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December 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Spammer Penalized For Sending 10 Billion E-mails/day

A court in Brisbane has fined $210,000 to a man named Lance Thomas Atkinson from Sunshine Coast over charges that he planned the biggest Internet spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Do-It-Yourself Toolkit Evolves for Zeus Botnet

Gunter Ollmann, Vice-President of Research, Damballa, recently wrote on a blog about fresh updates of widely used kit that built the botnet namely Zeus. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Hackers Tapped Adobe Reader Flaw Through Comic Strip Syndicate

Albany, New York (USA) based Hearst publication Timesunion.com, claimed on December 17, 2009 that readers of its comics section started complaining of being

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Avira Released List of Top Ten Attacked Brands for 2009

Internet security company, Avira, has released a list of top brands that suffered maximum number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Irish Spam Messages Touching New Height

The Internet security firm 'Symantec' has released its December 2009 State of Spam report in which it has found that the Irish-language spam mails are on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/31

Hackers Exploit Brittany Murphy’s Death To Distribute Scareware

The news of Brittany Murphy' death is exploited by cyber criminals to spread fake antivirus software

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Man Gets Jail for Spying Unknown Woman’s Online Activities

Scott Graham from northeast Ohio is sentenced to prison following his admission that he employed legitimate ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Christmas Season Comes with Spam

Symantec Inc.'s Security Response Team states that with Christmas approaching in about a few days time, spam mailers are busy devising Christmas-related

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Indian American Got 12 years Imprisonment for Web Drug Fraud

An Indian-American man, Rakesh Jyoti Saran (47), of Arlington in Texas has been ordered by a US court on December 11, 2009 to 12 years imprisonment and was

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Conficker Expects to Dominate Botnets and Malware in 2010

Security researchers have predicted that the existing Conficker worm will continue to spread its infection in 2010.

According to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Zscaler Forecasts Security Trends for 2010

Zscaler Inc., a leader in the market of SaaS (Security-as-a-Service), published its predictions of ten security threats for 2010 during the 3rd week of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/30

Study - Victims of Online Scams Avoid Reporting Attacks

Researchers at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies of the University of Portsmouth recently conducted a study under NFA (National Fraud Authority) to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

XSS Attacks Pushing Fake Antivirus

According to the security researchers at Zscaler (a cloud security company), malware distributors

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

Vietnam Produced Maximum Spam in November 2009

According to the Network Box e-threat analysis, Vietnam accounted for over 10% of the global spam. In the month of November 2009, ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

Trojans and Botnets Improve Sophistication Level in 2009

As per the managed security company Network Box, the year 2009 has witnessed a major rise in the sophistication level of malware assaults, particularly

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

PandaLabs Forecasts Security Threats for 2010

PandaLabs, the malware analysis and detection laboratory of Panda Security, has recently published computer threats it predicted for 2010, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

MP3 Spam Campaign Back in Action

Security researchers have issued a warning that cyber criminals have recently launched spam campaigns wherein audio files along with advertising material

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/29

Gullible Eastern Idaho Bank Customers Trapped in a Phishing Scam

Thousands of Idahoans have received e-mails informing them about their frozen bank accounts and asking for personal information. According to the Better

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Spam Accounted for 84% of Total E-Mails in November 2009

As per the data released by online security company Websense, 84% of mails in the month of November 2009 were spam and from that, 86% carried an embedded

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Conficker Continues to Create Mayhem

ShadowServer Foundation, a non-profit organization that tracks global botnet infections unearthed a revamped statistics page. The results showed that the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Singapore Domain 10th Most Risky Domain Worldwide

According to McAfee's new report titled "Mapping the Mal Web," Singapore's Internet domains are the tenth most dangerous domains worldwide.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Phishing E-mail Attacks Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is warning people that a new e-mail scam is circulating online. The scam is soliciting money from people in the name of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Pump-and-dump E-mail Scam Reappears Through ‘Donbot’

According to MessageLabs, the gigantic "Donbot" network of botnets, which launched attacks against Facebook and Twitter during November 2009, is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/28

Conficker Worm Infects Network of Waikato DHB

The notorious Conficker has crippled the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) of New Zealand computer network. It has forced the board to shutdown its 3000

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/26

UCSF Doctor Puts Patient Data at Stake

As per the details given by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a faculty doctor granted an easy access to the personal details of around

