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March 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Security Experts Suggests Full-proof Network Security

Economictimes.indiatimes, on March 26, 2007, reported, as hundreds of new security risks are being identified everyday, ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

RSA Launches Campaign to Raise Phishing Awareness

Security firm RSA has launched a campaign to make online bank customers aware of how to protect themselves from ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Presidential Hack in Indonesia Results in Internet-Security Committee

Officials were expecting a ministry of Indonesian government to issue a decree allowing cyber police to monitor Internet activity. This happened after a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Microsoft Denied XBL Hacking, Show Possibility of Account Compromise

Microsoft has repeated that XBL (Xbox Live) network wasn't hacked, but it has accepted through Major Nelson, the official blogger for the company, that its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Improper JavaScript Coding Creates Web Flaws

The ShmooCon hackers' convention made its third annual launch in Washington, D.C., on March 23, 2007. It will run over the weekend with deliveries of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Exploiting Windows Mail Vulnerability Could Compromise PC

Windows Mail's possible security flaw might allow attackers to execute applications on computers running Vista. Windows Vista's e-mail program has just been

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/31

Design Flaw in Rudy Giuliani’s Official Website

Campaign of Rudy Giuliani, strong contender for Republican President post, quickly fixed its official site to correct a design vulnerability which could

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

Microsoft Alerts of Proxy Server Hack

PCworld, on March 26, 2007, quoted Microsoft saying network managers will be smart to reconfigure Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) or Domain Name

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

Hack.Huigezi Virus Attacks China PCs Rapidly

The Hack.Huigezi virus of 2007 is fast mutating and proliferating in China cyber space. Officially known as Hack.Huigezi, the worm tends to infect one in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

Fraudsters Link Blogger.com To Phishing Site

A spam mail ring seems to have trickled into Blogger.com, a popular Google service of free weblog hosting.

Blogs provide major

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

Finjan Brings Out Report on Web Malware

Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center conducted a security survey over some 10 million or more URLs, Web server locations, and IP addresses to spot the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

FBI’s ICCC Annual Report Discusses Fraudulent and Non-Fraudulent Complaints

Every year the Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) of the FBI prepares its Internet Fraud Crime Report. Keeping with the trend the Center released its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/30

A Week of Different Types of Malware

PandaLabs released its weekly (March 19 to March 25' 07) malware report on different kinds of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

Privacy Laws – A Long-Term Solution to Spyware

To tackle the problem of spyware in the United States, a pressure group has appealed to the U.S.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

Wi-Fi Hackers Maliciously Use Wireless Hotspots

While massive adoption of wireless hotspots in LA and many other communities eases and speeds up communication, the technology does some harm as well. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

The CCDC and What Students Can Gain From It

Hackers cornered teams of students at the annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The students aimed to lockdown unknown systems

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

Microsoft Fixes OneCare Problem Harmoniously With Exchange Updates

Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare has been the subject of much discussion in the first part of March, especially about how poorly it performed in some ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

Medical Information CD of Empire Blue Members, Missing

One of the U.S.' largest health insurance companies, WellPoint seems to have lost a CD containing customers' medical and other private information. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/29

Cross Site Scripting and Phishing Flaws in Microsoft IE 7

Aviv Raff, an Israeli vulnerability boffin, has discovered flaw in IE (Internet Explorer) 7 that can be exploited by nasty people to relay ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Vista Can Run for 365 Days Without Activation

Windows expert Brian Livingston said on March 15, 2007 that it is possible to run Windows Vista for a minimum period of one year without activating it.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Phishers Launch Targeted Attacks on CareerBuilder.com

A network manager said his engineering company was recently fighting phishing attacks that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Parents Should Protect Their Children from Social Networking Danger

There is a warning for parents to safeguard their young children from becoming victims of identity theft. Parents need to monitor their teenage sons and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Microsoft Encourages Use of Live Search Through Credits

Microsoft is encouraging businesses not to use Google by providing them monetary incentives. Following a disturbing memo from Bill Gates highlighting how

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Corporate Workforce Push Out 50% Unproductive Web Traffic

Of the total web traffic appearing from corporate networks, nearly half do not relate to work, according to Global Threat Report, a monthly report by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/28

Company Mismanagement More Responsible for Data Breaches than Hackers

Electronic records are flowing out of companies in the United States at an amount of 6 million every month in 2007. This was up approximately 200,000 per

