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March 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/31

New Scareware Exploits Layered Service Provider

Security researchers at Trend Micro (an antivirus vendor) have said that they have discovered a new

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/31

German Security Agency Recommends Users to Stop Accessing Firefox

A federal computer security agency in Germany has asked Mozilla users not to use new Firefox browser until the company releases a security patch for the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/31

Downloading Freebies Could Invite Malware

SophosLabs, security labs of security firm Sophos, has warned users of the potential risks of "freebies" in its recently posted blog.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/31

Seattle, the Most Vulnerable US City to Cyber Attacks

In terms of cyber crime, according to a recent study released by an Internet security firm Symantec, Seattle has scored the position of USA's riskiest

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/31

Ontarians Need to Remain Cautious Online

OPP and CAFC advised people in Ontario to exercise caution when they receive emergency money transfer online.

Canadian Anti-Fraud

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SPAMfighter News - 2010/3/31

Abu Dhabi Police Warning about Phishing Scam

Recently, a South African lady has been deceived of more than R10, 000 in an e-mail scam designed to defraud online banking users.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

Puppies Used in E-mail Scam to Dupe Netizens

According to an alert message from the Oregon Attorney General's Office published on nwcn.com on March 19, 2010, hackers are using puppies in the recent

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

HMRC Tax Refund Scam Hits Pembrokeshire

Taxpayers in Pembrokeshire County Council (Welsh, Wales, UK) have been urged by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to be cautious of a latest e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

Sheriff’s Office Urges Users to be Vigilant of Scareware Scams

Netizens are being asked to be wary of scareware by the Jefferson's County Sheriff's Office in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

Internet Fraud on a Rise in Canada due to Economic Instability

The Federal Competition Bureau, Canada, warns users that Internet scammers, taking full advantage of the economic certainty, are targeting the unemployed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

April Fools’ Day Scams Ready to Hit Netizens

A Pacific Northwest developer of latest anti-spyware solutions, SUPERAntiSpyware.com, has noted that every year there is a surge in incidents of new spyware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/30

Abu Dhabi Police Issues Warning of Phishing Scam

According to the Criminal Investigation Department of Abu Dhabi Police, bank customers should be careful of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

Indian Cyber-space Inflicted with Twin Viruses

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, ICERT, has warned that twin new viruses are spreading across the Indian Internet this month, i.e. March 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

E-mail Scam Victimizes Man and his Friends

According to the news published on March 16, 2010 by The Leader, approximately 40 contacts on Geoff Nicholls' e-mail address book became stunned when they

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

Searching Michelle McGee Images Triggers Malware

Internet is burning with the stories associated with the current state of Sandra Bullock and Jesse James marriage subsequent to the reported news of her

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

Google Blacklists Deals Direct Website for Delivering Malware

On March 19, 2010, Google blacklisted DealsDirect.com.au, the biggest Internet bargain shopping website hosted in Australia. Other leading Web browsers such

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

Hundreds of Systems Infected by Security Tool

As reported by the security experts at Best Buy Geek Squad, Texas, a new computer virus is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/29

Counterfeit E-mails Carrying Malware Hit Facebook Users

According to a researcher of University of Alabama (UAB), a new spam movement attacking Facebook users is on the rounds.

UAB at

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

Total PC Defender – The Latest Scareware Scam

Internet security firm SpyZooka is cautioning netizens of a new piece of fake security software or scareware called Total PC Defender.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

ACMA Fines Virgin Mobile of Australia for Spam E-mails

Following an investigation by ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) into the case of Virgin Mobile of Australia sending certain types of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

Spam Distributing Trojan Haunts European Countries

According to ESET, a security firm, a highly malicious Trojan is widely infecting computers across Europe, making them to a strong botnet for the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

Shop Lost $200,000 from Online Banking Scam

In February 2010, cybercriminals stole $200,000 from an auto body shop in Ohio (USA), Clarke Collision Center, in a brazen robbery done online. Hackers used

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

SARS Alerts Taxpayers about Fake ‘Refund E-mails’

SARS (South African Revenue Service) has issued an alert to the South African taxpayers that new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/27

Hackers Attacked Mary’s Pizza’s Plaza Outlet

Mary's Pizza Shack's, a restaurant in Sonoma County, USA, Plaza location has been hit by Web hackers with a "logger" virus that stole the credit

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

Calgary Medical Clinic System Hit by a Virus

Numerous patients associated with a clinic of University of Calgary, namely Sunridge Medical Clinic at CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, are being cautioned that as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

