Country in Western Europe

Trend Micro the security company just conducted a research for October 2010 according to which, the U.K is the country in Western Europe which sends out the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/29

IRC Botnets Drastically Vanishing Though Not Completely Out

According to Team Cymru an Internet security monitoring company, which recently conducted a research, Web-controlled botnets currently are more in number

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/29

G-Data Spots Ares Another Fresh PC Trojan

Security researchers from G-Data a German anti-malware firm have reported that they've identified a fresh PC Trojan named Ares that's probably a successor

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/29

FBI Cautions People of E-mail Scam Circulating in New York

The New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning the state's inhabitants that cyber-criminals have launched a fresh surge of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/27

Fake E-mails Exploiting Adobe Acrobat X News Detected

Adobe is cautioning that by taking advantage of the news release on Adobe Acrobat X, cyber-criminals are conning unsuspecting users via the dispatch of scam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/27

Asprox Botnet Distributing Oficla-bearing Spam Mails

Security investigators from M86 Security warn that a spam campaign pretending to notify failed shipment of recipients' parcels is flowing out of the Asprox

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/27

Spam Volumes Touch An All-Time Low Since 2008

McAfee the Internet security provider released its Threats Report for Third Quarter 2010 on November 17, 2010 according to which, spam volumes have declined

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/27

Kroxxu A Successor of Gumblar on A Constant Growth Path: Avast

Avast the anti-virus company is cautioning Web-surfers that a botnet named Kroxxu is steadily

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/26

Scareware Continues Unabated: Panda Security

Security company Panda Security's research lab PandaLabs, which recently published a report, states that a whopping 40% of FAKEAV i.e. bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/26

China's Internet Hijacking Exposed

Recently, cybercrimes experts have announced that they have got evidence that China hijacked Internet for 18 minutes during April 2010. China took up 15% of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/26

Number of New Daily Malware Pieces Soaring High

Recently, security firm McAfee, released its Threat Report for the third quarter of 2010. According to the report, new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/26

Cisco Observes Surge in Java Attacks

Cisco recently launched its Global Threat Report for the third Quarter of 2010 on November 17, 2010. According to the report, Java exploits seems to be

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/25

AppRiver Detects Phishing Scam Targeting Paypal

According to AppRiver a security company, one fresh phishing e-mail campaign that aims at

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/25

133 Web-based Malware Assaults for Enterprises Every Month During Q3-2010

According to Cisco, which released its Global Threat Report on November 17, 2010, enterprises had been defending themselves from botnets and web-based

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/25

Stuxnet Variants Likely To Attack Industrial Infrastructures, Warn Experts

According to security experts and government officials, the familiar Stuxnet computer worm is capable of getting modified so it can strike critical systems

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/25

McAfee Cautions Netizens Against Dozen Scams this Christmas

Security firm McAfee has compiled a list of 12 online security scams that have been making rounds on the internet this Christmas, 2010, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/24

Zeus Variants Attacking Citrix Users

Trusteer the security company has exposed fresh code inside some Zeus files which tries to infect Citrix Virtual Private Network appliances for gathering

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/24

As Holidays Approach, Spam Mails Start Circulating

Security researchers are cautioning users that spammers are distributing junk e-mails for selling replica watches, bogus pills, bags and jewelry while

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/24

Online Shoppers Warned of ‘Cyber Monday’ Risks

Deals of high order are being presented as the period for vacation buying approaches, with most set to take place online on November 29, 2010 which's Cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/24

Fake ‘Black Friday’ Advertisements Making Rounds on the Internet

Security researchers are warning e-shoppers that 'Black Friday' advertisements are an easy medium for cybercriminals to distribute ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/23

Scareware Distributors Exploit Royal Engagement Announcement

The British Royal Family, on November 15, 2010, opened up an immense opportunity for scareware marketing that may last months when Prince William declared

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/23

ISPs A Must For Defense Against Botnets And Spam: OECD

According to OECD, which recently released a report, ISPs act as vital controllers over botnets and spam.

