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May 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Microsoft Releases Tools To Stave Off Bad Office Files

Microsoft released two tools on April 21, 2007. The tools help safeguard computers against the malevolent software code contained by Office 2003 files.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Muslim Hackers Accused of Shutting Down a Catholic Website

Turkey based Muslim hackers are accused of allegedly hacking a conservative Catholic web site by its editors. The scammers assaulted the website on May 10,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Security Company Executives Discuss Threats and Their Management

As threat complexities grow, simplification in management of IT security systems becomes more important. This was the primary theme in the keynote address

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Small Organizations Too Can Be Hackers’ Target

Small organizations generally believe that they are at least risk of hacking assaults as large companies are the first preference of scammers. But the fact

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Spam Traffic Rising Due To Image Spam

Image spam has contributed largely to the general increase in unsolicited mail traffic in the past few years, with image spam increasing from 5 percent to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/31

Computer Worms Attack University Of Colorado Servers

Colorado University at Boulder, declares that lately a worm has hacked onto a server compromising nearly 44,998 pupil identities and SSNs (Social Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Symantec Virus-Signature Blunder Cripples Countless PCs in China

The government media on May 20, 2007, reported that a flawed virus signature issued in the third week of May 2007, had crippled innumerable Chinese

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Spyware Continue Their Malicious Behavior

While spyware vendors attempt to put up a better impression, the core designs in their programs

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Downward Trend Being Observed in Identity Frauds

Identity fraud has dipped 12% as per the '2007 Identity Fraud Survey Report' of Javelin Strategy and Research.

The factors that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Hackers Devastate ‘Second Life’ – The Virtual Island of Online Game

Hackers have devastated the costly virtual island of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in the online game 'Second Life'. News.ninemsn published this

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Hackers Target Federal Agencies Networks

The Department of Agriculture assaulted another government agency during the last summer (2006), without even the United States Department of Agriculture's

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/30

Columbia Bank Notifies Clients Of Security Breach

Columbia Bank, the biggest depositor in Fair Lawn, has informed its online banking clients of a security failure that could compromise them to identity

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

Symantec Turns Harsh on Software Pirates

On May 19, 2007, Symantec Corp. declared that it had lodged 8 civil lawsuits in a row against the distributors of duplicate Symantec software, as the firm

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

Users Become Scapegoats To Web Ad Malware Exploit

Didier Stevens, an IT security expert from Belgium, has performed an amazing social test after buying the Internet domain name drive-by-download.info. He

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

New Zealand Releases Code To Reduce Spam

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) released the ISP Spam Code of Practice on May 20, 2007 for public reference. InternetNZ posted the Code at

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

Another Worm Using Bush’s Theme Creeps Into PCs

"Check out this animation of Bush" is a message that pops up in a user's MSN Messenger. By clicking on the link that proceeds to show the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

The Not-So Malicious BadBunny Attacks OpenOffice

A new worm called BadBunny aims OpenOffice in attempts to install porn JPEG images from the Internet onto the infected computers. The infection occurs when

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/29

E-Crime Reporting Format To Be Launched in July

An e-crime reporting system that will electronically report spurious activities will start operating by July this year.

According

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Two Factor Security Hazard Is Still There

It's much better to have two-factors of security than one, however the additional factor doesn't assure complete safety against potential risks.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Online Crooks Fighting To Snatch Each Other’s Botnets

A few bunches of online crooks' are contending to grab the control of largest botnets. To accomplish this, they are sending out series of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Web-Targeted Attacks Grew Massively in 2006

There has been an explosion in malware attacking web browsers in 2006 in comparison to 2005,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Force 9 and TalkTalk Are the Highest Spam-Delivering ISPs

U.K Internet Service Providers, Force 9 and TalkTalk are the targets of most spam, according to a research by ClearMyMail, an ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Hackers React Harshly to Estonia-Russia Diplomatic Standoff

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) has deputed an expert in Estonia to help the nation combat attacks on its government websites. The Estonian

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/28

Hacking Rising On China Cyber Space

Chinese hackers are set to grow in numbers, says Symantec in a new report. The company points out that the number of online workers has grown steeply with

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

TJX Suffers Declining Profit in Q1 2007

TJX Cos. has suffered a 1 percent drop in its profits in the first quarter this year. The discount retailer including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores said

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

Symantec Update Causes Crash Down of Chinese Computers

A security update to security firm Symantec's anti-virus application collapsed a large number of PCs

