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December 2006

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

TCU Graduate Seeks Professional Help to Invade University Network

A graduate of Texas Christian University made himself a joke on the Internet when he hired computer hackers in an attempt to push his transcription.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

SEC Withholds Assets of Russian Hacker

By the order of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a company in Estonia has its assets frozen. The owner of the company, a Russian man was blamed for

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

Online Crooks’ Troubles Could Be Worse in 2007

Computer security experts have assessed that the year 2006 was one of dangerous computing and worse may happen in 2007. They say 2006 experienced an

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

McAfee Predicts New Year Security Threats

During 2006, there has been an increase in online attacks on organizations. But as per indications of a recent survey, IT professionals predict even more

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

India Remains an Easy Target for Hackers in '06

A study carried out by the Department of Information Technology, Government of India revealed that Indian sites continued to be favorite targets for hackers

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/30

DOD Gears Itself against Spear Phishing

Internal documents of the DOD (Department of Defense) reveal that the department is fighting against an extensive attempt by malicious agents who use spear

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/29

Microsoft IE Will Authenticate “Safe” Sites

On the arrival of 2007, Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer version 7 will start labeling selected e-commerce and banking sites as 'green' meaning

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/29

Microsoft’s Vista Unfolds More Vulnerability

Computer security researchers and hackers have come across more vulnerability in Microsoft's Vista that has long wanted update to the Windows operating

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/29

Wales Initiates Fight Against E-Crime

Wales is initiating to lead in the battle against high-tech cyber
criminals under the 'E-Crime Wales Partnership'. The three-year plan of
action

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/29

MySpace Team Expands To Strengthen Security

The popular social networking site MySpace is trying to involve users and
advertisers as it embarks to get rid of predators and spammers. Experts
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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/29

X-Mass Greetings Could Bring Viruses

There is a warning for consumers to stay away from Christmas cards
appearing in mailboxes from senders not known. It is also not safe to
keep

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

E-Mail Wishing Merry Christmas To Heroes Installs Trojan Horse

The latest feather in the caps of hackers is that they have modified a PowerPoint file to install a malevolent code to illegally access the compromised

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

Hackers Attacked Santa’s Website

This year is risky for Santa Claus too, as StopBadware.org reported on December 21, 2006 that hackers targeted the site of a philanthropist who has the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

Hackers Disrupt Services of CafePress.com

CafePress woks on customizing products like T-shirts, hats and mugs. The site told its members that it was facing problems due to the attack. CafePress

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

Microsoft Plans to Develop APIs for Vista

To avoid antitrust penalties in Europe, Microsoft is prepared to develop Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to facilitate security firms' access to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

Two Members of A German Gang Jailed for Compromising 100,00 PCs

An Osnabrück court sentenced a four-year imprisonment to one of the men and 39-month jai to the other. This was due to their involvement in a criminal plan

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/28

Microsoft Closely Monitors New Vista Vulnerability

Microsoft is aware and acknowledges that it has new zero-day vulnerability. The company has announced on December 23, 2006 in Microsoft's security blog

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/27

External Software Can Allow Malware into Windows Vista

While Windows malware cannot affect Windows Vista, third-party e-mail applications could disable

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/27

Victorious Yahoo China Spurns Qihoo Search Engine

Yahoo China emerged victorious in a lawsuit it filed against a search engine operator working locally, on charges of unfair competition, said Alibaba.com,

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/27

Grants for Child Protection on the Net in Missouri

Under the Internet Cyber Crime Grant Program, Governor Matt Blunt announced that the program would provide $242,000 to facilitate law enforcement for the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/27

Global Spam Gushes Out In Full Force

After returning from the Christmas vacation, e-mail inbox full with spam messages could take people by surprise. These spam mails are likely to advertise

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/27

A Case of Hacking via Google Search

A disappointed former employee of a wireless communications company was found to use the Google search engine to gather information to halt the company's

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Views on Astronomic Phishing Growth

Online banking fraud has raised by 8,000% over the previous two years, according to Financial Services Authority (FSA), the U.K. regulator. The FSA told a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

San Diego Man Sentenced For Hacking USC

A resident of San Diego was found to be hacking into the University of Southern California's (USC) application system. On December 21, 2006 he was sent into

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

November Saw Spam Mails Jump By 35%

Spam volume reached a high by another 35% in November 2006, according to an e-mail security vendor on December 21, 2006. The month also saw spam techniques

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Man Indicted for Trying to Set Off ‘Logic Bomb’

