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March 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

Worm Entered Computers of Kingsport City School

A computer virus Conficker has targeted the systems of Kingsport City Schools (KCS) (Tennessee, USA)

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

White-hat Hackers - China Not the Biggest Source of Cyber Attacks

Zhao Wei, a White-hat Hacker and Chief Executive Officer of KnownSec Inc. a security company in China, while attending the CanSecWest Security Conference

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

US Citizens Warned of Hoax IRS E-mails

Fraudulent e-mails saying they are from IRS (Internal Revenue Service) are hitting the US citizens' inboxes. A particular instance of the bogus e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

Spam Mails Rising in Vietnam

Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, said at the workshop on spam mail prevention in Hanoi, that the toughest part in the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

Halifax Bank Alerts Customers of Phishing E-mail

UK-based Halifax Bank issued a warning on March 26, 2009 saying that it suspects an e-mail that pretends to be from the Bank's Online Helpdesk.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/31

BBB Warns of E-mail Scam Based on Economic Stimulus

According to BBB (Better Business Bureau) of Osceola (Indiana, US), it has been receiving numerous calls, complaining of web and e-mail scams.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

E-mail about the Murder of Three Women in Wal-Mart Parking is Fake

Authorities at several places in the US, especially in Miami and South Florida, have cautioned people about the fake mail circulating in these areas. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

Bank of America Cautions Customers about Phishing Mails

On March 26, 2009, Bank of America (US) issued a new fraud alert to inform its customers about two scams targeting them for their personal

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

Security Researchers Discovered XSS Bug in Twitter

Eric Wastl and Lance James, Security Researchers at Secure Sciences Corporation (located at San Diego, US), have identified an XSS (Cross-Site Scripting)

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

Researchers Demonstrate Dangerous BIOS-level Malware Attack

Anibal Sacco and Alfredo Ortega, two Argentinean researchers from the security organization Core Security Technologies, have discovered a technique with

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

New phishing e-mail lures users with US stimulus scheme

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the INTA (International Trademark Association) are warning consumers to be wary of a widespread ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/30

Mac computers target of new malware variant

Security firm Sophos has discovered a fresh variant of OSX/RSPlug a Trojan that attacks Apple computers and which malicious people are distributing through

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/28

Spam Mail Using DHL Name to Deliver Trojan

In a new spam outbreak, spammers are dispatching e-mails that purport to be from

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/28

Illinois Attorney General Bewares People about Stimulus Scams

Illinois (USA) Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, is asking consumers to guard themselves against ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Hackers Use Search Engines to Divert Users to Phishing Sites

According to Marshal, an online security company, there is an increasing trend for hackers to manipulate search engines to direct users to fake websites.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Computer Virus Compromises Employees’ Social Security Numbers

A virus causing computer security breach in February 2009 leaked out the Social Security numbers (SSN) of thousands of employees of the Penn State OPP

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Ukraine-based Server found Loaded with Personal Data

Prevx, the UK-based security company, has located a botnet in Ukraine, which contains personal data of about 160,000 persons and/or computers.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Phishing Scam Targets Customers of Bank Windhoek

According to a warning by Bank Windhoek of Namibia during the 3rd week of March 2009, an online ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

New Variant of DHCP Malware Launches Attack

Computer security researchers are cautioning users to be wary of a fresh wave of malware assaults

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Cyber Criminals Using SEO Technique to Sell Scareware

According to Finjan, an online security company, cyber criminals exploiting the Search Engine Optimization technology are redirecting Internet surfers to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Hackers Using Router to Infect Computers with Malware

Security researchers at DroneBL have found that malware authors are employing routers to spread

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/27

Goodmail Systems - E-mail Scams Growing with Economic Crisis

The security firm, Goodmail Systems, claims that e-mail fraud is a flourishing industry in the fading US economy. Hackers are making use of the concerns

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

Hackers Exploiting ‘March Madness’ Tournament to Spread Malware

As per the security news released by several security firms in the third week of March 2009, "March Madness", basketball championship among the US

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

Mountain West Bank Consumers Targeted by Phishing Scam

Phishing fraudsters appear to be constantly attacking some banks in the Missoula region of Montana, US, with one being Mountain West Bank whose authorities

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

High Vigilance Require Against New Malware & Viruses

According to ESET, a computer security firm, the most recent virus and other malware attacks are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

