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December 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/31

Webmasters Hostile Towards Infection Reports from Security Firms

Recently, security researchers at the security firm Sophos stated that webmasters usually give a cold shoulder when asked regarding their compromised or

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/31

Sophisticated Malware Assaults To Grow During 2011

Rodney Joffe, Senior Technologist and Senior Vice-President at Neustar a security company, lately, while discussing the future scenario of e-threats

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/31

Phishing Scam Aims at Netflix Customers

Investigators at Trend Micro the security company are urging consumers of Netflix towards maintaining their guard against a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/31

Malware Attack Results In Shutdown of Texas Agency Website

According to Star Telegram, which published its news on December 21, 2010, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services' (TDADS) website, which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/31

“The Mischievous Mac Lover” Tops PandaLabs 'Virus Yearbook 2010'

PandaLabs, which recently discovered over 20 Million new malware strains in 2010, is bidding

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/30

New Toolkit For Crimeware Sold For Black

Security researchers from Symantec the security company warn of 'Dream Loader' a just introduced crimeware toolkit, which cyber-criminals are selling for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/30

Canada Passes Anti-Spam Act

Canada, during the 3rd week of December 2010, eventually embraced an anti-spam law

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/30

Spam Volume Continues to Decrease: Symantec

Recently, security firm Symantec released its report entitled "December 2010 State of Spam & ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/30

Fake Amazon Emails Circulates Malware

Recently, security researchers at Sophos alerted netizens that a new series of forged mails that seems to be shipment updates sent from Amazon but in actual

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/29

TrustDefender Foresees Year 2011 as “Year of Malware Attacks”

Recently, Australia's top global and financial security firm, TrustDefender alerted that while 2010 witnessed a stupendous surge in cybercrimes, 2010 will

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/29

IE Superior In Blocking Social Malware

According to security researchers at NSS Labs, it's easier to block socially-engineered malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/29

Malicious Software to Rise In 2011, Predicts Pandalabs

PandaLabs the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security lately published the security company's forecasts about e-threats for 2011. Simultaneously,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/29

25% Internet Users Disable Anti-Viruses; Reports Avira

According to the security company Avira, which recently conducted a survey, 25% of Internet users said that they disabled their ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/28

Russian Cyber-Criminals Currently Hosting Real Wikileaks Website: Spamhaus

Spamhaus the outfit that tracks spam is cautioning that wikileaks.org the actual web-address of WikiLeaks is currently diverting traffic onto an online site

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/28

Fresh Phishing Scam Spotted

According to allspammedup.com, which published its report on December 14, 2010, a fresh ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/28

Stuxnet ‘Virus’ Can be Changed to Attack US Facilities

A report issued by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) claims that Stuxnet, worm that has attacked many Iranian nuclear facilities, can hit the U.S.A

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/28

Scareware Scam Being Circulated Through Hijacked Twitter Accounts

Researchers from Panda Labs, the research laboratory of Panda Security the security company caution that a scareware distribution scam is going on across

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/27

Virus and Malware to become Top Technology Trends during 2011

On the basis of observation in the field of information protection landscape, Symantec has declared its storage and security predictions for the year 2011.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/27

Malevolent RTF Files Drop Trojan Via Abuse of Office Vulnerability

Researchers at Trend Micro the security company state that malevolent Rich Text Format (RTF) files have been detected circulating online that are being used

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/27

Merely 6% of EU Organizations Suffered Data Loss Via Malware During 2010

In a recently published research paper, Eurostat the statistical office of European Union states that 6% of the organizations in the region have been

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/27

Kindsight Research Reveals 33% Home PCs Hacked

Kindsight the developer of Identity Protection has recently announced its 30-day research outcomes after surveying around 200,000 North American households

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/25

Hard-Disk Application Scareware Detected

Security Researcher Dave Michmerhuizen at Barracuda Networks a security company has said that a fresh kind of scareware, which pretends to be a worthwhile

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/25

A Single Breach Behind Leaks at Walgreens, McDonald's, DeviantART and 100 Other Companies

A single intruder is supposed to be involved in the current revealation of the email databases of customers from organizations including McDonald's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/25

Official Website of Alagappa University Compromised and Circulating Malware

Alagappa University's (Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India) official website has been compromised by cybercriminals. Access to the university's website via search

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/25

Job Outlook For Cybercrooks Improves

Among the top five trends predicted by security firm Fortinet in its "Top 5 Security Trends for 2011" states that hackers are likely to get more

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/24

Spammers Exploit “E-Mail This” Functionality of Genuine Websites

Security researchers at Trend Micro the prominent Internet security company are cautioning Web-surfers that scammers, while exploiting news websites'

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/24

Phishers Get Busy In The Run Up To Christmas

According to BKAV an Internet security company based in Hanoi, more than 3,000 Vietnamese people's e-mail passwords were compromised during December 7-9,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/24

Scammers Use Rogue Disk Defraggers in Fresh Trick

Security researchers from GFI Sunbelt warn that fake software programs for disk de-fragmentation are circulating online.

