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April 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

World’s Biggest Computing Cloud is controlled by Cyber-crooks

According to Senior Vice-President and Senior Technologist Rodney Joffe at Neustar, an infrastructure services company, the world's largest 'cloud

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

Internet Assaults Hit Nations, both Developed and Emerging

Symantec, the security firm, in its annual evaluation finds that there's an exponential rise in cyber-attacks against both advanced as well as emerging

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

SEO - Top Medium of Spreading Malware in Asia

As per the data collected by TrendLabs of Trend Micro, the exploitation of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques for malicious activities made to the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

Ransomware Jeopardizes Users with Official Plagiarism Complaint

According to Avira, an IT security firm, a latest blackmail Trojan using a new con is in action. The malicious software tells the victims that to keep away

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

Yet another Hack Attack on Network Solutions Users

The security team of Network Solutions is confronting a baffling attack which has promptly infected scores of websites hosted by it with malware.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

Hackers Using Gullible Computer Owners as 'Malware Mules'

Security vendor Symantec said that to infect other computer users with viruses, the hackers are exploiting unwary Web users as 'malware mules', as per the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/30

CyberSecurity Malaysia Cautions People of Phishing Bank Websites

CyberSecurity Malaysia have cautioned people to be watchful of fake or phishing websites

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

New Malicious Program HellRTS Identified

Intego, the computer anti-malware company, has spotted HellRTS.D, a fresh malware variant that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

Injection Flaws - Topmost Security Threat for Web Applications

Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a non-profit security community for open-source application, on April 19, 2010, issued its latest list of the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

Service Renting out Fraudsters for Bank Data Theft Pulled Down

According to the New York officials, police have arrested two Belarusian offenders in a foreign country who allegedly ran a service for hiring out

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

Rootkit on XP Systems to Block Installation of XP Updates

As per the announcement made by the software giant, Microsoft, Windows XP users will not be able to install the latest updates for the operating system on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

School Staff Secretly Clicked Webcam Snaps of High School Students

As per the documents registered in the federal court, a school district surreptitiously captured numerous images of the students while in homes, when they

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

Russia-based Indian Embassy Targeted by Chinese Hackers

The website of the Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia, has suffered two cyber attacks from the Chinese hackers, said the sources from the Indian Embassy, as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/29

Fake Google Chrome Extension Used to Distribute Malware

According to BitDefender, a Romanian software security firm, the latest target of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

US Working Tough to Strengthen Its Cyber Defense

Dave DeWalt, McAfee CEO, addressing the McAfee Public Sector Summit on April 12, 2010, said that the government of the US is aggressively responding to a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

Malware Publishes Embarrassing Details of Victims Over the Net

Computers are being infected by a new piece of malware that uses file-share websites and then

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

UK Internet Detective Shuts Fake Charity

Charles Conway, 36, an Internet detective in North-Wales (UK), has successfully managed to close down a bogus charity website that was swindling cash meant

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

CA Researcher Received Scam E-mail from Old Friend

A CA security researcher shares his experience of being almost carried away by a scam e-mail. While checking his inbox, he discovered an e-mail from a close

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

Hackers Exploit Iceland Volcanic Eruption to Spread Malware

According to the security experts, the volcanic eruption, which started on April 14, 2010, at Eyjafjallajökull glacier near Iceland is exploited by cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

Millions of Chinese Surf Internet Without Antivirus Protection

According to a latest annual security report posted on the website of China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team (CNCERT), the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/28

IE Exploitation - Most Critical Cybercrime Threat in March 2010

Spyware software provider Kaspersky Lab, on April 12, 2010, issued its latest report of vulnerability and ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Users Considering “Secure Messages” from Bank may Land on Phishing Web Page

Security firm TrendLabs cautions that a new surge of phishing e-mails are forcing into the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Unpatched Java Flaw Abused on Songlyrics.com

According to a warning from security researchers on April 14, 2010, hackers are exploiting a yet-to-be-patched vulnerability in Java to attack people

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

New Phishing E-mail Scam on PayPal Customers

Another round of phishing e-mails has rocked PayPal, an online payment firm run by

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Cybercriminals Constantly Using Public Events to Serve Malware

Online criminals frequently spread malware by exploiting people's concern about the ongoing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Bogus IDs for Gmail spam Disseminate Malware

Commontouch, In its quarterly 'Internet Threats Trend Report' published on April 14, 2010, highlights that ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Long Available PAC Utility in Browsers Used in Cybercrime

According to Kaspersky researchers, Brazilian malware developers are employing a feature available

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Latest Zeus Variant is Unique in Approach to Circulate Itself

According to the latest data gathered by the security firm Websense, Zeus botnet goes on to circulate graciously.