E-mail Scam Targets OTIS Consumers

OTIS Federal Credit Union of Maine, US, on March 18, 2009, cautioned customers to be wary of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

Sophos Warned about the Rising Botnet Threats

According to antivirus company Sophos, as more and more botnets are being used, the providers of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/26

Phishing Mails Attacked Members of Pikes Peak Credit Union

The Pikes Peak of Credit Unions (Colorado, US) is cautioning users to be careful about ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

Virtumundo Proliferating Aggressively through Detachable Devices

According to a warning given by security researchers at Sophos, the computer Trojan Virtumundo that distributes ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

Spammers Exploiting Economic Crisis to Rob Unsuspecting E-mail Users

According to the "State of Spam" report by Symantec for March 2009, the economy continues to be popular bait for spammers. Thus, the most common

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

ING Bank Alerts Customers about New Phishing Scam

Online fraudsters in a new phishing scam are targeting ING Bank by dispatching fake

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

APWG - Rise in Crimeware Sites & Fake Anti-malware Applications

APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group) released its 'Phishing Activity Trends Report' for July-December 2008, according to which, websites spreading 'crimeware'

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

UK - Online Fraud & Phishing Attacks Rising

The new figures from the Association of Payment Clearing Services (APACS) reveal that hackers stole £52.2 Million from the online bank users in the UK

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/25

Spammers Spin Hotmail Account Holders in E-mail Scam

The fake e-mail scam, which targeted Facebook users in the past, has now been targeting Hotmail users in the third week of March 2009. The scam appears as a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

Spammers Exploiting Rising Unemployment to Download Malware

Security firm Symantec released its latest report entitled "State of Spam" according to which, rising unemployment due to the economic meltdown

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

Natasha Richardson’s Death Used as Lure for Spreading Scareware

According to Sophos, an online security company, computer hackers are taking advantage of people's interest surrounding the news of the death of Natasha

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

Kaspersky Lab Discovers New Kido’s Variants

According to Kaspersky Lab, a relatively new computer worm called Kido is already displaying changes in the way its Trojan component works as compared to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

FBI Warns of Fake McDonalds E-mail

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning end-users not to trust e-mails that request to give out personal information such as bank account or

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

Phishing Mail Attacked Revenue Canada Taxpayers

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has warned people about the latest hi-tech scam which involves its name. The ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/24

Two Taxes Men Pleaded Guilty of Running Stock Campaign to Make Money

On March 18, 2009, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosed that two men from Texas settled SEC charges that they launched a massive mail

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

TIGTA Advises IRS about Enhancing its Computer Security

According to a report from the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Internal Revenue Service must run a computer scan on all

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

More Malware Attacks to Strike Mac Computers in 2009

According to a study report entitled "Annual Threat Roundup and 2009 Forecast" from security firm Trend Micro, Mac users would face increasing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

Hackers Infected Three Embassy Websites to Spread Malware

Security investigators from Sophos are asking people to be wary of a harmful IFrame that has been inserted into the Ethiopian Embassy website in Washington.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

BOI Alerts Customers about Phishing E-mails Looking for PINs

Bank of Ireland (BOI) is warning its accountholders to be cautious of a new phishing scam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

Oman Receives 92 Million Spam Every Day

Trend Micro, an online security company, informs that majority of web users in Oman are vulnerable to cyber crime as the level of spam in the country

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/23

Manchester Bishop’s E-mail Server Infected by Virus

A virus on the computer system of Manchester Diocese (UK) has deprived the Bishop of Middleton from mails for almost one week. The Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

Growing Cyber Threats Challenging US Federal Agencies

The US federal agencies, facing the growing security threats on its cyber world, said that sophisticated and developed attack techniques were responsible

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

Firefox’s Flaws Patched, Thunderbird Remains Vulnerable

Mozilla Corp., which patched its Firefox browser's security flaws on March 4, 2009, described six of them as "critical", one as "high"

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

Curwensville Denizen Falls Victim to Nigerian Phishing Scam

The Curwensville Borough Police Department (BPD) of Pennsylvania (US) said that a resident of Curwensville fell victim to an Internet scam that resulted in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

BBC Runs Botnet Test Attack, Security Experts Criticize

To demonstrate how botnets pose security threats, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) bought and used a network of 22,000 infected computers forming a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

Window’s Safe Mode Feature Ascertained Unsafe

McAfee's Avert Labs has warned the users that Windows' Safe Mode might be assumed helpful in fixing the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/21

