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December 2008

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/31

Scammers Using Redirectors on Websites of Microsoft & IRS

As per the University of Alabama at Birmingham, scammers from December 19, 2008 to December 22, 2008 were planting redirector links on websites of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/31

Researchers Used Honeynets to Know About Hackers’ Techniques

According to the news published by darkREADING on December 18, 2008, German security researchers at the laboratory of University of Mannheim had discovered

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/31

New Virus Poses as Holiday Card Pops Up

As per news reports published by internetnews on December 23, 2008, security provider ESET has isolated a new virus namely W32/Waledac. It is also learnt

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/30

Spam Surge to 80% After Hitting to the Lowest in November 2008

According to security researchers at Symantec, the decline in global spam following the closure of McColo, which hosted malicious websites, was merely 50%.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/30

Hays Police Warns About Phishing Scam

Hays Police (Kansas USA) are warning internet users after local banks heard rumor about the scam, which sends fake mails asking to confirm sensitive account

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/30

Alarm Raise Over Vulnerability in Trend Micro’s Anti-Virus Tool

Security notification company Secunia has detected a potentially severe security flaw in Trend Micro Inc.'s HouseCall, a free online service for virus

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/29

Yolo DA Alerts Users of Phishing E-mail

As per a warning from Jeff Reisig, District Attorney (DA) of Yolo County, many internet users are getting e-mails asking for personal and secret account

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/29

Spammers Face Fine up to €250,000 in Ireland

The Irish Government has introduced a law that will impose a fine of €250,000 or 10% of the turnover on business found to be involved in spamming practice.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/29

Phishing Evolves to More Personalized Attacks

According to a news published by NETWORKWORLD on December 18, 2008, internet scammers started encountering severe difficulties with their spamming

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/27

Spammer Admits to Charges & will Pay Penalty of $100,000

According to the news reported by stuff on December 22, 2008, Lance Atkinson of Pelican Waters, Queensland, Australia, has been sentenced with the order to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/27

Social Networking Sites – New Launch-pads for Cyber Attacks

In an astonishing disclosure, the latest report of MessageLabs states that rising popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook has

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/27

Cyber Seniors Prime Targets of Online Frauds

Almost 60% of the users who reported falling victims to cyber crime were sufferers of malicious programs or 'malicious intent', comprising either of spam,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/27

BBB Cautions Users of IRS & Jury Duty Frauds

Every holiday season in general brings thieves, making it a little less enjoyable, but the current year (2008) is even worse. According to recent reports,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/27

SMBs Climbing Up in the Hit List of Cyber Crooks

According to the latest survey of GetSafeOnline, about 44% of Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) have suffered cyber attacks.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/27

Authorities Asked to Crackdown Harder on ‘Scareware’ Companies

According to the news reports came in the 2nd week of December 2008, the state is urging regulatory authorities and law enforcers to screw companies even

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/26

VeriSign - Australians Not Serious About Online Threats

On December 19, 2008, VeriSign, an online security firm, released the result of a survey in which it found that around 84% of Aussies got ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/26

Spam Levels Resurging, Overcoming McColo’s Closure Episode

According to the IronPort Systems Inc., manufacturer of security tools, the spam level, which was declining after the closure of fake websites-hosting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/26

Spam Levels Expect to Grow More than 95% in 2009

According to the predictions made by security provider Barracuda Networks Inc., spam volume is expected to increase slightly more than 95% during the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/26

Canada - A Major Stimulator of Spam, Says Cisco

In its recent report, Cisco, an internet and network security firm, states that Canadian computers - mostly unwittingly - push out more than 9 Billion spam

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/26

ScanSafe Forecasts Bleak Security Scenario for 2009

According to the new reports published by vnunet on December 15, 2008, web security provider ScanSafe predicts that the year 2009 would have a bleak

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/26

ESET Releases its November 2008 Global Threat Trends Report

According to Global Threat Trends report for November 2008 from security provider ESET, the company reveals a growing trend in ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/25

Kentucky State Police Issued Warning of E-mail Scam

Kentucky State Police (US) issued a warning about an e-mail scam targeting the inboxes of local people, as reported by tristatehomepage on December 8,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/25

Enticing E-cards May Trigger Malware Attacks

The report released by security vendor McAfee Avert Labs in December 2008's first week has revealed two e-card-led spam campaigns that are presently in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/25

