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February 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/2/28

Brits Increasingly Falling Victim to Online Phishing

Statistics from the UK-based Fraud Prevention Service CIFAS indicate that over 23% of British Internet users reported that they or their family members and

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/28

Visa Reveals Another Payment Processor Scam

As per the member of credit unions and banking associations, MasterCard and Visa are alerting banks about accounts being attacked by hackers.

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/28

Trojan Delivered Through Social Networking Site Toolbar

Researchers at McAfee, an online security solutions provider, have discovered a fresh online threat that conceals in a legitimate toolbar application for

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/28

TrendLabs - Spammers Targeted Orkut Users

TrendLabs said that during the second week of February 2009, users of social networking site-Orkut- was chosen for a mail scam to execute ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/28

F-Secure – Internet users Lack Sufficient Knowledge of Online Risks

Security company F-Secure, which published its annual Internet security study, indicated that 92% of worldwide participants said they had anti-malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/28

Edmonton Residents Alerted of Online Dating Fraud

Edmonton (Canada) police warned on February 17, 2009 that a new online dating scam had been circulating on the Internet.

In a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/27

Spammers Again Manage to Crack CAPTCHA

According to security company Websense, spammers have already busted the new

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/27

Canada Prepares to Fight against Spammers, Anti-Spam Bill in Senate

An anti-spam bill is under the consideration of the Canadian Senate that is likely to

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/27

Phony Antivirus on Cleveland.com Causes Problem on Site

On February 7, 2009, the US website Cleveland.com encountered technical problems when an advertisement promoting a malicious program was launched from

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/27

New Scribble Virus Damages Files Beyond Repair

According to malware researchers at Sophos, an ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/27

Cyber Criminals Using Osama Bin Laden Themed E-mails to Spread Virus

According to security researchers, a five-year old (2004) computer virus using the Osama Bin Laden

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/27

Conficker Worm in Incarnation of Conficker B++

The authors of the widespread worm "Conficker" have unleashed the latest variant of the wicked ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/2/26

Domain Name Whitelisting Allows Spam to Pass Undetected

Security company Network Box, which recently conducted a study, reveals that organizations generally whitelist their individual domain names which make spam

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/26

Spyware Invades Computers of Indian Foreign Ministry

Computer users at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are facing a nightmare on account of a security breach as several systems at the ministry

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/26

Online Criminals Adopt New Tactics to Sell Fake Anti-Virus Products

Internet users need to be cautious of a fresh scam that posts fraud reviews in an attempt to dodge people into buying a bogus security software dubbed

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/26

Malware Attack Exploits Patched IE7 Vulnerability

A critical security flaw in Microsoft's Web browser IE7 has created an opportunity for hackers to remotely execute malicious software on the targeted

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/26

Hackers Engaged Federal Travel Booking Site to Circulate Malware

A travel reservation site, GovTrip.com, which is used by many federal agencies, was found compromised in the second week of February 2009. The hacked site

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/26

Computer Virus Infects German Army Network

The Defense Ministry of Germany has announced that a harmful computer virus known as 'Conficker'

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/25

Rising Spam and Infected PCs – A Big Concern for the Middle East

According to Trend Micro, a security vendor, the aggregate of infected computers is expected to rise dramatically in 2009 all over the world, with many in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/25

Phishers Once Again Target MobileMe User Community

A complex phishing scam has targeted MobileMe, Apple's online service, as it tricks users

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/25

Virulent Strain of Virut Virus Comes in the Wild

On February 11, 2009 Software Giant- Microsoft- cautioned that a specifically nasty version of Virut Virus has been released and companies should ensure

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/25

Microsoft Releases February Bulletin, With Two Patches Labeled ‘Critical’

On February 10, 2009, Microsoft issued four fresh security updates that specifically address eight flaws. The updates reportedly include patches for

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/25

Insider Security Attacks Foreseeable To Mount Globally

The leading security experts of the world are warning organizations that they may experience a rise in security attacks from inside their companies on

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/25

F-Secure Faced New Wave of Hacking Attacks Against Security Vendors

A Romanian hacker has revealed a latest SQL injection attack in a posting on hackersblog.org forum. The unidentified hacker stated that after exploiting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/24

Spam Traffic Increases in Russia

Chief of Kaspersky Lab Content Filtration, Andrei Nikishin, reveals that the share of spam in Russia touched 82.1% of total mail traffic during 2008, an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/24

Phishers Using TinyURL to Divert Users to Malicious Sites

According to security company Trend Micro, phishing fraudsters are exploiting the TinyURL