Dan Hubbard, CTO

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/27

Internet Search for Earthquake Triggers Scareware

China was hit by an earthquake on April 14, 2010, and the catastrophe is still being used by the scammers as a theme for black hat search engine

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

Security Upgrade Failed to Handle Problem, Taken Down by Microsoft

The software giant Microsoft has pulled a recent security upgrade for Windows 2000 Server.

As per the reports, the patch was

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

Central Okanagan Residents Warned of Fake Bank E-mails by RCPM

Police are cautioning everyone in Central Okanagan (British Columbia, Canada) that they must be wary of the opportunist swindlers who are sending fake bank

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

Swindlers Send New Phishing E-mail, Supposedly from IRS

According to IRS, Internal Revenue Service, a new e-mails, supposedly from the agency using the address irs@irs.gov is being circulated; however, IRS

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

Stockholm Yahoo Mail Account Hit by a Phishing Attack

On April 14, 2010, at around 2:14 pm local time, a user's Yahoo mail account was hacked in Stockholm, Sweden, as per the news published by People's Daily

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

Spam still High despite Takedown of Botnets

Google Postini, the e-mail security provider released a report on April 14, 2010, according to which, government agencies in addition to security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

New Computer Virus Masquerades as Antivirus

A latest computer virus masquerades as famous antivirus software in Centennial, Colorado (US) and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

88% Companies Infected on Account of Zeus Botnet Activities

As per a RSA study released on April 14, 2010, around 88% of the Fortune 500 firms in the US might have been hijacked by the Zeus Trojan.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/26

.zip Files Contain Hidden Malware, Warn Researchers

ReversingLabs Corp security researchers have identified vulnerabilities in common file formats like .zip. These flaws can be exploited to promptly pass ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

Social Gaming, More of a Security Threat

BitDefender states that social gaming is now more of a new bait for cyber felons who are using it to gather user data and then to spread malware.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

Fake AV Threat on the Rise: Google Study

Google researchers, who studied the operations of rogue antivirus for 13 months, are now disclosing their analysis. Their study reveals that rogue AV is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

E-mail Scam Targets Ithaca City Employee

After receiving e-mails supposedly from a city staffer-City of Ithaca, New York, phone calls flooded Ithaca City Hall (New York, USA) on April 8,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

Arbor Networks Detected a New P2P Botnet

Arbor Networks security researchers have detected a new botnet, which compromises the PCs infected with Heloag Trojan.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

Waikato DHB Reports Failure of Its Antivirus

In its latest audit report, Waikato District Health Board said that a virus, which closed down its system entirely in December last year, entered the system

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/24

Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Fixed by Microsoft

The software giant Microsoft, on April 13, 2010, fixed 25 flaws, including major flaws in Windows Media Player and a significant crucial video file format

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

PandaLabs Warns Users of YouTube’s Malicious Lookalike

PandaLabs security experts are alerting Web surfers to avoid a web site which attempts to pass itself off acting as the video sharing website YouTube.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

Bogus ‘XBox Live’ Software Disseminating Trojan

Researchers at security firm Sunbelt cautioned Xbox gamers to watch out for fake websites pushing XBox Live software, as reported by PC1news.com on April

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

NRI Charged Rs 12.85 Lakh in Compensation from ICICI Bank

In a landmark verdict in a phishing case in India, first lawsuit has been registered under

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

‘iPhone’ Unlocking Software Infects Computers with Trojan

Security firm BitDefender has recently found that a novel mechanism spreading computer malware is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

Company Failed to Secure Database, FINRA Fined $375,000

FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, on April 12, 2010, announced that it has charged $375,000 to D.A. Davidson & Co., of Great Falls,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

BSP Alerts Overseas Filipinos of E-mail Scam

A number of advisories have been recently issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) pertaining to new cases of e-mail and text scams which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/23

“Seatac@bbb.org” E-mail Scam Threatens US Businesses

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced on April 12, 2010 that fake BBB complaint notifications, as observed by it, are being forwarded to the businesses

