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February 2011

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/28

Zeus Variant Forging Digital Signature of Avira Certificate Detected

Security investigators at Avira a German anti-virus company are cautioning that one fresh variant of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/28

Phishing Scams Rise Across Malaysia Following Escalated Internet-Banking Users

The HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad has reported that there's a growing number of Malaysians adopting Internet banking, nevertheless, owing to this, there's also

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/28

New Tax Return Online Scam Unleashed by Cybercriminals

According to the security experts at the security firm AppRiver, cybercrooks have launched a latest online scam especially crafted to take advantage of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/28

‘419 Scam’ Targets Member of Logan Council

Every person on the e-mail list of Dean Quayle, member of Municipal Council of Logan (New Jersey, USA), likely got an unusual message lately, pretending to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/26

Phishing Scam Purports to be From FDIC

Better Business Bureau has warned that a fresh electronic mail posing as a message from FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is making its way into

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/26

Computers Get Infected Owing to Trusted Sites

Avast the anti-virus developer tracked hackers who contaminated some 5m computers when the systems

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/26

Sophos Detects Fresh Phishing Scam Abusing Steam

Security researchers from Sophos the security company caution that phishers are increasingly targeting the biggest Internet gaming website worldwide namely

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/26

Powerful BlackHole Attack Kit Proliferating, Finds Symantec

Symantec the security company, a few days ago, warned that several potent exploits packed into a toolkit called BlackHole were profusely proliferating

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/25

Stuxnet not to be the Last of its Kind; Warns Symantec CEO

President and CEO Enrique Salem of Symantec, while assessing threats like the Stuxnet worm, warned at the San Francisco held RSA Conference that Stuxnet

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/25

Malicious Internet Pharmacy Campaign Abuses Google Brand

According to the MessageLabs Intelligence Report by Symantec, a new pharmacy themed spam run is using the brand name of Google while attempting at wooing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/25

Infrastructure Defenses Against Cyber-Attacks Require Strengthening

The US National Security Agency chief at the San Francisco-held RSA Conference (February 14-18, 2011) made an appeal to computer security specialists that

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/25

E-mail Scam Poses Threats to Egyptians Consumers

An e-mail masqueraded to be sent by a consultant with the former Egyptian president, Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, seeking help from people for moving money and

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/24

New Fake Anti-Spyware Antivira AV

Computers recently, in large numbers, have been unexpectedly displaying pop-ups that produced security alerts as well as advised users to immediately

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/24

E-mail Continues to be Most Popular Cyber-Attack Technique - Mikko Hypponen

Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen of security company F-Secure, while speaking at the San Francisco, California-held RSA Conference 2011 during February

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/24

Phishing Scam Aims at Netflix Subscribers

Jim Hood Attorney General of Mississippi (USA), on February 16, 2011, cautioned residents about a fresh malicious e-mail campaign that was attacking

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/24

Chinese Authorities Dismiss Allegation Related to Canada Hack

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that hackers from China infiltrated the computers of 2 main economic ministries of the Canadian government

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/23

With the Beginning of Tax Time, Tax Scams too Rear Their Heads

February 15, 2011 was the day assigned for citizens to submit tax returns to the government tax agency namely IRS. The day was also characteristic about the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/23

Alleged Spammer Being Prosecuted

A man from Auckland (New Zealand) along with his company may have to pay $700,000 in fine for allegedly dispatching text messages and spam mails counting to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/23

Spam Reduced and Phishing Increased in H2- 2010

On February 14, 2011, M86 Security Labs came up with its recent report that provides details on its observation of harmful online activities during June

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/23

Microsoft Modifies Call for Computer Isolation

Corporate Vice-President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney of Microsoft, while speaking at the San Francisco, California held RSA Conference during

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/22

Botnets Exploded During 2010

According to Damballa a security company, which released a report on February 15, 2011, fresh botnets emerged in large numbers during 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/22

Deputy Defense Secretary Calls for Greater Attention to Cyber Threats

Speakers at the high-profile RSA Computer Security Conference that was held during February 14-18, 2011 in San Francisco unanimously agreed that it was

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/22

Username Selection Influential on Online Security

The National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, INRIA in France cautions that it's important for a user to make an appropriate

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/22

Spam Volumes Reduced by 16% in January 2011

Security vendor Symantec stated in its January 2011 'State of Spam and Phishing' report that the overall spam levels had reduced by 16%, from December 2010

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/22

Hacked BBC Sites Deliver Malicious Program

Hackers have inserted malware into BBC's twin websites 1Xtra and 6 Music such that the sites are

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/21

Researcher Shows Assault Against Linux With USB Autorun

Senior Researcher Jon Larimer attached to the X-Force Advanced Research team of IBM, while at the Washington-held ShmooCon 2011 Security Conference during

