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May 2011

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/31

Hotmail Vulnerability for Stealing E-Mail

Karl Dominguez, researcher at Trend Micro said on May 23, 2011 that cyber-criminals were actively exploiting a security flaw in Microsoft's popular e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/31

BBB Cautions Netizens against E-mail Scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) [Wisconsin, USA] is cautioning the netizens to be alert against the scam e-mails as they regularly get e-mails or calls

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/31

Spam Levels Augmented during April 2011

Kaspersky Lab lately released its spam report for April 2011. According to the report, the volume of spam in e-mail traffic augmented by 1.2% in comparison

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/31

Scammers Imitate Revenue e-mail to Attack Bank Accounts

Sophisticated scammers have successfully recreated the taxman's e-mail address so that they can exploit it to trick people into providing information

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/31

Cisco Identifies a New False Microsoft Update Spam Campaign

As per the security experts at the security firm Cisco, a new malicious spam e-mail campaign in French has been identified, which claims to be from the key

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

Spammers Exploiting Wikipedia for Fake Pharma Products

Recently, Samir Patil, Security Researcher at Symantec, alleged that phishers are exploiting the popular website Wikipedia for their evil objectives, as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

Spam Declined but Other Modes of Cyberattacks Surged During Q1-2011

Recently, Cisco's "Global Threat Report" for the first quarter of 2011 was released. The report revealed that, while the shutdown of botnets, like

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

Fake myki Survey Downloading Malware to Users’ Computers

Recently, Victoria (Australia) Police has cautioned that, the computer virus is being published on

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

SpyEye Trojan Targeting Verizon's Online Payment Page

Recently, Trusteer, a network security firm highlighted that, the telecom major Verizon's online payment service has been attacked by the Spy Eye Trojan

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

Majority of Spam Transactions Processed by Just Three Banks

Researchers at the University of California (USA) have identified spam's weakness. A team of computer scientists found that 95% of credit card transactions

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/30

CBO Warns the Public of Phishing Scams

The CBO (Central Bank of Oman) along with other banks have cautioned people again and again that they shouldn't answer intermediate queries or unsolicited

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/27

UK Student Hacker Gets Suspended Jail Sentence Over Malware Scam

A 22 year old student of the UK University, Paul McLoughlin, has been released with a suspended prison sentence after being arrested for utilizing ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/27

'Dislike' Button Scam Rapidly Propagating on Facebook

Security researchers at the security firm Sophos have lately revealed that, Facebook scammers are scamming users into pasting rogue code into their web

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/26

HM Treasury Regularly Witnesses 'hostile' Cyber Attacks

Recently, the Google's Zeitgeist conference was held on 16 May 2011. George Osborne, UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, highlighted during the conference

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/26

Andy Dolich Victimized by an E-mail Scam

Exactly 1,398 of Andy Dolich's best friends or contacts got the same spam e-mail on April 13 (2011) that Andy was in some kind of problem and he badly

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/26

Spammers Didn’t Switch their Tactics during Q1-2011

As per the Kaspersky Labs' first quarterly report for 2011,cybercriminals did not much make use of new techniques for spam circulation and used the same

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/26

Ratio of Malicious Downloading: Microsoft

Microsoft stated on Tuesday (May 17, 2011) that one out of every 14 programs downloaded by Windows users displays the presence of malicious software.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/26

Novel Version of Alureon Malware Identified

A novel variant of Alureon Trojan (also recognized as TDSS, TDL, and Tidserv) has been identified lately by Microsoft researchers, as reported by HELP NET

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/25

Phishing Attacks Escalate in South Africa

Marketing Director Cordell Brewer for TouchBasePro an e-mail marketing company, pointing out SABRIC's (South African Banking Risk Information Center) alert

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/25

Cyber-Attacks Grow with Increasingly Sophisticated Malware

Consultant Systems Engineer Richard Moffitt with Trusteer a web security company suggests that with hacking assaults and ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/25

UK Experiences 111m Spam Outbreaks Daily

Although a forecast from Bill Gates goes that by 2006 there'd be no spam operation, still about 111m unwanted e-mails that can cause considerable harm along

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/25

Google’s Doodles Abused for Disseminating Malicious Software; Avira

Security investigators from Avira a security company caution that cyber-criminals in attempts to spread ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/24

Symantec Warns of Fresh Scareware

Eoin Ward, security researcher at Symantec the security company has issued an alert that fresh malicious software is presently circulating online.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/24

PC-Worm strikes Massachusetts Labor Dept., Causes Data Hack

The Labor and Workforce Development Office in Massachusetts, USA has said that approximately 1,500 PCs at the Department of Unemployment Assistance, the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/24