The 50-year old employee Yung-Hsun Lin is facing charges of attempting to cause damage to over 70 servers in his company systems after introducing a vicious

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

U.S. Officials Sue Russian Man for Committing Online Fraud

A Russian citizen is charged with hacking the online brokerage accounts of E*Trade Financial Corp., and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., so that he could change

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Trojan Targets Skype IM Users

The most popular service of Skype is allowing subscribers to make free of cost telephone calls over the Internet. There are more than 7 million subscribers

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Lamont Cleared of Hacking Charges

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont and his supporters had nothing to do with the crash of Sen. Joe Lieberman's Website, declared state and federal

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Hoax E-Mails Pretend To Be From Aussie Banks

Almost every individual with an e-mail account has fallen victim to 'phishing' attack at one time or another. This time the targets were the Reserve Bank of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

72% of Detections Are Internet Crime in Q3 2006

PandaLabs has published its report for the third quarter of 2006. It highlights that of the total malware incidents the firm detected 72% relating to

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/26

Experts View Windows Vista as Malware Prone

The CEO of Kaspersky Lab, Natalya Kaspersky, believes that Microsoft isn't likely to be at the frontline of ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

Hackers Corrupt Website Belonging to Venture Capital Firm

Hackers recently took over the website of Blueprint Ventures based in South San Francisco, USA. The hacked website led viewers to several porn sites instead

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

“Month of Apple Bugs” Would Stomp Smugness

The "Month of Apple Bugs" project scheduled to start off on January 1, 2007 will focus on Mac OS X. This project aims to expose and raise

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

Mozilla Patches Firefox Vulnerabilities But Neglects One

In the first update of Firefox 2.0 browser, issued on December 19, 2006, Mozilla has repaired eight security flaws. The company says that version 2.0.0.1 of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

Spammers Present Reduced Price Edition of ‘Vista’

As per a warning by security experts on December 19, 2006, computer hackers have started an image spam promotion that provides a cut in the price of

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

Sony Settles Lawsuits In U.S. Over Hidden CD Spyware

Sony BMG has resolved two additional lawsuits relating to CDs produced by the firm that contained a concealed copy-protection program that exposed users'

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/23

Malware Falls in Creativity but Rises in Volume

In a recent report by 'Kaspersky Lab Ltd., 'senior virus analyst' Alexander Gostev notes that over the last six months, malware's quality has gone down as

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

Opera 9.1 Browser Introduces Phishing Alert

Opera has recently upgraded its critically acclaimed Internet browser, version 9.1. While an upgrade by .1 is nothing eventful, the new version incorporates

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

ORDB.org Announces Shut Down

ORDB.org (Open Relay Database) has been fighting open relays and spam for more than five and half years. They have now announced of shutting down their

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

Two Teenagers Hack a School’s Database

Two students of 'Riverside High School' launched a hacking intrusion into the computer database of the 'Durham Public Schools'. The young hackers downloaded

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

An E-Mail Worm, the New Bagle Infects Many Users

'Bagle.KT', a new variant of the notorious 'Bagle' family of worms was a recent discovery of PandaLabs on December 14, 2006. The firm says that the ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

VoIP, Social Networking Sites, Spam and Other Cyber Attacks in 2007

As increasing number of businesses implements the 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) technology, hacking attacks around this technology will explode in 2007, says

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/22

Experts Detect ‘USB Switchblade’ – A New Endpoint Threat

Researchers have identified an 'endpoint threat' that steals confidential company data from computer systems. 'Centennial Software' that develops 'IT asset'

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

Yahoo Fixes Critical Defect in Messenger and Issues Update

The detection of a critical defect in its widely used Messenger Internet chat software has led Yahoo Inc. to send out a very crucial update to the program.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

Symantec’s Anti-Virus Software Has An Exploitable Hole

'eEye Digital Security', on December 15 2006, announced its discovery of "Big Yellow", a ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

Police Arrest Five People in a Suspected International Online Banking Scam

The Capital has seen the first instance of identity fraud carried out through "phishing" e-mails. The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

Phishers Took Popular Brands Within Their Realms

Known for their scheming abilities, phishers have again become offensive. This time they are exploiting reputable consumer brands to induce people to join

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

Hacker of ‘Internet Shopping Malls’ Under Arrest

Online fraudsters are getting ready to target online shoppers this holiday season, similar to pickpockets aiming busy shopping malls.

