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February 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

U.S. Blames China for Large-Scale Cyber Attacks

The U.S. Military says it has been fruitfully engaged in Internet war against China since long. The Naval Network Warfare Command claims to locate and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

Spyware Most Prevalent Through Adware

ActiveScan, the online solution from PandaLabs has detected adware in nearly 64 percent of spyware

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

New Phishing Scam Uses ‘Phishing’ Theme

Computer scammers are using the threat of their own crimes as a new theme but with the same objective of luring people to surrender personal

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

Hackers Find Korea a Safe Place to Launch Attacks

The dominant use of Windows operating system but lacking in cyber security and unique Internet infrastructure has helped Korean hackers to find the country

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

Fake Spam Mail Announces Australian PM’s Heart Attack

Different kinds of e-mails span across the Internet. While some like those reporting Britney Spears' attractive new hairstyle may be true, others claiming

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

Anti-Spyware Firms Find Weaknesses in Microsoft’s Windows Defender

PC Tools has made public the findings of an independent research by Enex Testlab on anti-spyware programs with respect to Microsoft's Windows Defender. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/28

‘Sex Offenders’ Register’ Lists Senders of Offensive E-Mails in U.K.

Sending e-mails having sexual content could place a sender's name on the sex offenders' register under the modified legislation, enforced during the end of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Spyware on a School Computer Perhaps Directed to Porn Sites

Two individuals were witnesses to James McKinley's computer depicting pictures of nude women. On February 15, 2007 the links to those websites could have

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Two Third Websites Vulnerable to Exploitation

There is inherent security vulnerability in about seven websites out of every ten. These vulnerabilities are susceptible to attackers' exploits that can

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Verizon Sets Alarm against New Phishing E-Mails

Verizon Wireless is warning its customers to be wary of a bunch of fraudulent e-mails purporting to be its customer service notices, making rounds across

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Spamming Rises on Valentine’s Day But Purchase Rate Drops

For some, Valentine's Day may mean a lot of business for greeting card manufacturers. But lately it also means a moneymaking opportunity for spammers.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Vulnerability Found Exploitable in UTorrent

IT security experts said the latest AuTorrent BitTorrent client server is vulnerable to exploits in the client server's latest version.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Tough Laws against Spammers in Singapore

Spam mails can clog inboxes and increase the phone bills. But soon there will be tough laws that will protect consumers by enabling them to sue for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/27

Gourmet Coffee Roaster Convicted for Libel and Hacking Rival Website

A body of judges has found a connoisseur of coffee at Arcata guilty of damaging the reputation of a competitor coffee company by hijacking its Web site and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

Microsoft Cautions against New Word Flaw

After issuing Patch Tuesday on February 13, 2007 Microsoft discovered a new flaw in Word. The company has issued an advisory warning users that many are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

Another Nurech Worm Appears, on Valentines’ Day

PandaLabs has identified the Nurech.B worm that purports to be a Valentine Day's message and is similar to its predecessor, Nurech.A. Meanwhile Nurech.A

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

A Turkish Hacker Defaces NZ Websites

A hacker who attacked New Zealand Internet service providers embedded Turkish script on customers' homepages. On each of the websites he defaced the site's

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

Sex Predator Broke Into PCs and Blackmailed Girls

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that a sexual predator belonging to North Carolina broke into the PCs of young girls in Florida to access their

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

‘Drive-by Pharming’ – A New Attack on Routers

In a recent threat dubbed "Drive-by Pharming" an attacker could alter the home routers' configuration by planting JavaScript code, said security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

Cisco Finds Two Vulnerabilities and Recommends for Patches

Cisco Systems has discovered two more flaws in its series of networking programs. These are in its Pix 500 range of security appliances, its 5500 range of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/26

DirectRevenue Spammed Adware; Settles Charges

A company in New York, which faces charges of infecting users' computers with adware, has agreed to pay U.S. $1.5 million. There were accusations on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

Russian Hackers Shared Roots with Turkish Gang

Three hackers based in Russia sent out viruses to one million e-mail inboxes to steal information relating to their bank accounts. The hackers belong to an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

Two Flaws Affect Similarly IE and Firefox Respectively

In a rather unusual incident, the two most frequently used browsers worldwide have been simultaneously found with two flaws that affect in the same fashion.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

New Results from Cracking HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

A hacker has cracked digital rights management (DRM) by finding the keys for all Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies and copied those to hard drives.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

