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May 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/31

Spam Sites Registered with 20 Registrars Globally

A latest research claims that over 3 quarters of total sites advertised through spam are grouped at only 10 domain name registrars and just 20 registrars

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/31

Spammers Take Advantage of Tired Manchester United Fans

Center for analysis of world network of spyware, virus and spam, Sophos warned football supporters of Manchester United on May 22, 2008 to be on guard of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/31

419 Scammers now Targeting LinkedIn Users

Security software vendor Sophos warned employees about the risks of establishing contact with strangers via LinkedIn, the site for business networking, on

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/31

Portage Agency Cautions about Scam

The Portage County and Ohio department of JFS (Job and Family Services) are cautioning about two mail scams being accessed to get secret details from users

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/31

Survey: ID Theft is the Major Security Concern in UK

The latest report by IT services giant Unisys revealed that ID fraud and information theft holds the top position in security concern.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/31

Internet Use by soldier can Lead to Security Threat

According to the news reported by KTKA on May 22, 2008, the US Military staff has warned that the use of Internet can make the network of Fort Riley

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/30

Scammers Taking Advantage of Disaster Tragedies

The US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) alerted computer users on May 19, 2008 to watch out for new ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/30

UK Employees in Short of Knowledge about Threats on E-mail

Computer security vendor Websense released a research titled "Websense E-mail Security" on May 21, 2008 that revealed that employees in the UK

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/30

Users of Vkontakte.ru Attacked by Network Virus

The Doctor Web Company informed about a major virus in Vkontakte.ru, a social network. If anyone clicks on deti.jpg, an external link, then the personal

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/30

Use of ‘Hack-and-Pier’ Phishing Technique Increasing

The security experts claimed that phishers have introduced a latest mode for conducting ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/30

Malware Injection in IBM’s Lotus Domino Becomes Easy

According to a recent security advisory from MWR InfoSecurity, the Web Access component of IBM's Lotus Domino has several security holes that could allow

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/30

Australian Businesses Urged to Assess their Cyber Security

According to Director General Paul O'Sullivan of the ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organization) on May 22, 2008, with businesses and government

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/29

Phishing Attacks on Apple’s iTunes Users

Proofpoint, the communications security organization, detected a spoofed phishing message

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/29

38 Involved in a Global Phishing Network Indicted

According to news from Romanian and US authorities on May 19, 2008, 38 people from these two nations have been indicted of allegedly using intricate ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/29

Storm Botnet Installs Malware in The Pretext of Sharing Love

A network of compromised computers under cyber criminals' control is producing spam mails carrying a malware-laden file called iloveyou.exe, said

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/29

PDOS Could Risk Hardware to a Complete Crash Down

A PDOS (permanent denial-of-service) attack could be so damaging to a system that it might require reinstallation of hardware or complete replacement.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/29

New Vlnerability in Foxit Reader Allows Code Execution

The application, Foxit Reader, a popular option over Acrobat Reader, has been found with a flaw, said Secunia, security service company, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/29

Flaws Discovered in Apple’s iCal Application

A new set of flaws in Apple's iCal application has been detected that could be exploited by unauthenticated attackers to run an arbitrary program on the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/28

Cybercriminals Used Trojan Horse as China Earthquake News

On May 21, 2008, Sophos, an IT Security and control firm, advised the computer users worldwide not to click on or open any unknown e-mails irrespective of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/28

Bank of Hills Attacked by Scam

On May 15, 2008, customers and non-customers of Bank of Hills received mails, which appear to have come from the bank. The mail reads that the bank account

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/28

Virus of Osama Destroys Disk

Cyber Forensic Experts of the AP Forensic Science Laboratory (Andhra Pradesh, India) advised the web users that if they receive mails with the subject,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/28

Survey Says, Home Computers Installed With Malware

As per AusCERT's first home computer user security survey findings, based on home computers security, almost 23% of home computers were found to be affected

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/28

Hackers Broke Down Govt. Computers

As per Darwin Court heard on May 15, 2008, a professional hacker closed down the computer system of Northern Territory Government and erased identities of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/28

American Caught for Hacking into Korean Bank Computer System

On May 15, 2008, police caught a US citizen who was found guilty for hacking the computer system of Korean Savings Bank, crashing down the system and trying

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/27

Portage Child Benefit Cardholders Under Phishing Scam

The Portage County and Ohio divisions of JFS (Job and Family Services) are warning that two scams making the rounds on the Web in attempts to gather

