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December 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/31

Unsolicited E-mail found to be an Effective Marketing Practice

A recent survey by Endai Worldwide revealed that unsolicited marketing e-mails surprisingly have been effective in getting consumers to buy just what the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/31

Students’ Hack into School Computer Reported to FBI

Three individuals blamed for breaking into Manual High School's computer system are now under investigation by the law enforcement agency. Connie Leonard, a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/31

Police Case Filed on ‘Money Mules’ by HDFC bank

The scam of money mule has crossed boundaries. Even the banks have noticed incidents of dupers from abroad, who attracts the innocent users by appearing as

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/31

Government Sways in Fresh Data Breach Scandal

The government of Great Britain is at the center of a fresh scandal on data breach after Ruth Kelly, British Transport Secretary, disclosed a theft of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/31

Consumers Losing to Phishing More in 2007 than 2005-06

In the United States, around 3.5 Million adults lost their money due to phishing attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/29

Spam Getting more Sophisticated & Targeted

While the volumes of malware and spam continue to increase, the attacks as well are getting

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/29

Russian Botnets Found to Attack with Political Motives

Senior Security Engineer, Jose Nazario, at Arbor Networks, said that he has found evidence of botnets being used to launch Denial of Service (DoS) attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/29

Hacker Exposes Visitors to Malware on French Embassy Website

A warning from security experts suggests that users should not access a website of the French embassy because one of its pages contains malicious code. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/29

BOA Concerned about Safety of Team Data

British Olympic Association (BOA) has expressed concern about its team information's safety following hackers' breaches of the databases with two national

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/29

Blogger Uncovers Sophisticated Malware Attack Involving Webhost IPower

A blog writer who covers several sex partners, kink and many other topics has discovered an attack that was carried out sophisticatedly to install malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/28

Unprecedented Spam Volumes for this Festive Season

During some past years, specifically in 2004, the rate of spam was only 70% of total e-mail. But these days, spam mails are overwhelming New Zealand

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/28

Trojan Variant Helps Loot Bank Accounts in Four Countries

A crew of German hackers is using a customized Trojan in well crafted and highly targeted ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/28

Malware Kidnaps Video Files & Demands Restoration Fees

In December 2007, Ahnlab, a Korea-headquartered firm for IT security, said that it has been receiving increasing reports from victims that ransomware

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/28

Festival Shoppers Advised to Take Precautions against Web Threats

Internet security solutions provider Kaspersky Lab reported that its online scanner detected 11 new malwares in November 2007. Following this, Kaspersky is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/28

Apple Releases 7.3.1 Update to patch QuickTime Flaws

Apple Inc. helped repair a number of flaws in QuickTime by issuing patches on December 13, 2007. One of the flaws is a media vulnerability that has existed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

Rootkits Conquer PCs without Control

At security vendor Prevx, malware researchers on December 12 2007 pointed to a massive increase in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

Phishing E-mail Purports to be from US Federal Agency

A new phishing scheme is targeting users with e-mails carrying malicious attachments

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

China might be Origin of Cyber Attack on Oak Ridge

An Internet attack launched on the computer network of a US laboratory for nuclear weapons has a fair probability of originating in the Chinese mainland,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

Chinese Hackers against Chinese Users to be a Trend in 2008

According to Arbor Security and Engineering Response Team (ASERT), there will be a rise in "Chinese on Chinese" cyber attacks that would

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

New Trojan 2.0 Spreads by Camouflaging Web 2.0 Technology

Web gateway security products supplier, Finjan, after a careful study, has reported that trojans

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/27

NZ Banks could Change their IP Addresses to Prevent Phishing

Banks in New Zealand need to do just a bit to protect their clients from phishers' malicious attacks. All that they require is to make a slight modification

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

Neglect of Security Policies Threatens Organization’s Data

An alarming number of IT professionals too often break security policies or neglect them due to ignorance of their merit, a survey by the Ponemon Institute

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

Old Widow Fall Victim to E-fraud with Lure of $30 Million Inheritance

A scam e-mail that victimized a pensioner extorted 16,000 pounds out of her savings and almost forced her to re-mortgage her house. The 80-year-old widow, a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

Microsoft against Counterfeit Software Sellers, Filed 52 Lawsuits

Microsoft Corp. has filed fifty-two lawsuits in 22 different countries including the US and Canada against alleged sellers of counterfeit software over the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

Data Security, a Burning Issue Post HMRC Data Breach

Information officers at enterprises are presently highly concerned regarding data breaches.