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/21

English Court Bans Man For Selling Spam Lists

A man aged 37 was selling lists of e-mail addresses used for sending spam mails through Microsoft's Hotmail, a free web-based e-mail service. Microsoft

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/20

U.S. History Records Largest Fraud via ‘eBay’

U.S. federal court has charged 21 people for running a fraud and profiting $5 million from users of Internet auction sites, including the most popular eBay

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/20

Taxman Cautions of Phishing Scams

Several people in UK received mails, purporting to come from HMRC. The email says if a taxpayer reveals his debit or credit card details, then his tax can

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/20

New and Sophisticated Phising attacks traced to Rock Phish

Phishing has now arrived in a novel form. phishing is now crafted to strike on

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/20

Modest Phishing Losses, Yet Worrisome

'The Financial Services Authority' (FSA) has reported that in the past two years, the United Kingdom has experienced an 8,000% rise in 'fake Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/20

Indian Government Introduces Bill To Cut Back e-Crime

The IT (Amendment) Bill, carried by Shakeel Ahmed, state minister for communications, said a rise in computer and Internet usage has resulted in new types

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

UBS Employee Faces Sentence For Planting ‘Logic Bomb’

Roger Duronio, a former employee of 'UBS PaineWebber', faces an eight years imprisonment as announced on December 13 2006. He was charged for installing a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

High-Rise Web Attacks Likely in 2007

As per predictions of Internet Security Company McAfee, 2007 will see an increase in the number of online attacks. McAfee pointed that last year web-based

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

Microsoft Issues Fixes For IE7

Microsoft has issued a security patch for 'Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) that will enhance the new browser's accomplishment on some Websites. Microsoft's filter

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

UTD Database Suffers Network Intrusion

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) might have suffered hackers' onslaught trying to obtain the personal information of 6,000 people working for, applying

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

CAN-SPAM Act Fails To Curb Rising Spam

The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act, 2003, which was enforced on Dec. 16, 2003, establish prerequisites

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/19

Child Index Shortly To Fall Prey To Hackers

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) declared on behalf of nearly 1,300 private schools, that the supposed Children's Index unable to conform to the global

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

Third Active Attack Weighs Down On Microsoft Word

A Security vendor eEye, revealed that attackers are now exploiting a new loophole in Microsoft Word. The news was posted on the on the vendor's Zero-day

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

Hackers Likely To Target Web 2.0 Applications

The business potential of Web 2.0 is still a matter of doubt for a large number of IT managers. Nevertheless many companies are quite sure that blogs and

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

Rustock Trojan Prepares For Future Threats

Malware threats taking the form of hybrid attacks will become most pronounced in hacking activities in the coming years. The 'Rustock Trojan virus' crafted

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

PC Makers Agree To Enable ‘DEP’ To Support ‘ASLR’

To improve security in Windows Vista, Microsoft has arrived at an agreement with PC manufacturers to allow another feature at the BIOS level. The feature

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

Criminals Wish-lists Mar Christmas Fun

The holiday season brings with it the joy of exchanging gifts and sharing joyous moments. But some try to exploit the auspicious occasion for personal

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/18

Patch Needed For Latest MIME Flaw

Exploiting MIME encoding could bypass anti-virus software, reports security researcher, Hendrik

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Long Delays in Emails Are Really Due to Spam

According to NZ Telecom, the big delay in delivering emails is due to a massive spam attack on Xtra's e-mail network. A report in the New Zealand Herald

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Microsoft’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ Without Word Flaw Update

On Tuesday, December 12, 2006, Microsoft released seven 'security updates' along with patches for 11 security flaws in U.S. Most of these vulnerabilities

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Italian Spammers Misuse Lawyers’ Names

In Italy, spammers are distributing e-mails, which pose to be from lawyers. The

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Hackers Break-in UCLA Database

Hackers have targeted the University of California-Los Angeles to gain access to personal information of about 800,000 current and former students, faculty

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Attackers Target Hotmail Accounts For Ransom

Hackers have compromised some Hotmail accounts, deleting all e-mails and addresses. There is only one message demanding a ransom payment for restoring the

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/16

Attacker Pleads Guilty of Launching DDoS on ‘Akamai’

A man aged 32, on December 6 2006, found guilty in federal court in case of computer hacking of two well known universities to carry out a 'distributed

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/15

The Explosive Return of Spam

Spam has become a major concern for everyone using the Internet. The latter half of 2006 has seen a noticeable increase in spam. A spam filtering firm

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/15

Sex Offenders To Be Barred From Myspace

'Sentinel Tech Holding Corp.' and MySpace will create a searchable, nationwide database of the U.S.'s 550,000 identified sex offenders by consulting

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/15

Phishers Use Fake UTI Logo

Phishing activity is high with fraudsters aiming an increasing number of brands by using more sophisticated techniques in attempts to swindle online banking

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/15

Caution Against Search Results Linking To Bad Sites

Security Company McAfee's SiteAdvisor indicated in a survey released on December 11, 2006 that online searches for even the most harmless terms could be

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/15

Attackers Use Another ‘Word Flaw’ To Plant Trojan

As the monthly security updates for Tuesday approaches, Microsoft Corp is worried about an additional problem: 'Word Flaws'.

