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April 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/30

Colorado Drafted Harsher Anti-Spam Law

Bill Ritter, Governor of Colorado, formally approved a bill on April 23, 2008 declaring e-mail spam a crime under the law of the state. Supporters of the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/30

American Red Cross Brand Victimizing Innocent People

According to the news reported by GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY on April 24, 2008, the Office of Investigations, Compliance and Ethics is informed about an e-mail

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/30

Virus Infected Computers of Two Local Churches in Knox County

The computer systems of two famous churches in Knox County were infected by a malicious virus, as reported by VOLUNTEERTV on April 24, 2008.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/30

Internet Malware This Olympic: A Challenge to Security Officials

Following the recent distributed denial-of-service attacks against the cable TV network, CNN, by angry Chinese hackers disagreeing with the network's news

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/30

News Corp Blamed for Initiating Hacking Software

A major media company, News Corp, having worldwide acclaim is entangled in a lawsuit for hiring a hacker to develop pirating software for satellite

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/30

Anti-Israel Hackers Deface Bank of Israel’s Website

The business site, The Globes, on April 25, 2008, alerted the Bank of Israel that its Website was displaying critical messages against Israel and even after

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

Web 2.0 Technology: Boon or Curse for Internet?

A security researcher at Fortify, an online security firm, during Web 2.0 Expo held in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

Sophos Reports Web page Infection at the Rate of 1 in 5 Seconds

The first quarter of 2008 has seen a significant rise in Web threats with at least one Web page is infected at every interval of five seconds, highlights a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

Microsoft Failed to Crush Storm Botnet, Says Trend Micro

According to rival security researchers of Microsoft, contradictory to the claims made by the company for crushing the Storm botnet, it still exists.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

Malicious JavaScript Allows Third-Party Control of UN, UK sites

Two attacks by injecting mass JavaScript into a number of Websites including one of the United Nations and several of the UK government with links leading

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

LinkedIn Site Abused With 419 Scam

While cyber criminals increasingly target social networking sites to meet their nefarious ends, the networking Website, LinkedIn, has become the latest

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/29

AG Instructs Colleges to Improve Their Web Security

Citing an online hacking case at SCSU (Southern Connecticut State University) as an illustration, Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal warned private and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/28

Phishing Scam About Tax Refund Exploits ‘Stimulus Payments’

An e-mail informing tax refund entitlement could be actually aiming at theft of recipients' identity, warns security researchers at MX Logic. Taxpayers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/28

Spammers Attacks on Facebook Intensified in Last Few Months

Max Kelly, Chief Security Officer, Facebook, said in Infosecurity Europe Conference in London (April 22-24, 2008), that attacks on Facebook in the last few

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/28

Irish Bank Customers Hit with Phishing Scams

Phishing scams across the Internet have reached its peak with Irish banks are becoming close targets of fraudsters who are trying to make quick money, says

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/28

EarthLink Redirect System Opening Opportunity to Hackers

Vulnerability in EarthLink's servers that deal with mistyped requests for Web pages enabled attackers to wage ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/28

Olympic Theme Trojans Target Data-Rich Industries

According to MessageLabs, a security vendor, hackers are focusing to exploit an international event, the Olympics 2008, to install their malicious code on

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/28

Malware Predicted to Increase Ten Times by 2008 End

According to the predictions made by Kaspersky Lab, the landscape of security threat will grow by over 20 Million malicious applications by the time year

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/25

Phishing Attack on the Louisiana State University

In the third week of April 2008, e-mail accounts of the Louisiana State University flooded with ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/25

South Korea’s Presidential Office Attacked by Computer Virus

According to the statement released from Cheong Wa Dae, Presidential Office, South Korea, on April 22, 2008, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/25

Tornado Exploit Toolkit, New Aid to Website Attacks

Software security specialist, Symantec, issued a warning to computer users on April 22, 2008 that the Tornado exploit toolkit, found recently on the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/25

Vulnerability in Photoshop Products Allow Malicious Code Injection

Scott Laurie, discoverer of vulnerability in Adobe's Photoshop CS3, Photoshop Album Starter Edition and After Effects CS3, said that it could be exploited

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/25

Microsoft Finds Attack Tactics Changed in Favor of Web Attacks

According to reports from Windows users to Microsoft, the software company's malware Protection

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/25

Malware Propagation Now More Via USB Drives

Removable drives particularly USB (universal serial bus) thumb drives are being increasingly used as the "vectors" for transmitting ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/24

