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February 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/27

West Middlesex Hospital Hit by Computer Virus

The IT networks of UK's West Middlesex University Hospital have been hit by a computer virus called

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/27

Virus Forces Shutdown of New Britain City’s Official Website

Affinity Multimedia Design, the company which designed www.newbritainct.gov (the website for New Britain City), said that a virus attacked the site after

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/27

Spam Volume Surged in H2 2009, Says M86 Report

Resealed in the third week of February 2010, 'M86 Security Labs Report' for H2 2009 (second quarter of 2009) informs that the level of spam messages touched

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/27

RCMP Warns Netizens of Tax Refund E-mail Scam

In a warning issued by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), netizens have been asked to be wary in the wake of various reports received about a latest

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/27

Debate Over Google Buzz’s Security Subsides

The debate on the privacy configurations of Google Buzz is subsiding as Google has introduced a number of changes to the service. These alterations have

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/26

ABSA Warns Customers of Fresh Phishing E-Mails

A prominent bank of South Africa namely ABSA is warning its customers of recently detected ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/26

Spam Level on a Constant Surge

As per spam statistics released on February 16, 2010 by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) in San Francisco (US) (at its general meeting), spam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/26

Hackers Exploiting BRITS Music Awards to Spread Malware

The British music awards given on February 16, 2010 prompting a large number of music lovers to search for detailed information about them on the Web. But

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/26

Latest Version of OpenOffice Patches Various Vulnerabilities

"OpenOffice 3.2", a latest version of OpenOffice, has been issued. Various flaws have been fixed in this new version because of which a computer

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/26

Adobe Released Two Security Patches for PDF Software

Adobe (the maker of electronic document tools) issued security patches urgently on February 16, 2010 to fix twin flaws in the company's PDF software

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/25

Computer Breach May Affect Several SIU Alumni

Around hundreds of former students of Southern Illinois University (SIU) are at a risk of identity theft because of a computer security breach.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/25

Malware Hits Norfolk’s Computers

Norfolk city in Virginia found that its almost 800 PCs were infected by a malware during the 2nd

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/25

Cyber Attacks against Nearly 2,500 Organizations Worldwide

According to NetWitness (a security company in Virginia), the largest ever cyber attack compromised over 74,000 computers at about 2,500 organizations

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/25

Most Companies Lack Infrastructure to Combat the Biggest Cyber Threats

As of now, one of the fastest growing security threats to individuals and organizations are the advanced cybercriminal assaults, according to the findings

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/25

32% of Pirated Windows 7 Copies Possess Malicious Code

Media Surveillance, a Germany-based anti-piracy solutions firm, lately downloaded above 500 pirated copies of Windows 7 (and Windows activation exploits).

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/24

Scareware Spreading Through Porn Switch to Social Networks

Cyber criminals use pornography as a popular medium for drawing potential victims into their scams. Consequently, phony pornographic websites are used for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/24

Phony hi5 Invitation Leads to Malware Installation

TrendLabs, an Internet security company, has cautioned users about a malevolent bulk e-mail campaign which purports to have come from hi5, a well-known

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/24

PDFs Responsible for 80% of Malicious Actions During 2009

According to a report 'Global Annual Threat Report 2009' by California based security company ScanSafe, exploits of PDF documents escalated throughout the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/24

Victims of Fraud Once Again on Scammers’ Target

Gullible users who have already been swindled by the Internet scammers who are the so-called masterminds of the advance fee fraud (AFF) scams are again

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/24

Netizens in Wisconsin Attacked by Phishing Scam

A latest Internet phishing scam is presently hitting Wisconsin (US) and trying to scam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/23

Better Business Bureau Cautions People against Lottery Scam

The Better Business Bureau has cautioned people about a new phishing scam which falsely

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/23

Malware Attacks to Double against Critical Infrastructure

ScanSafe, a security-as-a-service vendor, released its Annual Global Threat Report during the 2nd week of February 2010, highlighting that cyber attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/23

Damballa Releases List of 10 Leading Corporate Botnets

On February 17, 2010, the security company Damballa disclosed the ten leading botnets attacking the corporate networks in 2009.