XSS Vulnerabilities in Facebook Encourage Scammers

XSSed, a firm that provides information on cross-site scripting vulnerability, has revealed that the users of Facebook are highly prone to ID thefts and ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/25

Traditional Malware Scanning Techniques Losing Relevance

According to security firm Symantec, traditional information security solutions are proving ineffective in addressing the mounting level and range of online

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/25

Future of Web Security Appears Gloomy

According to the security forecast by the security firm Websense for 2009, the cloud is going to be hazardous, user-friendly websites will be used to host

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/25

Cyber Villains Growing Smarter, Adopting Advanced Assault Tactics

The report released by Cisco Systems Inc. on December 15, 2008 disclosed that Internet-based cyber assaults are getting more specialized and sophisticated,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/24

Utahns Alerted of Phishing E-mail Spoofing U.S. Bank

The Utah State Division of Consumer Protection in the US warned on December 11, 2008 that "spoof" e-mail as part of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/24

Phishing E-mail Spoofing ICU’s Name

Another phishing e-mail that mentioned the name of ICU (Indianhead Credit Union), Spooner

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/24

Florist Suffers From Incorrect Virus Warning

According to news reported by thisismoney on December 15, 2008, an online flower seller, Arena Flowers, says that it lost orders worth thousands of pounds

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/24

FBI & BBB Advising US Residents to Avoid Holiday-Themed E-mails

According to the news reported by WXYZ on December 17, 2008, with the approaching dates of Hanukkah and Christmas, online scammers are trying to exploit the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/24

Trend Micro - Most Harmful Malware in 2008 Hailed From Web

Threat researchers at Trend Micro claimed that over half of the leading 100 malware identified in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/24

ScanSafe Claims Zero-Day Malware Increase in November 2008

In its monthly Global Threat Report issued on December 18, 2008, security firm ScanSafe claimed that the rate of zero-day malware blocks expanded in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/23

Spammer Admits to Charges of Conspiracy & Fraud

A former trade executive pleaded guilty on December 16, 2008 in federal court of Detroit, US, for his alleged involvement in a worldwide fraud racket in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/23

Scam E-mail Exploiting McDonalds’ Success, Downloads Virus

On December 16, 2008, security firm PandaLabs reported a new e-mail scam based on a holiday theme infecting people's systems with a computer virus. The

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/23

Awareness Holds the Key to Lock Assaults of Computer Virus

According to security experts, lack of awareness and negligence are responsible for making Bahrain host of one of the highest volume of virus-infested PCs

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/23

Antivirus Software Can Provide Backdoor Entry to Hackers

Information security firm iViZ has explored new vulnerability classes in several well-known open-source and commercial ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/23

Hackers Exploit IE Flaw by Malicious Codes in Compromised Sites

Hackers have started taking over websites to infect vulnerable computers with malicious code that takes advantage of a zero-day vulnerability in Internet

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/23

Cyber Threats to Escalate in 2009 - VeriSign

VeriSign iDefense Security Intelligence Services recently released a report which says

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/22

Rising Spam Level Shaking the Confidence of Australians

The third "Securing assets For Enterprise (SaFE) Survey" conducted by Proofpoint on the IT Managers and executives in Australia discovered that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/22

Real Estate Investors Warned of Misleading Spam Mails

Dubai's RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) has warned investors to avoid spam mails that misinterpret laws relating to real estate and property and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/22

Qtel Customers Warned of Phishing E-mails

Telecommunications service vendor Qtel is warning internet users in Qatar about a new wave of scam e-mails that purport to be from Qatar Internet Services

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/22

World Find New Weapons of Mass Destruction - eWMD

As per the authors of a new report released by the Conservative Hoover Institution, US, botnets and computer ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/22

UK Ranks Seventh Among Top Ten Malware Hosting Nations

According to Sophos, a security firm, the UK ranks seventh in the list of the ten most malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/22

PandaLabs Predicts Rise in Volume of Malware for 2009

According to the malware predications of PandaLabs, the volume of malware like worms, viruses, ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/20

Symantec Releases its December 2008 Spam Report

According to the predictions in "State of Spam Report for December 2008" that Symantec released in the 2nd week of December 2008, although spam

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/20

New Phishing Scam Targets Hi5 Users

Security firm Sophos warns about a new phishing scam underway, which is attacking people

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/20

Macoupin Residents Warned About a Phishing Scam

According to the news reported by TheTelegraph on December 10, 2008, Don Albrecht, Sheriff of Macoupin County (situated in the southwest part of the US) has

