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June 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

World Cup Continues to Push Global Spam Volume

In its June 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report, security firm Symantec disclosed that the amount of spam related to the keywords of soccer and football

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

Australians Using Internet may’ve to Install Firewall and Anti-virus

A new parliamentary investigation into cyber-crime that lasted a year forwarded a proposal that Australians must have ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

New Backdoor Trojan Halts Windows Startup

The software developing company Microsoft has said that a fresh malware piece is so crafted that it

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

Businesses Should Learn Botnet Detection Methods

John Pescatore, Vice-President of Gartner Inc. while delivering a speech at the annual security confab "Gartner Security and Risk Management

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

.HTML Spam Return With Different Theme Attachment

Researchers at security company 'Sophos' have just found a cyber attack that uses an .html attachment, but with a difference. They say that ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

Strathclyde Police Shutdown Its Website

Strathclyde Police from Glasgow, UK, was compelled to shut down its website because of the fear of virus attack from Chinese hackers.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/30

Fake Antivirus Scams Become More Expensive

Local McAfee distributor, Workgroup (in South Africa), has cautioned consumers of the country that scareware or fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

Twilight Movie Online Scam Spreads Malware

According to security experts at PC Tools, malware writers have become more curious and anticipate

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

New Botnet Discovered in Belgium

Internet security firm "Trend Micro" has recently discovered a new botnet over the Web in Belgium.

Giving reference of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

Researchers Detected Terrorism-based Malicious E-mails

In the third week of June 2010, security researchers at 'Sophos' cautioned that Trojan-embedded e-mails had been circulating on the Internet and catch users

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

Lenovo’s Driver Download Site Serving Malware

According to a warning from security researchers, unknown hackers have inserted a malicious iFrame into the support website belonging to Lenovo a major

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

Security Software Agencies Unable To Keep Up With Malware

A new study by NSS Labs reveals that security software firms appear to confront problems in overcoming ever increasing malicious programs in the same pace

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

FIFA World Cup Causes Surge in Malicious Activities

Cisco ScanSafe SAAS Web security service revealed on June 18, 2010 that global Web traffic is up by an average of 27% in just a week since World Cup

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/29

15% of Netizens Defrauded Every Year in New Zealand

Latest figures from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs' Scamwatch (New Zealand) disclosed that nearly 15% of population have been attacked by scams or other

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

Html Files Divert E-Mail Operators Onto Malevolent Sites

Internet Security Company BKIS has recently spotted an enormously big spam campaign that's spreading virus through file attachments in the .html format. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

Counter-Attacking Hackers

Tehtri Security's Laurent Oudot a PC security researcher from France has revealed information about over twelve formerly unknown security flaws, which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

Businesses Underestimate Botnet Threat

CDW, a company which leads in providing technology services and products to government, business and education recently conducted a survey on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

Apple’s Malware Protection Software Upgraded Through Mac Os X Latest Version

According to Sophos the maker of security software, Apple quietly upgraded anti-malware software within the latter's Mac OS X operating software during the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

IRS E-mail Scam Hit Again

The security experts have released a warning about an e-mail scam that came into the notice of CBS 6 News on June 16, 2010.

A CBS

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

FIFA World Cup Themed Spam Rises As the Event Goes On

As per Symantec Hosted Services, cyber crooks have been exploiting of the thrill of the FIFA World Cup Tournament.

Symantec

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/28

Beware Cheat Website for FarmVille: Security Researchers

According to a warning by security researchers, FarmVille players need to be vigilant of websites, which provide the names of cheats in connection with the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

HSBC Bermuda Online Customers Receive Phishing E-Mails

Since the first half of June 2010, online customers of HSBC Bermuda (Bermuda) have been the target of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

Harvard University Students Receive Phishing E-mails

In the second week of June 2010, students of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at the Harvard University were cautioned of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

Game, Television & Celebrities Websites Infect Computer with Malware

Avast!, a computer security firm based in the Czech Republic, discovered a popular culture theme displayed by websites infected with malicious programs.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

More PDF Documents Suffered Malware Infection in May: Avira

German antivirus vendor 'Avira' reveals in its latest monthly report that PDF files infected with