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

Security Researchers Revealed Cache of Data Thief

SecureWorks, a security firm, announced that they have revealed an earlier unknown Trojan and its related data cache that showed rising advancements among

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

Panda-Like Virus Plagues China’s Internet

A new Internet bug is making rounds on the Web to catch victims. This bug is similar to the 'Panda worm' that disrupted China's Internet for many months,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

Online Card Fraud Shows Greater Tendency Than Chip and Pin

As fraudsters divert their attacks from retailers, they continue to increase the grievous affliction of committing card fraud over the Internet, phone and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

Microsoft Patches Live OneCare to Tackle Quarantined E-Mails

Microsoft Corp has developed a patch for its Windows Live OneCare security program before time to repair a virus that has been deleting e-mails from some

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

Mac OS X Devoid of Malware, Vexing Experts

Mac OS X by Apple remains almost totally free of any kind of malware threat inspite of being there

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/27

ICC Cup Event Could Be Fodder for Phishers

There is an undeniable link between international sporting events like the Olympic or the World Cup Sport Tournaments and the rise of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

U.S. Civil Charge Accuses Three Indian Hackers

A grand jury in the United States accused three Indian men for plotting a hack on U.S. online brokerage accounts. These accounts are known to be of TD

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Software Technologists Should Have Secure Programming Skills

In the second week of February 2007 the threat vulnerability newsletter of the SANS and Qualys @RISK reported that four out of top five most dangerous

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Romanian Hacker Posts User Information on EBay Forum

On March 8, 2007 early morning EST, a hacker who claimed to be known by "Born_To_Scam_American_Guys" posted personal information of 15 eBay

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Malware with Rootkit Techniques Will Continue to Increase

PandaLabs, the malware detection laboratory of Panda Software has found an alarming rise in the total amount of malicious code infecting PCs and networks

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Javelin Report Discusses Various Issues of ID Fraud

In 2006 an estimated 8.4 million U.S. adults were targets of some form of identity fraud, according to a recent study by Javelin Strategy and Research,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Gogebic County’s Computers Shut Down Due to Virus

A virus struck 200 computers of Gogebic County (U.S.) employees on March 7, 2007. To prevent further spread of the infection, officials shut down the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/26

Absence of ‘Anycast’ Succumbed Servers to ‘DDoS’

The highly publicized attack on the DNS servers, the backbone of the Internet in early February 2007 is the subject of a recent report by the Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Users Making Opening Online Accounts To Identify Thefts

In a recent study, Kaspersky Lab has brought forth the issue of selecting proper passwords for multiple online accounts. It particularly points how people

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Romanian Hacker Haunting ebay

Even after over two months (January & February 2007) of breaking into the employee server of eBay, the fear of a cyber criminal who calls himself Vladuz

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Rinbot, an On and Off Threat

The existence of the Rinbot worm persists and inflicts companies at large, several security firms said. Symantec Corp. announced, its honeypot network

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

McAfee Alerts Windows about Accessibility Hole in Vista

A feature, called StickyKeys, of Windows that's designed for simplifying computing for those who are physically challenged is likely to be exploited in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Hacker Dares to Break Into Police Website

A computer hacker who managed to break into the Web site of Durham Regional Police defaced its home page. Durham police is carrying on with the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Free Domain Registrations Host Riskiest Sites

Inexpensive or free domain name registration pushes the number of web sites that support spam or host malicious code, McAfee's research revealed.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/23

Crime-Software Syndicates Specialize in Identity Fraud

In 2006, trade in unlawful financial information yielded greater financial rewards than selling drugs, said the Country Manager for Fortinet Australia,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

Thoughts on Using Malware to Catch Crime

Police officials in Germany have voiced their interest in designing software tools that could help them unearth people engaged in crime through their

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

SEC Imposes Trading Ban on 35 Companies

Regulators of U.S. stock market have put a halt in trading of 35 companies found to be entangled in 'pump and dump' e-mail scams. The Securities and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

Pornography, No More Favored By Spammers

The State of Spam Report by Symantec for February 2007 pointed adult, or pornographic spam has continued to descend, reaching a new low level of 3% of all

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

LexisNexis Hackers Apprehended

A Massachusetts hacker has been sentenced to prison for a year. The 20 years old culprit, Justin A Perras New Bedford's resident, was held for scheming to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

Bagle Worm Spreads Unabatedly

Commtouch Software, provider of anti-spam and zero-day threat protection has announced