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/21

Next-Generation Malware on the Way, Warns M86

Security Company M86 Security in its half-yearly report titled "Focuses on Second Half of 2010" cautions IT professionals that they must greatly

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/21

Virus Attack Disrupts NSW Ambulance Dispatch Operation

On February 12, 2011, 13:00 hours, the system of New South Wales's (Australia) Ambulance service encountered one virus attack. Consequently, clinic

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/21

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Systems of Oil-And-Gas Enterprises: McAfee

McAfee the security company, on February 10, 2011, released a report, which identifies no less than 5 large Western oil-and-gas enterprises, which lately

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/19

G Data Software Report Highlights Malware on Surge During 2010

As per a latest report issued by G Data Software, a new malware for computers equipped with Windows

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/19

Egyptian Turmoil Exploited for Distributing Scam E-mails

According to security researchers, cyber-criminals, who like exploiting current sensational news happenings for deceiving unwitting people, are acting

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/19

Stuxnet Hit 5 Targets Iraninan Plant

Five Iranian Organizations were already infected with the Stuxnet computer worm attack prior to the attack on Natanz uranium enrichment complex, reports

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/19

Fake E-mails Pretend to be Messages From UNM

Security researchers warn that e-mails, which seem as messages from University of New Mexico (New Mexico, USA) are really communications by fraudsters.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/18

Cyber-Weapon that Could Bring Down the Internet

Internet security investigators at College of Science and Engineering of US' University of Minnesota said that there was vulnerability in the routing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/18

A Botnet Closely Related to Waledac Emerges: Microsoft

According the security professionals, a botnet designed to steal credentials has surfaced, while the Digital Crimes Unit of Microsoft adds that instead of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/18

Web-Based Malware Increased 139% During 2010, Discloses Cisco

In its Global Threat Report for Q4-2010, Cisco discloses that malicious software on the Web grew 139% during 2010 ever-since 2009. Also, incidences of Web

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/18

Ten Years of Virus Anna Kournikova

A full one decade back since February 10, 2011, a computer virus called Anna Kournikova proliferated

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/17

Zeus Attack on British Government

The PCs of the British government, during late December 2010, were successfully contaminated with one Zeus sample a Trojan that steals information, William

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/17

Preferred Choice of Cyber Crooks Assured Threats to PDF and Flash

McAfee, a security vendor has reputedly acclaimed Adobe PDF Reader and Flash plug-ins as a well-liked target for cyber crooks in its recently released 'Q4

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/17

Malicious Programs Kept On Increasing During Q4-2010, Reports McAfee

In its recently-published "McAfee Threats Report: Fourth Quarter 2010," McAfee Inc. discloses that there has been a continuous rise in malware,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/17

Cricket Enthusiasts Targeted by Fake World Cup Ticket Scam

Security researchers at Symantec threatened cricket lovers on the circulation of malware in the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/17

Conficker Becoming Less Prevalent: BitDefender

According to BitDefender the security company, which recently released its security report for January 2011, infections from the much-known Conficker virus

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/16

Swedish Netizens Receive Fresh Phishing E-mail

A fresh phishing scam is targeting Swede nationals, revolving around the traditional

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/16

50% of Global Computers Contaminated, Mostly With Trojans During 2011

According to Panda Security the international IT vendor, half of the total PCs examined worldwide during January 2011 had some infection or another owing to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/16

Rogue Facebook Application Toolkit Made Available

Investigators from Websense's Security Labs are warning that a new toolkit valuing $25 is on sale in the underground market which allows the making and

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/16

Eleonore Attack Toolkit Now in Fresh Edition, States Kaspersky

Investigators from Kaspersky the security company caution that one fresh edition of the notorious exploit pack namely Eleonore is out in the wild.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/15

PC Virus Strikes Against Systems of SNC Students

PC-virus assaults against Wisconsin, US based St. Norbert College are making several pupils at the college wonder overall. Snctimes.com reported this on

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/15

BBB Alerts About Tax-Related Fake E-mails

BBB (Better Business Bureau) is cautioning everyone preparing to pay taxes to watch out for tax scams that are doing the rounds this season. Most of these

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/15

New E-mail Scams Offer Free Tax Assistance

US tax agency the Internal Revenue Service has said that it got reports from some taxpayers who received e-mail during the current tax season that offered

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/15

Bogus E-mails Vow for Employment in Marriott Hotel

Security researchers are cautioning that scammers, while striking online, are distributing fake e-mails apparently promising job seekers employment in