Spam Mails Peak to 93%, says IT Force

Spam to Irish inboxes accounts for 93% of all e-mails reaching them, revealed by IT Force, an independent Irish company for technical services and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/24

Virus Brings Down Computers at San Diego Court

San Diego Superior Court computers were infected with a virus that compelled employees to perform their tasks manually and leading to delay in public

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/24

Microsoft Revealed Trojans Posing Major Threat to Online World

Microsoft released its Security Intelligence Report, which releases twice in a year, on April 22, 2008 in Infosec 2008 held in London. It said that ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/24

Hacker Diverts Visitors from Obama’s Site to That of Clinton

Hackers, who found an XSS (cross-site scripting) bug in Senator Barack Obama's election campaign site, exploited it to divert visitors on the site of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/24

Flash Exploit Could Facilitate Hackers to Control System Without Crashing Browser

According to Mark Dowd, Research Engineer, IBM X-Force, a potential vulnerability in Flash has been exposed in April 2008. The flaw is posing a serious

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/24

China Threatened With Increasing Bots

Bot programs and Trojan horses, infecting computers, are the most serious threats on the Internet in China. System compromises resulting from these malware

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/23

Popular Shopping Site Loses User Data That Goes Up for Sale

User data lost from Auction.co.kr has been posted on the Chinese Websites and made available for sale, raising concerns over possible damage from spam mail

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/23

‘Spear Phishing’ Again Targets CEOs

Norman, the firm for data security, on April 18, 2008, issued an alert that e-mail attacks were being launched that targeted a specific group of people.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/23

Rock Phish Adds Another Technique While Phishing User Information

Internet security facilitator, RSA, said on April 21, 2008 that a notorious gang of criminals known for proliferating ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/23

ISPs Found to Insert Malicious Ads into Website Pages

Internet surfers expect ISPs to be clear and lucid, and non-interfering with the Web pages they deliver, but a recent research has shown something

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/23

Phorm Increases Possibilities of Denial-of-Service Attack

As per the news published on April 17, 2008 by ZDnet, a security expert from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Richard Clayton, said that the system of Phorm

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/22

Attorney Accused of Unlawfully Accessing E-Mails of County Official

A Raleigh lawyer faces charges of hacking into the official e-mail account belonging to her ex-boyfriend, a senior Wake official, some 1,400 times or more

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/22

New Spam Claims to Catch Recipient Naked

According to Marshal's TRACE Team, a malicious spam outbreak is being triggered from the Srizbi botnet that has been identified to send the largest amount

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/22

New Code Shifts Onus of Protection from Bank Fraud to Customers

New voluntary Banking Code of the UK could hold banking customers operating online responsible for losses from their accounts if they do not secure their

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/22

India Witnessing Increasing Malware Activity on the Internet

India is experiencing an increasing activity of malware on the Internet where the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/22

Firefox & Safari Updated to Patch Vulnerabilities

Mozilla released version 2.0.0.14 of the Firefox web browser on April 16, 2008. The new version is to update the browser by patching security vulnerability

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/21

Utah University Targeted by Phishing E-Mail

Utah University students, staff and faculty members got e-mail on April 17, 2008, claiming to come from the university office and asking for personal

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/21

UAE Come Under Increased Threat from Cyber Criminals

In its recent biannual Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec warns that although the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has significantly advanced in curtailing

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/21

Malware Infections in UK Businesses Down 60% This Year

According to the 2008 ISBS (Information Security Breaches Survey), under the leadership of PricewaterhouseCoopers for the purpose of the Department for BERR

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/21

Kuala Lumpur: Hub of Zombie Computers in APJ

According to Symantec Malaysia, an online security solution provider, Kuala Lumpur held the first position in the Asia-Pacific/Japan region (APJ) with the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/21

Computer Consultant Pleads Guilty to Infecting People’s PCs

According to the office of US Attorney, a consultant on computer security pleaded guilty on April 16, 2008 for loading malicious software onto several

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/19

Phishing Attack Summoning US CEOs to Court Gains Computer Access

According to security researchers at SANS Internet Storm Center, thousands of CEOs (chief executive officers), on April 15, 2008, in the US became targets

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/19

Scammers Launch ‘Spear Phishing’ Attack on PSU

Phishing e-mails recently reached the Portland State University (PSU) to thousands of its students and teachers. The e-mails claimed they were from User

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/19

Internet Plagued By Spam Related Web Pages Every Three Seconds

Security analysts at SophosLabs have disclosed that 92.3% of all messages transmitted in the first quarter of 2008 were unsolicited e-mails. Also, during