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

Microsoft Sues Spammer Mizhen in Federal Court

Software giant Microsoft has sued spammer Boris Mizhen of Connecticut (US) under the federal CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/26

Malicious Phishing Assault Hits Ball State University

Recently, a phishing attack on the e-mail accounts of Ball State University (Muncie,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Online Scammers Defraud World Cup Supporters

According to McAfee, an Internet security company, cyber-criminals are extensively exploiting the thrill surrounding the FIFA World Cup soccer game, going

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Facebook Once Again Faces Internet Fraud

According to UK-based security firm Sophos, users of popular social engineering site Facebook have been attacked by another kind of Internet fraud.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Yet Another E-Mail Spam Targeting Twitter Users

Researchers at Sunbelt, a security company, reveal that a fresh e-mail spam is profusely targeting people using Twitter.com, the micro-blogging site.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Britons Deceived With Around 420,000 Phishing E-Mails Per Hour

One Briton every 7 seconds becomes target of cyber-attack, as UK computer-users, every hour receive over 420,000 scam e-mails, according to a study, which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Humberside Police Alert Residents of Phishing E-Mail

Police have issued an alert to Humberside (UK) Internet users that fake e-mails are circulating online, supposedly from their banks.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Facebook Attacked With Yet Another Spam

The security firm Sophos reports about a latest cyber attack aimed at Facebook users. This one is a password resetting spam set through Skype.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/25

Cyber Criminals Use Skype to Disseminate Malware

As per the security companies 'M86' and 'Trend Micro,' cyber criminals once again resort to the proven and promising methods for running their ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Hackers Discovered Zero-Day Flaw in Windows Help and Support Center

According to the software giant 'Microsoft,' cyber criminals have started to widely exploit a zero-day flaw discovered by Tavis Ormandy, a Swiss Google

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Cyber Criminals Exploit SEO Techniques to Propagate Malware

As per a blog post by the security firm 'Sunbelt Software' in the second week of June 2010, scammers are taking advantage of Search Engine Optimization

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Windows Popularity, Cause for Its High Malware Infection

According to security firm Kaspersky Lab, malware developers are effectively targeting Microsoft

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Over 70% of All Malicious Programs are Trojans

Germany-based e-mail security company 'Eleven' recently conducted a study, according to which, the total amount of malicious software has increased

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Weak Password Can Result in Personal and Financial Catastrophe

In a survey conducted by security firm F-Secure, it was found that around 20% of netizens in Germany, UK and Sweden use identical passwords for everything

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

Sophos Reveals Security Hole in Facebook

According to a survey by IT security and data protection company Sophos, 95% of respondents think that Facebook isn't doing enough towards preventing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/24

BE2 and Malware Evolution Highlighted During Miami Conference

SecureWorks, a security company based in Atlanta, recently made a couple of presentations during a conference in Miami (Florida, US). One of them from the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Spammers Exploit Twitter With New Spam

Spammers have discovered a fresh method for spreading malicious software on Twitter, the widely used micro-blogging website through typically short messages

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Bogus “Statement of Fees” Spread Trojan

According to researchers at the security company 'Sophos,' they have found a widespread malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Websense Discovers New Spam E-mail Campaign

Security experts at Websense Security Labs have discovered that spam emails are being increasingly distributed, particularly those targeting the soccer fans

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

FBI Investigating Hack Into AT&T Accounts

The FBI declared on June 10, 2010 that it had started probing into a potential online attack from Goatse Security, an organization which says it hacked into

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Vulnerability in Safari Browser Exposes Details of iPad 3G Owners

AT&T acknowledged in the second week of June 2010 that many iPad 3G owners had fallen to the information leakage attack. The information was pilfered

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Spammers Exploit Facebook to Spread Malware

Facebook once again become the target of spammers who download ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/23

Fake Application Infects Facebook Users

Facebook users once again fall victim to a rogue application that encourages them to follow links. Tens of thousands Facebook users fall victim to the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Spam Volume Marginally Rose During May 2010

Symantec, an Internet security company, has recently released "State of Spam & Phishing" Report, which states that spam accounted for 89.81%

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Fake E-mails Hit Netizens in US Counties

Tehama County (Northern Carolina, US) officials are warning Internet users to be cautious of a new scam campaign that is currently in circulation.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Porn Websites Likely to Host Five Times Higher Malware