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

Social Networking on Facebook Declared Unsafe

As per the executives attending the Computerworld Security Forum in Malaysia in the first week of April 2010, social networking sites like Facebook along

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

E-mail Account of Hartlepool-based Woman Hijacked for Sending Scam E-mails

Niki Duffy, a community worker from Hartlepool (Cleveland, UK), was completely shocked to find that cyber-thieves, running a global online scam, compromised

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

Arbor Networks Spotted a New Botnet Group

Arbor Networks, a security firm, recently released a research, which highlights the arrival of a completely new collection of botnets across the hacker

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

‘Malvertising’ Attacks on Facebook Farm Town Players

According to a warning to 9.6 Million people who play the 'Farm Town' game on Facebook, fake security alerts could appear on their screens and deceptively

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

Russia, No More a Safe Harbor for Cyber Crime

According to RAEC (Russian Association of Electronic Communications), a trade body in Russia, ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

Indian Websites Being Defaced at a Tremendous Rate

As per CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team), an Indian government agency which controls and deals with computer security incidents in India, overall

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/22

Bossier Parish Residents Cautioned of a Phishing Scam

According to the authorities at Bossier Parish (Louisiana, USA) residents in the locality must watch out for a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Malicious Search Results for Polish President Plane Crash

Security Analysts stated that for circulating malware hackers are now taking advantage of the news

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Australian Companies Face Heavy Losses on Account of Data Breaches

The 2009 Australian Cost of a Data Breach study, carried out by Ponemon Institute of the US on behalf of data encryption specialist PGP, stated that firms

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Users at a Severe Code-execution Risk from Java Bug

Researchers, on April 9, 2010, warned users of the bug in Java technology, which could be exploited by hackers to endanger systems that run Windows if they

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Search for Nike Ad of Tiger Woods May End Up in Serving Malware

Security researchers caution that search results for a latest Nike TV advertisement involving Tiger Woods have been instilled with harmful links.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Attempted Click Fraud Increases 34%

Security firm Anchor Intelligence has published its Q1 2010 report on traffic quality. As expected, click fraud has again been reported to increase across

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Phishing Attack on Popular Indian Job Website

Symantec, an anti-spyware and Internet security protection group, in the last week of March 2010, discovered a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/21

Innumerous WordPress Blogs Compromised by Malware Attack

Sucuri Security Labs, a Web-based integrity-monitoring provider, reports that in an attempt to promptly land users onto a malicious URL loading exploits, a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Spammers Exploited “Easter” for Spam E-mails during March 2010

Security firm Symantec's most recent "April State of Spam and phishing Report"

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Phishing E-mail Fraud Hits Seton Hall Community

Seton Hall community members of Seton Hall University, NJ, USA, recently reported of getting ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

SAP vulnerability, a Golden Opportunity for Hackers

An expert in computer security says that organizations using the business management application of SAP AG, namely SAPG.DE, can experience hackers'

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Romanian Police Detain around 70 Suspects in eBay Scams

During an investigation done jointly by the United States and Romania, the Romanian DIICOT (Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism)

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Nebraskans Residents Alerted to Tax Refund E-mail Scam

Jon Bruning, Attorney General of Nebraskans (USA), cautioned consumers on April 5, 2010 that they must not fall prey to an ongoing tax refund campaign

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Brazilian Banking Trojans Now More Sophisticated in Approach

According to the Kaspersky security experts, the miscreants propelling banker trojans originating

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/20

Appellant Appeals Court to Turn Over Sentence

U.S-based Kevin Trudeau, a plaintiff in a legal suit of civil nature appealed in court on April 7, 2010, to turn over the 30-day sentence against him since

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

US Not Prepared to Combat Cyber Threat

The United States of America is not prepared well to combat a cyber attack, according to the military and intelligence officials of the country. Dennis

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

Hacker in New York Jailed for Money Theft and Laundering

Aleksey Volynskiy, a man from New York, got a 3-year imprisonment because of the charges pertaining to bank fraud for his participation in a scam involving

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

Koobface Spreading in a Novel Way

According to David Harley, "the Director of malware intelligence for ESET" the latest

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

‘Antivirus XP 2010’, Latest Rogue Security Software

Symantec, the security firm, said that Antivirus XP 2010, replica (clone) of the Antivirus2010, is one of the most widely found rogue security software at

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

University of North Carolina Under Fresh Phishing Attack

As per the news published by wral.com on April 6, 2010, a phishing e-mail scam is seeking