Spammers Now Turn to Hindi in their Assaults

Unlike ever-before, spammers are circulating spam mails written in Hindi script and/or Devanagri in India, published timesofindia.indiatimes.com in news on

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/24

Malware Samples Constantly Grew During April 2011, Reports GFI Software

GFI Software, which recently released its list of the ten most-prevalent e-threats for April 2011, indicated that there was an uninterrupted rise in the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/23

Rustock Closure Makes Little Impact on Spam Volumes

Kaspersky Lab, which released its Q1 2011 spam report, states that spam levels declined 2% to 3% prior to commencing to their earlier volumes following the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/23

Reminiscing Stuxnet Exploit: US Government

While referring to a research report by an audit firm, the US Government alarmed about certain defects that were noticed in two Iconics Scada systems namely

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/23

Malware-Ridden Geek.com Contaminating Visitors, Warns Zscaler

Security researchers from Zscaler the security company warn that Geek.com a technology reviews and news website was lately struck with a ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/23

Malware Assaults on the Rise, Says Microsoft

In its Security Intelligence Report that Microsoft published on May 12, 2011, the software company released statistics on different ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/21

Scam about iPhone 5 Strikes Users of Facebook

Security researchers are alerting that users of Facebook require being extremely cautious about any advertisement for iPhone 5 on the social-networking

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/21

Murwillumbah Inhabitant Gets “Stranded Abroad” Scam E-Mail

Retired man George Anderson of Murwillumbah (New South Wales, Australia) was taken aback the day he got one electronic mail from the account of his son

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/21

Malware Contamination on Windows 7 High, While for XP Low

In its latest edition of Security Intelligence Report that Microsoft released on May 12, 2011, the company reveals that the infection rate on Windows 7 rose

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/21

Cybercrooks Concentrating on Increasing Malicious Attacks

As per the recent security report released by Microsoft, there has been a considerable surge in the usage of marketing strategies and fraud techniques to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/20

Scamsters Begin Abusing 2012 Olympic Games

According to investigators at Trend Micro the security company, scammers are already generating online scams using the upcoming Olympic Games during July

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/20

AppRiver Detects Fresh Malware Scam

According to investigators at security firm AppRiver, fake e-mails in bulk are circulating online as they disseminate malicious software.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/20

Phishing against Social-Networking Websites Grew During H2-2010, Says Microsoft

According to the Security Intelligence Report (Volume 10) for July-December 2010 that Microsoft declared on May 12, 2011, ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/20

Galway City Councilor Victimized With E-Mail Fraud

According to galwaynews.ie, which published news on May 13, 2011, Peter Keane Councilor of Galway City (Ireland) has had his Gmail account compromised even

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/19

USA Continues as Highest Spam Relaying Country

Sophos the IT Control and Security Company recently released its security report for the 12 most spam inflicted countries covering January-March 2011 or

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/19

7,500 PCs in Vietnam Contaminated With Viruses

The volume of spam in Vietnam masquerading as communication from well-known courier firms like Express Post and DHL dispatched to users of e-mail rose

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/19

Western Suburbs Hit With Internet Fraud

Data were accumulated after monitoring 2 Million Australian Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards information for the period January and March of 2011.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/19

Online Frauds Targets Deputy Minister, Bogopane-Zulu

The Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu (of Government of South Africa) of Public Works had precautioned the criminals to immediately stop taking

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/19

Another Banking Trojan Sunspot at Par with SpyEye-Zeus Duopoly

Trusteer, the transaction security company recently detected a not so well-known malware for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/18

Kamloops Woman Falls Prey to Property E-Mail Scam

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), finding little possibility for seizing the culprits behind victimizing a 29-year-old woman in Kamloops (British

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/18

German Finance Ministry Issues Warning of Tax-Related Phishing E-Mails

In Germany, the Finance Ministry has issued an alert to people paying taxes for remaining vigilant about a new e-mail scam that's offering tax refunds.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/18

Online Crooks Hijack Pravda.ru the Russian News Site

Investigators from F-Secure an anti-virus firm based in Finland caution of cyber-criminals who

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/18

Finnish Police Bust Scammers of Nordea Bank and Conclude Investigation

On May 10, 2011, Finnish Police concluded an investigation following the busting of a cyber-criminals' group, which allegedly used ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/17

Whitehats Hack into Google’s Chrome

Investigators from VUPEN a pen-testing company in France claim that they've successfully infiltrated the Chrome Web-browser of Google that otherwise is

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/17

IID Highlights 12% Year-On-Year Surge in Phishing Attacks

Lately, IID (Internet Identity), a technology and services provider that support organizations in safeguarding Internet presence, released its e-Crime