The International Security Systems Lab has recently conducted a research and found that porn websites have five times higher chances of hosting malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Identification of Phishing E-mails Often Hard

Distinguishing phishing e-mails from real e-mails can be tough for online users. Rik

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Security Experts Unveils Linux IRCd Trojan

The security experts said that Linux users are not that immune to security threats as they believe themselves to be and warned those who have installed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

E-mail Account of IUSB Dean Hacked

As per the news published by southbendtribune.com on June 14, 2010, the email account of Marvin Curtis, the Arts Dean of the Indiana University South Bend

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/22

Conficker - A Big Threat to Business and Home Computer Networks

As per the Conficker Working Group (set up to fight against the Conficker worm), the worm still presents a threat and businesses should remain aware of two

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

WoW Cautions Its Players of Phishing E-Mail

Blizzard Entertainment's "World of Warcraft", the popular Internet gaming website, is cautioning 'gamers' of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

A Vulnerability in Windows Facilitates Hacking

Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Google, has warned that older versions of the Windows operating system could potentially allow hackers to hijack a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

Malware Dominated Threat Landscape in Malaysia in 2H-09

According to the eighth edition of Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report (SIRv8) for 2H 2009, threats disinfected in most of the Malaysian PCs were

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

Drive-by Download Assault Masked With Canadian Pharmacy Site

Security firm Red Condor cautions that a newly emerging malware via sophisticated means is

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

Hackers Invade Website of South Korean Government

Malware constantly demonstrates that scams based on it are most capable of reaching the whole world. One such prominent ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/21

Critical Flash Player Flaw Patched

Adobe has fixed critical vulnerability within its much popular Flash Media Player that could let hackers to fully compromise an infected PC. Computers

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Order Booking E-mail Scam Targets Auckland Restaurateurs

Cafes, bars and restaurants have been asked to be cautious of e-mails that are currently circulating requesting recipients for dinner reservations. This

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Mexican Botnet Goes Offline

Security firm Trend Micro discovered a phishing attack in the first week of June 2010

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Irish Companies Loss €250 Million Annually

The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) has conducted an important survey which confirmed that Irish companies' bear lose of €250

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Trojan Spreading With Android OS

According to BitDefender, an Internet security company, the new Android has incited widespread interest among computer users eager to test the operating

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Sophos Discovers a New Fake E-mail Campaign

Security researchers at security firm Sophos have detected a fresh spam campaign making rounds on the Internet and looking to infect the computers of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/19

Scammers Using Identities of Eminent Personnel to Scam People

Cyber criminals are exploiting identities of community representatives and local councilors to rip people in Newtownabbey District (Borough Council, UK) off

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Spammers Continually Flood Twitter With Junk E-Mails

According to the security firm Trend Micro, spammers have been actively targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Spam Volume Increases with Father’s Day Coming Closer

According to Symantec Response team, volume of spam e-mails exploiting the fast approaching Father's Day (June 20, 2010), which is celebrated in 52

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Threat E-Mail Hits Shuswap Netizens

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has issued an alert to the residents of Shuswap (British Columbia, Canada) that a fake e-mail is circulating online

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Smart Phones Consigned With Malware-Infected Cards

Several smart phones of Samsung S8500 Wave have been shipped with a memory card that contained malware, as per the reports. Says Graham Cluley, security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Hit-man Scam E-Mail Targeting Netizens of Montgomery (USA)

A hoax electronic mail is making the rounds in Montgomery County (Maryland, USA) as it tries to threaten recipients in case they refuse to follow the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Scareware Campaigns Using 2010 World Cup as Bait: PandaLabs

According to PandaLabs, the anti-malware laboratory of Panda Security, recently several webpages have been observed circulating fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

MSN, YIM Users Targeted With a Fake Application

A friendly-appearing Internet application is actually hunting for the YIM and MSN credentials of the users. The fraudulent application promises the users to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/18

Bogus YouTube Page Spread Malware

eSoft, an Internet security firm, has warned web users that bogus websites exploit the YouTube brand and format to propagate malicious software. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Zeus - The Most Dangerous Banking Trojan