Ever since the Her Majesty's Revenue

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

FBI on a Hunt for Suspected Phishers

The FBI has asked the public to help in identifying several individuals it suspects running an Internet scam in which there was theft of the identity along

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

HP Laptops Plagued With Multiple Zero-day Vulnerabilities

Almost 24 various notebook models retailed by Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) shipped with a software affected by numerous zero-day flaws, security experts

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/26

Cyber Criminals Exploit Flaw in Microsoft Office Access Database

Cyber criminals are manipulating a bug in the database of Microsoft Office Access to embed illegal software on computers, the United States Computer

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

Spam Reached Record Heights in 2007, Says Barracuda Networks

Way back in 2004, junk e-mails comprised just 70% of total messages. During 2001,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

Small Businesses Doubt Effectiveness of Existing Security Set Up

A recent study by eMediaUSA conducted for GFI Software proves that almost 50% of small firms in the US think that workers with better knowledge on security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

Organizations Integrating IT Security into Business Agenda

Ernst & Young, a company for professional services company, recently published its tenth annual GISS (Global Information Security Survey), which reveals

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

Insiders Still the Greatest Risk to Data Security

Studies on IT security keep pointing out that employees' careless actions are greatly responsible for companies' overall threat to information security.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

DNS Attacks to Come from Web 2.0 Phishing Sites

Researchers have revealed a huge network of bogus servers that put end users at risk by quietly exposing them to fake copies of legitimate and trusted

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/23

Computer Users Reel under a False Sense of Security

A majority of end users who think their computers are safe from Internet threats like viruses, ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

UK Businesses Callous Towards Data Security

A great part of small and medium size businesses have protected their computer systems with ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

Spam Reaches its Peak Position Last Month

After analyzing around 450 Million inboxes globally, Symantec noticed that spam increased to 72% of the total e-mail traffic in November, the maximum

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

MessageLabs Released 2007 Annual Security Report

MessageLabs, the top-most provider of cyber security solutions to businesses around the world, released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence 2007 Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

Duke Law School’s Website Hacked

A cyber terrorist who hacked into the school's site may have stolen the Social Security numbers of almost 1,400 future Duke Law School pupils, officials

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

Codec Flaw Wreaks Havoc for Media Players

Researchers on December 11, 2007 began observing heightened activity on ports dedicated to media players, sending a strong signal that cyber attackers are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/22

Blended Threats & Bot Zombies to Prevail in 2008

Symantec's Senior Technical Security Consultant, Ivor Rankin, pointed out the main security risks for 2008. The development of hi-tech bot networks,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

Sharp Rise in Phishing Threats around Thanksgiving

On December 30, 2007, the leading cyber intelligence firm, Cyveillance, declared that the period in and around Thanksgiving witnessed a substantial increase

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

FaceTime Identifies Man Selling Credit Card Details Online

FaceTime Security Labs has identified a man selling debit and credit card details along with PIN numbers. The man had also included a copy of his photograph

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

Police Sting Arrested an Australian for Sending Threatening Mails

An Australian man caught in a sting by police has been held guilty for tapping into wireless Internet connections so that he could send threatening e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

Hackers Rip Apart Apple’s Relative Safety Net

Merchandise such as the Mac and iPhone marketed by Apple are being increasingly attacked by cyber criminals, indicated the latest study by F-secure,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

E-mail Scam Targets Empire Bank

In a new banking scam where fraudsters were tapping into customers' accounts by making fraudulent calls over the phone are now sending ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/21

Chat Bot CyberLover Flirts to Steal Identities

Software that pretends to flirt online but actually extracts private information from unsuspecting partners at the other end of the conversation is being

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Search Engine Caches could Host Malicious Exploit

Security firm Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd. simulated an attack on the website of a university and found its traces to a 'poisoned cache'. Although the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Skype Plugs Critical Security Hole

According to a recent announcement, Skype has fixed a serious security flaw in its VoIP software, version 3.6 for Windows, made available in the middle of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Secunia in Trouble for Discussing Flaw in its Advisory

An advisory that described critical vulnerabilities in software used for viewing document files and then printing them has resulted in an argument over

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Phishing Scams to Rise by Nearly 40% This Year