Google Enhances Search Results with Malware Warnings

Google is sending out alerts to searchers about risky sites before they move to visit them, by incorporating ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

E-Mail Scams Purport from BBB

A spurious scam targeted the Better Business Bureau network on February 13, 2007. The scammers sent out e-mails to a number of Canada and United States'

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

Chinese Police Set To Release Hacker’s Worm Killer Program

A hacker who was detained just a few days back will now be allowed to release a patch for fixing the worm he had aided in writing, reported the state media

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/23

An Unusually Heftier Patch Tuesday For Microsoft

With about half a dozen security-bulletin fixing issues external to the OS, the "Patch Tuesday" event of Microsoft this month is going to remain

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Washington State AG Files Lawsuit Under Computer Spyware Act

On February 8, 2007, Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna declared a lawsuit charging three California-based online affiliate advertisers and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Computer Hackers Intrude UGA Disability Center

Gareth Fenley, a graduate from University of Georgia came to know that a computer hacker gained access to her records when she received an e-mail on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Experts Find Two Vulnerabilities in Firefox

Firefox, the open source browser fails to prevent certain phishing sites and undesirable

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Viruses Pose Biggest Threat to Asian Companies

Executives of small and medium sized businesses situated in the Asia-Pacific region consider ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Unprofessional Disposals Can Expose Companies To ID Theft

Pointsec Mobile Technologies released a survey, which shows companies do not always take care in disposing their old mobile devices and computers as safely

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/22

Biggest Hacker Seeks Justice against Extradition

A British citizen facing expulsion to the U.S. for allegedly conducting the "biggest military computer hack ever" has appealed to the High Court

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Trend Micro Warns of Flaw in its Anti-Virus

Anti-virus vendor, Trend Micro has a serious vulnerability in more than 30 of its security tools, so goes the warning from the firm to its users.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Storm Worm Shows New Behavior

A flood of spam mails is inundating the Internet that lies about promises of providing information relating to winter storms that devastated Northern Europe

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Two Girl Students Face Charges for Tampering School Computer

Officials imposed strong penalties on two students in the Edgewood City School District for announcing a "snow" day.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Penn State Technology Fast in Capturing Worms

Researchers at Penn State University have designed technology they claim can catch computer worms faster than conventional signature-based solutions and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Online Bankers’ Education on Phishing is Obsolete

If customers continue to be unable to acquire their own money over online transactions; banks would in all probability transfer the responsibility of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/21

Ipswitch Attributes Spam Rates to High Stock Tip and Phishing E-Mails

Ipswitch, the company that monitors network and e-mail has announced its sixth 'Spamometer' report. It elicits the survey findings relating to frequency and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

RSA Attendees Responsible for Wireless Vulnerability

Air Defense Inc., the firm providing wireless security examined the wireless LAN traffic at the RSA Conference from its show floor. The conference at San

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

Rental Scams Ruse Online Surfers

Online scammers making money out of fraudulent practices estimate to $335 million per annum. Scams are of various forms and targets of various kinds.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

Police Detains Young Hackers in China

Eight hackers based in Hubei Province of central China created a cyber Trojan horse that attacked 1 million PCs. Police have detained them for their

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

Microsoft Will Open Security Research Centers Outside U.S.

With plans to expand its security research teams, Microsoft has announced that it will open some such new centers in Europe and Asia. These centers will be

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

Microsoft Plans Release of a Dozen Patches

Microsoft shall release twelve security updates on Tuesday, February 13. These updates are related to a broad range of applications. The dozen patches will

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/20

Man Admits Guilt For Spamming E-Mails

A man from Iowa on February 7, 2007, admitted to have misrepresented information in commercial e-mails in the act of spamming them intentionally, according

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

Pornographic Spam Showed Sliding Trend in January

For years pornography has been the favorite subject of spam messages surpassing 'get-rich-quick' scams and Britney Spears. But now, a sliding trend is being

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

Phishers Get Closer and Sharper on Their Victims

Modern phishing is getting more personal. In the past, phishers made obvious mistakes by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

Hacker Steals Credit Card Data from State Web Site

A hacker appeared to have targeted the state government's Web site to record credit card numbers of 5,600 businesses and consumers, said the Indiana Office