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/27

Storm Likely Distributing Zango’s Adware

Trend Micro, a company that provides security software, nearly said that Zango was associated with the bad guys behind the Storm botnet, the massive network

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/27

“Third Wave” SQL Injection Attack More Intricate

The recent SQL injection attack, which damaged at least half a million Websites, is now in the "third wave" of activity that is more resistive to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/27

Man Fined $100,000 for Selling Fake Security Software

A man from Scottsdale, Ariz, aged 21 years, was charged with persuading consumers to purchase a software that in reality converted their PCs into remotely

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/27

PC Tools Claims Vista as Less Secured

The claim by PC Tools that Microsoft has not optimized the security on its Windows Vista software led to a dispute between the two companies escalated on

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/27

EV SSL Certificate Becomes Ineffective on PayPal Having XSS Bug

Harry Sintonen, a security investigator based in Finland, has found a XSS (cross-site scripting) flaw on paypal.com that could enable hackers to launch

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/26

Spammers Focus on Cheap Replicas Away From Remedies

Spammers, who were until now pushing sexual performance and male enlargement pills, have switched to promoting pens, cheap jewelry and replica watches as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/26

Hackers Impede on Local News Website in Sri Lanka

An unscrupulous group that could not be identified is thought to have broken into the news Website of former Minister, now turned dissident, Mangala

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/26

Zero-day Flaw in Internet Explorer Revealed

Aviv Raff, Security Researcher from Israel, published on May 14, 2008, detailed information relating to a zero-day flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/26

Another Wave of SQL Injection Attacks Affect Thousands of Websites

Security provider, ScanSafe, on May 20, 2008, warned that a surge of SQL injection attacks had again affected more than 7,000 Webpages. It appears that the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/26

KSA Proves as Worst Malware Inclined Country in EMEA

The Internet Security Threat Report by Internet protection provider, Symantec, reveals that the KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) has stepped ahead of the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/26

Police E-Crime Unit Disclosed a Criminal Gang

On May 15, 2008, the 2nd annual report on effectiveness and development of the Serious Organized Crime Agency (Soca) claims that operation Anjowan resulted

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/26

Creator of Japanese P2P Virus Pleaded Guilty

A Japanese student was found guilty for fixing a computer virus in the face of an animated film

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/23

Hawaii National Bank Target of Phishing Scam

Hawaii National Bank issued a warning on May 16, 2008 asking its customers to look out for an Internet e-mail scam that seeks users' private information.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/23

Nigerian phisher was Caught by Delhi Police

Two persons including a Nigerian have been arrested by cyber crime division of Delhi Police in India for reportedly hacking several bank accounts in the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/23

Google Docs were Used in Recent Spam Run

The spam experts have found the latest wave of unsolicited messages that use word processor of Google and test the effectiveness of their campaigns with the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/23

Self-Changing Malware Keeps Criminals Ahead of Protection Software

In an interview with the media, Marc Henauer, Cyber Crime Division Head, the Swiss

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/23

One Out of Four Data Breaches Involves Schools

Federal computer security experts claim that cyber attackers have become more advanced and wiser in their crimes. This is bad for schools as it has been

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/23

Companies Advised to Safeguard Systems from Hackers

Manager for Systems Engineering at Symantec, Vic Ciencia, said that companies should be extra cautious in protecting their information as figures on the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/22

Spammers Attacking Online Job Applicants to Steal Identity

The US FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), on May 12, 2008, warned investors to watch out for a new Internet-based scam involving online

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/22

User of Windows & Apple Mac Vulnerable to Potential Threat

Sophos security experts issued a warning for businesses using Apple Macs and Windows to take recommended actions in view of Microsoft's revelation that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/22

Phishing Fears Rise with Scam Websites Victimize Donors

People, who desire to donate for people stranded in Burma since the enormous cyclone storm, Nargis, are being asked to remain vigilant of e-mails that could

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/22

New Trojan Spreads Widespread Infection in Just a Week

McAfee is cautioning users against a new kind of malware that has infected about half a million PCs

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/22

Internet Storm Center Warned Businesses Against SSH Attacks

Several network administrators tried to draw attention towards increase in order-of-magnitude to guess password and user name of systems operating Secure

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/22

Australia - Bank Account Details Available on Internet Sites

Hackers are pilfering bank login information from online bankers in Australia and are selling that data for as high as $913 (€550) in black markets of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/21

Spammers Make Use of New Techniques on Social Networking Sites

As per security experts, social networking sites have emerged as the latest front in the war against spam.

An ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/21

Phishers Attack UCLA Students & Staff for Account Details

IT security department of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and UCLA's Webmail, Bruin OnLine, have warned that ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/21

Virus Affected Sites are Increasing

As per the US- based IT company, Sophos, the number of virus-attacked sites is continuously increasing. In between January and March 2008, Sophos found a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/21

Safari Downloads Files Without User Consent Putting Desktops at Risk

Safari users could be risking their desktops to get infected with a harmful software as the Web browser does not seek user's permission at the time of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/21

Web 2.0 Programs Sharply Increase Trojan Attacks

Internet attacks based on various security-related threats are increasingly motivated with financial gains and the introduction of Web 2.0 has resulted in a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/21

Botnet Employs SQL Injection Tool to Hack Legitimate Sites

A not so well known botnet has introduced a new element to the recent surge in SQL injection attacks targeted on numerous Websites: it is supplying its bots

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/19

MySpace Awarded $230 Million in Compensation from Spammers

The popular social networking site, MySpace, on May 12, 2008, has gained victory in a $230 Million lawsuit it filed against the infamous 'Spam King",

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/19

Brazil Leads Latin America With Highest Malicious Internet Activity

The latest Global Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, the US-based company for computer security, highlights Brazil as the leading country in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/19

Scansafe Claims that Malware Grew by 35% in April

The monthly research by Scansafe examines that Web related attacks from harmful

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/19

Zeus Trojan Kits Detected by RSA

On May 15, 2008, EMC's Service Division, RSA, an Internet security provider, released highlights of its April 2008 online fraud report, reported CSO on May

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/19

Microsoft’s May Updates Patches Six Vulnerabilities

Microsoft Corp. announced, on May 13, 2008, patches for six vulnerabilities with three judged as "critical" and one as "moderate."

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/19

Automated SQL Injection Critically Compromises Websites

According to Rapid7, a provider of security solutions to business organizations, on May 13, 2008, several Websites that came under SQL injection attack have

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/17

Scammers Spam Fuel Discounts Claiming to Cut Gas Bills

Spammers have pounded on soaring prices of petrol by offering fake fuel discounts to the US residents.

According to security

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/17

E-mail Scam Circulates in Oswego

Oswego police reports that two local residents recently filed a complaint that they got fraud e-mails that seemed to arrive from an offshore country, as

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/17

Hackers Compromised Half a Million Websites in a New Attack

According to Trend Micro, attackers gained control of over a half-million Websites in a fresh wave of malicious attacks through which several domains were

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/17

Hackers Closed the State Newspaper Site of Zimbabwe

The Herald Newspaper Website, run by the state in Zimbabwe, was targeted during the weekend (May 10, 2008). The attack seems a backlash by some Zimbabwean

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/17

Business IT Fight to Manage Security

Software solutions vendor, Shavlik Technologies, recently conducted a survey of IT professionals in which it found that the new requirements of regulatory

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/17

AV Showed Rootkits Easily Bypass Security Suites & Online Scanners

AV-Test.org, a Germany-based organization engaged in indie security test, conducted two-rootkit tests in April 2008. The first test was carried out on XP

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/16

Gmail’s Security Hole Could Allow Mass Spam

The INSERT (Information Security Research Team) reports that Gmail is vulnerable to receive man-in-the-middle attack with which ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/16

Internet Fraud will Increase in 2008

As per the security company, SecureData Security, in 2008 cases of Internet fraud could rise as worldwide hackers grab the opportunities; the Internet is

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/16

Three Found Guilty for Hacking Into US Restaurant Chain

Three men have been found guilty for hacking into the network, and then secretly downloading "packet sniffer" software on point-of-sake servers at

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/16

US Military Infected With Porn Viruses on DVDs

US troops in Iraq are facing a little-noticed problem and that involves DVDs. The Washington Post reports that the US soldiers, who pick up pornographic

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/16

Russian Government-Backed Hackers Attacked American-Financed Radio Free Europe

Russian hacker forces, enjoying state backing, have launched a new cyber war in the world's east-west region with the first bulk cyber attack on (RFE) Radio

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/16

New SMM Rootkit More Treacherous Than The Usual

Security researchers at Clear Hat Consulting, a security solution providing company, have created a new kind of rootkit program that places itself in an