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/19

Researchers Identify Executable Used to Compromise Websites and Distribute Malware

Researchers have been able to identify the crafty executable with which attackers have been compromising Websites in thousands to serve up ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/19

Employee Methods of Data Transfer Increases Risk for Businesses

DVS Soft, software specialist, said that recent high-sounding incidents revealed the risks of storing data on computer discs, and other frequently used

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/19

Phishers Spoof US District Courts

As per security analysts at MX Logic, a leading distributor of e-mail security solutions, it appears as if the people who were sending e-mail to spoof

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/18

Hacker Attacks Otago University with Scam E-Mails

A hacker's attack on the computer system at Otago University has prompted a police investigation into an e-mail scam there, as reported by NewstalkZB on

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/18

Hackers Take Benefit from Flawed Website Codes

A Familiarity of security holes that have been left behind in codes used to design Websites is known for a decade. Such poor practices tend to attract

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/18

Rootkit Trojan in Pro-Tibet Movie Circulating on the Net

Malware developers once again exploiting the ongoing Olympics mood by making a second attempt in a single week to install their malicious code onto users'

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/18

Man Imprisoned for Scamming with Bogus Hurricane Katrina Aid Site

A man from Miami was sentenced imprisonment for nine months in Pittsburgh for creating and operating a fake Hurricane Katrina relief Website in addition to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/18

Businesses Exposed to New and Varied Security Threats

Security experts revealed the most serious new threats businesses are facing at the RSA security conference held in San Francisco during the second week of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/17

Cyber Crime Increases 50 Times in India

Following its yearly assessment, the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team), the apex cyber security division under the ministry of information technology

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/17

Phishing Attack On Banks Soars

A report released in March 2008 by RSA, the specialist in security software, warns that ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/17

APACS Reports Phishing On The Rise

The Association for Payment and Clearing Services (APACS) of UK is urging users of online banking to stay vigilant following an influx of ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/17

Most Companies Suffer from Malware Infections

According to Panda, an anti-virus specialist, which conducted a survey during January-March 2008,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/17

Phishing Scams Claiming Tax Refunds Target US Taxpayers

More than 1,500 phishing scams running on the Internet are designed to snag users' tax

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/17

New SQL-based Trojan Detected on Pro-Tibet Sites

Two Websites supporting Tibet suffered a malware attack that could lead to attack on remote or

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/16

Man Charged with Bringing Down Police E-Mail Network

A man from West Australia faces charges of allegedly flooding spam mails to networks of the Western Australia (WA) and New South Wales (NSW) police. The

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/16

US Surfers Need to be More Aware About Threat from Botnets

The US-based NCSA (National Cyber Security Alliance), on April 10, 2008, published a research that revealed that 71% of end-users are alarmingly ignorant

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/16

Spammers Crack Microsoft’s CAPTCHA to Create Live Hotmail Accounts

Dan Hubbard, Vice President of security research at Websense, a
company specializing in software security, said that a new type of
bot could

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/16

Malware on the Internet Exceeds 1 Million

According to software company, DriveSentry, there are currently over 1 Million malicious programs moving across the Internet. The number is that of unique

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/16

SMEs in Britain Widely Suffer from E-Crime

A report titled, "Invisible Crime: A Business Crime Survey," by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) released on April 9, 2008 revealed that over

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/15

University of Arizona Warns of E-mail Scam

The e-mail system of UA (University of Arizona) has been subject to a phishing scam during

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/15

Computer Viruses Could Reach 1 Million Mark in 2008

Security professionals at Sophos, a security company, predicted that computer viruses would increase to 1 Million by the time year 2008 ends. They believe

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/15

HP’s USB Key for Proliant Servers has Worms

Hewlett-Packard Co. declared on April 3, 2008 that it is shipping flash-floppy drives having USB keys that were riddled with malware, according to the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/15

Malware Found on Sites Favoring Tibet Independence

According to ScanSafe, the security specialist, a targeted malware attack recently infected two

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/15

Two Nigerians & One Local Arrested in India For Online Bank Fraud

The Delhi (India) Police, on April 8, 2008, arrested an ex-employee of a call center and two Nigerian people for allegedly operating a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/14

Spammers Elude E-Mail Filters by Leveraging Valid Sites

Commtouch report entitled, "2008 E-mail Threats Trend Report", released on April 7, 2008 indicated that over the months of January-March 2008