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/24

Cahoot Bank Warns Customers of Phishing Scam

According to the news reports published by FraudWatch International on February 9, 2009, UK-based Cahoot Bank is warning its customers of a ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/24

Virus Attack Collapsed Nearly All Computers at NIC

A nasty computer virus infiltrated the systems at North Idaho College causing damage to nearly 90% of

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/24

Sunbelt Software Releases Top Ten Trojan List for January 2009

Security vendor Sunbelt Software announced its monthly data record comprising of the most frequently observed spyware and malware threats on February 10,

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/24

Cyber Criminals Using Digg.com to Distribute Adware

PandaLabs, the malware detection and analysis laboratory of Panda Security, has published its

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/23

Phishing Scam Targeted FairPoint E-mail Customers

FairPoint Communications Inc. located in North Carolina (US) announced on February 6, 2009 that it had come to know of a potential consumer scam that linked

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/23

Phishers Giving Bogus Job Adverts to Steal Private Information

According to reports released by the Office of Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland on February 9, 2009, cyber criminals are taking advantage of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/23

Lloyds Banking Group Cautions Customers Against Phishing Attacks

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), which came into existence in January 2009 with Lloyds TSB (Trustee Savings Bank) taking over HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland),

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/23

Cloudmark Released Seven Spam Techniques Hackers Use

Cloudmark, an online security company, released a list of seven deadly sins of social networking spam used by the hackers. The list contains all kinds of

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/23

Symantec Warns Computer Users about Virus Targets Multimedia Files

Symantec, an online security company, released a warning in the first week of February 2009 about a ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/23

Kaspersky Confirmed Data Breach on its Website

Moscow-based security firm Kaspersky Lab confirmed a security breach on February 9, 2009 in which database consisting of customer details remained exposed

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/21

Rejected E-mails Enabled China Overtake US in Spam Generation

According to UK-based security software provider iCritical, as spam originating in massive volume from the Far East and China, more concerns will emerge for

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/21

Virus Interrupted Operation on Several Workstations in Springfield City

A virus that infiltrated computers in Springfield City (US) has led to the closure of a number of workstations in the city. The ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/21

Trend Micro Forecasts Threats for 2009

Security company Trend Micro while giving its forecasts on Internet threats in 2009 stated that the year 2008 was a period of botnet advancement as an

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/21

Phishers Target UM Grizmail Accounts

The University of Montana (UM) IT department is trying to detect online fraud incidences on its campus so that students' university-offered Grizmail

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/21

Computer Virus Disrupts Operation of French Fighter Jets

A virus that infected Franch defense computers containing military data resulted in non-operation of some fighter jets belonging to the country's navy for

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/21

Computer Virus Disrupts Houston Municipal Court Systems

Houston (USA) halted part of the municipal courts operations, suspending arrests and canceling hearings for minor crimes following a virus that infected

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/20

More than 70% of E-mails Intercepted in January 2009 were Spam

Security company MessageLabs in its report titled 'MessageLabs Intelligence Report' has revealed that the worldwide spam volume increased 4.9% in January

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/20

Barracuda Networks Caution Against IRS & CRA Spoofed Phishing E-mails

Barracuda Networks Inc., an Internet security company, is giving warning to e-mail users not to open e-mails or click on links included in e-mails that

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/20

Scam with Parking Slips Causes Computer Infection

A gang of cyber criminals has been using a scam of a real-world nature in an attempt to spread malicious code. Security researchers at SANS Institute

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/20

Pinch Trojan Beating Signature-based Antivirus Solutions

Security company Prevx has detected a new version of a notorious Trojan virus dubbed as 'Pinch'. Criminals behind this program has unleashed it onto the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/20

Attackers Primarily Targeted Unpatched Systems in January 2009

In its recently published 2009 Threatscape report, Fortinet indicates that there was an increase in attacks exploiting vulnerabilities on unpatched

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/20

ANZ Bank Cautions Customers against Bogus Form

ANZ Bank in Australia has issued an alert to its customers to watch out for a fake website generated by a virus hiding in the victim's PC. This website,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/19

Tweet Tornado Enables Spammers to Create Innumerable Fake Twitter Profiles

Although Twitter doesn't involve in making any money, spammers continue to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/19

SARS Warned Taxpayers about Two Different E-mail Scam

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) alerted taxpayers on February 9, 2009 against two e-mail scam using 'SARS' name to deceive them to reveal their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/19