Bulletproof Hosting of Malicious Cyber-infrastructure Exposed

Researchers from RSA, a security firm, have found a network infrastructure, which serves dedicated connections to botnets that are known to be the most

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

San Francisco Lawyer Got $7K from E-mail Scammer

A San Francisco lawyer, Daniel Balsam, was awarded $7,000 for unsolicited commercial e-mails he used to get in an unusual trial under California's ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

Microsoft Successful in the Takedown of Waledac Botnet

Due to a new method inculcating court actions along with various technical measures, activities inside the infamous botnet, Waledac, have been successfully

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

McAfee Alarms Facebook Users of Password Reset Scam

According to McAfee, a security firm, a new malicious scam is currently aiming the Facebook users.

As reported, the scammers in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/26

Antivirus Software Incapable to Find Top Three Trojans

The IT Security Firm Trusteer states that antivirus program is completely incapable at detecting the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

Fresh Malvertising Strain Identified

ALWIL Software, a security firm has unearthed a malware attack widely spreading and contaminating

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

Cyber-attacks now Targeting End-users

According to Zscaler, a security firm, cyber goons are shifting their focus from attacking e-mail and Web servers to attacking computers of the end-users.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

Officials of Florida Lottery Caution Lottery Players of E-mail Scam

The Officials of Florida Lottery are cautioning people about a new e-mail scam which informs the recipient of winning a prize from Florida Lottery.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

Malware in Fake Reports of President Obama’s Death

The security researchers of Trend Micro have discovered a malware movement on the famous Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

MessageLabs Researchers Identified Typical Words Used by Spam

MessageLabs Intelligence recently conducted a research according to which spam distributed globally over the internet are of diverse nature, there exists

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/25

Banking Malware Cheats Users of UK Banks

Trusteer, a security firm alarms users of "Silon", a piece of banking malware that in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

Social Network Brands Highly Abused in Phishing

MarkMonitor Inc., a specialist in services and technology for Internet brand protection, released its latest yearly Brandjacking report, according to which,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

Ransomware May Soon Target Mac Computers

According to security researchers, users of Mac OS X are likely to have a different security problem, with ransomware threats to increasingly target them in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

Nude Video of Erin Andrews Leading to Online Hazard Again

Sophos, the data protection and IT security firm, has issued an alert to the Internet users to watch out for websites apparently promising to show a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

IRS Alerts Taxpayers about Phishing E-mails

With the last date of tax-submission coming near, IRS (Internal Revenue Service) reminded taxpayers on March 16, 2010 about the extremely prevalent e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

HMRC Urges UK Taxpayers to be Wary of Phishing E-mail

HMRC, i.e. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, has cautioned U.K taxpayers that an e-mail scam is currently pushing a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/24

Cyber Miscreants Found Exploiting the News of Corey Haim’s Funeral

According to the security experts of Trend Micro, cyber goons are increasingly exploiting the news of the death of Corey Haim, Canadian teen idol, in a bid

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

Spam E-mail Purporting to be from a Law Firm

Spam e-mails hit the inboxes of some Internet users during the second week of March 2010, as per the news published by Zimbio on March 16, 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

Blended Attacks Chief Online Security Threat for Enterprises

According to Websense, a security firm, enterprises' most severe online security risk is from blended threats.

Commenting on the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

March Madness Tournament Leads to Malware

In the wake of March Madness Competition, from March 16 to April 5, 2010, scores of employees are live streaming games, which can further slow down the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

Barclays’ Customers become Target of a Phishing Scam

According to BitDefender, a security firm, a major portion of the online segment is hit by an extremely prolific ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

Yet another Malware Assault on Facebook Users

On March 12, 2010, researchers from security firm Websense cautioned Facebook users to abstain from clicking URLs posted on the pages of their friends and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/23

Miscreants Riding on DTS Searches, Spreading Scareware

Security researchers of Vietnam-based antivirus purveyor, Bach Khoa Internet Security (BKIS) alarms

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

Zeus Malware Now Better for Attackers

The most recent edition of the Zeus DIY (do-it-yourself) crimeware kit is specifically designed to foil potential Web-pirates. This is possible with the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

Hotmail Accounts Encountering Breaches

Microsoft, the software giant based at Redmond, is alerting everyone using 'Hotmail', the free e-mail facility of the company, to watch out for ongoing spam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