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/14

Symantec Claims Malware Incursion Mainly Due To Software Flaws

The malware count of Symantec

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/14

Storm Usurped, Gives Way To New Stronger Botnet

As per Damballa, a computer security firm, there's a newfangled botnet running over the Internet that's already affected around 400,000 computers and is

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/14

Google Groups Continue to host Explicit Content Containing Malware

Alex Eckelberry, CEO, Sunbelt Software, demonstrated by walking up to a bunch of computers placed in the RSA Conference exhibition hall and opening the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/14

Malware Attacks on Canadians Increased in 2007

According to anti-virus software vendor, Symantec Inc, customers of Bell Canada, the largest ISP in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/14

Kaspersky Predicts Tenfold Rise In Malware Attacks in 2008

Russian IT security provider, Kaspersky Lab, predicts a ten-time rise in the volume of new malicious malwares that will go on rampage over the net in 2008.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/11

Year 2008 to See More of Malware Spam

According to a report titled, "2008 internet security trends" from IronPort Systems, 2007 had experienced over 83% of spam mails carrying a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/11

Storm Spewing a Fifth of World Spam

In its latest Intelligence Report, MessageLabs has held the Storm Botnet squarely responsible for a fifth of the total spam mails worldwide.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/11

Spammers Come Up with Technically More Superior Ruses

In the month of March 2008, spam reached a mean of 81% of the total e-mail traffic with an unprecedented peak of 88%. Compared to that, the first half of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/11

New Phishing E-mail Attacks Customers of ANZ Bank

ANZ Bank of Australia has issued a warning to its customers to look out for phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/11

March Witnessed Sharp Rise in Spam

According to e-mail security and hosting firm, IE Internet, while the levels of spam spiked sharply in March 2008, the month saw a continuous fall in virus

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/11

Celebrity Picture E-mails Deliver Malicious Codes

In the news published on April 2, 2008 by Xinhua, a Los Angeles-based IT security company, Panda Security revealed that the ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/10

Phishing Scam Makes Way to OSU Servers

According to officials of OSU (Oregon State University), a phishing scam known as the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/10

Security Threats on E-Mail Detrimental to Businesses

Webroot, a company that leads in providing security solutions to enterprises, SMB markets and consumers, on April 1, 2008, released its new report,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/10

Phishers Try To Net Taxpayers In Their Phishing Schemes

The authorities at the Office of Consumer Affairs are alerting clients against a phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/10

Managing Spam Costs British SMEs £2,000

As indicated by a recent report released by a UK based anti-spam firm, ClearMyMail,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/10

Phisher’s Misuse Bank's Name To Dupe Clients

The officials of the "Bank of Travelers Rest", based in Greenville, South Carolina, have alerted people that the bank's name is being misused in a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/10

Adware Caused Maximum Malware Infections in Q1-2008

As per the PandaLabs Q1 malware analysis and detection report of Panda Software, the major source for malware infections in the first quarter of 2008 were

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/9

Users Could Benefit by Being Wary of Phishers

According to Zach Jansen, Information Security Officer, CIT (Calvin Information Technology), ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/9

Thieves Try Phish Information from a Bank’s Customers

Old Point National Bank issued an alert on March 28, 2008 to tell its customers to look out for fraudulent e-mails that were circulating in the name of the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/9

Banks Suggested Strategies to Safeguard Against Phishing Attacks

Aite Group, LLC identifies, in its new report, strategies that banks could implement to protect themselves from ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/9

Another DDOS Strike on CastleCops

CastleCops, a security watchdog site, is under another DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack, as per the report published on March 28, 2008 by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/9

Spyware: Trouble for Small Businesses

According to the news published on March 30, 2008 by eChannel Line, the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) said that huge problems are

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/9

Malware at Hannaford Leads to Data Theft & Credit Card Compromises

Maine-based Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, confirmed via a Boston Globe report on March 28, 2008 that some ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/8

Spammers Target MIT User Accounts with Phishing E-mails

According to the administration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, phishers are targeting its user accounts to accumulate the individuals' personal

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SPAMfighter News 2008/4/8

Phishing Attacks on Government Websites Aimed to Steal Money

In its recently released report, security software providing company, Symantec, reveals how the larger chunk of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/4/8

Hacker Stole Okemo Customers’ Credit Card Information

A security violation at a ski resort in Vermont might be responsible for compromising several thousands of active credit cards.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/4/8

Top Malware INF/Autorun Proliferating Through USB Sticks

According to statistics from ESET, the most successful anti-malware vendor, INF/Autorun, a malware

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