These

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/24

New Scareware Circulation E-mails Link to Malicious Files Harbored at Rapid Share

Recently, security researchers at the Belgian security firm MX Lab have warned netizens regarding a new series of malicious e-mails that directs netizens

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/23

Scammers Dispatch Rogue Twitter-based Spam Regarding WikiLeaks; Avira

Security researchers from Avira the security company caution Web-surfers that a spam run is exploiting the WikiLeaks disgrace in attacks that are targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/23

Kaspersky Announces E-threats Analytical Report for 2010-11

Kaspersky Lab, which specializes in threat management and secure content solutions, declared its "Outcomes for 2010 and Predictions for 2011"

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/23

Social Media Related Malicious Threats Expected to Increase in 2011

Recently, the laboratory of security firm PandaLabs, the Cloud Security Company, has predicted that threats involving social media will surge during

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/23

Middle East Online Banking Users: Easy Targets for Cybercriminals

Security researchers at the security firm Kaspersky have recently highlighted that, banks in the Middle East are highly at risk from more complex online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/22

Spam Mails With Bogus Hallmark E-Cards Doing The Rounds

Researchers from MX Lab a security company caution netizens that a fresh surge of spam mails are posing as messages from Hallmark delivering Christmas

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/22

Rustock Dominates Botnets Pushing Spam

According to one fresh study that Symantec conducted and whose results were published in the company's yearly MessageLabs Intelligence 2010 Security Report,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/22

Microsoft Launches New Security Patches

Leaving besides two vulnerabilities that were claimed critical by Microsoft, 40 separate flaws in this Patch Tuesday (December 14, 2010) including Microsoft

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/22

Avira Finds Fresh Information-Capturing Trojan

Malware analysts from Avira the German anti-virus company are cautioning that one fresh PC Trojan

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/21

WikiLeaks Spam Mails Push Malware: Symantec

Security investigators at Symantec the security company are cautioning that disseminators of malicious software are taking advantage of the latest WikiLeaks

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/21

Websocket Support Disabled in Opera and Firefox Browsers

According to the reports from WebMonkey published on December 10, 2010, Opera and Mozilla have deactivated HTML5 WebSockets support within their individual

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/21

Spammers Abusing Hosting Sites to Spread Redirects

Researchers at Symantec a prominent security company caution users of spammers, who by exploiting non-charging hosting services more-and-more, are planting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/21

McDonald’s Hacked, Loss of Customer’s Data

McDonald's has lost several customer details to a hacker which includes names, contact numbers, street and mail addresses, as per the news published on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/21

Florida Lottery Officials Alerting Netizens of Fake Lottery Email Scams

Florida Officials (US) are cautioning netizens of the state regarding fake e-mail lottery scams and urging them to be wary of them.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/20

Malware Volume Reached Shocking Levels in 2010

Recently, security firm 'Symantec' released its security report namely MessageLabs Intelligence 2010 on December 7, 2010. According to the report,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/20

Fake Facebook Results In Malware

Security officials from Trend Micro caution that malware creators are taking misusing the buzz made

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/20

Spam Level During 2010 Reached 89.1% States Symantec

Symantec, the IT security company, declared its MessageLabs Intelligence 2010 Security Report on December 7, 2010 according to which, during 2010, the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/20

Bogus Facebook And Google Joint Award Scheme Produces Zbot

As per SoftPedia, which published its news report on December 7, 2010, security researchers have cautioned that users must be wary of one fresh spam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/18

IE ‘Protected Mode’ Vulnerability Revealed

According to investigators at Verizon Business, vulnerability exists in the 'protected mode' mechanism of Internet Explorer which suggests that other

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/18

Google Image Search Related to Mono Lake Infected

Recently, security researchers at the security firm GFI Software cautioned netizens that Google images that search results related to Mono Lake situated in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/18

Online Scams to Surge during the Festive Season

Recently, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mobile Media Unlimited Holdings Inc, Enable Software Ltd. cautioned businesses against the foreseen augment in the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/18

M86 Spots Scam EFTPS E-mails

Security investigators from M86, the security company, caution Web-surfers that a fresh surge of bogus e-mail, purporting to be from EFTPS (Electronic

