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May 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Microsoft Discovers New Malware Family Wimad Poses as Free Music

Microsoft's malware Protection Center has claimed that it has discovered one of the top ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Two Malaysians Lost RM50,000 in Lottery E-mail Scam

In Malaysia, two individuals who replied to a phishing e-mail promising a huge sum of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Another Phishing Scam Targeting Twitter Users

Twitter is alerting its users that an online phishing scam is prowling the Internet,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Phishing Scam Attacks Customers of Online Gambling Forum Bwin

A warning has been issued to online gamblers that fraudsters are attempting to exploit the reputation of Bwin, a major European group for online gambling,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Malware Shutdown Network at US Marshals Service

The US Marshals Services, an agency that tracks down federal fugitives as well as runs the witness protection scheme, was struck with ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Twitter Users Swindled by New Phishing Scam

Twitter has issued a warning to its users about a new phishing scam which has reportedly

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/30

Small Businesses Prone to Malware Attacks, says BitDefender

Security research firm BitDefender has revealed that dangerous vectors that spread malware are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

Symantec – 90.4% of Total E-mails in May Spam

Security vendor Symantec released a report on May 25, 2009 that revealed spam represented 90.4% of total e-mails. The report also said that out of 1.1

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

Social Networking Sites Posing Risk to Organizations’ Information Security

Reinhardt Buys, Senior Manager for Technology Law of Deloitte & Touche, says that social-networking websites like Facebook could be a threat to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

Phishing & spamvertising Incidences Decrease in Hong Kong

According to HKIRC (Hong Kong Internet Registration Corp.), the total number of phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

Malicious Code Discovered in COSATU Website

The COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) is warning that its website www.cosatu.org.za has been injected with a piece of malicious code; as a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

MobileMe Phishing E-mails Hitting Apple Users

According to a news report published in TUAW on May 18, 2009, many citizens of the USA have complained about receiving ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/29

German Job Seekers Hit with Nigerian Scam

According to reports, Internet users in Germany are now-a-days receiving e-mails which state that in order to expand its operations, a company called

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

Hackers Infiltrated New York Times’ Tweeter Account

Security firm Sophos has revealed that cyber crooks have hacked The Moment, one of the Twitter accounts of the New York Times that used to bring news

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

YouTube Videos Link Users to Malicious Web Pages

Security firm PandaLabs has spotted about 30,000 video files on YouTube, a website for video sharing, along with messages having links that take the user to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

Red Condor Alerts Users of a New Virus in a Twitter Invitation

E-mail security specialists at Red Condor, a security company, are alerting people that a new computer

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

Phishing Scam Again Surrounds Facebook Community

Users of the popular networking site Facebook were found to have struck by a latest e-mail ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

Commonwealth Bank Customers Warned against an E-mail Scam

Australian bank customers receive hundreds of e-mail everyday, pretending to have arrived from the Commonwealth Bank but investigators suspect that they are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

Three Cyber Security Groups Combine to Fight against Malware

Three groups working on improving cyber security, namely StopBadware.org, National Cyber Security Alliance and Anti-Spyware Coalition, stated on 19 May 2009

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/28

IBM – Web-borne Malicious Attacks Persistently Growing

A new annual report on Trend and Risk by IBM X-Force confirms that there is a rise in attacks from the Web, with cyber criminals manipulating legitimate

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

Boface Worm’s New Variant Discovered on Facebook

PandaLabs reports that it has discovered a new variant of Boface worm, known as Boface.BJ.worm, which deceives users into buying a bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

Amazon Account of Apple’s CEO Intruded

A hacker has claimed that he has hacked the Amazon.com account of the CEO of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, and accessed his credit card details and entire

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

Microsoft Warns of Vulnerability in IIS

In its recently issued security advisory, Microsoft alerts end-users about a security flaw found in its IIS 6 (Internet Information Services) software. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

Cyber Crimes Now More Sophisticated and Growing by 45%

According to a new survey on 'e-crime' conducted by KPMG as well as AKJ Associates, the total number of cyber crime incidences has risen 45%, as the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

US School Districts Suffer Virus Attacks

Two school districts in the US have been struck by computer viruses during the 2nd week of May 2009. In the foremost incident, engineers are fighting to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/27

Eleven - Spam Volumes Constantly Rising Worldwide

According to Eleven, a German e-mail security vendor, the volume of spam on a daily basis has doubled since April 1, 2009, as reported by PRNewsWire on May

