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February 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Hoax E-mail about Nuke Accident Found in Finland

As per Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FCRA) and Security Company F-Secure, two mail messages, written in Finnish, were discovered to be

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Hitman Scammer Back with Vengeance, Warns FBI

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning computer users to be wary from the Hitman scammer who is back on the Internet. The scammer is known to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Hackers Exploit IE plug-ins to Steal MySpace, Facebook Members’ Credentials

According to the software security firm Symantec, criminals have began to exploit vulnerabilities in a number of widely installed IE (Internet Explorer)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Google Describes AFL Websites Vulnerable to Hacking

An Internet search on Google for Australian Football League clubs, particularly the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans, brings the group of words,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Experts to Prepare for Warding Off Web 2.0 Threats

According to a Forrester Research study titled, "Top Enterprise Web 2.0 Predictions For 2008", 96% of the total 150 IT professionals interviewed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Critical flaw in VMware Software Allows Compromising Real Window

The virtualization software of VMware Inc., used for Windows, has a critical bug, which allows attackers to elude "guest" OS (Operating System)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/29

Chinese Hacker Pilfer Data from South Korean Shopping Site

Hackbase.com reported that Auction.co.kr, the largest and oldest Website for online shopping in South Korea, has claimed that a Chinese hacker attacked the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Phishing Attack Exploits Taxpayers’ Desire to be Compensated

According to security company McAfee, a new phishing attack is targeting victims of HMRC

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Vishing Used to Con Users by Phishers

As per security providers, hackers have become fairly skilled in exploiting the recent technology for spreading malevolent codes. Their current attack

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Russia: Malware Hub of the World

Experts at security provider PC Tools disclosed that Russia has outranked the US and China as the largest creator of viruses and spyware worldwide. Russia

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Spam Got Doubled to Create Havoc in 2007

According to Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) Biannual Report for 2007, spam volumes doubled in the last six months of 2007 from

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

New Identity Theft Involves Postings without Victims’ Consent

While rapid growth in identity theft is visible and this has again been proved in a recent incident in Alameda. A woman, aged 44, and her daughter, aged 19,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Latest Technique “Text Phishing” Accompanying E-mail Phishing

Customers of banks should be extra cautious against the latest identity theft scheme known as "text phishing". The fake message technique works in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/28

Largest Network of Crackers Busted in Canada

The local police of Quebec asserted that they've busted a gang of cyber-criminals who hacked into unsecured Personal Computers (PCs) worldwide.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

Phishers Try to Seize Stanford Account Details

Fraudulent phishing e-mails were targeting Stanford University students' e-mail accounts

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

Spam Promising Video of Eclipse Installs Trojan

Websense Security Labs has warned that spam mails are being distributed to trick recipients into downloading content from the Internet and possibly

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

IRS Used as phishers’ Popular brand

Security officials at the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), the tax-collecting agency in the US, warned on February 20, 2008 at the Washington hosted Black

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

Hackers Searching for Persons Skilled in Different Languages

According to the report, titled, "One Internet, Many Worlds", prepared by McAfee Inc, hackers are now searching for people with knowledge in other

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

Spanish Police Arrests Ten Nigerians For Alleged E-mail Lottery Scam

Sophos, the provider of IT security, has once again warned computer users to be wary of Internet scams after ten individuals were arrested in Spain for

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

MU Students Received Phishing E-mail

A new phishing scam that recently targeted students of Missouri University caused concern

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/27

Hackers will Intensify Attacks on both ‘Good’ & ‘Bad’ Sites

Trend Micro, the computer security firm, has warned through its Threat Report for 2007 and 2008 Forecast that hackers are increasing attacks on authentic

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

Web Becoming Launching Ground for Harmful Codes

Producer and distributor of information security solutions, Kaspersky, has cautioned that the Web is consistently being used as a ground for relaying

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

Russia & USA Crowned 'Spam Superpower' by SophosLabs Survey

SophosLabs, a security firm, revealed that Russia has emerged as a superpower in generating spam e-mails while the US is leading the league. As per the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

Prolific Japanese Spammer Nabbed

The Japanese Police have taken a "dedicated spammer" into custody for supposedly flooding inboxes with countless unsolicited e-mails, promoting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

NatWest Customer Falls Prey to Phishing Attacks

According to the news published by icNewcastle on February 17, 2008, a NatWest bank customer was robbed of £900 by phishers.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