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/17

Facebook Target of Fresh Scams; BitDefender

BitDefender the security company has issued an alert to the public to watch out for one fresh Facebook scam that's presently circulating online.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/17

Bogus AV Purveyors Using Fake Yahoo! Answers Website

BKIS the security vendor in Vietnam cautions of scareware (fake anti-virus) purveyors who are spreading malicious web-links on portals for Q&A

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/16

Source Code of Zeus Trojan Exposed

According to security researchers, the infamous banker Trojan Zeus' source code has been exposed online that'll let anybody wishing to create an exploit,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/16

Misery Underlying Fake Patch Tuesday by Microsoft

With the release of "Patch Tuesday", which is a low-volume threat circulated as a Microsoft update. By this attack, the ignorant user is attracted

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/16

Sutton Trading Standards Alert about Phishing E-Mails

Sutton Trading Standards (STS), the provider of business advices for the benefit of all enterprises situated in Sutton (Greater London, UK) regarding

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/16

Politician Exposes Phishing Scam

The Working President of the State Unit of Janata Dal (Secular), P.G.R. Sindhia, has lately unveiled a ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/16

FBI Ready for Annihilating Russian Botnet

In its maiden attempt for introducing more security on the Internet, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) an arm of the United States law enforcement,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/14

Taxpayers Targeted With IRS Phishing E-Mails

US' government's tax agency Internal Revenue Service in Michigan (USA) is alerting of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/14

Spam Unleashed Exploiting Osama bin-Laden’s Assassination

Cyber-criminals reportedly are unleashing malware scams by exploiting the hot news of the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/13

Security Issues Call for Disabling WebGL

Context Information Security a security consulting firm stated that the WebGL standard for the Web with which 3D-graphics could be turned on any PC running

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/13

Phishing E-Mails Alerted to UAlbany Scholars

University of Albany or UAlbany also called State University of New York (USA) or SUNY has issued an alert to students about ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/5/13

Cyber-crooks Abuse Image Search on Google for Disseminating Malware

According to security researchers, online crooks are abusing the Image Search of Google a major search engine to proliferate their malicious software.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/13

Canada, Newest Haven for Internet Assaults

According to Websense the U.S-based online-security firm, Canada, which's known to be a law-abiding nation, has now become a most favorable haven to launch

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/12

Sony Warns of New Phishing E-Mails Related to PSN

Electronic Theatre a gaming publication has reported that scam e-mails related to PSN and purporting to be from Sony are coming to its personnel. Although

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/12

Best Buy Clients Alerted to another Security Breach

According to the electronics seller Best Buy, it has notified consumers about one recent security incident as well as that it's taking legal action against

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/12

Havering Councilor Warns UK Citizens about Tax-Related Scam E-Mails

Frederick Thompson Councilor of Havering (UK) is cautioning citizens for being vigilant of fake e-mails that pose as messages from HMRC (Her Majesty's

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/12

Financial Malwares Inhibits Business Security

Malware related to finance are likely to affect any business enterprise even though an organization does not directly indulge into any kind of online

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/12

Facebook Scammers Revive Technique of Employing JavaScript

With malevolent Facebook applications being already all-pervasive for deceptively posting content onto members' walls, there are more-and-more manual script

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/11

Zeus Network-of-Bots Attacking NACHA Subscribers

A phishing message reportedly is targeting users of e-mail while posing as a communication

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/11

Bahamasair’s Alarm towards Fake E-mail Threats

In a warning held by the national airline of the Bahamas, Bahamasair customers are being alerted of a new Internet scam, reports tribune242 on May 5,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/11

Two Fresh Samples of Malware Attack Facebook Users; Reports Fortinet

Major network security supplier as also global leader of solutions for unified threat management, Fortinet published its most recent April 2011 Threat

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/11

Malware Distributors Target Imageshack.us

Investigators from Kaspersky the security company disclose that they've detected one fresh drive-by download assault targeting imageshack.us, which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/10

Malware Scam Purports to be from FBI

Researchers at AppRiver the security company have warned of one fresh malware scam that's presently dispatching fake e-mails while posing as communication

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/10

County Considering Restraining Internet Access for Employees

The Qakbot virus infected around 90% of the PCs in the county's system, damaging its network for a complete week during April 2011. The Board of Supervisors

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/10

Scottish Cyclist Victimized with Scam E-Mail

Mark Beaumont the Scottish cyclist champion has reported of being victimized with identity theft following online criminals who infiltrated his e-mail that

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/10

FBI Threatens Malware Trap in Death Picture

The FBI alarmed netizens to avoid accessing mails on May 3, 2011 that purport to display photos or videos of bin Laden's as they are viable to create

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/9

Malicious Spam Back with a Bang: M86 Researcher

Rodel Mendrez, a Security Researcher with M86 Security unveiled that online malicious activities seemed to be quite under control during October 2010-March

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/9

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have lately cautioned against a novel Trojan infecting PCs through fake Adobe software products.