On

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/14

Cyber War To Become More Severe In 2007

In the year 2007, hackers will be rapidly picking social networking sites such as 'MySpace' to collect information and use them to launch concentrated

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/14

Phishers Targeting Hungarian Banks

On December 7, 2006, Erste Bank stopped online banking facility for its corporate customers after the bank became the latest victim of ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/14

FIA Catches Hackers For Demanding Ransom

The 'Federal Investigation Agency' (FIA) of Pakistan has been successful to solve the country's first 'hacking-for-ransom' case and caught the accused, said

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/14

CSA Calls To Exercise Caution Against Stock Spam

An Investor Watch has been issued by the 'Canadian Securities Administrators' (CSA) that urge people to delete spam mails that encourage investment

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/14

Spyware Trojan Drains On Users’ Accounts

A new spyware Trojan drained the bank accounts of many online users. Therefore, the only way

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

On-Campus Placements By Internet criminals

As per a report on cyber-crime based on inputs from FBI and British and European hi-tech crime units, in some instances, gangs offer to finance the studies

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

Hacking in High School, Grades Changed for Money

The Philadelphia Inquirer, a newspaper, reported (citing an unknown source who is familiar with the investigation in school district) that cops think a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

‘Domain Registration Companies’ Urged to Stop Bad Domains

Asking 'domain-name registration companies' to be more forceful in stopping phishing sites

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

Gaming Sites Under Seizure By False FBI Seal

Hackers have invented a new methodology to corrupt websites. They are employing a fake FBI seizure. According to Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman, late last

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

Non-chargeable Firewalls, Better Defense Than Paid-for Ones

Research experts at David Matousec's matousec.com conducted tests on 21 leading products with the help of 26 assessment programs called "leak"

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/13

Windows Media Player Reveals A Flaw

Security experts have detected a flaw in 'Microsoft Windows Media Player', which remote hackers can exploit to compromise an affected system or cause a

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/12

Phishing Likely This Holiday Season Too

The past has seen big Websites like PayPal, eBay and Amazon hit by 'phishing e-mail scam', but security experts notify that online consumers will find even

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/12

Microsoft Word Gets A New Flaw

While opening 'Microsoft Office' attachments, there is yet another reason to be careful about. On December 5, 2006, Microsoft warned of a new, un-patched

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/12

MessageLabs Releases Security Services Intended For SMBs

MessageLabs range managed security solutions provide a cost-efficient technique for smaller businesses to achieve the level of protection they

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/12

Image Spam Makes New Breed of Spam

People deploy filters on their computers to keep junk e-mails out, but as

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/12

Exhausted By New Features, Users Would Downgrade Security

Tend Micro CTO, Raimund Genes, voices that the computer security industry has not done enough to educate users about the dangers on the Internet. The ...

SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

EU Picks ‘Anti-Phishing Project’ For Funding

The European Commission has granted funding to 'anti-phishing project' jointly between commercial, academic and research groups operating for over three

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

MySpace Wants Apple To Update QuickTime

At the time when an attempt was made to redirect 'MySpace' users to 'phishing websites', a debatable question arose: Is it possible for widely popular

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

Microsoft Prepares Six Security Bulletins This monthly Cycle

Microsoft will be releasing its monthly patch on Tuesday, December 12, and it will be less in number than the previous few. The batch will comprise of five

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

Microsoft Asserts Vista Was Flawless

Microsoft has confirmed that 'Vista' can succumb to malware belonging to the year of 2004, but

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

Personal Security Fears Weigh On Aussies, Kiwis

"Newspoll" conducted a national survey of about 1,200 Australians on behalf of Unisys to determine the 'December Unisys Security Index'. According

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SPAMfighter News 2006/12/11

Hacking affects U.S. Navy War College’s Computer Network

Associated Press reported on December 5, 2006 that some hackers hijacked the computer network at the U.S. 'Naval War College' in Newport, Rhode Island.

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