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

FBI Experiences Loss and Theft of Laptops

The Federal Bureau of Investigation loses three to four laptops every month either through theft or otherwise, says the February 2007 report of the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

Employment Websites Play Fraud With Job Hunters

Job seekers in large numbers upload their resumes, including contact details on well-known employment Web sites. USAVoice.org claims to be one such site

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

Companies Should Safeguard Their Paper Recycling Processes

Companies that fail to take enough precautions when recycling office documents are at high risk of exposing themselves to e-crime. System Associates has

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/19

A Hack Vandalizes the Website of Canadian Nuclear Commission

An impudent hacker invaded the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission website on February 7, 2007 and defaced it with photographs of a nuclear explosion. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Internet Worm War Further Ignited by 'Storm Trojan'

Last seen in January, the Trojan horse called "Storm Trojan" is back again. And, this time it's spreading over the instant messaging & is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Alarm Ringed Over The Zero-day Threat Of Solaris

The telnet application of Solaris 10 was found to be having a major flaw that could be exploited easily, divulged security experts. Meanwhile, the code of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Websites Largely Contain SQL Injection Or XSS Vulnerabilities

ScanAlert, provider of web security certification announced the results of its recent report on February 7, 2007. The report relates to security of software

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Third-Party Programs Too Can Make Vista Vulnerable

After the ShoutHack vulnerability last week, the recently released OS (Operating System) Windows Vista is being targeted once again. Although the recent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Kaspersky Predicts Ransomware Threats For 2007

'Ransomware Trojans' would be the key trend of cyber crime in 2007, said Eugene Kaspersky, head of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

Gates Discusses Various Things at S.F. Security Conference

In the age of widespread use of computers and laptops, the tech industry faces the challenge of keeping information secure, said Chairman of Microsoft, Bill

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/15

A Case of DoS Attack on Root Servers

A 'denial of service' attack on February 6, 2007 hit the 13 servers that coordinate Internet traffic around the world. The attacker is said to have made an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

Zhelatin Variants Intercepted By Security Experts

Kaspersky Lab's security experts have discovered a fresh mutant of the email worm "Zhelatin". The company identified this new mutant

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

Wales Businesses Are Susceptible to E-Crime

Businesses and homes throughout Wales fail to ensure adequate protection on their computer networks leaving them virtually open to online fraudsters and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

Phishing Erodes Customers’ Trust on Online Banking

Customers are responding less to e-mails coming from banks as a phishing scam posing to be

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

New Threats Out To Defeat Anti-Virus Products

A new technically-empowered malware has surfaced that defeats the conventional signature-based security programs in blocking new breeds of worms and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

Court Fines Man for Sneaking Into Police Computer and Other Offense

A man from ChristChurch faced a fine of $1,500 for breaking into the police computer system and forging an identity card. He admitted using a radio for the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/14

‘Chip and PIN’ Not Enough Secured, Demonstrate Researchers

Two researchers in U.K. demonstrated the way to hack a security system in which a user needs to key in a four-digit number for a credit or debit card

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Study Determines Hacking Frequency and Behavior

Four Linux computers with vulnerable passwords were left online for 24 hours to determine the trend of attacks on them. This was the preparation a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Social Security Numbers on New York State Website Get Easy Visibility

New York Dept. of State removed certain public records from its Web site. These records included the SSN (Social Security Numbers) and other private details

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Surges in Viruses Repeat in 2007

New Postini research claim virus attacks to increase twenty times over 2006 average. Several ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Macedonian Hackers Posted Threatening Message on Bulgarian President’s Website

Macedonian hackers attacked the official website of Bulgarian President, reports Vreme, the Macedonian newspaper in its article that was entitled

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Powerball Scammers Use Louisiana Lottery’s Name

The Louisiana (USA) Lottery has sent out a warning relating to an e-mail scam that uses the Powerball Game. The office says it has no role in this

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/13

Hostile JavaScript Contaminating Different Websites

A large number of websites not related to each other have malicious scripts that tend to infect computers when the sites are open on their browsers. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

Site-Authentication Images Ensure Web Safety Only 10% Times

Online bankers tend to evade critical signs and hints regarding the potential compromise of any banking site, say researchers at Harvard University and the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

An Internet Hack That Lasted 12 Hours

On February 6, 2007, hackers launched an unprecedented attack on the Internet. It was so powerful that it stayed for a significant duration of twelve hours.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