Recently, the Australian Federal Police has cautioned against purchasing cheap counterfeit computing products after confiscating pirated version of software

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/9

South Korea Witnesses Malware Attack on Nonghyup’s PCs

During an investigation process, officials in South Korea (SK) found that an IBM worker's laptop had been utilized for causing Nonghyup's (National

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/9

FDIC Warns of Phishing Scam E-Mail

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) has come to know from a large number of business proprietors that they've received fake e-mails, which pose

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/7

Website Linked to Osama Bin-Laden Tweet Hijacked

Athar who's nicknamed @ReallyVirtual on Twitter stated, on May 2, 2011 that the blog he ran featuring a connection with his Twitter web-page had contracted

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/7

VPD Cautions Netizens of Scam E-Mail

According to Vancouver Police, netizens should watch out for an e-mail, which purports to be from the VPD (Vancouver Police Department), thus published

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/7

Spying Allegations Against a Computer Rental Store

A couple from Wyoming alleged a furniture rental chain for installing spyware on the laptops for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/7

Boons or Banes on Mother’s Day: Malware Threat

BitDefender, the world leading Internet security solutions provider is maintaining extra vigilance monitoring all kinds of online malicious active

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/6

Fresh Scareware “Vista Security 2011” Identified

US-based Enigma Software Group a specialist in Internet security examination lately identified Vista Security 2011, name of a scareware software. The fake

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/6

Fresh Malicious Program Seeks to Attack Mac OS, States Intego

According to Intego the security company, its researchers have found fake anti-virus software, which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/6

Lottery Fraud: Arrest of Three Nigerians and an Indian

Delhi Police arrested three Nigerians along with an Indian national on charges of operating a forged lottery racket. These accused cheated people by

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/6

DIY Toolkit Created First Time for Mac OS X Malware

According to CSIS Security Group, an IT research company situated in Denmark, a sophisticated DIY (Do-it-Yourself) toolkit, first of its kind has been

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/5

Search Operation on Osama Bin Laden: Malware Spread

Security experts claimed that just as the death of Osama Bin Laden presents an opportunity for celebration to the Western allies. These can also turn out to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/5

Malware Scam Purportedly from Pearl Jewelry Maker Circulating Online

Dancho Danchev, security consultant working independently has said that one fresh malware scam

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/5

Police Could be Empowered to Seize PCs that Execute Cyber-Stalking

According to Garry Shewan, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, police should be additionally empowered to confiscate PCs that are utilized for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/5

Image Search Results Associated with Obama’s Birth Certificate Infected

The President of the USA, Barack Obama, lately released his birth certificate clear the controversy over his place of birth. However, this news of the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/5

Cyber-Attackers Permeate All Over India

With more-and-more modern technologies and social networking operations, India is getting increasingly susceptible to online attacks. Approximately 35% of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/4

Zeus Trojan: Investment Opportunities

A new scam circulated through advertisements on websites of companies such as ESPN, Apple, Forbes, Amazon, CNN, and AOL is nothing but publicity stunt from

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/4

AhnLab Cautions about Increase in Geography-Specific Malware Threats

The Security Emergency Response Center of AhnLab the security vendor released a new report for Q1 2011 i.e. January-March 2011 according to which,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/4

Targeted Assaults Rose during April 2011; Symantec

Symantec Corp., on April 26, 2011, declared its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for April 2011, according to which, the company tapped 85 targeted assaults

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/4

Malicious PDF Exploits Security Flaw with Fresh Tactics

Security investigators are warning of malevolent PDF files that are employing one fresh tactic due to which nearly any kind of security software available

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/3

Spam Drops during April, Reports Symantec

Security Company Symantec Corporation, on April 27, 2011, declared its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for April 2011 according to which, there was a

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/3

Police Foil Online Lottery Fraud

Nigerian scams are once again flocking the region of Mira Road (Mumbai, India) where police have detained 6 Nigerians who had collectively defrauded many

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/3

FBI Cautions about Scammers Transferring Funds into China

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cyber-criminals who compromise U.S enterprises' Internet banking credentials are dispatching illegitimate

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SPAMfighter News 2011/5/3

E-Books Could Serve Malevolent Web-Links

Security researchers warn that electronic books obtainable from the Internet shopping site Amazon that can be taken down using "Amazon Kindle" an

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