MessageLabs - India Topped the Countries with High Virus Frequency

According to a study conducted by MessageLabs, a Web security services provider, the virus activities have increased to an enormous amount across the world,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

FTC Reports Identity Thefts at Record High

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its annual report on February 13, 2008 called "Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Complaint Data 2007",

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/26

DOS Flaw Identified in Apple’s iPhone

Blog writer at McAfee Avert Labs, Jimmy Shah, discovered vulnerability in the Safari browser of iPhone on February 20, 2008. The exploit could be used to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Virtualized Servers Vulnerable to DOS & Online Data Theft

Virtualized servers are vulnerable to critical security threats like Denial-of-Service (DoS) and data theft. Meanwhile, the normal defenses like firewalls

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

ITV Website Forces Scareware Package Through Banner Ads

Users who visit the Website of the UK broadcaster ITV face the danger of pop-up programs that expose them to scareware software called Cleanator. The

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Hackers of GSAS Site Claim the Site is Unsecured

Hackers hacked into the Website of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) of Harvard University on February 18, 2008. The hack apparently occurred when

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Hacker Sentenced to Prison for Harassing Singer

A woman, Devon Townsend, was sentenced on February 20, 2008 for two years because she stalked Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. She used her

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Gulf States Significantly Exposed to Threats on Web

According to the international provider of Internet security solutions, Trend Micro, Gulf States are open to online threats as Internet usage is increasing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Firefox, Opera Flaw Could Transfer User’s Web Content Elsewhere

A vulnerable code in Firefox and Opera that affects the manner in which BMP files are handled has been detected. The code is used to create a BMP file which

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

E-mail Scam Sends Hoax Message to Australian Inboxes

An e-mail scam with the subject heading "Urgent Account Revalidation Process" is asking recipients to follow the revalidation process by providing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

DNS Servers Hijacking Traffic to Fraudulent Sites, Galore

According to the researchers of Google Inc. and the Georgia Institute of Technology, there are over 68,000 fake DNS (Domain Name System) servers online that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Phishing Scam Seeks University Students’ E-mail Details

The Indiana University South Bend issued a warning to its students on February 16, 2008 that a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/2/25

Mumbai Man Accused of Phishing HDFC Bank Accounts Faces Arrest

On February 8, 2008, Surat police arrested a man from the western suburbs of Mumbai for making illegal withdrawals of Rs.12 lakhs from HDFC Bank accounts of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Web Search, Browsing, Internet Advertising on Google Adding to Malware Distribution

Web searching and Web browsing activities are increasingly fraught with risks, according to a technical research paper titled "All Your IFRAMES Point

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Virus from China Spreads through Photo Frames

Computer security provider Computer Associates said on February 15, 2008 that an insidiously natured ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

South Dakota Taxpayers Targeted with Tax Refund Scam

Larry Long, Attorney General for South Dakota, warned on February 15, 2008 that refund scams purporting to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) are

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Man Charged of Hacking PC to Nab His Wife

A Madison man has reportedly stalked his wife, Amy E. Bramlett, who is a Madison police officer, by deploying GPS (Global Positioning System) device in her

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Former Council Intern Charged with Intruding City E-mail

Eric Abraham Hernandez, an 18-year-old ex-intern to Sam Liccardo, Councilman for San Jose, is charged with serious crime of allegedly breaking into e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Deceitful Affiliates Using Malware for Advertising Legit Security Products

Security Company Sunbelt Software compiled data for a study that found deceitful affiliates are employing ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/2/22

Claranet Hacked due to Critical Hole in Linux

Following the revelation of critical vulnerability in Linux Kernel on February 10, 2008, the first UK victim availing of services of ISP (Internet Service

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

Hacking Incident Makes Government Websites Inaccessible

In the first week of February 2008, hackers banged into several Websites of the Northern Ireland government, as reported by BBC News on February 12,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

British Banks Increasingly Targeted by Attacker

Principal UK banks are facing phishing attacks by online hackers who are utilizing storm

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

Gmail CAPTCHA Broken by Russian Spam Bots

CAPTCHA, the defense system responsible for prevention of several automatic registrations of falsified accounts at Gmail, is broken after similar broke down

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

Virus Infecting Linux Computers Since Six Years

A Linux virus has been circulating on the Internet since February 2002, and Sophos feels servers' display of the uptime makes them precious for bot-herders