Director of Global Research and Analysis Team Costin Raiu for Kaspersky Lab was speaking at the Security Analyst Summit of Kaspersky Lab in Cyprus, when he

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Awareness - The Best Tool for Fighting Scareware

According to Pieter Kok, Senior Analyst of Software and IT Services at IDC MEA, awareness is the most appropriate tool to combat fake security software,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Phishing Attacks Hit University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH) has recently been targeted by cyber criminals with phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Organizations at Major Risk from Malware: ISACA

As per a new study by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), employees surfing social-networking websites at workplace greatly put their

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Thousands of Webpages Compromised

As per the news published by The Register on June 9, 2010, over 100,000 webpages, belonging to police departments, newspapers and several other large

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Hackers Break into Sunniside Local History Society E-mail System

Hackers have broken into the e-mail system of Sunniside Local History Society (Whickham, Gateshead, UK) in an attempt to steal money.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/17

Apple Releases New Safari Version to Fix 48 Security Holes

Apple is out with the latest version of its Safari browser with patches for 48 security vulnerabilities, mainly in the open-source WebKit. Most of these

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Westpac Internet Banking Customers Deceived via Phishing E-Mail

A sophisticated phishing scam has targeted the customers of Westpac bank (Australia) in an

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Malware Infected Japanese Camera Arrives in Market

Accepting the reports that malware was shipped with its product, Olympus Japan said that its

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Malware Exploits Adobe Zero-day Flaw

According to a warning released by security researchers, cyber criminals are exploiting the zero-day security flaw in Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Flash using

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Internet Users Underestimating Online Threats

A new study by security firm AVG highlights that one in ten Internet users surfs the Web without any sort of security protection, thus making their personal

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Hackers Compromise Jerusalem Post Website To Spread Malware

According to the news reports published in The Register on June 8, 2010, hackers hijacked the online site of Jerusalem Post on June 7, 2010 to spread

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Twitter Users Being Attacked Using Recent Topics of Discussion as Lure

As per the warning issued by security researchers, various spam schemes discovered on Twitter during the first weekend of June 2010 targets gullible users

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Microsoft Released Ten Patches for 34 Vulnerabilities

Microsoft released 10 patches on June 8, 2010 to address a record number of vulnerabilities (34) as part of its June 2010 security update.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/16

Cyber Crimes Against Australian SMBs Increased in 2009

In a survey conducted by security vendor Symantec to analyze the security trends and behavior of Australian small and medium businesses (SMBs), it was found

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

BitDefender Released May 2010 E-Threat Report

Cyber-criminals in a new phishing attack are focusing on Facebook, the widely used

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

Outgoing Spam - A Mounting Problem for ISPs

A report in connection with the problem of outgoing junk e-mail maintains that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

RBI Urges Indians to Overlook Phishing E-mails

An RBI (Reserve Bank of India) official has reiterated the warning of the central bank to the people urging them to overlook fake e-mails persuading them to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

PC Virus Hits TTUHSC

TTUHSC (Texas Tech University Health Science Center) was recently struck with a PC worm in the first week of June 2010. Officials at the Center are sparing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

Computer Crimes on Surge in China

According to "The Internet in China," a new white paper that the Chinese State Council's Information Office released on June 7, 2010, there has

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

Security Experts Warn Facebook Users Against Deactivate Account Scam

Security experts at Sunbelt Software have released a warning that Facebook members should remain cautious of a fake e-mail that pretends to have come from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/15

IIA Issues New Code for Australian ISPs to Fight Zombies

In a bid to tackle zombie attacks more efficiently and improve the Internet safety

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SPAMfighter News - 2010/6/15

BitDefender Releases May 2010 Threat Report

BitDefender, an Internet security company, has recently released monthly e-threat report (May 2010). The report shows that although Microsoft has removed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/14

E-mail Scam Targets Executive Director of Northwoods United Way

Tracy Beckman, Executive Director of Northwoods United Way, received telephone calls from friends and relatives, whose e-mail IDs listed in her contact book

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SPAMfighter News 2010/6/14

Cyber Criminals Target Windows 2000 Sans Windows Media Service Patch

According to the security software firm Symantec, cyber criminals are searching the Internet to find Windows 2000 computers which don't have the latest

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