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/22

Australia Launches Scamwatch Campaign To Fight Identity Fraud

With the increase in sophistication of online scams and persistence of scammers, the most dangerous threat relates to the one that snatches a user's

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

Symantec Explains Weakness in Vista Firewall

Microsoft Windows Vista firewall is susceptible to compromise that could

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

Live OneCare Security Deletes E-Mail Folder

Live OneCare anti-virus application has been accidentally erasing e-mails from Outlook and Outlook

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

Hackers Thriving in Kuwait

Kuwait produces the world's highest percentage of Internet hacking, said the Chairman of Kuwait Information Technology Society-organized seminar on Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

Following Certain Spam Could be Fatal

Millions of spam mails assault Internet users especially e-mail owners everyday. Although many ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

Chinese Hackers Consistently Target U.S. Networks

A cyber attack on a computer system of U.S. military has raised concerns in many quarters about Internet hacking and need to enhance security of cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/21

'.bank.nz ' Making Fresh Attempts to Create a Place

The Banker's Association is going to establish another ".bank.nz" second-level Internet domain to reduce the ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Three New Threats With Highest Percentages in Top Ten

The latest statistics by ESET's ThreatSence.Net gathered from a detection test on millions of PCs around the world showed that the top three threats to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Russian Hackers Break into NOAA to Push Pills

The news section of Climate Monitoring & Diagnostics Laboratory of NOAA has been flooded with around seventy spam pages peddling Soma, a muscle relaxer

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Man Sues and Wins against ISP for Spamming Mail

An Internet service provider has to pay 750 pounds together with expenses and interest to a man it spammed a single e-mail, ordered a Scottish court.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Hackers Redirect Windows Live Search to Malicious Sites

Hackers have taken over Windows Live Search in Italy, according to some reports. Security experts at Sunbelt Software were taken to hackers' sites when they

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Hacker Intruded into System of Le Pen, Stole Secret List

A hacker pilfered confidential information from a system in the office of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French far-right leader, said police in a statement

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

Hacker Adds Backdoor to WordPress Server

Automattic Inc., creator of WordPress, warned on March 3, 2007 that a hacker infiltrated into one of the servers of the organization to plant a backdoor in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/20

EBay and PayPal Face Phishing Challenge

Banks, online traders and technology sellers must join together to fight security problems such as data breaches and ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

Webmaster Agrees to Prosecutors’ Orders to Settle With FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on February 28, 2007 filed an order in a court in California against an affiliate Webmaster charging him of spreading

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

Various Malware Accounted 172% Growths in 2006

The malware detection in 2006 rose by 172% compared to 2005. The annual report of 2006 by PandaLabs discusses this growth and other issues of the prevailing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

Stock Spams Installing Trojans

The Kaspersky Laboratory reported that mass e-mails with information (in English) on stocks of some nasty firm are online with a Refuse from Spam hyperlink

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

March, the Month Of PHP Bugs, Gets Moving

The Month of Apple Bugs and the Month of Browser Bugs inspired the Hardened-PHP Project to declare March as the Month of PHP Bugs or MOPB to highlight the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

Kaspersky Lab Report Says Vista Will Determine The Malware Progress

Anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab predicts in its latest report that the new operating system (OS) Window Vista by Microsoft will be a major factor for the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

Compromise of Personal Information of UI Employees

University of Idaho (UI) is suspecting a security breach into the personal information of 2,700 employees. The compromise might be the result of uploading

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/19

50 Percent Rise in ID Fraud Since 2003

Analyst Gartner announced the results in the first week of March 2007 of a survey it had conducted on 5,000 adults in the United States. It said nearly 15

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

Storm Worm Overwhelmed in February 2007

The "Storm Worm" has spiked to the highest point in malware charts for February, as per

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

Perl Guru, aka Hacker, from Intel Got a Clean Chit After 12 years

Intel hired Randal Schwartz as a contractor in early 90s. Schwartz was surprised at the poor state of Intel's password system.

