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June 2011

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/30

Malware Keeps on Surging During Q2-2011, Reports AVG

Internet and mobile security provider AVG Technologies recently issued its "Community Powered Threat Report, Q2-2011," that gives the background,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/30

Digital Crime Now Yields Plentiful Profit

Kaspersky, which held its Security Analyst Summit in Spain, highlighted that the large demand for online crooks' operations, the monetary gains, the reduced

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/30

TrustDefender Describes Most Infamous Trojan Torpig’s New Variant

According to a fresh report by TrustDefender Labs, one fresh variant of Torpig, the infamous Trojan, which acquired immense hype during 2008 at the time it

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/30

Prominent Global Events, Best Opportunities for Hackers, Says Symantec

Asia-South Principal Consultant Nigel Tan for Malaysia-based Symantec Corporation an Internet security firm observes that a prominent method by which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/30

Phishing E-mails Targeting Microsoft Outlook Users

Cyber security experts at the security firm, Sophos, have warned Microsoft Outlook users to be careful about ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/29

Cyber-Criminals Exploiting Patched IE Vulnerability

According to Senior Security Researcher Joji Hamada at Symantec the security company, cyber-criminals are currently abusing an Internet Explorer security

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/29

BHSEO Scammers Exploiting Apple’s Debut to Cloud Market

According to Trend Micro the security company, its researchers have found that with Apple joining the cloud market, Internet fraudsters have started

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/29

Tax Refund Scam E-Mails Purporting to be from ATO Circulating Online

According to the zdnet.com.au news published on June 20, 2011, e-mails have been coming into the inboxes of several people posing as communication from ATO

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/29

SIPC Cautions of Recent Phishing Scam

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) is cautioning investors that some hackers are cheating on people, who have been attacked by earlier

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/29

German Hackers Convicted Over Theft and Leakage of Unpublished Songs

A court in Duisberg (Germany) sentenced 2 German teenagers on June 16, 2011 because they had hacked the PCs belonging to celebrities like Mariah Carey,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/28

Noted Politician Victimized with ‘Stranded Traveler’ Scam

Deputy Chairman, Theo Sambuaga responsible for Indonesia's Golkar Political Party reportedly was victimized with a scam e-mail recently, following hackers

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/28

AppRiver Reports Over 10m Malware Samples Detected Daily During May 2011

According to researchers at AppRiver who, on June 15, 2011, released the security company's Threat Landscape Report for June 2011, PC virus along with other

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/28

Phishers Attack E-Mail Account of Anil Ambani

In May 2011, unidentified hackers tried what's been described as an ingeniously disguised ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/28

Beautifulpeople.com Becomes Victim of Virus

A PC-virus recently struck BeautifulPeople.com a website for social networking letting innumerable malicious applicants to log-in, published

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/28

‘Windows Vista Restore,’ the New Fake Security Software

Enigma Software Group an Internet security firm based in USA lately spotted an imitation security program called Vista Security Restore that claimed it

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/27

Spam Rates Declined, but Phishing on a Surge: Symantec

As per Symantec's latest (June 2011) "State of Spam & phishing Report", due

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/27

E-mails Supposedly from McDonalds Drop Trojan

Investigators at BitDefender the security company state that they've detected scam e-mails that are arriving in mailboxes purportedly from the fast food

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/27

Man Sentenced for Extorting Internet Betting Sites

An evil man, who forcibly extracted money via exploiting Internet gambling sites as the South Africa scheduled Football World Cup for 2010 geared up, has

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/27

Japan Implements Act for Penalizing PC-Virus Developers

On June 17, 2011, Japan's parliament legislated laws, which would penalize creators of PC-viruses despite the ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/27

HMRC Warns of Tax Rebate E-Mail Scams

As the deadline for renewing tax credits comes near, UK Government's Tax Department, HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs) is cautioning citizens

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/25

Bank Negara Cautions of Phishing E-mail

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has cautioned of an e-mail scam that is presently circulating on the Web, as reported by The Star on May 16, 2011.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/25

Exmouth Businesswoman Targeted by E-mail Scam

An e-mail scam lately, conned above £1,000 from the family of an Exmouth (UK) businesswoman, Janet Caudrelier, as reported by Exmouth Journal on June 16,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/25

Hacker steal $139,000 from the Account of Town of Pittsford

At the beginning of June 2011, hackers steal $139,000 from the Town of Pittsford's payroll account, as reported by 13abc WHAM on June 13, 2011. Supervisor

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/25

Man Sentenced Over DDoS Assaults within Extortion Conspiracy

An individual from Germany has been legally charged with fulfilling a 34-month incarceration as well as ordered to submit 350,000 Euros in restitution to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/24