The report, which was

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/23

Security Experts Raising Warning over Anti-Virus Software Cons

According to the UK's national security internet security initiative 'Get Safe Online' and the Serious Organized Crime Agency, cybercriminals are utilizing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/23

Koobface Manipulates Facebook Accounts, Yields $2m Annually

According to Nart Villeneuve, security researcher at Information Warfare Monitor (IWM) who wrote the "Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network"

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/22

Phishing Scam Exploiting Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s Name

Multiple World Bank officials were recently cautioned to beware of a virus infected e-mail pretending to come from a suspicious source using name of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/22

Computer Users in Salt Lake City Being Cautioned of Virus-Laden E-Mails

According to an advise by security researchers, online users within Salt Lake City (Utah, US) must watch out for malicious e-mails which are presently

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/22

Malware Assaults Related To Hardware Specific Expected

According to Ecole Superiore d'Informatique, Electronique, Automatique (ESIEA) a security company, virus authors and ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/22

Infected Computers Greatly Increasing Within The Me, Warns Trend Micro

Trend Micro the provider of security software solutions is cautioning that the Middle East is experiencing a remarkable increase in infected PCs as both

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/20

Facebook Application Leads onto Java Applet: McAfee

McAfee Lab discovered that the application links of Facebook a popular social-networking website linked up with a malicious Java applet, which posed as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/20

Police Catch Money Mules Operating with Zeus

American police from U.S' Wisconsin state recently detained two Moldovan inhabitants on the belief that they acted like money mules and illegally moved

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/20

Worm Forces Shutdown of Messenger 2009 Active Links

According to Microsoft's Inside Windows Live blog dated November 12, 2010, the software giant has tentatively turned off active links with which users

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/20

China Set to Fight Against Cybercrime by Issuing New Laws Against Hackers

According to Gu Jian, Deputy Director of the Network Security Protection Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), China is all set to fight against

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/19

Trojan.Spy.YEK Trojan Designed for Corporate Surveillance

Recently, security firm BitDefender raised warning against a malware called 'Trojan.Spy.YEK', which looks for important information and archives that may

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/19

Exploit for Un-patched IE Vulnerability Now Part of Crimeware Kit

According to security researchers, an exploit, which takes advantage of a yet-to-be-patched security flaw in Internet Explorer, is now part of a well-known

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/19

Vulnerabilities in Ichitaro Word Processor Abused

Justsystem Corporation reports that one widely known word processor in Japan named Ichitaro is affected with dual vulnerabilities, allowing execution of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/19

Syrians being Increasingly Targeted with Banking Trojan

Researchers at Kaspersky the security company caution Syrians that Zeus the Trojan that steals banking information endangers all Syrian users conducting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/18

Spam Comprised 86.6% of All Messages during October 2010

As per a latest study by the security firm Symantec spam encompassed 86.6% of all the messages in October 2010, in comparison to the 89.4% in September

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/18

‘News’ Search Yields More Malware Compared to ‘Porn’ Search

According to Websense's just released 2010 Threat Report, the chances for an online search for current news and breaking trends leading onto

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/18

Joe Stewart Warns of Origami a Fresh Banker Trojan

Director of malware research Joe Stewart at SecureWorks Counter Threat declared that a fresh banker

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/18

Enterprises Under Constant Online Assaults: Websense

According to the '2010 Threat Report' that Websense the security company released recently, hackers are unleashing increasingly complicated data breach

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/17

Trustdefender Finds Gozi Trojan In New Version

The latest report by TrustDefender Labs frighteningly finds that Gozi Trojan in a fresh variant is completely undetectable to anti-malware software. Lately,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/17

Newly-Discovered Murofet Botnet Accredited With Greater Danger

According to Damballa's Marshall Vandergrift and Sean Bodmer, botnet experts, the latest variant of the Zeus botnet namely Murofet, is potentially more

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/17

Botnet Takedowns Shrink E-Mail Junk, Though Temporarily

The anti-virus research laboratory of Kaspersky which published its new report, "Spam in the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/17

Banks in Danger as Qakbot Reappears

Security researchers have raised warning against a unique type of malware, named the Qakbot Trojan that targets banks, as reported by EWS on November 9,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/16

Zeus Attackers Defend Themselves From Researchers By Installing Honeypot

According to DarkReading, which published its news on November 3, 2010, cyber-attackers in a reverse action fed security researchers and rivals, a false

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/16

Hackers Compromise Moneycontrol.com

The ThreatSeeker Network of Websense Security Labs, on November 6, 2010, discovered that hackers compromised the primary website pertaining to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/16

‘Viruses’ Top Worry, Security Wise, For SMBs

A survey that Trend Micro the anti-virus company conducted recently reveals that a mean of 63% of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/16

Zeus: The Most Widespread Spy Program in October 2010

Recently, Kaspersky released a report of October 2010. According to the report, although, the month witnessed fewer incidences of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/15