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

New Elusive Trojan Spreads to Several Thousand Websites

San Jose, Calif.-based Finjan Inc., vendor for anti-crimeware solutions and real-time secure gateway, said that its MCRC (Malicious Code Research Center)

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/21

Apple Patches Critical Flaw in QuickTime

A critical flaw in Apple's QuickTime media player software that had been a cause of worry for security experts for almost a month is now corrected with a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Malware in Disguise of Celebrity Videos

Symantec has discovered many fake blogs, described as containing 'home sex movie' created by Cecilia Cheung and Edison Chen, the film stars from Hong Kong.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Hack into MTSU Computer Could Expose Students’ Info

Officials are investigating an unauthorized access to a computer at the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), which could have exposed personal

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Spammers Leveraging from Hillary’s Election Campaign

On February 14, 2008, Symantec wrote on its Security Response blog about a spam message that is being sent in disguise of Hillary Clinton's election

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Spam Jumped by More than 50% Last Year, Health Spam Topped

Marshal, the Internet security providing company, released its latest report on Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE), called "Marshal

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Banks & Government Websites in Phishing Zone

Banks are becoming targets of "phishing attacks" in the Philippines, said TrendLabs, a security firm, reported INQUIRER.net on February 11, 2008.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/20

Apple’s Mac Will Be Increasingly Attacked in Coming Days

Computer security firm Sophos, which conducted a survey of 355 computer users, revealed that 93% of the respondents believed that attacks from malware would

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

Multiple Flaws Identified in Linux Kernel 2.6

A number of flaws have been found to affect Linux Kernel, which local attackers could exploit to evade security systems and gain elevated privileges.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

India’s IT Security Widely Cleaved, Survey Highlights

The leading content protection and Web security firm, Websense Inc., has declared the results of the SOS (State of Security) survey done in India. domain-b

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

Blended Attacks Contributed Highest to Online Threats Last Year

A report on security trends in 2007, based on research of Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force of IBM, suggests that Web browsers are increasingly

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

Online Fraud against Irish Computer will Escalate in 2008

The Microsoft Security Intelligence forecasts that during 2008, Ireland will face a large number of Instant Messaging (IM) and e-mail-related fraud along

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

Hackers Use Antivirus Website to Launch Virus

AvSoft Technologies, an antivirus vendor in India, suffered a hacking attack when its Website was

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/19

New Risks Mitigate Merits of Encryption

The practice of encrypting stored data is followed by many organizations, which want to be free from concerns over loss or theft of data. However, according

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

Phishing E-mail Threatens to Take Life

At Rock Island County, United States, the Moline Police Department said that it is investigating a new online scam in which death threats were delivered to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

Most Web Hacks Found to be Profit-oriented

Breach Security Labs, the research wing of Breach Security Inc., on February 7, 2008, declared the results of its yearly Web Hacking Incident Report. These

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

Hacked Website of UK Landmark Delivers Malware

The Website of the Forth Road Bridge, a famous landmark in the UK, has been torn open to serve malicious code, security experts at Roundtrip Solution, a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

F-Secure Alerts against Bogus Windows Update Sites

On February 8, 2008, the antivirus company F-Secure alerted that another malicious software-implanted

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

Australian Government Networks Fall Prey to Chinese Hackers

Chinese cyber criminals have initiated numerous premeditated strikes on very secret Australian Government's network of computers. This cyber warfare is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/18

Attorney Facilitates Pump-and-Dump Spammers with False Advice

The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), on February 8, 2008, announced an enforcement action settled against Kenneth M. Christison, Attorney of Mill

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

Trojan Attacks Common against Dial-up Users

The security company Kaspersky Lab in the UK is warning computer users that using a dial-up Internet connection to surf the Web could be risky as cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

Spammers’ Software Breaks into CAPTCHA

Spammers are applying a sophisticated program that can set up thousands of e-mail addresses on Windows Live by breaking through the protection system

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

Security Breach Exposes Data on MLS Online Consumers

A wave of attacks making SQL injection on servers of a third-party Internet Service Provider (ISP) compromised an unknown number of people's personal data

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

Recent Decline in Spam Not a Long-term Affair

According to Security Company Soft Scan, provider of e-mail security, spam levels came down in January 2008, following a peak in December 2007. But the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

Growth of Spam Win over Virus

The statistics of IE Internet, a messaging and e-mail security company, revealed that the US continues to remain on the top in the spam league, accounting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/16