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

Canadians at a Risk of Scam, Warns CRA

Canadians are being warned by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) of the bogus communications, claiming to be sent from the Agency itself. The scammers are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/19

$205,000 Withdrawn from Missouri Dental Practice’s Online Bank Account

In yet another cyber assault, which exposes the financial risk faced by small and medium- sized companies while performing online banking transactions, well

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Lumension Survey Claims US Not Prepared to Face Cyber Attacks

According to a latest Lumension Security Inc commissioned Clarus Research Group survey, around three-fourth of federal IT administrators who work in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Con Artists Spoof an Adobe Update to Install Malware

Recently, the engineers at TrendLabs observed a malicious scheme which tries to imitate an Adobe update, but in reality it is a Trojan variant noted as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Kido Tops Kaspersky’s March 2010 Virus List

As per the security company Kaspersky's latest virus list (March 2010), the most widespread malicious program, Net-Worm.Win32.Kido.ir stands at the number

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Cyber-criminals Exploiting Shortened URLs for Malware Distribution

According to the researchers at Trend Micro, a security firm, cyber-criminals are sending shortened URLs for the purpose of distributing malicious programs,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Windows-based Computers Still Vulnerable to Notorious Conficker

As per the data recently released by the security firm Qualys, the infamous worm Conficker can still exploit Windows systems.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/17

Small Scale Enterprises at Greater Risk from Targeted Cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks, which struck Google as well as over 30 other technical firms, seem to be testing the abilities of security controls through new, innovative

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Spear Phishers Target Telecom Firm’s Customers

FBI officials recently became aware of a new e-mail scam in which consumers using the services of a telecommunications company received ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Botnets, Hackers’ Instant Attack Weapons

According to the security experts, hackers' militias turn to the means nearest at hand viz., botnets, as it acts to strike other countries' information

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Survey Finds 33% Respondents Supporting Pirated Software

The software giant Microsoft from Redmond recently conducted a survey titled "Attitudes to Piracy," according to which, 33% of all United Kingdom

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Phishing Scam on the Prowl, Warns Bangor Police

According to the Police of Bangor (Maine, USA), scammers are employing a new e-mail and automatic phone system along with reputed local banks' names for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Absa Together with SAPS Cracks Down on Phishers

Absa, a banking group, on April 6, 2010, said that its team for management of frauds risk in collaboration with the commercial unit of SAPS had busted an

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

Mexican Rogueware Attack Indicates Surge in SEO Poisoning

An earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hit Baja California's Mexican peninsula on April 4, 2010. The earthquake killed one person and caused scattered property

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/16

High Impact News is Cyber Felons’ Most Preferred Target

Cyber security companies have reported an increasing trend of Internet fraudsters compromising breaking news stories with high impact to attack naïve users.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Treasury Valley Struck with Yet another Phishing Campaign

Better Business Bureau (BBB) is cautioning residents in Treasure Valley (U.S) about an e-mail scam, which is circulating ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Beware of Income Tax Scams, Warns Attorney General

The Attorney General Tom Corbett is warning the residents of Pennsylvania to be wary of potential scams associated to the U.S. census and the federal income

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

90% Malicious Results for Searching Tri Energy on Google

According to Zscaler, a cloud security company, some Google searches lately displayed the results which contained 90% malicious links, and to perform such a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Students Hacked into Computer System of Haddonfield High School

In Southern New Jersey, a number of students of Haddonfield Memorial High School are being investigated because of charges against them of breaking into the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

New Phishing Scam Preys on Hotmail Users

A massive number of people using Hotmail, the widely accessed Web-based e-mail facility are apparently the victims of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Multiple Phishing Scams Hit WSU Campus

Washington State University (WSU) is cautioning students and other members in the campus that a number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Trojans Lead Sunbelt’s March 2010 Report

On April 6, 2010, Sunbelt Software, a provider of Windows security software, declared the ten most prevalent ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/4/15

Phishing Attack on People’s Bank Accounts in the UAE

According to the officials, users in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ajman strongly believe that they are among innumerous clients who were ripped off last December

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SPAMfighter News 2010/4/14

Whole Foods Warns Shoppers of Facebook Scam

On April 2, 2010, Facebook Inc. cautioned users about a scam that evolved in the first week of April 2010 that has targeted the shoppers of Whole Foods

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