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May 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

Spam Displaying Tennis Star Promoting Pakistani Gutkha

A spam mail, which indicates the Indian tennis star Sania Mirza supporting a gutkha brand known as Pakistani Gutkha, is drawing high media attention.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

Attacks with Password-Stealing Trojans Rising: McAfee

The "2010 Threat Predictions Report" by the security firm McAfee that was released towards the end of 2009 forecasted that there would be rise in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

Waianae Woman Victimized with Phishing E-mail

Renee Richardson, a resident of Waianae (Honolulu, USA) recently became victim of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

Microsoft Sues RedOrbit in Charges of Click Laundering

Microsoft has recently filed two legal grievances in Seattle's US District Court against those behind the so-called "click laundering". The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

LANrev Software Found Hacker-Friendly

A security firm 'Leviathan Security Group' has claimed that a litigious remote spying application installed by a Pennsylvania school district on the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/31

Inefficient Security Makes VA Systems Vulnerable

The Veterans Affairs Department (US) has unsafe web application servers and is not able to regulate connections between the Web and its computer systems,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

Illegal ISP “3FN.net” Ordered to Shutdown

Ronald M. Whyte, Judge of a U.S. District Court, has ordered 3FN.net, an Internet Service Provider, to permanently close shop. The judgment follows a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

Hackers Exploiting Television Show “Lost” for Disseminating FAKEAV

According to PandaLabs of computer security firm Panda Security, it has identified another mode of dissemination for malicious software named the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

Fun Video Link Spreads Malware On Twitter

A malware assault has hit Twitter, the social-networking website, and it is spreading through

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

Virus-Infected Laptop Proves Terrible For a Wisconsin Man

After being attacked by a virus, Daniel J Wagner of Wisconsin (USA), 46, took his laptop to Best Buy Store for repairing it.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

Navy Federal Name Abused for Phishing Attack

PandaLabs has cautioned web users to be cautious of latest phishing attack, which is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/29

2010 FIFA World Cup Lottery Scam Returns: BBB

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup round the corner, online scammers are making every possible attempt to deceive Internet users. The Better Business Bureau (BBB)

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Search-Engine Poisoning Abusing Major News Events

According to security company McAfee's Q1-2010 Threats Report, launched on May 18, 2010, online crooks are manipulating widely read news items to fulfill

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Hackers Poison Google Search Results

As per the security firm, search engine results infested with links to bogus antivirus software have

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Man Indicted For Web Attack Against Sites

Federal prosecutors have found a man guilty of conducting a series of botnet attacks, which include attacks that hit the sites of conventional talking heads

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Koobface Gang Reacts to Security Expert’s Article

Controllers of the botnet Koobface have reacted to a piece of writing by Dancho Danchev, an independent security researcher, using a message that they

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Seattle - The Most Riskiest City for Cyber Crime

As per the report released by antivirus software firm Symantec and research firm Sperling's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/28

Microsoft Releases Security Flaw Warning

Microsoft warned computer users on May 18, 2010 about a security flaw in its newest operating system, which could lead to the malicious code execution and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

Microsoft Urges Australians to Abandon IE6

In a promotional campaign in Australia, Microsoft is advising users of Internet Explorer 6 to move to its latest version. The IE6 browser was introduced in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

McAfee Releases Q1-2010 Threats Report

McAfee Inc., on May 18, 2010, released its "McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2010", according to which, a USB virus is on No.1 position among

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

Bredolab Trojan Creating New Nuisance on Internet

As per the news published by SOFTPEDIA on May 17, 2010, security experts have detected fake e-mails that claim to be order confirmation messages sent by

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

Zeus-Hosting Russian ISP Taken Offline

PROXIEZ-NET, an Internet Service Provider based in Russia, that cyber-thieves popularly used for stealing logins for online banking is said to have been cut

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

Well-known Charity Abused in E-mail Scam

Some of the netizens in New Jersey have reportedly fallen victim to a phishing scheme that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/27

Security Guard Admits to Hacking into Hospital’s Systems

A former security guard, Jesse William McGraw, has pleaded guilty to the allegations of hacking into "North Central Medical Plaza's" (on North

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

Online Lottery Scammers Cheat Ex-PEC Principal

Chandigarh (India) Police have reported that Sagar Sehgal, who retired after being Principal of Punjab Engineering College situated in the city, has been