As

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/23

New Spam Campaign Hits Facebook Users

According to the security firm, PandaLabs, a new spam campaign has gripped the most famous social networking website Facebook to compromise computers of its

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/23

Gumblar Malware Infects Australian Website Nine MSN

Websense, an Internet security company, has claimed that Australia's heavily trafficked website 'NineMSN' has been compromised.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

Teachers of UK Criticize ‘E-Spying’ Software

As per UK's Teachers Union, NASUWT or (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers), e-safety software is reportedly used for keeping a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

Phishing E-mail Targets Lee County Bank Customers

The Lee County Sheriff's Office in Florida (USA) has issued an alert to the residents about a newly started ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

DFA Cautions Filipinos about Fake Recruitment Scheme

The Embassy of Philippines in Spain reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that a syndicate was running a job recruitment scam, which claimed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

US – Citizens be Careful of 2010 Census E-mail Scams

In March 2010, numerous US Census surveys will reach inboxes throughout the nation and Houston Road, looking for details about every person living in the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

‘Super Bowl 2010’ Search Results Lead to Poisonous Websites

Internet security researchers warn that with the '2010 Super Bowl' tournament fast approaching and ardent supporters searching for the event's latest

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

Rootkit Could Cause Windows BSOD Problem

A rootkit infection possibly caused the problem of 'Windows Blue Screen of Death' that users of Windows XP experienced after they had deployed Microsoft's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/22

Malware Scams Exploits Death of Nodar Kumaritashvili

The shocking and untimely death of Nodar Kumaritashvili (the German luger) on February 12, 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 is the most tragic

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/20

Cyber Attackers Hack Australian Government Websites

A hacker group attacked government websites in Australia to protest against the proposal that prohibits pornography on the Australian Internet. Individuals

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/20

Malware Purveyors Targeting Winter Olympics

According to Zscaler Research (an Internet security company), messages on Twitter offering Olympic video recordings could result in download of malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/20

Hackers Target Google ‘Buzz’

Internet security company Websense has claimed that two days after its launch, ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/19

US – Identity Fraud Rise to a Peak Level in 2009

Javelin Strategy and Research released its 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report on February 10, 2010. The report states that during 2009, the total number of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/19

New Zbot Sample Thanks Antivirus Firms

Trend Micro security researchers spotted a new variant of the banking Trojan Zeus/Zbot which they named TROJ_ZBOT.BTM. The variant arrives through an e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/19

Hackers Manipulate Grader.com of Twitter

Web hackers have attacked Grader.com - a widely used Twitter software that helps to assess the extent of influence of Twitter users. Since the incident, the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/19

Zeus Trojan Attacks Government Employees

Websense Security Labs has found that a new attack from the banking Trojan, Zeus, is currently targeting government departments.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/19

Cyber Criminals Launched Oscars Related Scareware Scams

Security researchers at ALWIL Software have warned that as the day for the Oscars award ceremony approaches rapidly (March 7, 2010), hackers are already

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/18

Microsoft Fixes Critical Flaws In Windows

Microsoft, on February 9, 2010, issued 13 security bulletins containing patches that address 26 flaws affecting Windows as well as Office programs. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/18

Targeted Irs E-Mail Scam Chooses Organizations

ESoft, the security company is warning consumers to remain vigilant of an ongoing phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/18

Investigators To Soon Find Malware Creators of ‘Aurora’ Attacks

Security specialists have been conducting forensics investigations as well as cleansing operations of computers at the companies that became victims of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/18

Flirting ‘Fembot’ Attacks Lonely Nerds

Security researchers are warning of Fembot, a malware that targets lonesome people on the Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/18

Company Charges Bank Over Phishing Attack

Experi-Metal Inc. or EMI, a U.S company that supplies metal has sued America's Comercia Bank alleging that it exposed its customers to ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/17

South Africa Experiencing Rising ‘Phishing’ Expeditions

According to SABRIC, the South African Banking Risk Information Center, the total number of e-mail scams that trick online banking users into releasing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/17

New Trojan Spyeye Vying With Zeus

Botnet construction kit ZeuS, widely used among online crooks, is confronting challenge from a new computer Trojan, SpyEye. Based on an analysis by Security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/17

Malware Infected Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Website

A malware attack has forced the IT department of Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/17

Rogue Anti-Virus’ Twin Attack

Security Company Sophos has recently cautioned that an attack vector is being heavily used. Web-pages consisting of malevolent JavaScript and a similar

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/17

Botnet Attacks Now With A Political Bent

Prolexic a network protection firm has released a report according to which, in the botnet evolution's latest phase, activist and political inclinations are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

SQL Injections Resulted In Rise In Data Breaches During 2009

7Safe a security consulting company in Britain along with the University of Bedfordshire has brought out a paper titled "UK Security Breach