Phishers Target McDonalds with Fake Survey E-mail Scam

Phishing scammers in a new attack are conducting a fake McDonalds' survey in an attempt to deceive users into revealing their credit card information.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/19

Phishers Divert Targets to Hotel Websites from Banks & Ecommerce Outlets

According to a team of security experts at FraudTip, phishers have added a new attack in their kitty to deceive hotel customers instead of targeting banking

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/19

China Moving Fast to Dominate Spam World

Security company McAfee in its new report titled "February 2009 Spam Report" has indicated that China is expected to be an emerging superpower in

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/19

Modern Attacks Beating Browsers & Antivirus Solutions

Researchers at Cyveillance, specialist in messaging security, have released the findings of its report on cyber intelligence which indicate that most of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/18

Spam & Malware-based E-mail Attacks Surged in January 2009

According to AppRiver, the company that specializes in malware filtering, spam and ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/2/18

Phishing Scam Attacks Idaho First Bank Customers

According to the news published by IDAHOBUSINESSREVIEW on February 3, 2009, McCall (Delaware, US) based Idaho First Bank has notified the office of Lawrence

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/18

Penn State Webmail Community Receiving Phishing E-mails

A couple of new online scams involving phishing e-mails seem to be targeting the Penn

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/18

OFT Begin Online Security Awareness Campaign to Save Brits

With a view to raise awareness about the massive scams that put financial burden of £3.5 Billion on the UK residents every year, the Office of Fair Trading

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/18

SRA Suffers Virus Attack Leading to Potential Data Loss

SRA International, a government contractor providing privacy and cyber security services, has issued a warning to its staff members that their private

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/18

Kurdish Insurgent may Face 10 Years Imprisonment for Hacking

Turkish authorities are demanding that a man who pleaded guilty to hacking into government websites on behalf of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) should be

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/17

Virginia Tech University’s Webmail Hit by Phishing E-mail

A phishing e-mail imitating the University hit the webmail system of Virginia Tech. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/17

Phishing Scams Targeting Hickory Residents

As Hickory, situated in North Carolina (US), is reeling under the impact of the economic meltdown, its residents are being taken into yet another online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/17

KnujOn Enlisted 10 Most Spam-friendly Registrars

KnujOn, an anti-spam organization, recently released a list of top ten Internet

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/17

Symantec Detects Bankpatch Trojan

Researchers at Symantec, a security firm, has detected a Trojan known as Trojan.Bankpatch.C that steals banking details from users; thus, creating security

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/17

SEO Poisoning Infecting Google Videos

Security investigators from Trend Micro, an antivirus company, have warned that visual search results

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/17

Firefox & Chrome Vulnerable to Clickjacking Attacks

A proof-of-concept code exploiting a clickjacking flaw has been discovered in two widely used Internet browsers Firefox and Chrome. Aditya Sood, Security

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/16

Taiwan to Adopt Anti-spam Law

Now Internet users receiving spam e-mails can claim damages between NT$ 500 and NT$ 2,000 for every e-mail from ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/2/16

Phishing Scam Targeting Walmart Customers

Janet T. Mills Attorney General issued an alert on January 30, 2009 to caution consumers about a phony survey ran by the e-mail scammers pretending to be

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/16

Ohio & Northern Indiana Taxpayers Cautioned about Stimulus Payment Phishing E-mails

Northern Indiana's Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning residents to look out for a new e-mail scam trying to seize personal information from

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/16

DOJ Issues Hoax E-mail to Test TSP Employees’ Online Security Knowledge

The US DOJ (Department of Justice) sent hoax e-mail to federal workers. In fact, it was a mock attempt to phish off sensitive information to determine how

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/16

X-Force – 53% of Security Vulnerabilities Remained Unpatched in 2008

IBM's X-Force research group in its report, "2008 X-Force Trends and Risk", said that nearly 53% of security vulnerabilities detected by the group

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/16

Modifications in UAC of Windows 7 beta Introduces Vulnerability

Security experts have discovered a potentially severe vulnerability in the UAC (User Account Control) utility in Windows 7. The utility, a security feature

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/15

Phishing E-mail Hits Wells Fargo Customers

According to financial firm Wells Fargo located in San Francisco, California, USA, a new e-mail claiming to be from the firm and requesting the recipient

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/15

Ukrainian Web Host of Malicious Programs Shutdown

A Web hosting service provider in Ukraine that was supporting an invasive and prolific group of malicious programs for long time has been shutdown after