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

IRS Tax Scam Continues Even After Tax Filing Deadline Gets Over

Although the last date for filing taxes i.e. April 15, 2010 has passed, still the Internal Revenue Service cautioned taxpayers on May 10, 2010 of online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

Winamp Software Sends Spam Mails on Facebook

Facebook, the popular social-networking website, had just slightly strengthened its security, when another fresh e-mail spam struck it during the 3rd week

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

Pirated Software Raises Security Incidences

BSA, during the 3rd week of May 2010, stated in its yearly report on software piracy that while counterfeit software is a licensing issue, it is an issue of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

Several Hacked Twitter Accounts Put for Sale

Costin Raiu, Director of security firm Kaspersky Labs, stated that hijacked accounts on Twitter are being sold quickly on cybercriminal forums based in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/26

DHL Again Abused in Spam Campaign

Security researchers at security firm Avira detected a DHL spam campaign in the first week of May 2010.

The e-mail says that the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

Philippines in Top 30 Spam-Generating Countries

According to the latest report from IT security and management firm Sophos, Asia remains the dominant source of spam mails in the world, as Philippines

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

Hackers Use iPhone as Bait for Scamming

Security firm Sophos has advised web users and gadget lovers to be caution of scam mails offering free iPhone 4G.

As per Sophos,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

Tackling Well-Planned Cybercrime Requires Fresh Defenses

Recently, Rik Ferguson, senior security advisor at security firm Trend Micro, provided a picture about the operational trends within the world of cybercrime

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

BBB Cautions Users About IRS E-mail Scam

Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southern Arizona has cautioned about a mail scam that aims to fool users into believing that they have got a message from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

Trend Micro Discourages Content Downloading from P2P Networks

Security researchers at Trend Micro have recently unearthed a new PC worm that propagates via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks, similar to the threat that shows

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/25

Gmail Faces Fresh Phishing Attacks

A recent wave of phishing attacks has been targeting Google's popular e-mail service

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

U.S. STRATCOM Cautions Against Phishing Scam

Officials of U.S. Strategic Command, in short STRATCOM, are reiterating caution for countering incidences of identity theft on the Internet, following the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

Phishing Test for US Airmen Turns Up Unexpected Results

A security training drill at the US Air Force created a fake murmur regarding the "Transformers 3" film shooting, but it succeeded in making many

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

Cybercriminals Being Arrested and Prosecuted in Large Numbers: F-Secure

F-Secure, on May 12, 2010, released its 2010 Security Evaluation Report (1st part), stating that there has been a remarkable achievement with respect to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

Botnet Launches DDoS Attacks Using Compromised Web-Servers

According to security researchers at Imperva, a botnet, instead of comprising individual computers, has web-servers for launching DDoS assaults that's even

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

Woman Loses Good Sum of Money to Nigerian Scammers

A woman residing in south of Perth is robbed off $9,000 after being targeted by a huge Nigerian scam, when she was trying to sell a Sony PlayStation via

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/24

‘Avalanche’ Conducted Two-Thirds of Phishing Attacks in H2 2009

Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reveals in its latest report semi-annual report that a single group of cybercriminals in Eastern Europe was responsible

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

Twitter Botnet Facilitator Tool Identified

A researcher with anti-virus software vendor Sunbelt, Christopher Boyd, has recently discovered a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

Online Crooks Abusing Google Groups

Investigators from security firm eSoft stated that cyber-criminals are taking advantage of Google Groups for the distribution of malware, particularly fake

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

India Tops Spam and Phishing Chart in Asia

A recent study conducted by the international security solutions provider Symantec reveals that India is now the topmost producer of spam and ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

HMRC Warns Businesses of Fake Tax Rebate E-mails

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is asking businessmen in UK to be watchful of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

Fake Resume E-mail Distributing Rouge Anti-Virus

Security firms, including Sophos and Websense, have issued a warning about dubious e-mails that allegedly target human resources employees. The e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/22

Facebook - Fourth Most Favorite Phishing Target

According to Kaspersky Lab, which recently released a report, Facebook is the next most attacked website in ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Spam Needs Immediate Removal: Trend Micro

According to a recommendation by Trend Micro, the security services and software provider, computer users must remove e-mails they doubt as spam without

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Rogue Anti-Virus, Greatest E-Threat to Canadian Computers

Security specialists have found that fake anti-virus is causing the greatest security threat to the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Microsoft Fixes Critical Visual Basic and Outlook Express Flaws