Gartner will report from its current annual study that the number of people falling victim to fake online offerings is approaching an increase of 40% in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Cyprus Police Arrests Lebanese of Lotto E-mail Scam

A Lebanese national has been arrested in Cyprus in connection with e-mail scam, allegedly promoting a lottery scheme and for swindling at least $10 Million.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/20

Stolen Data Increased Three Times in 2007 over 2005-06

Cyber crooks are systematically stealing confidential personal data stored with colleges, hospitals, companies and government agencies in margins as never

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/19

OpenOffice.org Released Update to Settle Database Vulnerability

OpenOffice.org recently released a latest version of its productivity suite which can fix a flaw that can permit arbitrary code execution attacks.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/19

ICO Expects More Security Breaches in Public & Private Companies

Following the disaster at HMRC, more cases have been reported in which departments of the central government have lost public information, Richard Thomas,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/19

FTC Settles Federal Charges against AdultFriendFinder

On December 6, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) resolved all federal accusations against the online sex and adult dating site AdultFriendFinder.com

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/19

Duo Use Spyware to Perpetrate ID Theft

A couple, also known as the "Bonnie and Clyde" of Identity Theft, moved bail on December 6, 2007 and went back to their native states. However, it

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/19

DBA Pleads Guilty of Stealing Certegy Customer Records

A database administrator serving a subsidiary group of FIS (Fidelity National Information Services Inc.) since a long time accepted it as true that he was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

Chinese Hackers Pounce Upon Shell & Rolls-Royce Computer Networks

British companies Royal Dutch Shell and Rolls-Royce have succumbed to espionage attacks by Chinese hackers. Under a scheme to gather secret commercial

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

FBI’s ‘Operation Bot Roast’ Set to Bring Around Hackers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that it would act against those who hack others' computers in its ongoing probing into cases relating to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

Cyber Attack Launched by Hackers on Federal Lab

On December 6, 2007, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) declared that due to a sophisticated cyber attack in last week, private data of several lab

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

Colorado to Pass Anti-spam Law to Root Out Junk E-mails

Colorado will soon declare spam mails illegal. The government is set to pass a new law in January next year (2008) to counter the flow of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

AOL Yet to Fix Original Critical Flaw Discovered in September 2007

A security patch was discreetly released by AOL based in Virginia for its AIM instant messaging service in the beginning of December 2007 after a security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/18

Advisory Released About Cisco Security Agent Vulnerabilities for Windows

On December 5, 2007, Cisco issued alerts regarding bugs in CiscoWorks Server and Cisco Security Agent for Microsoft Windows.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

Websense Forecasts Security Threats for 2008

Websense Inc. on December 5, 2007 released its annual report of security forecasts for 2008 that showed content-based threats on top of the charts.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

Trojans & Adware Accounted for Maximum Infections in November

The online anti-virus, Panda ActiveScan, gathered data that revealed adware and trojans as the key

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

Spam Levels Attained New Heights in November

IT Security firm SoftScan claims that almost 96% of the mails which were scanned in November were found as ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

Porn Websites Use Malicious Code, Compel Visitors to Pay Money

Online hunters of pornography are already in great danger from the malicious code that many porn websites run to divert visitors' computers to an unsafe

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

Email Worm of 2004 Made a Comeback in November

Security provider Sophos reported that it has found the old W-32/Traxg worm in one-fourth of all e-mails it monitored during November 2007. The first time

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/17

China Dismisses Charges of Hacking Activities

On December 4, 2007, China denied the charges made by British media about China's so-called Internet spies and called them as irresponsible rumors. Qin

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

‘Second-offer’ E-mail Scam Spurs Warning

As per the news by Gazettonline on December 4, 2007, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek is warning people against wiring money to strangers or to follow

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

Phishers Shorten their URL to Look More Convincing

Phishers are using shorter URLs by reducing the number of letters in the address to appear more convincing, according to IBM's online security unit, the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

Encryption Key for Wireless Keyboards Cracked

A security firm claims that it has cracked the initial encryption applied in various wireless keyboards.