SQL Injection Attacks Mounting on Web Applications

IBM Internet Security Systems has revealed that cyber crooks are circulating unidentifiable infections on the Internet by targeting hundreds of thousands of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

Symantec - Corporate Websites Used to Distribute Malware

According to a new study by security company Symantec, spammers and hackers are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

Security Consultant Demonstrates Mac OS X Vulnerability to Hack

Independent security consultant, Dino Dai Zovi, demonstrated at a conference in the US on March 11, 2009 how a computer running Apple's Mac OS X is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

New Waledac Spam Spread Rumors of Bomb Explosion

According to a warning from various security companies, online criminals are attempting to cheat users into downloading malicious codes by enticing them to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

Democrats.org Hacked to Deliver Malware

In a new trend of attack, hackers are exploiting search engine results to entice surfers into visiting malicious websites and thereby spreading malware.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

Phishing Mail Targeted University of Western Ontario

University of Western Ontario (Canada) has asked computer users to delete and not to reply to an e-mail scam that appears as helpful advice.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/20

Computer Virus Blocked Indian PMO’s E-mail System for Three Months

E-mail system of the Indian Prime Minster's Office (PMO) remained affected by a computer virus for 3

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

Romanian Police Arrested about 20 Suspected Phishers

The Romanian Cops along with the Direction for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) ran an operation, culminating into the detention of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

New Conficker Variant to Attack Computers on Fools Day, April 1st

Don DeBolt, Director of Threat Research, CA, has warned that a fresh variant of the Conficker virus is set to attack computers on 1st April, the April Fools

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

Infostealer Trojan Spread via Bogus UPS E-mail

Malware analysts from MX Lab, the security provider for e-mail communication, have warned that a fresh variant of information stealing banking Trojan is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

‘National Zombie Awareness Week’ Launched in Australia

Australia recently hosted the "National zombie Awareness Week" from March 2,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

Spammers Exploiting Rising Unemployment to Steal Personal Details

Internet spammers are seeking to take advantage of unemployed people by twisting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/19

PandaLabs Criticizes Microsoft for Failing to Patch Vulnerabilities via Update

Microsoft, which issued a security update to fix vulnerabilities in Windows WINS server and DNS server on March 10, 2009, said the update resolves an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

People Continue to fall to Phishing Scams, says F-Secure

Security company F-Secure (located in Finland) conducted its yearly survey 'Online Wellbeing' and published the results of its study. According to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

Kaspersky - Malware Attacks Increasing at Blistering Pace

According to Kaspersky Labs' 2008 annual report on security threats, a steep rise was observed in the total number of malicious attacks during 2008. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

Phishing Scams Targeted Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Customers

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, located in Texas (US), is being continuously inflicted with ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

Computer Virus Affected Norfolk Schools in UK

Hundreds of schools in Norfolk (UK) were urged on March 9, 2009 to recheck and enhance the security on their computers after computer systems in 5 local

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

Unsigned Update from Symantec Leads to Spam

Symantec said on March 10, 2009 that a security patch the company released without signing had been exploited to unleash a spam campaign that provided wrong

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/18

Old Viruses Reemerged, but Spam Dropped in February

Ireland-based security and IT services firm, IT Force, has listed the names of ten most prolific viruses detected in February 2009 among which some old

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

Scammers Impersonate CRA in Phishing Scam

According to security researchers at Cisco IronPort, cyber criminals impersonating the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) are scamming people with tax related

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

23% of Internet Users Susceptible to Spear Phishing Attacks

The Intrepidus Group, a consultant for information security, recently conducted a study on 69,000 employees across the world, according to which 23% of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

Security Experts Caution of Staggering Rise in Malware Attacks

The latest research from ScanSafe, an online security firm, reveals that malware levels rose by a huge 300% in 2008. The company noticed a significant

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

PandaLabs - Global Infection Rates of ID Theft Malware Increasing Rapidly

PandaLabs, an online security vendor, announced a comprehensive ID theft study which is based on the study of 67 Million systems in 2008. The study reveals

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

Carl Junction R-1 Recovered $80,000 of the Illegal Transfers

According to the statement of Phil Cook, Superintendent of the Carl Junction R-1 School District (Missouri, USA), officials of the Southwest Missouri Bank

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/17

“Dancing Girl” Video of Fake Facebook Installs Malware

A new Facebook video malware attack is in the wild, disguising as a message from Facebook.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/16