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/17

Trend Micro Detects Fresh Variant of LICAT File-Infector

Security researchers from Trend Micro the security company are cautioning that one fresh variant of the malicious LICAT program has been identified that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/17

Fresh Trojan Pretends To Be Hacking Tool For Steam

According to security researchers, one fresh Trojan pretending to be a hacking program with which games on Steam can be acquired for free is being

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/17

GFI Sunbelt Detects Bothersome Spam Emails from Fake Adobe Support Team

Researchers at GFI Sunbelt (formerly Sunbelt), have warned users and asked them to be cautious as they have uncovered a new wave of spam emails from Adobe

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/17

Chinese Website Promises Fresh Movies, But Actually Installs Malware

According to Webroot a security company, a very recent movie website situated in China offers visitors much more compared to some very recent pirated movies

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/17

50% of Phishing Victims Reveal Personal Information During The Immediate 60-Mins

An experiment, which Trusteer the provider of secure browsing solutions conducted, showed that half of the end-users that got convinced with a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/16

Harmful Web-Links Distributed In Bulk Through Phony Amazon Profiles

Security researchers at Zscaler a cloud security vendor warn that numerous phony Amazon profiles have been identified through which spam links are being

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/16

AppRiver Spots E-mail Scams Associated With Western Union and DHL

Security researchers from AppRiver the security company are cautioning everyone that fresh malicious e-mail campaigns are circulating online in the pretext

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/16

NRI Deceived 2.8 Million in Online Scam

Harry Sagainathan a Dubai based NRI lost Rs 28 lakh in an online lottery scam lately. Sagainathan especially flied down to India to get the lottery

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/16

BBB Raising Warning Against Phishing E-mails

The Better Business Bureau is alerting internet users in the US to be cautious of scam e-mails that are recently being circulated by cybercriminals as the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/15

Stuxnet May Usher In New Specialized Malware Infections: Symantec

According to Symantec the security company, as the Stuxnet worm grows more-and-more in its sinister acts, there may appear further specialized

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/15

Facebook Scam Rapidly Circulating

Currently, a new scam is making rounds on the popular social networking websites. This scam includes a fake application that claims to display the list of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/15

Twitter Users, Victims of BHSEO-Corrupted Web-Links: Kaspersky

Security researchers from Kaspersky the security company caution that Twitter users are being targeted as distributors of malicious software fervently

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/15

New Scareware Pretends to be De-Fragmentation Programs

Security researchers from Symantec say that there has been a temporary shift of scareware purveyors from the common fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/12/14

Worldwide Spam Falls 12% Following Bredolab Takedown: Fortinet

Fortinet the security company declared its Threat Landscape Report for November 2010 on December 1, 2010 according to which, worldwide spam dropped 12% ever

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/14

Forged Security Alert Mails Claiming to be From Facebook

Trend Micro security researchers have been warning Facebook users to be careful of scams mails claiming to have come from Facebook while pretending as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/14

Young Russian Responsible for Running Mega-D Bot-Network: FBI

U.S' FBI has named Oleg Nikolaenko a 23-year-old Russian citizen as the person behind the Mega-D botnet that once dispatched 33% of the total online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/14

Australian ISPs Have Fresh Code For Throttling Zombie Computers

Itwire, which published news on December 1, 2010, reports that one new code-of-practice has been introduced for ISPs to voluntarily adopt towards lessening

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/13

Facebook Used for Phishing Attacks

Websense Security Labs has warned Facebook users of phishing attack after finding out that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/13

Average Spam Traffic Surged to 77.4% During October 2010

Recently, security firm Kaspersky Lab released its spam report. According to the report, the volume of spam e-mail traffic declined by around 3.7% and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/13

Trojans Still the Major Threat to Online Security

Recently, a South Korean provider of integrated solutions and services naming AhnLab released its report for November 2010. The study highlighted that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/13

Siberia Exploits Kit Is Now Still More Advanced

According to security investigators from M86 Security, the Siberia Exploits Kit's makers, seeking to enhance the rate of their success, have made their ware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/13

New Adware-Loading Rootkit Identified

Security researchers at BitDefender say that they've identified one fresh rootkit that apparently loads numerous adware programs onto contaminated PCs. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/11

IT Training Most Critical For Corporate Internet Safety

According to Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos, organizations need to provide data security education to their employees so that their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/11

GFI Software Finds Fake Trojan-Eliminating Toolkit

According to researchers at GFI Software (earlier called Sunbelt) a security company, they've discovered one fresh kit that falsely claims to remove

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/11

RCMP Raised Warning Against E-mail Scam

Recently, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) of the Charlottetown's commercial crime section alerted customers of Bell Canada [Canada's largest