FBI Caution Users on E-mail Scams

The FBI issued a warning to the public against an e-mail which alleges that a complaint has been reported against that particular user or his company with a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

Unawareness Spurs Growth in Spyware

On January 31, 2008, anti-spyware experts announced that though there have been a remarkable decrease in the spyware-related problems in the US, but due to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

New Data-stealing Nuwar Worm Found Active

According to a study by Panda ActiveScan online anti-malware system, a new variant of the Nuwar thieving worm is found to increase rapidly. The malware is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

Adobe Updates Reader to Mend Unspecified Security Problems

Adobe issued on February 6, 2008 a security update that mends flaws in its popular Reader document viewing software. The company has urged users to upgrade

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

Commonwealth Bank Falls Prey to Phishing Scam

As Commonwealth Bank warns its clients that a phishing campaign was waging attacks, the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

Mozilla’s New Update Fixes Vulnerabilities in Firefox

Mozilla released ten security patches on February 8, 2008 to fix vulnerabilities in its Firefox browser, which has at least three critical flaws. Firefox

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/15

New Celebrity Botnet Hooks on Paris & Britney

E-mails carrying false links to Google search results for Paris Hilton and Britney Spears are being spammed from a new botnet that directs users to Russian

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

Phishers Aiming College Faculty & Students as Targets

In some new waves of attack, phishers are choosing schools and universities as targets to send their fraudulent e-mails. Within the industry of information

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

Remote Workers should Enhance Their Security Vigilance

Cisco declared on February 5, 2008 the results of its yearly global research on remote workers' online behavior and security awareness with a warning that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

Europe Rated the Greatest Spam Generator

Symantec has released its State of Spam Report on February 6, 2008, predicting that the volume of spam would increase during the month with Europe playing a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

Flaw in Gmail Expose It to Hackers

The CEO and Security researcher of Errata Security, Robert Graham, revealed that Gmail is susceptible to hacking. Gmail accounts accessed through the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

FTC Files Petition against MySpace Hackers

On January 31, 2008, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) filed a complaint against two phishers, Walter Rines, and his business associate, Sanford Wallace,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/14

FBI Warned against Valentine Day Storm Worm

The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) office in San Diego, California, has issued a warning in the backdrop of Valentine Day against possible spam

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

Spammers in US Charged for Falsely Promoting HGH

A judge of the US District Court has issued an order for a company in Las Vegas to halt sending unsolicited promotional e-mails for anti-aging and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

Skype Fixes Much Publicized Cross-zone Scripting Problem

Skype has patched vulnerability in one of its software that otherwise could allow attackers to inject JavaScript on PCs running Windows.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

Treacherous Botnet MayDay Sneaks through US Companies

A new botnet of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing type has been established that is even stronger and stealthier in infiltrating educational institutions, large

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

Flaws Detected in Yahoo Music Jukebox

US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), on February 5 2008, posted a warning about two critical vulnerabilities detected recently inside Yahoo's

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

Consumer Organization Calls RealPlayer Software ‘Badware’

StopBadware.org, an organization for Internet security, has labeled the pair of latest editions of the widely used RealPlayer as "badware" because

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/13

California Sets Rules for Notifying Breaches to Consumers

The California Senate has legislated wide measures that would require organizations to notify consumers more extensively about data breaches, set up a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

PandaLabs Reports One Trojan & Three Worms as Top Malware

As per a PandaLabs report, the most active malware that emerged during January 25-31, 2008 were

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

A Dozen Microsoft Security Bulletins for February

Microsoft is considering issuing twelve security bulletins in the coming week, the software giant said on February 7, 2008. These patches are going to be

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

ActiveX control of Image Uploaders of MySpace, Facebook Critically Flawed

A critical vulnerability in the ActiveX control component of image uploaders is highly exploitable so hackers might install ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

Aviation Hacker under Arrest in Greece

On January 25, 2008, the police of Greece arrested a man in Athens, Greece, for hacking into the systems of Dassault Group, an aviation company of France,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

Ad Company Enters Into Settlement with FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused a Web advertiser for sending spam messages with fake subject lines to misguide consumers. The consumers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/12

Spammers Exploiting BBB to Trick Users

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has raised a warning bell against the fake e-mails being sent to the business groups and consumers, exploiting and misusing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/2/11

Three Found Guilty for Spamming

The US Attorney Benton J. Campbell of the Eastern District of New York and Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced on

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