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

‘Safer Internet Day’ Re-Establishes Warnings Against Internet Threats

Security specialists, on February 9, 2010, with the help of the annual 'Safer Internet Day' initiative of the European Union, renewed caution against online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

Spam Levels Drop in Q4 2009 but Overall Rates Still Surging

A new threat report of security firm 'McAfee' for Q4 2009 observed a fall in spam, but the year culminated with rising amount of spam.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

Malicious Malware of First Ten Years of the 21st Century

ScanSafe has released the list of most malicious malware that formed the threat landscape, as the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

ATO: Tax Payers Careful against Phishing E-mail Scam

A new phishing e-mail scam is making rounds over the Internet. Computer users are required

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/16

Another banking Trojan called Bugat discovered

According to SecureWorks, the security company, its researchers have come upon "Bugat," a new Trojan that steals banking information.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

Latest Anti-Viruses Fail to Protect PCs from Malware

Computer users in general consider it essential to deploy anti-virus software for safeguarding their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

Hoax ‘Gordon Brown’ Spam E-mail Circulating over the Internet

As per the warning issued by the security firm, Sophos, users are informed of a hoax e-mail with a smiling image of Gordon brown, UK's Prime Minister, will

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

Kaspersky Research finds China as the Top Malware Contributor

Kaspersky Lab, an Internet security company, in its recent research found that in January 2010, Chinese cyber-criminals acted most prolifically in polluting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

FBI Cautions Hawaii Residents of Forged E-mails

FBI, i.e., Federal Bureau of Investigation, is cautioning residents of Hawaii (USA) that fraudulent, ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

Bill Cosby Death Rumors Spread Scareware

Security researchers have cautioned Web surfers that the searching for information about the rumor of popular actor and comedian 'Bill Cosby' death could

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/15

Adobe Regrets for Not Fixing a Flash Bug

During the 1st week of February 2010, Adobe Systems Inc. regretted and offered apologies for not patching a Flash Player bug even after its existence for 16

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

Verisign Accused of Not Taking Action Against Malware Spreading Websites

Andrew Fried, CEO of Deteque and a former senior special agent at the US Department of the Treasury, claims that Verisign has failed to take any action

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

Malicious Websites Rose 225% in H2 2009

Websense's State of Internet H2 2009 report states that the harmful sites increased by 225% in the second half of 2009 against the same period a year ago

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

Scams of the ‘advance-fee fraud’ type intensify during 2009

Ultrascan the Dutch investigation company reveals in its recently released "419 Advance Fee Fraud Statistics 2009" report that advance-fee frauds

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

Malware-based data breaches twofold since 2008

Ponemon Institute the research company conducted a survey -"2009 Annual Study: U.S Cost of a Data Breach" and found that data breaches in U.S

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

Hacking into laptops easily possible through public Wi-Fi connections

According to security researchers, the use of public Wi-Fi connections could result in dangerous virus infections on users' laptops since public places like

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/13

China’s largest hacker training website busted

Police in Hubei Province of central China have cracked down on the largest website for hacker training in the country, the province's general security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

Spammers Exploit Valentine’s Day to Infect Systems

According to Symantec's estimates, 10% of 10-20 Billion spam e-mails received per day worldwide contain the theme of Valentine's Day.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

ESET Warns People of Fake Valentines

Security researchers at ESET expect this Valentine's Day to be highly profitable for cyber goons, and hence, they have issued a warning to inform about

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

Zango allegedly distributing spyware as fake Firefox updates

According to eSoft the security company, Zango the malicious software company is utilizing a new program succeeding 'Toolbar,' its ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

OFT cautioning people against Valentine scams

UK's OFT (Office of Fair Trading) is cautioning e-mail users against scammers who're trying to deceive unwitting people into opening fake Valentine's Day

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

Phishing Campaign Upsets Emissions Trading in Europe

A phishing scam has attacked the global market for carbon emission reduction resulting in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/12

Malware-laced Firefox Add-ons Escaped Security Detection

Mozilla has issued an alert that a couple of add-ons that users can obtain from addons.mozilla.org, an authorized Add-ons website, was loaded with code

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

TRA in UAE Cautions Users of Phishing Scams

The Computer Emergency Response Team (uaeCERT) of UAE TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) has issued a warning to the netizens of online scams

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

Obstinate Trojan Hides inside Windows .hlp File

Investigators from security firm McAfee have monitored a computer Trojan named Muster.e, and found that it secretly dumps itself inside a help file of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