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

Tensions Between Nations Trigger Political Hacking

Political hacking like the attacks launched on government Web sites of Estonia during the past few weeks is not something new amidst international

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

New Version of Gozi Trojan, More Stealthy

A Russian Trojan horse program dubbed Gozi, known for long, is circulating in a new and more treacherous form since April 17, 2007 and has up till now

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

Pirated Software Can Have Harmful Consequences on Company Networks

Computer security and malware control firm Sophos has sent out warnings to businesses regarding

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/25

Websites – The Latest Weapon in The Hands of Phishers

Despite arming their PCs against malware, users are still not completely safe. The reason is that hackers are now aiming at infecting the websites to carry

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Zango Sues PC Tools for Removing Its Software from Users’ PCs

Zango, maker of adware, has filed a lawsuit against PC Tools because the anti-spyware vendor publicized Zango technology and tried to remove it.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Wireless Network Cards, Tool of Choice for Hackers

While prepaid wireless network cards are convenient for users to access Internet anywhere, it can result in fraudulent activity when in wrong hands. In this

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Adware In Legitimate Application’s Disguise Tricks Users

A piece of adware pretending to be a legitimate program for playing online games is circulating on the Internet. The application tricks users into

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Barracuda.A Bot Infects A Large Network of PCs To Initiate DDoS Attacks

PandaLabs has found a new Barracuda.A bot that has infected nearly 15,000 PCs. The malicious code enables its developers to initiate a DDoS (Distributed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Malware Infection Spread through 5,000 Sites Every Day

Instead of improving, malware is getting even worse. It appears that despite the best efforts of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/24

Yahoo and Google Watch Out! Here Comes the Month-of-Search-Engine-Bugs

Mustlive - an anonymous hacker - announced during the third week of May 2007 that the coming June would be featuring the next "month long" flaw

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

UAC of Windows Vista is No More Impregnable

Robert Paveza, an Internet application developer, has come across a fairly interesting and possibly perturbing 2-step process, which could let ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

Top Law Enforcement Office Fails to Recognize A Phishing E-Mail

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is focusing his attention on Internet scam perpetrators and identity thieves. But quite unknowingly, McKenna,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

Spam Volumes Spike According to Security Vendors

Spam levels all over the world reached a record high in April 2007. The significant number of e-mail viruses that helped to build botnets was partially

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

Symantec Fixes Buffer Overflow Error

Security Company Symantec has developed a product update to repair buffer overflow vulnerability, which could allow a remote hacker to gain control of the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

E-Mail Hoaxing Dell Online Store Installs Malicious Code

A fraudulent e-mail campaign has started in Australia, according to reports coming to Websense Security Labs. The Australia-CERT has reported that the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/23

Online Retailers Incur Heavy Costs Due to Cyber Fraud

Online retailers are incurring expenses worth $1,146 million per annum due to cyber crime. And within next three years, it is possible for this figure to go

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

Spammers Join in Mother’s Day Celebrations

When Mother's Day was being celebrated in the US, email spammers too joined in.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

Phishing Attacks Continue to Hit Banks

Scam attacks continue to strike banks repeatedly as criminals attempt to extort account information from customers.

Australia is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

Indian CIOs Consider Fighting Security Threats Challenging

Websense, provider of web/desktop security and web filtering software for global IT companies, conducted a survey, which included 450 CIOs in India. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

ISS Criticizes TippingPoint For Sponsoring Hacking Competition

IBM's ISS unit has severely reprimanded TippingPoint for patronizing the hacking contest where the QuickTime vulnerability in Apple's browser - Safari -

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

A NATO Cyber-Defense Center in Estonia To Thwart Russian Hackers

Estonia Defense Minister Joak Aaviksoo has presented a proposal that equates hackers' attacks on the servers of the state with military attacks. Experts at

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/22

Chinese Hackers Steal and Produce Replicas of Glam Brands’ Latest Designs

Various organized gangs of online crooks from China, which are intruding into their computers, are threatening western companies. The intention of these

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

US Department of Defense Bans MySpace & YouTube

The U.S. Army declared it would prevent global entrée to 13 sites as they overwork network capacities and pose functional hazards. The US Defense Department

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

IT Security Brings Down Vulnerabilities in U.K. Companies

With improvement in their IT security, U.K. organizations have brought down critical vulnerabilities in 2006, according to a research publication on May 14,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

PlusNet E-Mailers Suffer Spammers’ Assaults

Spammers stole e-mail database of ISP PlusNet and bombarded the accounts of its users with spam mails.