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/26

SQL Injections Looming on Private and Public Websites

According to the X-Force security team of IBM, recent months have seen online assaults against databases, using the technique of SQL injection.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/26

Phishing Scam Targets AmEx Customers

E-mails posing as messages from the credit card firm AmEx (American Express) are hitting consumers' mailboxes this month (December 2009), reports HELP NET

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/26

Men Face Lawsuit for Phishing and Spamming on Facebook

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against three men, claiming that they allegedly employed ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/26

BBB Cautions About Scams Aimed at Job Seekers

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (USA) is asking people to maintain caution while hunting for jobs via classified sites on the Internet.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/25

Red Condor Reveals the Online Threat Scenario of 2009

Fresh news reports by the Internet security firm Red Condor, published during the 3rd week of December 2009, reveal that 2009 has been conspicuous for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/25

F-Secure Predicts E-Threats for 2010

Internet security firm F-Secure, during the third week of December 2009, released a list of probable e-threats for 2010.

The list

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/25

Project Honey Pot Discloses Their Findings to Masses

Project Honey Pot is a global community of web and e-mail administrators which joined their forces to detect and eliminate online abuse and fraud. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/25

E-Mail Fraud Targeting Canadians Tries to Extract Money

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) are cautioning netizens that an "emergency scam" is victimizing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/25

Chinese Court Sentenced Eleven Hackers Up to Three Years Jail

A Chinese court announced imprisonment of up to three years to 11 persons on December 16, 2009 for their alleged role in the creation and distribution of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/24

Adobe Applications Detected With New Flaw

Adobe is probing probable security flaws in its Acrobat and Reader applications, which if exploited could let a hacker execute ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/24

Kido Still Running Strong

As per Kaspersky's top 20 malware list, revealing adware, malicious programs and potentially unwanted programs detected and sanitized for the first time,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/24

Google Doodle Exploited for Malware Distribution

According to the security company Barracuda Networks' warning issued on December 15, 2009, Internet scammers are exploiting people's enthusiasm about Google

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/24

Kaspersky Predicts Online Threats for 2010

According to the security experts from Kaspersky Labs, in the next year (2010) the form of cyber assaults against users will change from assaults launched

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/24

87% E-mail Traffic in 2009 Detected as Spam

According to Symantec's State of Spam and phishing report for December 2009, 87% of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/23

Subscribers Warned Of Serious SQL Vulnerability on Rockyou.Com

Security company Imperva is alerting all users about a dangerous SQL injection vulnerability which is found affecting Rockyou.com, a website used to develop

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/23

Two Botnet Gangs Join Hands to Raise Profits

Botnet researcher Jose Nazario at Arbor Networks reports that two cyber-crime gangs are jointly working for spreading malware. MX Logic published this in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/23

McAfee Publishes Spam Report for December

According to McAfee's spam report for December 2009, anti-spyware and anti-virus vendors are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/23

Two-Factor Authentication Security Failing

According to Gartner, it's important that organizations adopt new approaches for combating attacks against the system of two-factor authentication, as per

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/23

Old Botnet SDBOT Continues to Haunt Users

SDBOT, an old botnet still exists and is stealthily disseminating pay-per-install scams at present, according to a new research paper released on December

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/22

Verizon Enlists Top E-threats for 2009

Verizon Business in its latest security report highlights 15 most prevalent malicious attacks for 2009. These were spyware, SQL injection and remote control

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/22

Koobface Worm Creates Own Malevolent Web Pages

Hackers are customizing the PC virus Koobface, which made its debut in 2008, to beat the security systems of companies hosting websites so that the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/22

Fake Antivirus ‘DefenceLab’ Circulating on Net

Security experts at Sunbelt have discovered that an online attack, which uses a new trick of social engineering, is offering actually fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/22

Rogue Security Software: Most Prevalent Threat in 2009

Rogue or counterfeit software has been one of the most prominent online threats in 2009, according to a study conducted by Computer Associates (CA).