Fortinet Revealed Major Internet Threats for February 2009

Network security vendor Fortinet released its February 2009 Threatscape Report, according to which, emerging botnet activities posed the major Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/16

BitDefender Releases February 2009 List of Top Ten E-threats

Security company BitDefender has published its list of ten most dangerous e-threats, indicating that drive-by-download components spread the maximum

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/16

Phishers Abuse FBI for Malicious Intent

Recently, the Daviess County, Indiana Sheriff's office has issued a warning to the US residents about an ongoing Internet scam. According to the officers,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/16

Now Adobe PDF Executes Malicious Code Without Clicking

Unpatched critical vulnerability affecting the latest versions of Acrobat and Adobe Reader has become more dangerous. IT Security Consultant at Contraste

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

New York State CPB Highlights Increase in Phishing Scams

At a New York conference called the 2008 Top Consumer Frauds & Complaints Conference, New York State's CPB (Consumer Protection Board) highlighted that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

New Conficker Variant Spreading by Disabling Security Software

According to a warning released by Symantec, the third version Conficker worm is currently circulating in the wild. The variant is the worst strain so far

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

McAfee - Spam to Grow 20% in March 2009

According to the March Spam report by antivirus firm McAfee, spam levels are predicted to rise 20% in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

Gmail CSRF Vulnerability with Corresponding Proof-of-concept

A CSRF (Cross-Site Request Forgery) flaw in Google's Gmail that makes the widely used e-mail service vulnerable to attacks has been known since 2007, but a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

E-mails Advertising Pornographic Webcam Spammed to Twitter Users

A new attack targeting users of Twitter was noticed on March 6, 2009 when hijacked accounts began dispatching spam mails that promoted a pornographic webcam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/14

Computer Virus Snapped Networks at Sullivan Government Offices

A dangerous virus that infected computers of the Sullivan County Government Center as well as of the Sheriff's Office in Monticello (USA), has snapped

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

Hacker Sentenced to Four Years Imprisonment for Installing Malware

John Schiefer, a computer security advisor in Los Angeles, has been ordered a 4-year sentence in federal jail on charges of employing ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

Fraudsters Exploiting Un-patched IE, Firefox Flaws in eBay to Trick Shoppers

Internet scammers are taking advantage of un-patched security flaws that affect the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers to produce bogus eBay pages to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

Phishing E-mail Attacked Romanian Bank Customers

The Romania-based Raiffeisen Bank was targeted by a phishing scam on March 5, 2009 in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

PandaLabs – Volume of Banking Trojans Rising

According to the security experts at Panda Security, US banks would face increasing threats from ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

Malware Authors Exploiting Autorun Utility to Spread Infections

Security researchers at McAfee have warned that a new malware attack has been launched which is an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/13

Google Blocked Famous Gay News Website After Finding Malware

Leading news website, www.PinkNews.co.uk for gay people in the UK could not be accessed on February 24, 2009 through Google as well as by surfers using the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

LCNB Bank Releases Warning of Phishing Scam to its Customers

The Lebanon (Ohio, USA) based bank, LCNB Corp., has cautioned users about a computer scam asking for private details. Many residents have complained about a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

Computer Virus Attacked Two Scottish Hospitals

Due to a PC worm that infected networking systems of two hospitals in Scotland in the first week of March 2009, appointments for cancer patients had to be

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

Phishers Increasingly Targeting Utah Credit Unions

Some credit unions in Utah (California, USA) state that their consumers have been recently hit by a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

Over 70% of Phishing Websites Hosted on Hijacked Servers

Security researchers Richard Clayton of Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK and Tyler Moore of Center for Research on Computation and Society,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

Koobface Worm Attacks Facebook & Other Social Sites

According to security researchers at Trend Micro, the Koobface virus in a new version is spreading across Facebook to infect computers and steal users'

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/12

E-mail Exploits Delta Airlines’ Names to Install Trojan

According to MX Lab, a Belgium-based security company, e-mails that appear as if they are messages sent by the USA's Delta Airlines and apparently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/10

Trojans Attacking Internet Bank Accounts Rapidly Increasing

According to F-Secure, a security company in Finland, trojans that compromise online bank accounts

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SPAMfighter News 2009/3/10

Small Business Owners Targeted by Fraudulent Tax E-mail

The US SBA (Small Business Owners Administration) is giving warning to owners of small businesses to be vigilant of a new suspicious e-mail. The officials

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