The first attack occurred

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

Thai Hacker Arrested for Tampering a Telecom Network

A Thai citizen faces accusation of causing harm to two regional telecom firms worth Bt100 million. Taweesap, alias Phumipat, Lalitsasiwimol, 34, has his

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

Hacker Compromises Goshen College Computer

Goshen College is the latest victim of hackers' assault on its computer security. It therefore joins other renowned colleges and universities in having

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/21

Hampton Residents Latest Target Of Scammers

An inhabitant of Hampton duped of $3,500, is the current target in the continuing series of "earn a fast buck" frauds being committed both online

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

Google Analyzes Millions of Web Pages To Study Malicious Sites

Google researchers presented a paper entitled "The Ghost in the Browser" at the Usenix HotBots '07 conference in April this year. The paper

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

April Malware List Has New Detections

April 2007 again demonstrated waves of virulent threats on the Internet, warned Security Company ESET.

The statistics from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

New Phishing E-Mail Purports eBay

There is a warning for eBay users that new phishing e-mail is making rounds on the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

Mpack Malware Exploit Creates Downloader Trojans

NanoScan detected an exploit that prompted PandaLabs to track and uncover Mpack, an application that helps download malicious programs onto others'

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

House Committee Approves Bills Against Identity Theft & Spyware

The American House Energy and Commerce Committee collectively passed two bills on May 10 that aspire to strengthen users' security against exploitation of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/19

Hackers Purloin User Names And Passwords From PirateBay

Cyber-terrorists have violated the PirateBay's database and purloined data on the listed clients of data-sharing Internet sites, as per a communiqué placed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Alanchum.VL Trojan-Laden Spam Downloads Yet Another Trojan Cimuz.BE

PandaLabs has identified a new surge of spam that carries Alanchum.VL Trojan. This new malicious code works to download various kinds of malware onto

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Virus Affects More Than 1.4 Million China PCs During May Day

Viruses affected 1.4 million or more computers across China during the May Day holiday over the week, according to statistics from Kingsoft, a major Chinese

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Exploiting BITS To Compromise Windows Update

Hackers are injecting malware onto systems while bypassing firewalls, as they use the file transfer

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Maximum Trojans in Q1 2007 Were Created to Grab Money

Trojans designed to make monetary gains comprised 66% of the total during the first three months of 2007. Authors write ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Mutation Of Old Phishing Scam Resurfaces

Another variant of the previous phishing scam has just re-emerged. Similar to infinite

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/18

Microsoft Patches DNS Zero-Day Vulnerability

On May 8, 2007, Microsoft patched 19 flaws alongside seven vital updates, tackling a zero-day DNS server bug, and glitches in Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

U.S. Critical Infrastructure Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks

The U.S. cyber security community has been warning since long that the country's critical infrastructure including transportation, electric, banking and oil

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

Spam Scam Offers ‘Prostitute’ Finder, Warns Sophos

A recent spam scam is offering an online system to find prostitutes, warn security researchers.

The spam mail does not contain any

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

Trojan Hoaxes Windows Activation, Requests Financial Info

A new Trojan is in circulation that has a dishonest feature, alerts Symantec. The Trojan called Kardfisher tricks the user by displaying a warning on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange, Now With Security Update

Microsoft Exchange has some vulnerability that miscreants can exploit to insert malicious script, launch a DoS (Denial of Service) attack, or assume control

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

StopBadware Identifies Five Companies Hosting Malware-Brokering Sites

The consumer protection campaign of StopBadware.org has published a report in which it has identified the first five ISPs that host websites most prolific

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/17

Hackers Strike University of Missouri’s Computer System

On May 8, 2007, University of Missouri's help line was flooded with phone calls from anxious callers following the University's announcement that its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Websites That Pose Security Threat To Visitors

As per the latest probe by cyber intelligence company Cyveillance, over 16.5 per cent recorded domains connected to active internet sites hold potential

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Xin Net DNS Server Malfunctions, Websites Collapse

Hackers attacked the server of Beijing Xin Net Digital Information Technology Co. Ltd. on April 27, 2007 at 9:00 am. Xin Net is the biggest provider of DNS

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Spam Spiked in Q1 2007; SonicWALL