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

BBC Launch Second Hacking Demonstration Hacking

Following the recent controversial demonstration of botnet functions, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a new demo of how Trojan

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

Microsoft Removes Password Stealers from 860,000 Computers

Microsoft has recently cleaned numerous PCs from infections caused by password stealing programs within just seven days since May 12, 2009. The company's

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

McAfee Launches Online Security Awareness Program in Film Series

California-based online security company, McAfee, has taken a difficult task of educating people about the human complexities and tragic aftereffects of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

Mediterranean Countries Witnessing Emergence of Cyber Crime

The dynamic impact of the Web on the society has apparently allowed people worldwide to try and defraud people of the world's poorer regions through openly

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

Malware Infections Affect Computers at the House of Commons

Among almost 5,000 PCs used by the UK MPs, administrators and other staff, 8% required cleaning up as they had been infected by malicious programs over the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

UK’s Netizens Face Mounting Online Frauds

The research conducted by CIFAS (UK's Fraud Prevention Service) summarizes that in the period of global recession, facility takeover and online fraud are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/26

BSNL Cautioned Against Possible Malware in Huawei Equipments

The Communications Ministry of India has warned BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) that it is necessary to test the telecom networks supplied by Huawei, the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

Sony Ericsson Cautions about Fraud Competition Mails

Sony Ericsson has been informed about a spam mail allegedly coming from the company claiming that the e-mail campaign is an effort to enhance

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

Too Good to Believe E-mail Tricks Musicians

A Calgary-based music band is warning musicians to remain cautious of an Internet scam, which dodged the band by stating that it had won a lifetime

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

Despite Discovery Six Months Back, Macs Still Inflicted with Java Flaw

It is past six months now when Sun Microsystems warned of a hole within its Java system that enabled attackers to easily run malicious code on end-users'

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

Nearly 20% of UK Population Vulnerable to Phishing Scams

As per a research conducted by the University of Exeter on behalf of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), one out of five (20%) UK populace is susceptible to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

McAfee - Scareware Turns into Ransomware

Security company McAfee reports that in the 1st week of May 2009, it discovered a fresh version of "FakeAlert-CO," a bogus security application

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

Freshly Shipped Windows Netbooks Might Contain Malware

Kaspersky, an antivirus solution provider, on May 18, 2009 reported that it had found malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/25

BKIS – Yahoo IM Accounts Compromised to Distribute Spam

Malware analysts at BKIS (Bach Khoa Internetwork Security), a security vendor in Vietnam, caution end-users that a fresh attack is targeting users of Yahoo!

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

Viruses Infect 12 Million Computers in UK During Recent Months

According to Moneysupermarket.com, a website that conducted a survey recently, almost 12 Million PC users in Britain have been infected by a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

Conficker Penetrating Nearly 50,000 Computers Every Day

According to security researchers at Symantec, the computer worm, Conficker, is still infecting systems worldwide at fast rate and will continue to infect

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

Phishing Scam Targets Northland Cable Subscribers

According to recently released news, customers of Washington-based Northland Cable, an enterprise that provides Communication services to the US citizens,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

Microsoft Adds Two New Scareware Programs in Top Ten Malware List

According to some recently released news, Microsoft's May 2009 security bulletin included two fake antivirus programs, Win32/FakePowav.B and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

D-Link’s CAPTCHA – A Big Question on Security

As per the security report, it took nearly a week for the researchers at SourceSec to detect a flaw in the implementation of CAPTCHA (completely automated

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/23

Buffer Overflow Vulnerability Discovered in ActiveX Control of WebEx

A new security flaw of the buffer overflow has been found within an ActiveX Control that is actively used by Cisco WebEx Meeting Manager, a program for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Spammers Send Acai Dietary Supplement Spam through Cutwail Botnet

Internet security software vendor, Symantec, states that spammers are very

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Phishers Duping People by Offering Myer Gift Cards

A new scam e-mail is in circulation in Australia that promises consumers of Myer (chain of departmental stores) gift cards worth $500. The e-mail, in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Conficker Infected 6 Million PCs Worldwide

Security firm Kaspersky Lab's latest data states that the Kido/Conficker
worm, which is an extremely notorious malicious program hitting the Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

New phishing E-mails Hit IRS, Offering Tax Refund

According to recently released security news, another phishing e-mail, spoofing IRS

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Hackers Using Trojan-laced Fake Windows 7 OS to Build a Botnet