Infected USB Stick Caused System Closure at Waikato DHB

An infected 'Universal Serial Bus' (USB) stick plugged into a computer system in a carpark booth at the Hamilton, New Zealand, located Waikato Hospital, has

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

Amazon Customers Target of a Phishing Scam

Amazon, the online bookseller, has issued an alert to its customers informing them that a new spoofed or ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

IC3 and FBI Claims that Cyber Activities Doubled in 2009

According to a latest report by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), online crime is on a high and the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/22

AVs Failed to Adapt to the Changing Threat Landscape

A latest testing done by NSS Labs, a security firm, disclosed some appalling results- seven antivirus

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/20

Webroot Warns of Bogus Windows Update Circulating over the Internet

Webroot, a security firm has issued an alert to Web-surfers that a malware campaign pretending to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/20

Symantec Describes February Spam Scenario

Symantec, a security firm released its "March 2010 State of Spam & phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/20

Scammers Abusing Major Sporting Events

For duping innocent netizens, hackers are exploiting various sports events like FIFA World Cup and IPL, stated security experts.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/20

Aberdeen Public is Receiving Western Union Scam E-mail

An alarm has been raised for the public in Aberdeen (Scotland) regarding a fraudulent, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2010/3/20

Zeus botnets Botnets crippled Crippled following takedown Takedown of ISP

The Zeus botnets have been hit with the sudden takedown of their C&C server, continuing the ongoing practice of taking down highly sinister

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

U.S Hosts the Maximum Number of Malicious Websites

Security firm AVG Technologies released a research paper on March 10, 2010, whose outcomes indicate that the majority of bad websites (44%) receive their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

Cyber-Attacks Turning More Complex

An American Congressional Research Service conducted a study according to which, national security is being increasingly threatened with cyber-attacks.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

Fake ‘PlayStation Emulator’ Drops Trojan

Fans of Retro games are confronting attacks from a new scareware scam that cyber-criminals have devised to load a Trojan onto people's PCs.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

Computer Frauds Lead to $25 Million Loss in Q3 2009

According to the U.S. FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), which recently conducted a research, computer frauds against enterprises of small sizes

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

Malware Creator behind Bars for DDOS Attacks

Artur Boiko, 44, a man from Estonia, has been imprisoned for two years and seven months after being accused of using ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/19

Koobface Developers Modifies Botnet to Overcome Potential Elimination

As the industry experts try to degrade Koobface, to avoid the chances of elimination, authors of the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

New Research Study on Zeus Released by Trend Micro

Trend Micro, in its newly-published study named "Zeus: A Persistent Criminal Enterprise", says that of late, there has been an increase in the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

Cyber-criminals Continuing Assaults on Top Search Terms

A March 9, 2010 dated announcement by SonicWALL a firm that deals with secure network infrastructure, states that cyber attackers are still targeting the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

Phishing E-mails Hit UW Web-mail Accounts

Students at the University of Wisconsin are being alerted by the University's IT section that cyber fraudsters are currently circulating a pair of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

Loss from Internet Banking Fraud up 14% in 2009

UK Cards Association released statistics during the second week of March 2010, which reveal that although losses from card fraud declined in general in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

PandaLabs Lists ‘Mariposa’ Infected Regions

PandaLabs, a security firm has recently indicated in a distinct report, how the Mariposa has been proliferating across 31,901 urban towns, and 190 nations.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/18

Former Worker Accused of Tampering TSA Computer

Douglas James Duchak, a man, aged 46 from Colorado Springs, received a federal indictment on March 9, 2010 from a jury, which represented Denver (USA). He

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Users’ Online Behavior Deeply Influence Cyber Attack Techniques

In its annual report for 2009, security firm "Barracuda Labs" indicates the changes in Internet user behavior and the consequent attacker trends.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Recently Patched Adobe PDF Vulnerability Again Targeted

Hackers have once again targeted the newly patched Adobe PDF Reader flaw to implant Trojan virus downloaders on Windows systems.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Gumblar Resurges on Internet Threat Landscape

As reported by the security firm Kaspersky Lab, Gumblar, the script Trojan-Downloader program, has returned to control the Internet threat landscape in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Fresh Security Bug Discovered in Internet Explorer 6 and 7

On March 9, 2010, Microsoft issued a warning about a security bug in the previous versions of Internet Explorer that enable hackers to remotely run the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Drudge Report Alleged of Distributing Malware