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/15

Spam Regaining Lost Volume After McColo Shutdown

MessageLabs issued a report in the end week of January 2009 which states that the volume of spam has nearly returned to volume prior to the McColo shutdown

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/15

New Obama Worm Probably a Student’s Mischief

Distributor of AVG's security software, Walling Data, has recently detected a computer worm that reportedly displays President Obama's tiny image. The

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/15

MyDoom E-mail Virus Turned Five This Year in January

The Windows PC virus MyDoom, which had made its debut on January 26, 2004, turned five years old on January 26, 2009. After its first appearance, MyDoom

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/15

Google Inadvertently Labels Search Hits as Malicious

On January 31, 2009, many Internet users could not access websites following a fault in Google's search engine that labeled all search hits as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/14

FirstBank Warns its Customers About Phishing E-mail

The Eastern Caribbean Regional branch of FirstBank is alerting its online banking customers about a ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/14

McAfee Disclosed Important Developments through its 2009 ‘February Spam Report’

According to the "February Spam Report" (2009) of McAfee, an online security provider, hackers are targeting website visitors booking online

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/14

Man Arrested for Breaking into Apartment & Loaded Spyware to Steal Bank Details

According to news reports from Japan, a man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into another man's house and planting spyware on his PC.

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/14

Indian Embassy in Spain Hacked to Deliver Malware

In the most recent incident of hacking the website of an embassy, the Indian Embassy in Spain was attacked as its website www.embajadaindia.com was

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/14

Former Fannie Mae Employee Indicted for Installing Virus

Rajendrasinh Makwana, aged 35 and resident of Frederick (Maryland, USA), was legally accused on January 27, 2009 with charges of installing a PC virus on

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/14

Enterprises at Risk of Losing $1 Trillion in Data Theft

Security company McAfee Inc. recently released a report which states that businesses could lose more than $1 Trillion on account of theft or loss of data,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/13

New Jersey College Student’s E-mail Exploited in Nigerian Scam

Information Technology (IT) informed the campus community on January 16, 2009 through an e-mail about the compromise of e-mail account of a student of New

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/13

ASEAN Region Likely to See More Phishing Attacks in Coming Years

According to Gemalto, a security company, phishing attacks increased significantly in the

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/13

Wi-Fi Networks Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

According to online security researchers at University of Indiana (US), hi-tech cyber criminals could use wireless access points to spread worms and viruses

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/13

WatchGuard Released Report on Security Trends in 2009

Online security company WatchGuard Technologies has published a new report that discusses the five most serious security trends likely to emerge in 2009.

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/13

McAfee - Online Threats Increased Significantly in 2008

As per white paper released by McAfee, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/13

BitDefender - Trojans Constituted Key Security Threat in 2008

According to an Internet threat study titled "E-Threats Landscape Report" by

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/12

Two US Women Cheated off Money in Phishing Frauds

A woman in Parsippany, New Jersey (USA) was defrauded of almost $15,000 via phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/12

Nigerian National Held for Defrauding Businessman in Mumbai

The CCIC (Cyber Crime Investigation Cell) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch detained a Nigerian resident because he feigned as a diplomat and tricked a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/12

MSU Frees Student from Spam Charges

A MSU (Michigan State University) student named Kara Spencer is freed of any charges made by the school. The school wrongly accused Spencer as a spammer

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/12

FBI Asks Users to be Careful of the Latest Phishing Scam

Security officials, who work with the Health Facilities Credit Union, Florence, South California (US), state that a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/2/12

CCS Name Used in Phishing Scam to Attract Students of Ryerson University

Security experts at CCS informed that hackers attacked students of Ryerson University (Canada) by sending e-mails masquerading as mails from Computing and

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/12

UNCG Suffers a Computer Virus Infection

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), USA discovered a security breach on its computer on December 11, 2008 owing to a virus.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/11

Twitter Suspends Spammer Sara Cross Account

Twitter user "Sara Cross", aka Sara4877, who raised suspicion in the mind of Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos, Graham Cluley, has 'her/his'

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/11

Target the Source Not the Symptoms to Tackle Spam

According to Internet security vendor Marshal8e6, spam volume can be reduced considerably by pursuing the criminals.

Its recently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/2/11

Nearly 90% of E-mails Companies Receive are Spam

A most recent study by researchers at PandaLabs, an online security firm, reveals that more than 90% of ...

SPAMfighter News - 2009/2/11

SharePoint Security Fails To Protect Users

A study conducted by Trend Micro disclosed that majority of firms neglect to install Microsoft SharePoint-security specific, exposing them to ...