Researchers at Damballa, an online security company, warn that a counterfeit edition of the latest 'Windows 7 operating system RC (release candidate)' that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Vietnamese Users Lost US$ 18 Million to Computer Viruses

Hanoi-based BKIS (Bach Khoa International Security Center) has recently conducted a survey, according to which, attacks from computer viruses have cost

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/22

Hackers Target Legitimate Websites to Host Malware

According to a new report that MessageLabs Intelligence of Symantec released on May 12, 2009, the belief that the majority of web-borne malicious programs

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Sophos - Troj/JSRedir-R Attacks Legitimate Websites

Malware analyst at Sophos said that the number of web pages contaminated by the malicious script Troj/JSRedir-R had significantly spurred, taking the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Jamaicans Receive Phishing E-mails from Legitimate Websites

Cyber criminals have invaded the e-mail accounts of several clergymen in Jamaica and tried to steal money from the contacts enlisted in their e-mail address

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Phishing Scams Attack Residents in Oregon

A newly launched phishing campaign is attacking people in Oregon to seize their private

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Microsoft Fixes 14 Vulnerabilities in PowerPoint through One Security Bulletin

Software giant Microsoft through its monthly Patch Tuesday dated May 12, 2009 has issued MS09-017 a single security bulletin that patches 14 unique flaws in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Problems of Online Cybersquatting & Brandjacking Worrying Marketers

According to the statistics of a recent poll involving marketers, more and more marketers are worried about Internet loopholes pertaining to cybersquatting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/21

Adobe Issues Patches for Two Critical Acrobat and Reader Bugs

The Adobe released security fixes on May 12, 2009 to patch two critical flaws in Adobe Reader which could let attackers install ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

XSS Vulnerability Found in Recording Industry Association of America Website

In the second week of May 2009, Vektor, a member of a group of security enthusiasts and programmers, Team Elite, said that the website of Recording Industry

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

Cyber Criminals Attacked Facebook Users with Malicious Spam Messages

Cyber criminals, who targeted the Facebook users with malicious attacks in the first week of May 2009, have now started using the hacked accounts to send

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

Conficker Still Seems Rock Strong

According to the latest warning issued by the security firm Kaspersky Lab, the menace of Conficker worm is still not over as the virus is found prevailing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

Trojan-embedded Spam Mails Target Western Union Money Transfer

According to Sophos, an e-mail spam campaign from malware distributors has attacked Western Union

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

Kaspersky Detects Deeply Penetrating Computer Virus Sinowal

According to security company Kaspersky, its research lab spotted a fresh version of Sinowal (a vicious code that keeps itself hidden on an infected system

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

Nearly 25% British Online Banking Customers Couldn’t Avoid Opening Fake E-mails

About 25% of Internet banking customers in the UK wouldn't avoid viewing e-mails that pose to be messages sent by their banking institution in spite of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/20

ESET Releases List of Top Ten Malware for April 2009

According to ESET, an online security company, malware detections during April 2009 was the highest

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

PandLabs – Cyber Criminals Developing Bogus Search Engines

PandaLabs, an antivirus firm located in Madrid, has found that cyber criminals are indulged in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

Gumblar Attack Diverting Online Users from Google Results to Malicious Pages

According to ScanSafe, a new campaign of websites hijack is trying to implant Google focused software on vulnerable computers.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

WorldPay Customers Receive Malware Embedded Invoices

Researchers at security company Sophos are warning online users about a new e-mail scam targeting customers of WorldPay (a unit of Royal Bank of Scotland)

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

Server Breach at University of California Puts 160,000 in Danger

Hackers invaded the computer system of the health services department of the University of California, Berkeley, and potentially seized the private details

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

Cyber Criminals Created Fake Social Security Administration’s Sites

Phishers have created fake websites of SSA (Social Security Administration), US, to attack individuals who are about to receive stimulus payment for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/19

Computer Users Warned of Malignant ‘Brett Favre’ Virus

A warning from computer security specialists (issued on May 9, 2009) asks the general public to be on guard against 'Brett Favre,' a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

Phishing E-mail Scam Targeting Ford Customers with Attractive Offer

A fake e-mail scam, which resembles to the Nigerian banking e-mail scams, is targeting customers of Ford Motor Co., according to a news published in Freep

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

Nelson Mandela Foundation Warns of Fake E-mail Lottery Scam

The fake "Nelson Mandela Foundation FIFA email lottery" is very much in, tricking the Internet users. The foundation had raised the warnings about