SonicWALL, Inc. compiled statistics for e-mail security to show that spam volumes spiked by 44.29% in the first quarter of 2007 from the last quarter of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Spam Volumes Peaked in April; Ipswitch

Ipswitch Inc., a company leading in development of network management, secure file transfer and messaging solutions declared the findings of its seventh

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Spyware Being Used to Create Artificial Web Traffic

The spyware hunter has re-entered the Internet to chase sites that purchase traffic originating

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/16

Postini Alleges Major Virus Attacks Promotes Global Spam Growth

Following a month's respite, unsolicited emails resurfaced with vengeance in April 2007. Spam emails rose by 135 percent and 36 percent since September 2006

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

Turkish Hackers Target Kiwi Websites

"Turkish cyberpunks have afresh attacked New Zealand sites. A hacker named "crackers_child" struck about twenty websites hosted by Digital

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

Trojan Demands Credit Card Number, Else Shuts Down Windows

Symantec has detected a Trojan program that appears as a real message from "Microsoft piracy control". It shuts down computers if users fail to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

More Phishing, Less Viruses

Fortinet revealed in its report for April 2007 that BankFraud.E and Phishbank.BGU comprised of 16 percent of total ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

Microsoft’s ‘Forefront’ Receives Competitors’ Criticisms

Forefront, the new business security product of Microsoft doesn't feature technology covering down to the scratch, rival companies have warned. Microsoft

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

Hackers Employ Ingenious Techniques To Evade Vista's Defenses

Is malicious software going to disappear with Microsoft's Vista? That's quite impossible. The prospects are as remote as flourishing multitudes of hackers

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/15

Car SatNav Gives Another Opportunity to Hackers

There has emerged another flaw in the 'satellite-based navigation systems', which British motorists use to read directions. Hackers could exploit this flaw

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Wi-Fi Hotspots, The Latest Targets Of Phishers

Cybernauts have been alerted about the risks of utilizing Wi-Fi access points after it was noticed that hackers are aiming the networks in coffee shops,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Virus Infects Through USB Drives

The warning that free memory sticks could be dangerous for a computer was a frightening cry of security company Sophos. A group of worms replicates itself

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Spammers Remained Aggressive In April

The total spam that Irish inboxes received reached an astounding 60pc mark in April 2007. About 6pc of all e-mails carried viruses in the same month, as is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Internet Threat Volumes Overwhelm Security Companies

A dramatically high amount of malware is being pushed onto the Internet. The sheer volume has overwhelmed computer security companies to the extent that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Phishers Target F-M Credit Union Customers

Online scammers have hooked on Fargo Moorhead region once again to capture account information of the Federal Credit Union customers of Fargo Public

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/14

Hackers Purloin Credit-Card Data From Wireless Networks

The most notorious thievery of bankcard PIN started a couple of years back before a Marshalls discount outlet close to St. Paul, Minn.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

Social Engineering Techniques Used For Spreading Malware Online

Unsolicited e-mail senders are progressively utilizing social-engineering methods to tempt e-mail receivers to open messages affected with malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

Google Rewards Student For Finding Problem in its Software

A student of Iowa's St. Ambrose University discovered a security problem in Google's new Web-based software. Google credited the student for his help and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

U.K. Government Indecisive About Internet Voting Project

The emergence of security concerns associated with several pilot Internet voting projects has prompted the U.K. government to cancel them, as per reports of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

Australians Expend Billions on Scam Schemes

The Australian attitude of considering everything fair is perhaps what makes them spend uncountable dollars into online scams, according to a senior fraud

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

Adware and Trojans Remained Major Threats in April

Adware was the most active item of malware accounting for 27% of the infections in April 2007. The other category, ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/5/11

Blended Malware Attacks On The rise

"There's a proliferation of malicious software and malware Research Center of PC Tools has

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/10

Spam Poised For Shift In Overall Make-up

Spam e-mail continues to keep choking IT systems worldwide, but the junk e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/10

With Sufficient Anti-Spyware Laws Europe Not Under U.S.’ Influence

Legal experts in U.K. have said that U.S.' efforts to control expansion of spyware may not

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/10

Spammers Encrypt Attachments in E-Mails to Beat Filters

Spammers have sharpened their techniques by encrypting attachments in e-mails to be able to beat filtering systems, reported service provider E-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2007/5/10

PIRT Brings Down Phishing Sites To Help Limit Damage

Security researchers can progressively minimize phishing damage.

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