UAE The Greatest Source of All GCC Cyber-Crimes

According to Senior Regional Researcher David Emm of UK's Kaspersky Lab the Global Research & Analysis Team, UAE (United Arab Emirates) is the market

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/15

Malware Attack Adds Illegal Files to Mozilla Firefox

Recently, security firm Webroot announced that Mozilla Firefox has been subjected to a malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/15

Scareware Purveyors Corrupt Online Search Returns Pertaining to Festival Cards

Investigators at Security Company GFI Sunbelt have issued an alert that a fresh BHSEO (Black Hat Search Engine Optimization) campaign has been launched that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/15

Phishing E-mails Aim At Brazilian Users: Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky, the security company, a fresh and maliciously persuading phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/13

Americans Surfing the Web have an Artificial Feeling of Security

Symantec together with the National Cyber Security Alliance published a prominent research paper looking into U.S' adults Internet behavior and safety

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/13

Malware Lessens while Spam Increases by 28% in October 2010

According to the monthly report "Threat and Spamscape (October 2010)" of the security firm AppRiver, the total amount of spam propagating on the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/13

ESET Discovers Fresh Boonana Variant

The Boonana Trojan, which SecureMac first identified and named, now has a fresh version that ESET has found and named Trojan.osx.boonana.b. SecureMac

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/13

Java Exploits Currently the Commonest Threat: G-Data

According to Security Company G Data Security Labs, a Java attack code is now the commonest danger on the Web replacing attack codes that exploit PDF

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/12

MSRT Tool Fails In Spotting Zeus’ Latest Version

Security investigators from Trusteer a security company claim that albeit Microsoft has enhanced its MSRT (Malicious Software Removal Tool) with new defense

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/12

Malware Attack Exploits 0-Day Vulnerability In IE

Researchers from Symantec the security company warn that hackers are exploiting a fresh zero-day security flaw inside Internet Explorer via employing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/12

Malicious Online Attacks Based on Autorun on An Increase

Czechoslovakia-based AVAST Software an anti-virus company cautions that attempts to infect computers

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/12

Chappaqua Couple Accused of Extorting Money

The Westchester County (New York, US) District Attorney's Office announced on November 8, 2010 that, a Chappaqua (New York) couple Vickram Bedi and Helga

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/11

FBI Unfolds a Hacker’s Game of Extortion

The FBI's Federal Cyber Investigators for the Los Angeles state, during June 2010, detained a man, aged 31, from California following an investigation,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/11

Drive-By Download Assault Based On Java Target Japanese Corporate Clients

Trend Micro the anti-virus firm cautions that a fresh attack of the drive-by download type using Java

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/11

Fake Life-Threatening Emails being Distributed in Ocean City

Authorities in Ocean City (Philadelphia, US) are presently investigating about the bogus life-threatening e-mails that are circulating fast in the city and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/11

Bogus Twitter Alerts Conceal Spam From Pharmaceutical Site

Security researchers at Sophos a major security company caution users that spam mails are surging afresh pretending to be "alert messages" from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/10

Zeus Dropper Results in Repeated Infections on Computers

Trend Micro the security company has alerted that a newly discovered plug-in, which associates with Trojan Zeus, enables computers to be contaminated again

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/10

Holistic Approach Necessary to Tackle Social Networking Data Security Issues

According to Panda's Security Manager for the UK and Sweden, Sebastian Zabala, , businesses should follow an integrated approach to manage all social

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/10

Russian and Dutch Officials Detain Georg Avanesov, A Bot-Collector

Russian and Dutch authorities in a secret operation recently arrested 27-year-old Georg Avanesov a bot herder during the end-week of October 2010, according

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/10

Phishing Scam Targets USAA Customers

According to Director of Research in Computer Forensics Gary Warner at the U.S-located UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham), an infamous cyber-criminal

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/9

Zscaler Cautions About Rising Prevalence of Fake Movie Downloads

According to the security researchers at cloud security provider Zscaler, there has been an increase in the incidences of fake movie downloads and streaming

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/9

Mozilla Patches Critical 0-Day Flaw Inside Firefox Within 48-Hours

As per fresh reports from ComputerWorld published on October 27, 2010, within not even 48-hours from knowing about critical vulnerability inside the Firefox

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/9

FSA Cautions of Fake E-Mails

FSA (Financial Services Authority), a non-government organization that independently runs financial services in Britain is cautioning Independent Financial