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/20

Fiesta Malware targets IE Users Most

According to Prevx, a security firm, Fiesta, an automated tool for malware infection, is extremely

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/20

Microsoft Recorded Significant Rise in Malware-infected PCs in Australia

According to Microsoft's recent threat report released on December 11, 2008, there was a rapid surge in the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/20

US Topped in Hosting Malware and Relaying Spam in 2008

According to a new report, "Security Threat Report for 2009", from security firm Sophos, a vast majority of spam and ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/19

Flood of Spam Spoofing the FBI & IC3

According to a news reported by MediaNewswire on December 11, 2008, spam purportedly using the name of FBI continue to inundate computer users. As with

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/19

Users Surfing Malicious Sites Cause More Infection than Software Vulnerabilities

Most of the cyber attacks conducted by the top 100 malware identified this year were caused by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/19

Money Wiring Computers Replete With Malware

According to the Spanish software vendor Panda Security, the business of wiring money with computer viruses is spreading wide. In its report that the firm

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/19

Microsoft Warns of Attacks Exploiting a Fresh Windows Vulnerability

Security researchers at Microsoft are warning that online criminals are taking advantage of a yet to be patched vulnerability in the WordPad Text Converter,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/19

Fraudsters’ Trio Indicted for Bank Trojan Scheme

Three men have been summoned in the US on the charges of using Trojan horse to defraud the online brokerage and banking accounts, as reported by The

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/19

Computer Users Warns of Inserting Unclaimed USB Sticks

Delivering a speech at the annual Software Technology Summit organized in the Green Hills of California, United States, Adriel Desautels, Chief Technology

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/18

India Jumps to Tenth Spot in Spam-producers’ List

Security firm Symantec's latest report on underground economy revealed that India is the tenth biggest spam-producing country in the world. Large-scale

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/18

AppRiver Reports Security Trends for November 2008

According to a November 2008 spam report from e-mail service provider AppRiver, the month has witnessed dramatic shift in spam, with several tricky attempts

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/18

Virus Builds Botnet by Exploiting Security Flaw in Microsoft Software

According to a statement given by researchers at Trend Micro, a security company, during the 1st week of December 2008, a ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/18

New Trojan Circulates, Changing DNS Settings of Networked Computers

Researchers at McAfee security firm have spotted a new Trojan virus that is capable of corrupting various devices connected to an area network by directing

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/18

Malware Building Toolkits on The Rise

According to researchers at PandaLabs, over the six months from June 2008 to November 2008, they traced the appearance of several ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/18

F-Secure - Malware Volume in 2008 Equaled Previous 21 Years’ Total

As per the news reported on December 3, 2008, F-Secure released its annual wrap-up

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/17

Targeted Phishing Attacks Mounting Robustly

The latest data released by Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) revealed that phishers are using highly sophisticated tools, concentrating profoundly on

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/17

Phishing E-mails Targeting Non-residents by Using IRS Name

Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning in the 1st week of December 2008 that ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/17

Unprepared Law Enforcement & Economic Recession Encouraging Cyber Criminals

According to a new report, "Virtual Criminology Report - Cyber-Crime vs. CyberLaw" from security company McAfee, cyber criminals around the world

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/17

Adobe Flash, PDF - Emerging as Soft Targets of Cyber Crooks

As per Q4 Web Security Trends Report released by Finjan Inc., cyber criminals are exploring new ways to prove themselves ahead of security solutions by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/17

New Variant of Koobface Virus Targets Social Networks

According to a warning from internet security specialists at ScanSafe, a new variant of the Koobface computer worm that was found spreading across Facebook

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/17

Spam Volume Drops, but Spammers Find New Techniques

MessageLabs highlights in its Intelligence 2008 Security Report that spam volume has declined slightly from 2007 although ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/16

MSU Student Suspended for Sending Bulk E-mail to Faculty Members

According to a recent security report, a student of Michigan State University has been suspended because she cautiously chose and e-mailed 8% of the faculty

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/16

Cyber Villains Frightening People with Death Threat

New variants of the Nigerian spam are turning out to be very nasty as spammers

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/16

Online Shopping from Corporate Computers Put Enterprise Data at Risk

Finjan Inc., a Calif.-based data security programs vendor, said that a new trend has been observed - use of corporate computers for online shopping that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/16

New Malware Attacks French Users

Security company Websense reported on December 9, 2008 that a malware piece was targeting French

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/16

Mega-D Botnet Returns with More Vigor

According to security experts, following the closure of McColo, a prominent spam hosting facilitator, some botnets that have not been badly affected seem to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/16

FTC Punts Companies for Scareware Scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has successfully got a US court's decision in its favor to stop the operations of two companies namely - ByteHosting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/15

MX Logic Predicts Spammers’ key New Year Tactics

On December 8, 2008, MX Logic published a series of spammers' resolutions that it expects them to make for the New Year (2009).