Virgin Media hit by virus Malware

Virgin Media has collaborated with Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) to caution customers on its network, if they have been targeted with the harmful

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/24

Citigroup Acknowledges Hack, Cautions Clients of Phishing

Citigroup the banking giant in USA told customers of a PC-hack that was executed during May 2011 affecting over 360,000 credit cards, almost twofold the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/24

Police Raises Warning Against fake E-mails

Police are cautioning residents of Bermuda to ignore a fake e-mail that is presently making rounds on the web and trying to target innocent web users, as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/24

Adobe Issues Security Updates for Flash Player Vulnerabilities

Adobe, recently, issued a security patch on June 14, 2011 to fix a critical flaw within its Flash Player which cyber-criminals reportedly were abusing.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/23

Fake E-mail Attacking BOV Customers

An e-mail pretending to be from Bank of Valletta (BOV) [based in Malta], has been identified making rounds on the Internet, as reported by di-ve on June 8,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/23

Bogus Anti-Virus Software Attacking Firefox Users

Recently, security firm, Sophos identified a new scam. According to the firm, the attack triggers when a window based computer uses Firefox web browser, as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/23

Spear Phishers Become More Proficient

Ever-since the occurrences of cyber-attacks nearly every day on high-profile targets, as well as with the U.S Senate and IMF being effectively hacked in the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/23

Sophos Detects Spam Mails Supposedly from UPS

According to investigators at Sophos, the security company, spam mails that pose as communication from UPS (United Parcel Service), the widely used package

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/23

Malicious Software Exploiting Windows Autorun, Drops

Microsoft saw that malware infections, which took advantage of Windows Autorun utility, dropped

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/22

LulzSec Hacker Cabal’s Most Recent Target, Delaware IT Company

According to an acknowledgement by Unveillance LLC based in Delaware, the infamous hacker cabal namely Lulz Security attacked the IT company, when it

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/22

Bank can’t be Blamed for Hack Into Customer Account

Patco Construction Company, during 2009, sued Ocean Bank following cyber-criminals' who employed ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/22

Spanish Authorities Arrest Anonymous Hackers

Three suspects were held by the National Police in Spain on June 10, 2011 for organizing DDOS attacks against the websites that are preserved by various

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/22

CRA Warns Canadian Taxpayers about Phishing E-Mails

A phishing e-mail, lately circulating in Canada, informs citizens paying taxes that based

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/21

Malware Authors Benefit From Updates Not Being Installed

G Data, which recently analyzed malicious software for May 2011, has found that cyber-criminals are actively following the trend of exploiting un-patched

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/21

FBI Cautions about Fake Homeland Security E-Mail

Andrew G. Arena Special Agent-in-Charge has said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has got complaints about a scam e-mail that appearing as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/21

Spear Phishing Technique Likely Used to Attack IMF

According to security researchers, a cyber-assault against the International Monetary Fund a worldwide financial organization may've been launched with the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/21

Ryanair Cautions Regarding Fake Recruitment E- mail

Ryanair has recently warned job seekers regarding an e-mail scam pretending to have come from it, as reported by The Journal on June 13, 2011.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/20

Security Researcher Finds Fresh Crimeware, Pay-per-Install

Brian Krebs an independent security researcher reports of pay-per-install (PPI), one fresh kind of crimeware that he lately encountered wherein criminal

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/20

PC Technician Convicted for Installing Spyware on Computers of Clients

Trevor Harwell of 20 years hailing from Los Angeles, and a PC repair technician by profession was charged of planting malware on the machines of clients

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/20

GFI Software Declares Social-Networking Websites Prominent Attack Target

GFI Software declared the ten most-widespread malicious programs listed for May 2011 on June 9, 2011. Reportedly, it marked the month as having several

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/20

Fortinet Unveils Fast Spreading TDSS Family of Rootkits

In the latest release of a Threat Landscape report by Fortinet, a foremost network security provider, details of two major detections owned by the TDSS

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/20

Feds Confiscate Huge Cash from Swiss Account of Scareware Peddler

Federal officials inside USA recently confiscated the entire money that a scamster and malware

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/17

Malware Writers Posting Online Ads for Recruiting Coders

Writer for a security column Brian Krebs says there's apparently a dearth of skills among malware

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/17

India among the Top 3 Countries Attacked by Phishing

RSA, the security brand of EMC, in its May Fraud Report highlighted that, the US accounted for 42.5% of brands attacked by phishing. The UK was on the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/17

Scareware Takes on Garb of Microsoft Update

According to Sophos the security company, a scareware spuriously appearing to be Microsoft Update is targeting Windows users who surf through Firefox, thus

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/17

Malicious PHP Script Conceals Harmful Stuff inside 'White-Space' Between ‘Spaces’ and ‘Tabs’