Microsoft, the software giant based in Redmond (USA), released two critical security updates on May 11, 2010, patching vulnerabilities within its e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Kaspersky Reveals Malware Trends in Kuwait

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of software for secure content management, recently conducted a research, according to which, in Kuwait, the most

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Dubai Inhabitants Urged to Ignore E-Mails Meant for Phishing

To remain safe from becoming a prey of phishing campaigns, Dubai inhabitants are urged to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Web-based Malware Kept on Rising in Q1-2010

The latest research from anti-malware service provider, Dasient, stated that web-based malware kept

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/21

Saratogian Website Infects Several University Computers

Officials from New York's Skidmore College are warning employees to avoid visiting The Saratogian website after a virus infected several computers at the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Numerous WordPress-Powered Websites Hacked

As per the news published by TG Daily on May 10, 2010, hackers have attacked numerous websites created using WordPress.

At first

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Hit Man Scam Re-enters Canada

Durham Regional Police cautioned that the 'hit man' mail scam is being observed in some of the areas in Canada, including Great Toronto Area and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Phishing Websites of Top Indian Financial Institutions Deceiving Customers

Security company Symantec has disclosed in its latest study that cyber crooks are attacking online customers by launching ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Fake iTunes Gift Voucher Carries Malware

Online security experts Sophos has informed about a bogus iTunes certificate that circulates malware. The phony mail that seems to have come from Apple

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Trojan Program Infects in the Guise of Compatibility Software

Security researchers from BitDefender, the security company, have issued an alert that a new Trojan horse is prowling on the Net in the guise of software

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

phpnuke.org Website Hijacked to Serve Malware: Websense

The ThreatSeeker Network of Websense Security Labs is warning that the well-known website phpnuke.org is under hackers' control and is serving multiple

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/20

Conficker Still Propagating in Ireland, Reports ESET

According to the "Global Threat Trends Report" of Security Company ESET for April 2010, the notorious Conficker virus once again proliferated

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Yahoo Virus Now Attacking Skype

A new computer virus, which has been causing problems online on Yahoo Instant Messenger, is currently affecting Skype. The virus reportedly installs

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Spammers to Compensate ISP in a Court’s Verdict

A small ISP in California was awarded $2.6 Million during early May 2010 as a result of a legal suit it slammed on a firm that allegedly distributed spam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Users Warned of Bogus Trend Micro Toolbar

Hackers are yet again re-launching attacks against users of Facebook. This time they are sending a spam mail which offers the download of a toolbar for

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Apple’s Safari Detected With ‘Highly Critical’ Zero-Day Vulnerability

Copenhagen (Denmark) situated software security services provider, Secunia, is cautioning of a security flaw within Apple's web browser, Safari, that can be

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Spammers Target Football Lovers with New Fake Messages

As the 2010 FIFA World Cup has less than two months for inauguration, cyber criminals have started to exploit this mega event to trick Internet users.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Security Experts Discover Random Words Spam

According to engineers at TrendLabs (a research lab of Trend Micro), they received spam messages containing words 'salad' in the first week of May 2010. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/19

Scammers Target Account of Facebook’s Investor

It seems as if the worst for the popular social networking site Facebook is not yet over. The security and privacy standards of the site are already in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

Verizon Lists Most Prevalent E-Threats of 2009

Verizon, in 2009, carried out an elaborate research about the security scenario, while focusing to determine the most prevalent or destructive infiltrations

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

Sophos Detects Computer Virus Scar-H

Security company Sophos has just spotted one Windows PC virus that it has termed as Scar-H. The company's security researchers disclosed that this malware's

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

Unwanted Facebook Applications Deploying Adware

As per reports available, Facebook is pushing undesirable software programs, with some deploying adware or are being appended to various members' profiles

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

ITS Spots Phishing Scams Related to Flood

With Nashville (Tennessee, USA) submerged under flood recently, ITS (Information Technology Systems) has spotted a rise in ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

Security Experts Discovered New Attack to Break-in All AV Protection

As per some Internet security researchers, they have discovered a new way to break in the protection systems of dozens of the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

HSBC Bermuda Warns Customers of Phishing E-mails

The Bank of Bermuda (HSBC) has recently learnt of a phishing e-mail that is trying to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/18

Fake YouTube Screenshot Installs Malware

TrendLabs has revealed that a YouTube video screenshot contains a web link that takes a user to a malicious website from where a computer worm spreads to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