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/22

FBI - Victims of Fake Antivirus/Rogueware Scams Lose $150 Million

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned the general public to be careful of fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/21

Cyber Crime Leading to Cyber Terrorism

According to Russia-based security company Kaspersky Labs, there has been a steep hike in malicious programs on the Internet during the past couple of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/21

Fake E-mail Exploits HMRC Name to Steal Information

Internet scammers have designed fake e-mails to deceive taxpayers in Liverpool (UK) so that they reveal sensitive banking details.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/21

132,000 Web Pages Infested with Malware Links

On December 10, 2009, an SQL-injection assault contaminated a huge 132,000 websites as it installed malicious software from 318x.com. Subsequently, the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/21

Texas Lottery Commission Warns of E-mail Requesting Personal Information

Texans are being alarmed by the Texas Lottery Commission of a new scam e-mail making rounds over the Internet and getting into their inboxes.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/21

Lavasoft Lists Online Threats for 2010

Lavasoft, a Sweden-based computer security purveyor, has recently come up with its list of top ten predictions and security trends for 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/19

Amazon's EC2 Server Used by Zeus Botnet

Security experts have identified Zeus botnet executing an illegal command and control channel oncloud computing infrastructure EC2 of Amazon, an application

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/19

MessageLabs Enlists Most Active Botnets for 2009

Security company MessageLabs has just released its yearly report which highlights the most dangerous botnets for 2009. The report states that three botnets

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/19

FIFA World Cup Online Scams on Rise

The FIFA World Cup (2010), which is to be held in South Africa next year (2010), is already used by phishers, ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/19

More Intense Online Threats Predicted in 2010

As Trend Micro releases its annual report "The Future of Threats and Threat Technologies", security experts at the firm warned that cybercrime is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/19

Christmas Greetings on Facebook Served with Infection

According to PandaLabs, Panda Security's research wing, a new Koobface variant, Koobface.GK, is making rounds over the popular social networking site

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/18

18 Months Imprisonment to a Russian Conspirator

Russia's Maxim Maltsev, aged 24, who drained off thousands of dollars in U.S. tax refunds to the accounts under his control in a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/18

Security Threats to Intensify in 2010

According to the data security vendor Imperva, there would be an increase in the constant Internet battle between online miscreants and security software

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/18

Sarah Palin’s E-mail Hacker Worked on Spyware Infected PC

Lawyers of David Kernell, a 21-year-old student who is suspected of hacking the web-mail account of American politician 'Sarah Palin,' claimed that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/18

Cybercriminals See Social Networking Websites As Soft Target

According to the annual report of Cisco Systems Inc. on network security, users, rather than technology, play a critical role in providing opportunities to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/18

Cisco Sworn in Brazil as Top Spammer This Year

Online security company 'Cisco' released its latest annual report on December 8, 2009 according to which, 7.7 Trillion spam mails emanated from Brazil till

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/17

IRS - New Phishing E-mail Campaign Targets Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has asked US taxpayers to be wary of new e-mail scam.

IRS Spokeswoman, Dianne Besunder, said

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/17

Spear Phishing E-mail Strikes ‘QuickBooks’ Users

According to a warning released by Intuit, people using its well-known accounting software 'QuickBooks' are being targeted with a personalized e-mail in a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/17

Phishing & Spam Likely to Increase with 2010 World Cup

As the football World Cup for 2010 is about to begin, it is expected that many game lovers would get messed up trying to procure tickets. With the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/17

Criminals Break CAPTCHA Websites’ Security for Spamming

According to the MessageLabs 2009 Security Report from Symantec, cyber criminals are employing sophisticated programs to beat a system called 'Completely

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/12/17

Botnets Rocked the Internet World in 2009

According to MessageLabs Intelligence 2009 Security Report, botnets were the major online security problem faced this year. As per the report, presently,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Texas Attorney General Warns People against Holiday Scams

Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas (USA), issued an alert during early December 2009 and urged shoppers to watch out for e-mail scams as the holiday

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Cyber Criminals to Target Web 2.0 Technologies in 2010

Security company M86 Security has just released a paper, reporting the expected messaging-based and Web threats for the upcoming year (2010).

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Hacking of EIU Computer Data Base under Investigation

Investigators probing a security breach of computer network at Eastern Illinois University (Illinois, USA) haven't reached any conclusion.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Hacker Uses SQL Injection to Attack NASA Websites

A hacker recently attacked two NASA websites only to prove that they were vulnerable to 'SQL injection.' An SQL-injection attack is one where ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Ex-Commissioner Reappeared in Court for Invading Privacy

Bruce Barclay, aged 50, the former commissioner of Cumberland County reappeared before the court on December 4, 2009 with Matthew Gover, who is his Defense

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/16

Cisco Forecasts Online Threats for 2010

Cisco, the network security vendor, in its recently released annual report of 2009, anticipates security trends for 2010. As per the report, coming year