In a latest research, Kaspersky researchers have identified a malicious PHP script, spotted on the Polish online store, which actively inserts some

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/16

Microsoft Chases Rustock Operators through Notices in Russian Dailies

Microsoft has posted notices within twin Russian newspapers for legally telling Rustock herders to speak out in an ongoing case inside America.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/16

Ad Hijacking Campaign Increasing, Warns Adometry

Ad-analytics vendor Adometry lately found one newly-launched ad hijacking campaign, which reportedly cyber-criminals are actively using.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/16

Fake AV Propagated on Famous Websites through Users’ Profiles

As per the GFI Researchers, a bogus AV named FakeRean has been identified propagating itself on the popular websites through users' personal accounts or

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/16

BITB Assaults Getting Aggressive, Cautions Imperva

The attack technique namely BITB (Boy-in-the-Browser) that security firm Imperva uncovered during early 2011 is apparently morphing, with online crooks

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/15

Sophos Identifies New iPhone 5 Phishing E-Mail

Security researchers from Sophos, the security company warn that one fresh phishing scam

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/15

Another Phishing Assault Strikes FDIC

The FDIC has issued a warning to consumers that one more phishing scam supposedly from the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/15

New Phishing E-mail Campaign Attacking Gmail Users Identified

As per the security researchers at the security firm Sophos, a new phishing e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/15

Bogus LinkedIn E-mails Launched by Cybercriminals

According to the security experts at the security lab M86, a new series of fake e-mails pretending as LinkedIn invitations are presently targeting LinkedIn

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/15

Adobe Releases Emergency Update for Flash Player

Adobe, on June 5, 2011, released a security patch outside its usual sequence of updates, fixing vulnerability within its Flash Player software, which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/14

MacShield the New Variant of MacDefender

Investigators from ESET the security company have reported that the notorious MacDefender scareware has emerged in a fresh version called MacShield.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/14

Flitwick-Based Doctor Struck with “Stranded Traveler” E-Mail Fraud

Fiona Steele, a 70-year-old doctor and resident of Flitwick (Central Bedfordshire, UK), recently, fell victim to hackers who infiltrated the e-mail account

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/14

Yahoo and Hotmail Users Targeted by Complex E-mail Attacks

Recently, security researchers at the security firm Trend Micro unveiled a new series of targeted ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/14

TDSS Rootkit Acquires Mechanism to Propagate Automatically

According to security investigator Sergey Golovanov at Kaspersky Lab, an extremely infamous rootkit, the TDSS is now equipped with a self-propagating

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/13

Fake Software Requests Access to ‘Twitter’ User Accounts

A fresh fake software is proliferating across Twitter.com, which posing as a message for the visitor tells him the length of time he expended browsing the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/13

Amazon’s Cloud Entertains Bank Info-Stealing Malware

Investigators at Kaspersky Labs the security company lately revealed that a Brazilian banker Trojan was being entertained on AWS (Amazon Web Services) a

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/13

Symantec Spots One Fresh and Fascinating E-Mail Campaign

According to Symantec the security company, one fresh spam outbreak has been detected online that's attempting at attacking users with e-mails laced with

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/13

Friendster Password E-mails Surges the Fears of Website Hijacking

The appearance of the apprehensive e-mails to registered Friendster addresses, extremely reported by several Twitter users on June 02, 2010, has produced

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/11

IC3 Cautions about Phishing E-Mails Purportedly from US Government

IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) together with FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has revealed important details pertaining to the most recent ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/11

Phishers Stole E-mail Passwords of the US Officials: Google

Google has recently discontinued what it thinks to be a phishing campaign targeted at

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/11

Hackers Publishes Passwords of Sony’s Consumers

Scam artists who recently (May, 2011) compromised the website of TV network PBS have shifted their focus to Sony's movie division, exposing what seemed to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/11

Malware Looms on LinkedIn

Trusteer the security company states that one fresh malware scam has been detected which aims its

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/10

Sinn Fein Councilor Warns Youth against Fraudulent E-Mails

Mr. Colin Kelly, Councilor from Ireland's Sinn Fein, the leftist Republican Party, has cautioned the youth of Derry, one of Northern Ireland's largest city

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/10

Rustock Botnet Suspect Hunting Job at Google

Microsoft disassembled the command as well as control structure of the infamous spam-circulating Rustock botnet during March, 2011. Redmond has since found

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/10

Malware Scam against Facebook Uses Hayden and Rihana Panettiere

According to Sophos the security company, its researchers have detected one malicious campaign which's presently proliferating across Facebook, while aiming

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/10

Spam Levels Went Down During Q1-2011, Reports McAfee

In its most recently quarterly report for the first quarter (January to March) 2011, McAfee reveals that spam volumes that dipped to the bottom since 2007