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/14

NASDAQ Confirms Hack With Malware Into Portal

US Stock Exchange NASDAQ, on February 5, 2011, admitted that one amongst its different websites was infected when unknown computer-attackers managed to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/14

Drug Associations Selling Counterfeit Software Infected With Malware; Microsoft

Microsoft cautions that companies shipping drugs are now changing their business to supplying pirated software that expectedly has malware.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/14

Viral Infection Hit 33% of EU Online Users in 2010

According to Eurostat the Office of Statistics of EU (European Union), which recently released a report, about 33% of EU's online users had virus on their

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/14

January 2011 had Increase in Malicious PDFs; GFI

GFI Software the security company, cautions that malicious PDF documents circulating online increased considerably during January 2011, with

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/12

Fresh Wave of Fraudulent Spam Mails Identified, Reports Sophos

Security investigators at Sophos have warned of one fresh surge of bogus electronic mails, which are presently circulating online, while targeting unwitting

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/12

Fraudsters Executing Fresh E-mail Scams, Warns Symantec

As per security investigators from Symantec the security company, cyber-criminals are attempting at defrauding Internet users off their precious money via

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/12

Seculert Finds Fresh Malware Combining Zeus And SpyEye

Security Company Seculert Research Labs has declared some days back that its security investigators have discovered the Hydra ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/12

HMRC Cautions Tax Paying Citizens About Phishing E-mails

UK's official tax-collecting body HMRC has issued an alert that there's a hike in phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/11

Indiana Students Uncover Fresh Security Flaw Within Facebook

Two researchers at Indiana, US located Indiana University have claimed that there's a security flaw inside Facebook which attackers could exploit for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/11

E-mail Scam Tricks Student of JNU off Rupees 3 Lakhs

A Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student was recently defrauded off Rupees 3 lakhs when he fell for a malicious e-mail scam, according to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/11

New Palam Vihar Resident Robbed in an Online Fraud Lottery Scam

In an international fraud scam, a resident of New Palam Vihar (New Delhi, India), Dalbir Singh recently got duped of his hard earned money, reports 'The

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/11

ESET Lists the Dominant E-Threats of 2010

According to its "End of 2010 Report' that ESET the Slovakian security company released recently, the firm has detected Conficker, INF/Autorun and

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/10

Waledac Botnet Owners Gather 500,000 Credentials

Security researchers at Last Line the security company, who studied Botnet Waledac that emerged during 2010-beginning found that till now it has been

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/10

People Warned of Valentine’s Day-Related Spam

Security researchers are alerting that cyber-criminals are gearing up for February 14, 2011 the Valentine's Day by readying a tempting collection of scams

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/10

Zeus Finds USA As Safest Haven

Almost 40% or 39.8% exactly of the Internet sites that Zeus perpetrators are utilizing for controlling and commanding the notorious botnet are hosted in the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/10

WikiLeaks Shapes Spam Scenario during December 2010

According to the Monthly Spam Report of Kaspersky Lab for December 2010, spammers worldwide took advantage of the popularity of Wikileaks during December

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/9

SpyEye Distribution Campaign Circulating all Over the Web

Security researchers at the security firm "MX Lab" have recently cautioned of a SpyEye distribution campaign through spam e-mails, which is

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/9

Spammers Readying Themselves With Valentine’s Day-Themed E-mails

Symantec, the security company cautions that spammers are actively readying themselves for February 14, the Valentine's Day. As a matter of fact, the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/9

Sophos Warns of Fresh Gmail Phishing Campaign

According to Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos the security company, the most recent e-mail scam against users of Google mail aims at

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/9

Revenue Commissioners-Faked Phishing E-mails Targeting Irish Taxpayers

According to ESET an Internet security company, a fresh Irish language crafted scam e-mail is presently circulating online and targeting unwitting tax

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/9

Bank of America Hit With Fresh Phishing Assault

Sophos the security company reports that one fresh phishing assault posing as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/8

Stuxnet Capable of Leading to Chernobyl-like Catastrophe Inside Iran, Cautions Report

The PC worm Stuxnet, which was released in 2010, has penetrated the Bushehr nuclear plant control systems in Iran, states one overseas intelligence report

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/8

DVLA Cautions About Phishing E-mails

A UK organization namely the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which keeps a database, pertaining to vehicles and drivers in Great Britain, has

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/8

Phishing Scams Attack Consumers of CartaSi

Security researchers at Avira an anti-virus firm in Germany caution that many ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/8

Mail & Guardian Newspaper Site Goes Offline

A hack into the very old and extremely popular news-website of South Africa namely Mail & Guardian Online has forced officials to disconnect it,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/7

New York Stock-Broker Accused of Playing Pump-And-Dump Stock Fraud

Gregg Berger, 47, a stock-broker in NY, was recently accused of conspiring to sell stocks touted via innumerable spam mails, which apparently utilized the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/7