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/15

Spammers Abusing Yahoo’s Mail Servers to Escape Detection

According to internet security company, MessageLabs, spammers are exploiting

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/15

Belgium: The Latest Target of Chinese Hackers

Belgium is another new entrant to the list of nations that believe the Chinese hackers are attacking their government PCs, as reported by SecurityProProtal

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/15

SQL Attacks Infect DHS Websites

Web program security provider, Acunetix, has revealed that sophisticated Structured Query Language (SQL) injection attacks were recently targeted at the US

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/15

Some Users Might Well Favor Adware, Says Microsoft

New statistics from Microsoft indicate that a lot of users are not against installing adware programs, despite security software flagging them as

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/15

More Website Attacks Through SQL Injection

Security investigators of the Shadowserver Foundation have found another wave of SQL injection attacks that have been affecting over 4,000 Web pages created

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/15

Malware Packers Captured Three Places on Top 10 Malware List

On May 9, 2008, the globally renowned name for providing award-wining antivirus software and security

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/14

Stimulus Checks: A New Theme for Phishing

The US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) together with the Attorney's Office are seeking help to halt

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/14

Phishing Scam Targeted the US Bank

A new phishing scam purporting to be from the Elizabethton Federal Savings Bank in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/14

Windows Vista Receives More Malware Attacks

Microsoft's Vista operating software has been found to be more vulnerable to malware compared to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/14

Srizbi Botnet - Deliverer of the Largest Spam

According to security researchers, the Srizbi botnet has been behind 50% of the entire spam, with the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/14

Pharming Attack- An Emerging Threat in India

Pharming, a new online threat that hackers use to earn financial revenue, has started emerging in India too with the number of its Internet subscriber

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/14

Free Kits Allow Simplified Phishing Attacks

Panda Security's malware identification and analysis center, PandaLabs, has found several ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/13

Phishing Scam Targeting MU Webmail Accounts

MU's (University of Missouri) division of IT has alerted its users of Webmail accounts about a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/5/13

Online Security Emerging as a Major Concern for Indian Banks

As per an online survey conducted by Singapore headquartered software product company, ReadiMinds, it has been found that around 30% of leading Indian banks

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/13

Online Advertisers Charged for Breaching Consumer Protection & Spyware Laws

A judge of Superior Court in King County found on May 2, 2008 that Internet advertising companies, Securelink Networks, LCC, NJC, and LLC, and their senior

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/13

Firefox Plug-in Provided With Trojan Included

Mozilla, the developer of Firefox, an open source browser, announced on May 7, 2008 that it found a Vietnamese language package on its business add-on page

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/13

Malicious Win32.Ntldrbot Rootkit Detected

Russian company, Doctor Web Ltd., a developer of Dr.Web security software, discovered specimens of Win32.Ntldrbot. These days the vendor is cleaning the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/13

High-Risk Vulnerability in Wonderware Industrial Software

Core Security Technologies issued an advisory on May 5, 2008 to warn against a rare security hole in software, which is used to direct industrial systems.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/12

Phishing Increases as NDR Spam Tapers Off

As per Symantec, hishing scam is rising high. The company's report, "State of Spam May 2008", analyzes the growth of spam in April 2008 and said

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/12

Storm Launches Fresh Assaults

Security provider, Symantec, is admonishing that the Storm worm, the malicious program that fuels the Storm botnet is constantly developing and the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/12

Bogus MP3 Files to Install Trojan via File-Sharing Networks

Security company, McAfee, is warning about a massive malware outbreak for the first time in the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/12

Crime Server Controlled to Store Stolen Data

Online security firm, Finjan, has discovered a Malaysian server that controls and command the activities to wage ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/12

Adobe Alerts on Flaws in its Reader & Acrobat

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat users are making their systems up-to-date following a warning from the company that critical vulnerabilities have been found

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/12

New ATO Scam Attacks the Web

An unauthentic mail, which claims to have come from the ATO (Australian Tax Office) is entering the inboxes appearing to be offering a tax refund, as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/9

US Court Prohibits Malicious Spam from Adult Site

A US District Court judge has ordered the executors of porn-related Websites to halt an e-mail campaign they were running after the US Federal Trade

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SPAMfighter News 2008/5/9

Be caution of IRS E-Mail Scam

The IRS claimed that some phishing mails are sent from the addresses of IRS.GOV and are

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/5/9

Kaspersky Gets Support from Security Vendors Against Zango

A coalition of security vendors has urged to a Federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit in which Zango, the maker of adware software, has charged

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