In

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

Microsoft’s Vista Obstructs All Malware For the Moment

Security vendor Symantec said in news reported by inquireinside, on March 1, 2007, that the latest OS (operating system) by Microsoft is very efficient in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

Issues Relating to Data Loss in Companies

The IT Policy Compliance Group released research on March 9, 2007 to report that 20% of businesses lose more than 22 sensitive data every year.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

GPG Flaw Allows Attacks Resembling Phishing

The popular encryption software GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) has a critical flaw that enables an attacker to carry out a phishing-like attack that embeds text as

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

Back-Hacker Awarded; Informed Sandia Did Hard To Keep Investigation Quiet

Shawn Carpenter was awarded $4.3 million by a jury in New Mexico in February 2007 as a part of the unjust termination case against Sandia National

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/17

ACP/ BOA Provide Tips to U.S. Taxpayers

Apart from paperwork that involves certain degree of frustration tax season also means opportunities for cyber criminals. To safeguard taxpayers from theft

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

Worm Spreads and Infects PCs Through USB Ports

World security experts are warning that there are increasing incidents of worms infecting computer systems by entering via USB flash ports. This makes

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

‘March Madness’ Poses Security Threat

The NCAA March Madness tournament is to start in just two weeks' time. Meanwhile there is a warning for IT managers to prepare for the riskiest period of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

Malware Uses New Disguise to Attack

Malware writers are applying malicious code dubbed HckPk to hide the true identity of their worms making them easy to get past ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

Trojan Attacks Japanese File-Sharing Networks

While the battle to maintain the safety of the Internet is on, related laws especially of copyright issues frequently become subject of battle.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

DHS to Combine Private and Government Forces to Mitigate Online Attacks

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Homeland Security recently organized a conference that reported that incidents of cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/16

Highest Record of Spam Mails in Irish Businesses

The majority of e-mails that Irish inboxes received during February 2007 comprised of spam, claims IE Internet. The firm reported that 60% of e-mails going

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Privacy Guardians Renew Efforts during Fraud Prevention Month

The federal, provincial and territorial privacy guardians in Canada are combining their respective tasks during the Month of Fraud Prevention to summon

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Anti-Virus Test Assigns Lowest Position to Microsoft’s OneCare

Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare held the lowest position in a batch of 17 anti-virus solutions that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Texas A&M Encounters Hacker’s Attack

A hacker attempted to break-in a Texas A&M University network. The University mandated changing passwords of 96,000 students, faculty and other staff.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Student Faces Probation for Changing School Grades

A graduate of Cherry Hill High School East admitted that he committed a crime of computer theft by unlawfully accessing a computer system of the Board of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Rinbot Worm Strikes To Infect CNN Network

A worm has struck Turner Broadcasting System, the owner of CNN. It would have been possible to detect the worm had the company updated its ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/15

Phishing Scam Targets BBB, Warns the Bureau

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) has sent out an alert to businesses in the U.S. and Canada that a scam using name and fake e-mail address of BBB is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/14

Worm Exploits Flaw In Computers Running Solaris 10

A computer worm is trying to log into computers running Solaris 10, implementing several commands to install itself and then propagate to other vulnerable

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/14

Symantec: Vista’s UAC Warnings Are Unreliable

A Symantec researcher has refuted Microsoft's claim that its Windows Vista's User Account Control (UAC) largely secures the operating system from attack. On

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/14

Intelligence Report: Spam Levels Increase For The Fifth Straight Month

MessageLabs, a principal integrated messaging and web security services provider to worldwide businesses, announced on March 1, 2007 the outcome of its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/13

Storm Trojan Variant Spreads Through Blogs

With the help of a new variant of the Storm Trojan horse, attackers are planting stealthy URLs in blogs so that they can pick on traffic when visitors

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/13

New Zealand Passes Anti-Spam Law

New Zealand passed the third reading of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 on February 27, 2007. The Act is devised to eradicate spam masses that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/13

Lenient Sentence to Men for Extorting Money from MySpace

Two men from New York face accusation of developing code that tracked visitors' activities on MySpace.com and tried to extort $150,000. But on February 26,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/13

German Police Seeks Legal Permission for Online House Search

Germany's police and secret services are seeking a legal recognition for searching suspects over the Internet with the help of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/3/13

Even Child Abuse Should Not Prompt Hacking

Security firm Sophos conducted a poll to find that users strongly objected to hacking computers of child abusers even if with good intentions. Almost

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/12

SEC Files Lawsuit Against Firm for Retrieving Press Releases

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a suit against a foreign firm and its CEO on February 26, 2007. The SEC charged that the firm hacked into

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SPAMfighter News 2007/3/12

Recent Flaw In Windows Vista May Be A Risk To Users

An advisory by eEye Digital Security Inc., and endpoint Aliso Viejo, California-based security firm, identified a flaw in Windows Vista by Microsoft and

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