Security researchers at

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

250,000 Malware Variants Recorded in 2007 Alone

F-Secure, the Finnish security vendor, has recorded huge samples of malicious software in 2007 that is double the number of the last twenty years,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

Passport Canada Suffers Personal Data Loss

The Canada Passport office's website was found to contain a security loophole that allowed unauthorized access to information relating to private data of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/15

China Blamed for Unleashing Trojans World Over

A new research blames China for unleashing an onslaught of trojans that has been infecting

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/14

Second Life Exploit Allows Hackers Steal Linden Currency from Avatars

Two security researchers have found a security hole in the online virtual world, Second Life, developed by Linden Lab, where cyber-terrorists can purloin

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/14

Ross County Users Plagued by Phishing Scams

A new scam targeting Ross County inhabitants began in the end of November 2007 as a message purporting to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, Internal

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/14

Temporary Employees Pose Risk of Data Loss

Online movements of temporary employees, according to Websense, need to be closely watched to monitor and control fresh security threats that could

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/14

Social Networking Sites - Next Big Target of Hackers

Two Internet security companies have predicted that hackers are likely to next target social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/14

Phishers Once Again After Brown University

A large number of scam e-mails are bombarding inboxes of users at Brown University who have subscribed to Brown.edu, asking them to validate their accounts,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

Websites Hacked in Fasthosts Attacks

On November 30 this year, the UK-based Fasthosts Internet (fasthosts.co.uk), a web hosting provider, declared that it has decided to change the passwords of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

BitDefender Lab Released Top 10 Malware List for November

A global provider of anti-virus software and data security solutions, BitDefender, declared its list

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

Spam takes to a Declining Trend, Says Google

According to Google, spam seems to have reached a steady level and possibly even declining.

It says that it is noticing a decline

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

New Zealand Scammers take People on Phishing Trips

Trips to phishing in New Zealand are getting ever more popular this summer. Industry

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

Constant Growth in Botnets Poses a Serious Threat, ENISA

ENISA, i.e., European Network Information and Security Agency, warned on November 27, 2007 that there was a massive growth in e-crime that often involved

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/13

Brit Computer Users Third-Most Targeted by Cyber Criminals, Says Report

Britain gets 20 Billion spam e-mails daily - representing 300 spam per user - with only China and the US getting more. The statistics were disclosed by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

Spyware Emerges as Biggest Security Challenge

As per the research conducted by Computing Technology Industrial Association (CompTIA), it has been discovered that ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

MU & BOV Targets of Phishing Scams

The University of Missouri (MU) was a target of a phishing scheme when around 1,200

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

Standard Bank & Absa Customers Receive Phishing E-mails

Phishers are targeting Standard Bank customers under a new scam within few days of a similar attack against Absa customers who were sent e-mails that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

‘Cyber Cold War’ Develops as Web Spying Threatening Web Security

A cold war on cyber space is taking form as international cyber attacks and web espionage threaten Internet security, a new report says.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

Phishing Scam Attacks the Members of Credit Union

Members of the credit union are being cautioned against a new phishing scam with the same

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/12

California Government Site Bombarded with Pornography

A Californian government Website that was bombarded with huge volume of erotica and which induced the authorities to suspend the complete Internet and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Parting Ceremony - Microsoft to Release 7 Patches on Dec 11

The software giant Microsoft Corp. has decided to bid adieu to the year with a blast by slating seven security patches for December 11 to plug the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Google Results Connect to Numerous Malicious Sites

Search results on Google are diverting large-scale user traffic to malicious Websites under a well-coordinated campaign, said security researchers on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Shoddy Web Programs & Cunningness are the Top Threats, SANS

To defeat security on computer systems and their networks, cyber criminals have two basic methods to evade firewalls and alternative security devices -

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

QuickTime Vulnerability Capable of Hijacking Macs & PCs

An American security investigator has issued a particular sample of code that can infect both computers and Macs operating Apple's QuickTime player

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Hackers Use Naked Britney Spears Videos to Lure Users

The group of spammers targeting stars is back in action. During this current

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Hackers Target Al Gore’s Blog

Cyber-terrorists gained illegal access into the Internet site of ex-Vice President and ecological advocate Al Gore. The attack aimed Gore's blog, which was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/11

Critical Security Flaw in Lotus Notes Compromises Unprotected Computers

An investigator has detected a serious flaw in IBM's Lotus Notes that could be used by hackers to prompt a buffer overflow and hack into a target's computer

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SPAMfighter News 2007/12/10

Vulnerability in BEA Portal could Expose Username

Organizations that use BEA Systems' widely used portal server may find unauthorized users hacking into usernames saved on their networks, according to

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