Hotels and Resorts are Hackers’ Latest Preferred Choice

Trustwave, a security technology and consulting company released a new report, which emphasizes hotel industry currently becoming cyber-criminals' preferred

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

Bogus Microsoft Update Notice Plants Trojan

Security firm PandaLabs has unearthed a malicious e-mail scheme which is using a fake Microsoft Update notice to deceive end-users and compel them install a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

Working Council Back to Function After Virus Attack

UK's Working Borough Council is back to its routine work after an attack with certain computer virus

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/11

Alert Employees at Kendall Appraisal District Thwarted Cyber Attack

The Secret Service is probing into a cyber-attack against USA's Kendall County Appraisal District wherein the county's PCs were hacked and infected with a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

US Hosts the Highest Number of Malicious Websites

As per a new report "Security Threat Report 2010" by 'Sophos,' the US hosts the maximum number of malicious websites in the world. Nearly 37.4%

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

BitDefender Announces January List of Top Ten Malware Threats

On February 3, 2010, BitDefender announced its list of ten most prevalent e-threats for January 2010, highlighting that among the total threats, six are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

Trojans Dominate January 2010 E-threats of Sunbelt

Sunbelt Software released its list of Top Ten e-threats for January 2010 during the 1st week of February 2010.

As per Sunbelt's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

Spam and Malware Attacks Through Social Networks Rose in 2009

An Internet security company 'Sophos' states in its newly-released report that cyber criminals increased their attacks at an alarming rate during 2009,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

Malware ‘Bredolab’ Leads Fortinet’s January 2010 Threatscape Report

In the first week of February 2010, Fortinet has released its January 2010 Threatscape Report.

The report indicates that Bredolab

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/10

Hackers Target Valentine’s Day with Spam E-mails

According to Internet security experts, spam campaigns targeting Valentine's Day (February 14, 2010) have been reported.

Maria

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

Trusteer Warns of Phishing Scams Targeting HMRC

According to the security vendor 'Trusteer,' an e-mail scam is making rounds on the Internet to exploit tax refund from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

‘PushDo’ Botnet Targets Government & Security Websites

Shadow Server, a security watchdog group, has discovered that PushDo (a massive bot network) is attacking innumerable websites by denial-of-service

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

Malware Installation Now a Commercial Practice

Kevin Stevens, Security Analyst at Atlanta-based 'SecureWorks,' said that some websites such as "Earnings4U" were offering people money for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

Fake E-mail Scam Targets Google Job Applicants

Websense Security Labs 'ThreatSeeker Network' has detected an ongoing scam which is sending malicious e-mails apparently from Google in responses to job

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

Phishers Targeting Physicians to Procure Patients’ Details

Online scammers, in an attempt to entice doctors as well as others into revealing patient data and important personal information, are using new tricks, as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/9

Conficker Virus Hits Computer Systems of Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) (Manchester, UK) has been disconnected from a national criminal database because of a recent attack by Conficker

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

Court’s Judgment Favors Tagged.com in a Lawsuit against Spammer

Tagged.com, the social-networking website, declared during the last week of January 2010 that following a judgment over a lawsuit it filed against Erik

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

Conficker Attacks Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust in UK

Conficker, the most prominent virus, which recently hit UK's Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, infected near about 120 systems of the Trust's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

Online Scammers Fox Brits via Fake E-mails

According to OFT, i.e. the Office of Fair Trading, nearly 10% of the Brits - over 4 Million- across U.K report that they have sometime or the other sent

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

CommSec Agreed to Pay $55,000 for Sending Spam

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), CommSec (the stock trading arm of the Commonwealth Bank) has agreed to take necessary

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

Spam E-mails Deceiving Banif Bank (Malta) Customers

As per the warning issued by the Banif Bank (Malta), general masses are required to be wary of the latest spam campaign targeted at the Bank's online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/8

MI5 Report Accuses China of Spying British Businesses

A report written by the Britain's intelligence agency, MI5, which was actually issued more than 12 months back, has claimed that China was burgling and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/6

Oklahoma Tax Website Hacked, Spreading Malware

According to the researchers at AVG Technologies (an Internet security company), hackers have hijacked Oklahoma official tax website.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/2/6

Africa to Face More Cyber Attacks in 2010

According to security experts at Kaspersky, the East African countries, which are experiencing more Internet activity, are poised for escalated cyber

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