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/10

Pentagon Readying Framework for Cyber Battle

The Pentagon that is also referred to as the United States Defense Department is nearly ready with a draft strategy to carry out a cyber battle, which lays

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/9

Mac Defender Malware Circulating through Facebook

Scam artists are taking advantage of the famous scandal involving former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn to circulate a hazardous piece of Mac-specific

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/9

Donbot Abandons Rogueware Spam In Favor of Online Casinos

According to specialists at M86 Security a security company, the notorious Donbot botnet, whose other names are Buzus and Bachsoy and that has been into

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/9

McAfee Discovers Rise in Malware During Q1-2011

McAfee the security company, which declared its "Threats Report: First Quarter 2011" during the 1st-week of June 2011, stated that 6m distinct ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/9

E-mail Spam Asserts Death of Romanian President

BitDefender the security company says that a new e-mail scam is circulating online as it seemingly abuses Traian Basescu name of the President of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/8

Website of Hong Kong's Democratic Party Compromised by Cybercrooks

Recently, security researchers at the security firm, Kaspersky revealed that, the website of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong was hijacked by the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/8

Stuxnet Attack, a Demonstration of Cyber-Weapons’ Capability

The Pentagon believes a foreign country getting involved in computer sabotage can mean a deed of warfare, a discovery, which like never before, gives USA an

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/8

Fresh Scareware Scam Launches False Security Warnings from Firefox

According to investigators at Sophos the security company, a fresh online scam is presently attacking Firefox users with scareware.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/8

Comodo Reseller Client Information Exposed with SQL Assault

It's once again that browser security has risen to importance since one more Comodo associate went through a data hack due to which cyber-criminals managed

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/7

Sophos Discloses SEO Corruption on Its Own Software

Researchers at Sophos reportedly had been identifying instances when search engine returns were being misappropriated for diverting Web-surfers onto

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/7

Phishers Guarantee Early Tax Refund to Scam People

Receiving income-tax refund immediately is a great thing, but excessive hurry to receive the refund cheque may leave users in danger. Considerably, this

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/7

Nigerian Detained for Lottery Fraud

The Cyber Crime Cell of Pune Police crime branch (India) has recently (May 28, 2011) taken into custody Ali Ibrahim Sehu (38), a Nigerian, for supposedly

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/7

Ahmedabad Based Trader Victimized by Lottery E-mail Scam

An Ahmedabad (India) based trader, got an e-mail during May 2011, which stated that, the online lottery form that he had filled has won Rs 50 Lakhs, as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/6

Mariposa Resurrecting; Reports Trend Micro

Researchers at Trend Micro the security company caution that 'Mariposa,' which at one time was a greatest botnet worldwide, is gradually reviving to its

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/6

IC3 Cautions of Osama-Related XSS Assaults

The IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) of FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) lately issued an alert for citizens that certain new scams were doing the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/6

Windows Vista Recovery, New Fake Security Software

Internet security analysis firm Enigma Software Group recently spotted one fresh malware item that is called Windows Vista Recovery. This malware as Enigma

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/6

Goal.com Still Contaminating Its Visitors

According to investigators at Armorize a security company, a well-known website for football news, Goal.com is still having security problems while it keeps

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/4

Spam Mails Carrying PDF Attachments on an Increase

IBM lately published outcomes from its yearly report titled "X-Force 2010 Trend and Risk Report," emphasizing that both private and public

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/4

Series of False YouTube E-mails Propagating on the Internet

As per the security researchers at the Belgian e-mail security company, MX Lab, a series of spam e-mails pretending to have originated from YouTube is

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/4

Enigma Software Identifies a New Scareware

A USA based firm that holds expertise in online security analysis, Enigma Software Group, has lately found a new rogueware, namely Windows 7 Recovery, which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/4

Apple Eventually Admits MacDefender Infections, Pledges Cleansing Tool

Apple has eventually acknowledged the existence of MacDefender, a scareware as well as other phony ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/6/3

Phony VirusTotal Website Pushes Malicious Software: Kaspersky

Investigators at Kaspersky Lab the security company have warned that a phony VirusTotal online site is spreading malware.

It may

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/3

MacDefender’s Improved Variant MacGuard

Even as an update for Mac OS X is expected from Apple for safeguarding systems from the infamous MacDefender scareware, cyber-criminals have already

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/3

Malware Assault Against Dow Jones Possibly by Layoffs

Dow Jones an organization that leads in business information and other news globally has been recently fighting to eliminate the stubborn PC-worm namely

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SPAMfighter News 2011/6/3

M86 Finds Xarvester Botnet Originating from the Electronic Grave

Phil Hay, Security Researcher at M86, recently claimed that, his group has identified the old Xarvester botnet, which was initially noticed during 2008 and

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