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

Websense Lists Security Threats for 2010

Websense has recently published a list in which it has projected the security trends for 2010. The security company states that the next year's (2010)

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

Lavasoft - Scareware Increasing Rapidly

Anti-spyware company 'Lavasoft' has found that there is a rapid growth in rogue security programs, also called scareware, that pose an extremely serious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

Self-building Botnet Gumblar Making a Comeback

According to the Internet security company Kaspersky Labs, Gumblar, a gigantic botnet, is steadily resurging again and has collapsed numerous websites and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

New Phishing Scam Targets Website Administrators

E-mail phishers have unleashed an attack to deceive webmasters so that they may reveal their credentials which are used for managing their sites. The attack

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

New Malware Campaign Exploits Microsoft Security Updates

Internet security vendor Sophos has warned Internet users about a new malware campaign masquerading

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/15

Malware Infection Displays a Rising Trend

According to security experts, Malaysia is experiencing an increasing rate of malware infection,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Scammers Victimize Kids with Twilight’s Next ‘Movie Casting’

The sequel of movie 'Twilight' has become teenagers' sensation ever since the announcements of apparent cast selection for the subsequent film through fake

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

California Woman Struck with Nigerian Phishing Scam

Laguna Woods (California, USA) resident Jackie Reed says that she was aware of the Nigerian ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Bug Discovered in FreeBSD, Emergency Patch Released

Critical local root vulnerability has been found in FreeBSD, the open source OS, which could let an attacker execute malicious code on a vulnerable

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Victims of Bank Phishing Fewer, but Financial Losses Enormous

Trusteer, a browser security company, released a report on December 2, 2009. The report has found that every year 4,700 bank customers from a total of 1

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Microsoft Warns of Increased Malware in Pirated Software

According to Microsoft, reports about fake computer software that are largely corrupted by malicious programs like viruses have increased twofold during

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Phishing Scam Exploiting FDIC to Target Bank Customers in Iowa

A second instance of phishing e-mails has surfaced in the last few months wherein ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/12/14

Canada’s ECPA Legislation Passed the Third Reading

On December 3, 2009, it was announced by the respectable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, (Ottawa, Canada) that in the House of Commons, the proposed

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

Trojans Dominate Sunbelt’s Latest E-Threats Report

Security vendor Sunbelt announced top 10 prevailing malware threats for the November month on December 3, 2009.

The top slot has

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

Zeus Trojan Proliferating via ‘Drive-by Download’ Method

Security researchers at CA (a vendor for IT management software and solutions) have said that the infamous Trojan Zeus that steals information is presently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

McAfee Releases List of Most Perilous Web Domains

After studying over 27 Million general and country Web-domains for browser exploits, malware

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

Bogus CDC E-mail Downloads Malware

Many security software providers have warned that a big spam outbreak is widely exploiting people's interest in H1N1 vaccine.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

BitDefender Releases November 2009 E-threats Report

BitDefender, an Internet security company, released its Top Ten Threat Report for November 2009 in the 1st week of December 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

Experts Suspect 'Black Screen' Problem as Malware-Triggered

After logging on to their systems, some Windows users are confronted with an entirely black screen. Earlier, the security update released on November 10,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/11

Computer Users Warned against New Ransomware Attack

Security researchers at Computer Associates (CA) have recently discovered a new ransomware attack wherein malicious writers have given a twist to their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/10

Phishers Duped a Leading D.C. Company

According to reports published in SecuObs on December 2, 2009, Parkinson Construction President 'Nigel Parkinson' who was behind the building of baseball

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/10

New Security flaw Discovered in Adobe Illustrator

According to security researchers, the Illustrator application of Adobe is vulnerable to a special kind of exploit, which could be used by an attacker to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/10

‘F-Secure’ Released E-Threats Report for 2009

F-Secure, which has recently released a new report containing information about e-threats and other software discovered during 2009, states that the first

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/10

US Government – Four Vendors’ Security Equipments Vulnerable to Hacking

The US government security experts said on December 2, 2009 that security apparatus (or equipments) of four firms, namely Juniper, Cisco, SafeNet and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/12/10

Chinese Hack Indian Army Computers Along Northeast Border

According to the Indian Intelligence Forces, Chinese intelligence agencies might have hacked into computer networks of army group -33 Corps - that is

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