Adobe Customers Being E-Mailed New Malware

Red Condor the software security company has issued an alert that another piece of malicious software has been unleashed. The ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

50% of SMBs Run Without Social Network Filtering

A newly conducted study shows that there is not enough being done at SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses) so far as safeguarding themselves against

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

Google Finds Malware Hosted on Chinese News Agency Site

In a report from Google, the website of Xinhua, a news agency run by the China government, was discovered to be serving malware, as per the news published

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

Contract Spam Pushing Malicious Programs

According to Graham Cluley, a researcher at security software firm Sophos, cyber miscreants are carrying out a fresh spam campaign that serves malware, as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

New Phishing Campaign Targets Apple Users

Internet security company 'Symantec' has asked Apple users to be careful of a new phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

Gumblar Introduces Change in Tactics

Masterminds of the Gumblar botnet and related malware campaign are constantly embracing new

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/17

Cybercrime Incidents Became More Than Double in Wales

A latest report from online safety group e-Crime Wales, victims of cybercrime in Wales has grown more than double over the past one year and the problem

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

Sunbelt Reveals Its List of Ten Most Prevalent Malware Threat for April 2010

The Windows security software vendor Sunbelt, which recently released its list of top ten most widespread malware threats for April 2010, stated that while

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

Sophisticated Malware Infects Philadelphia Tribune Website

Sophos the leading provider of software security has notified that the Philadelphia Tribune news website has contacted infection from a malicious program

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

Pharmacy Spam, Spammers’ Latest Choice

According to security company G Data, several subjects connected to fake online pharmacies are being abused by ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

Investigations on Against Army Officer for Allegedly Spying for Pakistan

A Major of the Indian Army is being interrogated ever since an alert from the US Intelligence reached the Ministry of Defence in April 2010 regarding

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

E-Mails Threatening to Kill are Fake, Warns Police

According to New Zealand police, an e-mail, which scares its recipient of getting him killed, is totally fraudulent. Otago Daily Times reported this on May

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/15

E-Mail Offering Compensation to Stranded Flight Passengers Reportedly Bogus

The Scam Detectives, a company based in Wrexham (Wales, UK), is investigating a malicious e-mail campaign which says it can assist airline passengers who

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

Trojan.AutorunInf.Gen - Top Malware for Three Consecutive Months

An anti-malware security solutions provider, BitDefender declared Top Five e-threats of April on May 3, 2010. April is the third consecutive month to see

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

Malaysia Responsible for Most E-Mail-Borne Viruses in Asia

According to Symantec's latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report, Malaysia was the top Asian country in April 2010 with respect to viruses spread through

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

SEO Poisoning Attacks Become More Intricate, Infect Thousands of Websites

While Internet users are anxious about the menace created by rogue anti-virus, Websense researchers say that a backdoor malcode (malicious code) has

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

Fewer Security Vulnerabilities Exploited With More Malware

Several reports published prior to the Infosec 2010 Security Conference in UK during the 1st week of May 2010 revealed that businesses identified and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

Opera 10.53 Patches Critical Flaw

Opera has recently patched a highly dangerous security flaw in its browser application through Opera version 10.53. In accordance with the reports obtained,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

IRS Cautions of Scam E-Mails Reaching Taxpayers’ Inbox

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to consumers that scammers are sending taxpayers, e-mails that appear official as they talk about

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/14

E-Mail With Malicious Attachment Attacks Upcoming Musicians

Security researchers from Webroot state that a particularly dangerous e-mail is circulating online to reach the inboxes of aspiring musicians so that their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/13

US Treasury Websites Hijacked

According to the news published by scmagazineus.com on May 3, 2010, a security researcher said that three websites of US Department of Treasury have been

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/13

Government Official’s E-Mail Hacked for Money

A new e-mail scam has victimized a high ranking official of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (Bandar Seri Begawan, Sultanate of Brunei).

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/13

Smiley Message on Yahoo’s IM is Actually a Worm

According to the security experts, a smiley-faced IM (instant message) carrying an image link is presenting itself as being sent from a friend or

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SPAMfighter News 2010/5/13

Kido Still Manages to be the Leading Malware Producer in April 2010

A prominent developer of secure content management solutions, Kaspersky Lab, has come up with its Monthly Malware Statistics for April 2010. Kido continues

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