German Police May Not Sneak Into PCs; Orders Court

The German High Court has prohibited police from planting spyware on the PCs of suspected criminals

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

Employees Pose Internal Risk in European Businesses

McAfee's recent findings project that European businesses are liable to growing risk due to internal reasons such as employees who open up sensitive and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

E-Mail Virus Using Romantic Themes Infects Computers

PandaLabs has detected a worm dubbed as Nurech.A. The worm has been spreading rapidly through mass mail messages and has infected a large number of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

Asian Earthquake Possibly Dropped Spam Levels

The recent earthquake in Asia may be a significant reason for the drop in spam levels in January 2007. A research by hosting firm IE Internet shows that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/12

‘Open Rate’ of Phishing Messages is One in Six

Online miscreants send out as many as 59 million phishing e-mails every single day, and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/9

Scam Involving “Free Software CD” Comes to a Close

A company that was campaigning 'free software CDs' but unlawfully billing customers' credit cards without their authorization has temporarily stopped its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/9

Microsoft Confirms Un-patched Flaw in Excel

Microsoft has confirmed a new vulnerability in some versions of the popular software Excel, which belongs to the Microsoft Office package.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/9

Hackers Invade CDC’s Podcast Site

Authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are worried about a new kind of computer virus.

Some hackers broke

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/9

Hacker Compromises UM System Data

A hacker infiltrated into a computer system of University of Missouri in January 2007. The hack could have resulted in leakage of the Social Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/9

Trusted Websites Turn Green, Thanks To IE7

CNET News reported on February 6, 2007 that Markellos Diorinos, Product Manager, Windows, Microsoft, stated in an interview, the software titan made a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/8

Scammers Exploit Tax System Resulting in ID Theft

E-mail scam pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs authorities is in circulation requesting recipients to provide their financial information in order

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/8

Vista’s Four AV Products Failed VB100 Tests

An anti-virus software of Microsoft that was compatible to a Vista program failed to cull all the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/8

Police Arrests Hingham Contractor for ID Fraud

A woman from Hingham employed as a state contractor allegedly hacked computer to steal sensitive data storing workers' compensation amounts. Later she used

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/8

Dutch Authorities Fine Man For Spamming

Authorities have found a spammer who sent out more than nine million advertisements through e-mail for items like erection pills.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/7

Court Sentences Two Dutch Hackers for Identity Fraud

Two hackers belonging to the Netherlands injected malware to infect millions of computers in order

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/7

U.S. ID Fraud Declines but Young Adults at Risk

While identity theft can still pose multi-billion dollar danger for organizations and consumers, attacks by this fraud in the U.S. declined significantly in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/7

Spyware Adding More Sinister Motives

Recent research has shown that spyware is posing increasingly dangerous threats and in newer forms. Web security firm ScanSafe has revealed through its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/7

Hacker Attacks Dolphin’s Web Sites before Super Bowl Game

A hacker planted malicious code on the legal Web site of Dolphin Stadium just some days before start of the Super Bowl. The hacker's intention was to inject

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/6

ID Theft Used Information Originating in Romania

A Sacramento man has been accused for involvement in a credit card fraud over the Internet who victimized 1,000 card holders. The fraud is found to link

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/6

FTC Demands Sony’s Full Disclosure About its DRM-CDs

Sony BMG Music Entertainment arrived at a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission on January 30, 2007 over the conflict of adding anti-piracy rootkit

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/6

Flaw in Vista Speech Recognition Feature

News spread on 31st January 2007 that Microsoft's new operating system Vista is flawed in its speech recognition feature. Microsoft acknowledged that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/6

Cyber Attackers Return to Target German Police

Criminal forces on the Internet have once again targeted the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany to send spam mails. The spam mails, which pose to be

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/5

South Korean ‘Queen Of Spam’ Detained

An online advertiser known as "Queen of Spam" became infamous when the police caught him for playing offensively with Internet users by sending

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/5

Sophos Lists Top Ten Malware For 2006

Sophos has listed the most severe malware threats and deceptive e-mails that created havoc for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/5

Hackers Plant Porn Links on UA Servers

Two departments of University of Arizona discovered on January 25, 2007 that hackers flooded their servers with links directing users to a large number of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/2/5

Phishing Incidents in India Grow By 180%

Internet surfers may well be wary of the rise in fake links to websites that could draw the details of their bank accounts. According to government

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