Cyber-criminals Luring Job-Hunters Via Reputed Company Names

Fraudsters, it's said, are targeting job-hunters by exploiting big corporate names such as Samsung, Videocon and Maruti Suzuki towards luring unwitting

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/7

Dentist Loads Spying Software onto Ex-Fiancée’s Computer

The High Court in UK has held Mark Singh, a dentist based in UK, responsible for allegedly installing malware on the laptop of Moira Walsh, his former

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/7

‘FakeXPA’ Now Claims Itself as ‘AVG Antivirus 2011,’ Reports MMPC

According to a security warning by MMPC (Microsoft's malware Protection Center), Rogue:Win32/Fake

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/5

Wilton Police Alert About Fraud E-mail Campaign

The Police in Wilton (Connecticut, USA) have urged residents that they require maintaining vigilance against ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/5

Egypt Witnessing Massive Spam Decline Following Internet Blockage

According to Sophos the security vendor, spam volumes in Egypt have dropped massively following authorities' imposition of a complete blockage of the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/5

Disastrous Implications Inflicted Due Facebook, Claims Panda Security

Security vendor, Panda Security warns of the expansion of recent trend undertaken by cyber crooks to disseminate ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/5

Attempted Attacks on PayPal: Avira

Security researchers at the security firm Avira have notified netizens of a suspicious ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/4

Cyber-criminals Abusing Social-Networking Websites For C&C Operations; Mandiant

According to one particular Washington DC-based security company namely Mandiant, which just released a report called "M-Trends," sophisticated

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/4

Bagle Replaces Rustock to Become the Greatest Generator of Spam

Symantec the security company through its MessageLabs hosted services unit released its monthly spam report namely "January 2011 MessageLabs

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/4

Discovery of Malicious Antivirus Program by Kaspersky on ICQ

Security researchers with Kaspersky, has warned of fake advertisements sent by cyber crooks into the ICQ network, an instant messaging tool, with the alias

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/4

Accused Scareware Operators to Pay $8.2 Million to FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized a deal worth $8.2 Million with the operator of a famous scareware operation, thus bringing end to a two year

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/3

New Malware Scam Spreading Buzus Generates Spam Mails

Security researchers at Sophos the anti-virus vendor caution Internet-users that one fresh surge of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/3

MyDoom the Greatest Damaging Malicious Program During Past 10-Years

McAfee the security company, which just released a report titled "A Good Decade for Cyber-crime," states that as cyber-crime evolved over the last

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/3

Phishing Toolkits Spoofing Bank Websites Aim at Australian Taxpayers

Security investigators at Websense the security company caution that phishers have designed a ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/2/3

New wave of Phishing E-mail Campaign Targeting 'First Data' Users

Recently, researchers at the security firm AppRiver have raised warning against a phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/2

E-mail Scam Target the Elderly in Northern Michigan

The Petoskey, Michigan, US-located Michigan State Police Petoskey Post has warned that one fresh fake e-mail and phone campaign is going on inside Northern

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/2

CWG Failed Greatly in Catching the Perpetrators of Conficker

CWG (Conficker Working Group) recently published a report named "Lessons Learned" according to which, the main failure in fighting Conficker has

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/2

Scammers Exploit Facebook’s “Total Facebook Views” to Target Members

Facebook the internationally reputed website for social networking is once again being targeted with a malevolent scam wherein the website's application

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/2

Alert About Scam United States Visa E-mail Issued

The US Embassies' consular sections in Accra (Ghana), Bahrain, Pakistan and Bangladesh have issued an alert that a new fake lottery e-mail campaign is

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/1

Pornographic Sites a Prominent Platform for E-threat, Finds BitDefender

According to BitDefender the Internet security company, porn continues to be the most effective method for hijacking end-users' PCs, as per what Thinq.co.uk

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/1

Parents and Kids Cautioned About Facebook Fraud Across UK

UK police are advising parents and kids that they should watch out for one fresh Facebook fraud, which while exploiting people's innocence, is presently

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/1

Email Scams from HMRC Hits Taxpayers in the UK

Tax payers in the UK are precautioned to remain careful for a flow of forged emails are on air says security researchers at security firm 'Websense'. This

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/1

Zeus Attacking Internet Payment Services

Security researchers at Trusteer the security company warn that they've discovered fraudsters employing Zeus the widely known banker Trojan to attack an

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SPAMfighter News 2011/2/1

Banker Trojan Carberp Undergoes Rapid Development

According to Seculert the security company, the Carberp banking Trojan, which is more or less new having made its debut during the 2010 autumn as well as

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