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

Adobe’s Flash Files Expose Websites to XSS Attacks

The flaw in Shockwave Flash (SWF) files of Adobe, which was reported for the first time in December 2007, is currently leading several thousands websites to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

Security Infringements - A Big Problem for SMBs in NZ and Australia

A new survey by Symantec, an online security company, reveals that as malicious code activities expanded at an unprecedented pace across the world during

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

Conficker Virus Excessively Infecting Indian Computers

Various security agencies report that the malicious worm Conficker is currently attacking a large number of Indian PCs, to quietly turn them into spam bots

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/18

As Cyber Crimes Originate at Home, China Tightens its Laws

According to various security companies, China is under severe pressure from malware and spam

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SPAMfighter News - 2009/5/18

Bulletproof Hosts Spam Widely in China

Bulletproof hosting services are being rampantly employed in China for purposes of spamming as well as other cyber attacks, say security researchers at

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

Spammers Actively Exploited Mother’s Day

Since the second half of April this year, spammers were busy circulating ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

Cybercriminals Fabricating Clone Social Networking Sites

The results of the latest research of Websense Inc. highlights that the increasing trend of cloning the domain names among criminals seeks to exploit large

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

Virus Infiltrates Computers at Tuscan Police Department

Virut.cf, a malicious computer virus, has disrupted work on nearly 200 systems at the US Tucson Police Department (TPD) reportedly for a minimum of two

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

Search Results Related to Rihanna, Link to Malicious Codes

According to the reports from SOFTPEDIA on May 9, 2009, several personal photographs possibly belonging to Rihanna, the US pop-singer, appeared on a number

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

US - World Leader in Maximum Number of Bot-infected PCs

According to McAfee's Threat Report for Q1 2009 that was released publicly on May 5, 2009, the US continues to be the home for the highest number of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/16

Symantec - Spam Continues to Exploit Current Events

Symantec in its recently released State of Spam report states that spam volumes are steadily rising to their normal levels, with the current rate standing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Symantec – 2010 FIFA World Cup to Increase Level of Cyber Crime in South Africa

According to an online security news, as the 2010 FIFA World Cup is approaching and extremely poor online security infrastructure, the incidents of cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Teen Student Arrested for Hacking School Computers

A student aged 17 from a GCC country has been arrested on charges that he allegedly invaded his school computer and stole exam papers after installing a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Bogus Antivirus Program Attacking Brazilian Online Users

Online users in Brazil have been struck by a bogus antivirus software called "Byte Clark",

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Microsoft – Malware Families Dominated Australian Threat Landscape in H2 2008

Microsoft released its "Security Intelligence Report" Edition VI for H2 2008 in the second week of April 2009 in which it said that the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Computer Viruses Strike Powys County Council

Officials of Powys County Council in the UK report that two strains of viruses have struck the council's PC network. The problems came into light during the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Hackers Attacked FAA’s ATC Systems Several Times in Recent Past

A report sent to the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in the 2nd week of May 2009 reveals that computer hackers have invaded the FAA's

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/15

Fake KMart Online Survey Promises Cash Prize for Personal Details

Cyber criminals have most recently targeted KMart with their maliciously crafted phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

SARS Reports Another Phishing Attack

South African Revenue Services (SARS) has issued a warning to all the taxpayers in the country to be careful of fake tax refund e-mails that are currently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Removable Drives - New Vectors for Malware Distribution in India

According to Trend Micro, removable drives such as USBs (Universal Serial Bus), pen drives and thumb drives are the latest vectors for ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Cyber Criminals Made $8 Billion from Online Crime in 2007-08

Cyber criminals are earning good amount, according to a new US survey "State of the Net" conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Web-based Threats Soared 63% in April 09

According to new statistics released by Network Box, the total number of threats from the Web sharply rose during April 2009, accounting for almost

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Panda Security - Trojan & Spyware Programs Volume Increased in Q1 2009

According to Panda Security's latest report on malicious threats, Trojan programs represented 73% of the total malware created during Q1 2009 while there

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Allied Irish Bank Warns Customers against Rising Phishing Attacks

Given the surging attempts by cyber criminals to attack its online customers, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) has warned customers to be very careful while using

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/14

Employees Extensively Using Social Networks, Putting Companies at Risk

Hackers are putting in their energies to spread their malware through social networking websites

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SPAMfighter News 2009/5/13

Spammers Once Again Call Image Spam For Help

According to the security researches at the Internet security firm IBM, spammers

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