Visitors to the news website Drudge Report claim that alongwith the website's usual breathtaking headlines, they received malware.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Adobe Reader Replaces Microsoft Word as Most Exploited Application

According to the data compiled by security firm F-Secure, widely used Reader application of Adobe has substituted Microsoft Word to become the most

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Sophos Discovers Infection Method involving Twitter, Google Adsense and Yahoo

Sophos has recently unearthed an unusually new hybrid method of cyber attack against users of Twitter. The technique exploits security problems with

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/17

Grey County (Canada) Warns of Tax-related E-mail Scam

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of Ontario, Canada's Grey County, has alerted the County's residents of an e-mail scam, which has emerged locally.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/16

Oklahoma Residents Warned of Tax Refund Scam

The Internal Service Revenue (IRS) has cautioned Oklahoma residents to be wary of a latest e-mail scam claiming to be coming from the IRS.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/16

Microsoft Patches 8 Vulnerabilities with 2 Updates

On March 9, 2010, software giant 'Microsoft' issued twin security bulletins that take care of eight security flaws in its Office and Windows products. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/16

Scareware Costliest Security Threat During 2010

According to the security company 'McAfee,' fake antivirus software popularly called scareware hits 1

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/16

Man Arrested for Cyber Extortion Using Spam Scam

Anthony Digati, aged 52 and resident of California, was accused of extorting New York Life, (an insurance firm) after he had apparently warned the company

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

Security Flaw Discovered in Opera

Marcin Ressel, Security Researcher at VUPEN Security, revealed a security flaw in Opera browser on March 4, 2010. Ressel added that the flaw existed in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

Hackers & Scareware Distributors Target Oscar Ceremony

Sophos, an IT control and security company, has issued an alert that hackers are capitalizing on the Oscar film awards announcement of March 7, 2010 to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

First National Bank Customers Reported Fake Debit Card Transactions

The First National Bank of Durango (USA) has disclosed that a large number of its clients are at risk owing to new spurious transactions after the data

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

Cyber Criminals Expanding Targeted Brand Base

The phishing Activity Trends Report for Q4-2009 by APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group)

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

Scammers Abusing Charity Name for Collecting Funds

Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay (Canada) has warned the public about a bogus e-mail circulating on the Internet. The Chairman of the Board, Andrew

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/15

Phishing Levels Touch Record High in January 2010: RSA Security

As per the latest statistics released by security firm 'RSA Security' in its new monthly report 'Online Fraud Report', January 2010 witnessed a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/13

Private Sector’s Help Urged for Tracking Cyber-Criminals

At the RSA Conference held in San Francisco during March 1-5, 2010, Robert Mueller, Director of FBI, called upon the country's private sector to help the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/13

PayPal was Brand Subjected to Most Phishing Attacks

According to Avira a German security company, more than half of the entire phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/13

Huge Ransomware Campaign Hits Internet

According to Fortinet, an Internet security firm, miscreants recently hit Internet with a massive campaign of ransomware, as per the news published on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/13

Four Ex-Students Charged in High School Grade Manipulation Scam

Four ex-students at three suburban Houston high schools (USA) have been charged after they reportedly hacked into their schools' computer systems.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/13

CAPTCHA-Solving Botnet Used in Ticket Fraud Operation

People behind a ticket fraud scheme that used a botnet so as to undermine protection mechanisms implemented by ticket purveyors were indicted in the first

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

Trojans Dominate Top Ten E-Threats for February 2010: Sunbelt

The Internet security firm, Sunbelt Software, in the 1st week of March 2010, published its Top Ten List of e-threats for February 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

Spam Pretends as Spam Notification Message

Spammers trying to counteract anti-spam filters have lately begun disguising their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

Energizer’s Battery Charger Program Contains Malware

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) of the Department of Homeland Security said on March 5, 2010 that the Energizer DUO USB

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

Chile Earthquake Facilitates the Increase of Rogue Anti-Virus

Security researchers are warning of cybercriminals who are cashing in on the massive Chile earthquake, which took place on February 27, 2010. The criminals

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

Cyber Attacks from Chinese Hackers Likely to Reappear

According Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer, F-Secure, recent cyber attacks by hackers in China against Google as well as other U.S. organizations are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/3/12

BlackEnergy Trojan Attacks Russian, Ukrainian Banks in New Version

Russian cybercriminals have come up with a more sophisticated version of the notorious BlackEnergy Trojan related to the 2008 cyber assaults against Georgia

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