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/15

Trojan Attacks Through DNS Changing Technique

A new kind of cyber attack that gains control of the DNS (Domain Name System) configurations of computers within a network is launched with a new variant of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/15

Notorious Koobface Worm Back in Action, Troubling Facebook Users

A worm program that has been dodging Facebook users into downloading malevolent software since July this year has made a comeback and is affecting the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/15

Microsoft Patched 28 Bugs Through its December Security Bulletin

Microsoft released its December 2008 security bulletin consisting of eight patches to fix 28 vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/15

Hacking Attempts against Retail Sites Shooting Up

As per the security firm SecureWorks, a significant 161% increase has been noticed in the hacking strikes during July-November 2008 over January-June

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/15

BitDefender Releases List of Top Ten Malware for November 2008

According to BitDefender's latest report on the top ten e-threats for November 2008, fake anti-virus

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/13

McColo Shutdown Lead to Malware Threat Reduction in November

Internet security firm Fortinet said that the online threats and spam level dropped significantly in the month of November 2008. The downward trend

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/13

MessageLabs Predicts Malware Threats for 2009

As per an internet security firm MessageLabs, with the growth and technological

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/13

Majority of Internet-linked PCs Unsafe, Says Secunia

A Denmark-based security supplier Secunia has revealed that over 98% PCs running Microsoft Windows are highly susceptible to hacking attacks. According to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/13

Kaspersky Lab Released Two Top Twenty Malware Lists for November 2008

Kaspersky Security Network released two top twenty malware lists that include ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/13

Kaspersky - New Malware Detection for 2008 to Reach 15 Million

According to an antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab, an aggregate of 15 Million new ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/13

Hackers Redirected CheckFree Customers to Own Server

CheckFree, an online payment service, is said to have lost control on at least two of its domains on December 2, 2008 after an attack that diverted its

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/12

Sharp Increase in Top Level Domain Exploitation, APWG Researchers

A survey called "Global phishing Survey: Domain Name Use and Trends in 1H2008",

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/12

BTC Warned its Customers about E-mail Scam

As per the latest security news, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is cautioning its customers of an e-mail scam wildly circulating on the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/12

Trojan Daunting Heise Online’s Account Holders

A fresh wave of Trojan virus is striking the Internet world, as reported by heise online on December 2, 2008. In this attach, a fake e-mail containing a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/12

Spammers All Set to Spoil the Christmas Mood

IT security firm "Websense" has revealed that cyber crooks are looking forward to capitalize on the Christmas season by increasing their malicious

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/12

Countries Using Cyber Space to Gain Access to Rival Military Secrets

A malware attack, which is believed to have its origin in Russia, struck combat zone computers and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/12

Brand New Mode of Criminals to Steal Internet Passwords

BitDefender's antivirus research labs have detected a latest and unusual ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/12/11

Capital One Customers Stay Cautious of Latest Phishing Scam

The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs in Virginia is alerting consumers to be cautious of the latest ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/11

Virus Hits Computer Network of US Military Base in Afghanistan

As per the latest news on computer security reported by USNews on November 28, 2008, a computer virus

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/11

Trend Micro Discovered Rootkit-like Functionality in EIS Product

Security researchers at Trend Micro, an IT security company, claimed that they discovered rootkit-like functionality in a product of Enterprise Information

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/11

Internet Users Facing Cyber Threat in the Form of Hidden Malicious Code

Security firm Finjan revealed that cyber criminals are using the malicious code hidden in genuine websites as a tool to spread ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/11

Hackers Dodged Sandwich of Approx. $50,000

The police revealed on November 25, 2008 that computer hackers had breached the bank accounts in a south-east England's town, Sandwich, earlier in November

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/12/11

Cyber Criminals Launching Sophisticated Malware Attacks

2008 CA Internet Threat Outlook Report revealed that sophisticated bots and malware are expected to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/12/10

Phishing Attacks Increased Alarmingly by 240%

The security firm Websense unveiled that out of every 50 e-mails, three are phishing

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