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/11

Japanese Police Arrest Two Over Theft of Lineage Accounts

Police in Japan, who suspect two individuals, have arrested them on charges that they allegedly seized virtual items and characters that gamers playing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/10

State Senator of Tennessee E-mail Got Hacked

As per the reports by Softpedia.com on November 29, 2010, the personal mail account of Tennessee State Senator Mae Beavers (Tennessee, US) has been hacked

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/10

Chinese Govt. Helped Directing Google Attacks

As per the recently issued US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, hacking attacks that caused Google to provisionally defer services on the Mainland China came

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/10

Usual Online Searches Capable of Making Computers Vulnerable

According to The Economic Times news reports dated November 28, 2010, users are being cautioned that their computers aren't as secured as they think. For,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/10

Kaspersky Labs Detects Ransomware Assaults

Investigators at Kaspersky Labs the security company reportedly unearthed one extremely harmful ransomware variant that has been hitting PCs worldwide

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/9

Users of Internet Kiosks Suggested Avoiding Them Whenever Possible

According to Paul Craig, security researcher and consultant, Internet kiosks have security flaws; therefore it may be unwise to work with these devices

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/9

New Drive By Assault With Tricks of Ransomware

Security investigators from SophosLabs are warning that one fresh ransomware attack is ongoing as they analyze it and find that it strikes PC-users through

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/9

E-mail scam Attacks Worcester Residents

Citizens of Worcester (Worcestershire, UK) are being alerted to protect themselves as a fake e-mail scam by Worcestershire Regulatory Services Team has been

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/9

Email Account of John Perham Compromised by Cybercrooks

Recently, in the last week of November 2010, a malware writer attempted to swindle money from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/8

Windows Vulnerability Helps Malware to Evade UAC

Antimalware vendor Prevx has raised warning against a critical flaw in fully patched versions of Microsoft Windows. This new flaw help cybercriminals to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/8

SpyEye Characteristics Now Incorporated Into Zeus: Trend Micro

According to security investigators at Trend Micro the security company, the development of Trojan SpyEye has been put on hold, while its characteristics in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/8

E-mail Hacker Posing as Student Penalized

Daniel Woo a 23-year-old Bulgarian national residing in South London (UK) has been found guilty of infiltrating numerous students' e-mail accounts with the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/8

Avira Detects Tax Related Phishing E-mails Targeting Romanians

Researchers at Avira a security company are urging residents of Romania to watch out for bogus e-mails posing as messages from the country's Ministry of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/7

Spear Phishing Campaign Attacking ESPs Employees Caught

A huge spear phishing campaign had attacked employees of almost 100 e-mail service

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/7

34% of All Malware Threats Ever Created Emerged in 2010

Recently, anti-malware laboratory, Panda Security released a new report. According to the report, the numbers of threats created and circulated during the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/7

Spam Follows Facebook’s Inadvertent Elimination Of User Accounts

A security flaw, which prompted Facebook the well-known social networking website to inadvertently eliminate many authorized accounts during the 4th week of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/7

Fresh Zeus Sample Contaminating Merely High-Performance Computers

F-Secure an anti-virus software provider warns that Zeus in a fresh incarnation is contaminating PCs

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/7

50% SMBs Block Employee Access To Social Networks; Finds Webroot

A recent study that Webroot an Internet security company commissioned reveals that SMBs have raised their vigilance so far as their working staff's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/6

Stuxnet Not Different From Many Malware, Says Expert

A cyber-security debate, which was held on Capitol Hill (Washington D.C., USA), likely focused on the dangers associated with Stuxnet. A PC worm, Stuxnet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/6

Symantec Detects Fresh Cutwail Spam Campaign

Investigators from Symantec the security company caution that one fresh surge of spam mails is doing the rounds, while promoting "Canadian

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/6

New Trojan Blocks Access To Bittorrent Websites: Webroot

Security researchers from Webroot lately detected a strange malicious program, which recreates the infected PCs' Hosts file so that users become unable to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/4

Hackers Repurpose Zeus towards Stealing from Company Bank Accounts

According to one report that the well-known news website Associated Press published with respect to certain details in connection with several thefts by

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/4

Hackers Await Judgment over 12m Pounds in Bank Heist

Some PC-hackers are likely to get a long-time incarceration following their collective involvement in a complex online bank fraud valuing around 12m pounds,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/4

FireEye Spots Fresh Backdoor Targeting Corporate Networks

Researchers from FireEye a security company caution of one fresh backdoor Trojan they have spotted which attacks computers and steals confidential corporate

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SPAMfighter News 2010/12/4

Coming Soon: A New Banking Trojan

Recently, a malware developer announced that he would launch a program dubbed Ares Trojan that

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