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/9

Bitrix Cautions of Trojan Impersonating Its Security Framework

Bitrix Inc. has cautioned its clients that a Trojan is circulating, while posing as the company's security framework. Moreover, as per its security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/8

The Vietnamese .vn Domain Most Risked With Malware

McAfee the security company, in its most recent report titled "2010 Mapping the Mal Web" highlights the Web domains, which are most risky

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/8

New Computer Trojan Targeting Anti-Communist Vietnamese Bloggers

According to the researchers at the security firm, SecureWorks, a new family of the computer Trojan horse programs is being employed to suppress political

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/8

Suspected Operator of Bredolab Botnet Detained In Armenia

Authorities in Armenia, on October 25, 2010, arrested an Armenian citizen, aged 27, at the country's Yerevan airport on suspicion that he created and ran

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/8

F-Secure Discovers Scareware Disguised As Microsoft Security Essentials

F-Secure the security company is cautioning that a fresh malware item is circulating online while

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/6

Scareware Represents 25% of the Entire Malicious Software

A prominent company for Internet security cautions that bogus anti-spyware and anti-virus software,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/6

Russian Officials Beginning to Prosecute ‘SpamIt’ Owner

Russian authorities, recently, put to force an unusual criminal prosecution in which 31-year old Igor Gusev is the alleged culprit for carrying out spam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/6

Zeus Operators Recruit Money Mules via Fake Job Postings

Fortinet the security company, in its Threat Landscape Report for October 2010 warned that money mules, practicing money laundering after deceptively

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/6

France, Germany and USA Host Most C&C Servers for Botnets

Damballa the anti-botnet specialist recently conducted an analysis according to which, the majority of C&C (command-and-control) servers have their base

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/5

Malware and Dating Spam, Most Prevalent Spam Headers

In a recent report by Symantec, the anti-virus company says that spam mails on ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/5

Bredolab Still Active Despite Massive Takedown

Security experts and Dutch police, during the end-week of October 2010, conducted an elaborate takedown operation of the Bredolab botnet; however, the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/5

Targeted Attacks Surged Once Again During October 2010

According to the recently released (October 26, 2010) Symantec's MessageLabs intelligence Report, targeted attacks have increased considerably ever since

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/5

Malicious Phishing Attack Targets Facebook

Security researchers at the security firm 'Kaspersky' have recently unveiled a Facebook ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/4

E-Mail Scams Circulating In South Dakota, Jackley Cautions

Marty Jackley Attorney General of South Dakota (U.S) cautions local residents that ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/4

Boonana Trojan Infects Mac OS X By Proliferating Through Social Networks

According to SecureMac, a fresh Trojan called Boonana is circulating across the Web impacting Mac OS X including its latest version Snow Leopard (OS X

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/4

New Malicious Threat Disguised as Fake DHL Shipment E-mail

Recently, security researchers at AppRiver (security firm) have warned of a fake malware infected

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/4

Hackers Attack Nobel Peace Prize Website

Telenor the Norwegian telecoms operator reported on October 26, 2010 that cyber attackers based in Taiwan had hacked into the website for the Nobel Peace

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/3

Zeus Merged With Spyeye

As per fresh evidence, prominent malware writers belonging to the cyber-crime world are planning

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/3

Spam Getting Increasingly Malicious: Cluley

Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley for Sophos stated that spam mails were getting increasingly malicious via connecting with websites created for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/3

Scottish Malware Distributor Confesses Crimes

Matthew Anderson, a 33 year old Scottish man from Drummuir, Aberdeenshire (Scotland) pleaded guilty on October 23, 2010 to crimes resulting from his

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/3

Hacker Syndicate Iranian Cyber Army Focuses on Making Money Only

A hackers' group called the Iranian Cyber Army is reportedly doing business solely for making money. The group that infiltrated Baidu the Chinese search

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/2

Spam And Malware Targeting Social-Networking Websites Surging: F-Secure

F-Secure the IT security company in its most recent report for Q3-2010 i.e. July-September 2010 outlines that ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/11/2

Irish Government Cautions About E-Mail Scam

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs has cautioned that a fake phishing e-mail is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/11/2

Security Flaw In Shockwave Player, Confirms Adobe

Adobe recently confirmed that its Shockwave Player software had a critical security flaw that wasn't yet patched. Incidentally, Shockwave Player helps in

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