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July 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

PandaLabs Discovered New Worm, Trojan, Virus

In its weekly report, Pandalabs has disclosed a new Pahooka.A worm, a Sinowal.A ransomware Trojan and HiddenXLS.A Virus. According to the report, Pahooka.A

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

Stock Spammer Settles with SEC, Consents to Court’s Judgment

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has closed the case charging Samuel Aaron Meltzer belonging to St. Paul, Minnesota, for committing securities

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

Pinch to Create Information-stealing Trojans

A tool that creates trojans and is sold on a number of online forums is used to perform multiple

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

Anti-Spam Products Give Unsatisfactory Performance

People in general are unhappy with the services of their anti-spam vendors; such was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

Firefox URI Browser Flaw Spreads its Tentacles

The Firefox URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) browser vulnerability, which on exploiting allows a hacker to seize a computer via Internet Explorer while

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/31

Online Ads – New Virus Spreading Tools for Hackers

Web ads, unintentionally, have become a powerful tool in the hands of hackers for spreading viruses. Cyber criminals have started misusing the security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

Sony Sues Amergence for Developing Harmful Software

Record company Sony BMG has filed a suit against Amergence Group, whose previous name was SunComm International, for installing harmful software onto PCs in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

Record Increase in Phishing Sites in May 2007

The Anti-Phishing Working Group, on July 12, 2007, announced that phishing URLs that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

VSO get rid of Over Working Spam Filters

Charity VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) has solved some major problems of spam filtering by switching suppliers. It has stopped the problem of blacklisting

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

Malware 2.0 Threat Rising

As per the news by Vnunet.com on July 19, 2007, a security company said that all the signature-based techniques of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

Hackers Send Malicious Link Exploiting Brazilian Airline Crash

As per their nature, hackers haven't spared the chance of exploiting the airline crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil, according to Websense Inc., a U.S-based

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

Euro-American Region Dominate in Producing Spam

Europe today leapfrogs U.S. in relaying spam, comments a report by security vendor Sophos. However, U.S. continues to be the biggest country to distribute

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/30

DNS Attacks are Widespread & Catastrophic

Attacks that are targeted on DNS (Domain Name Servers) are a serious problem for organizations. With this, the associated DoS (denial of service) threats

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

Spoofed Flaws in the Web Browsers

As per the news by heise-security.co.in July 16, 2007, security expert, Michael Zalewski, said that new flaws have been found in IE and Firefox. Further,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

Spam, Trojans & Adware – All Increasing

The government of United States has assured it would hunt down the distributors of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

A BOA Phishing E-Mail Reaches AFMC Officer

Any person using a computer is vulnerable to phishing attacks and it's also beyond the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

Lindsay’s Relationship with A Female Friend gets Exposed

Lindsay Lohan, the troubled actress, is extremely annoyed to find that some unknown person has accessed her nude pictures from her computer, as published by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

IC3 Informs about Three New Spam Scams

The IC3 or Internet Crime Complaint Center, an organization under the partnership of the FBI and the NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center) released on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

Crime-Related Police Documents Leaked out Via P2P Program

Tokyo's Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed the leakage of personal information on the Internet of approximately 12,000 people in connection with

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/27

Ransomware Trojan Asks for $300 for Giving User Data Back

A new type of Sinowal.FY has been revealed. This deadly code infects the user's files making it inaccessible for him and demands a ransom for providing a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

Spam Levels Rise Consistently, Image Spam Drops

Fraud spam and scam grew to a level of 14% of the entire spam traffic reported in June 2007. The rise was 9% higher from March 2007. While the overall spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

PandaLabs Reports a Trojan and Two Worms

A Trojan dubbed Nukulus.A that steals data from users' computers and two other worms namely Addon.A and Winko.A have surfaced on the Internet, according to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

Japan – Reinforce Spam Laws

As per the news by Virus Bulletin on July 16, 2007, the Japanese ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications plans to introduce some actions to improve

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

Harmful Codes are Spreading through Myspace

As per the news by Securitypark.co.uk on July 17, 2007, several harmful codes are distributed through the pages of MySpace. Although these pages are not

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

Brontok.H Appears Consistently in Every ‘Top 10 Virus List’

Security solutions provider PandaLabs has detected a speedily exploding Trojan in June 2007. This Trojan, dubbed as the Brontok.H worm, had been one among

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/26

Botnet Uses Phishing Tactic on Online Buyers of iPhone

A number of people are purchasing iPhones over the Internet that is a happening event for cyber criminals, as per PCworld.com publication on July 13,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Top Secrets of Military Found on Unprotected Sites

According to the news by Technewsworld.com on July 12, 2007, as per the
survey by the Associated Press, several documents have been displayed
on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Anti-Cyber Crime Bill for Thailand

Thailand is experiencing online fraud similar to the worldwide trend. Moreover, it is increasing from day-by-day in forms that range between theft of domain

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Internet Explorer Capable of Activating Firefox Flaw

In an unusual attack involving browsers, Microsoft's Internet Explorer could help Mozilla's Firefox to become active and execute malicious code, as

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Hackers Break Into U.S. Government and Corporate Computers

Hackers committed information theft from the computers of Department of Transportation of United States and many giant companies by luring employees with

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Italy Police Arrests an Organized Phishing Gang

Twenty-six people allegedly engaged in a global phishing operation named "Phish &

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/25

Apple Released Security Update for Eight Flaws

As per the news by Vnunet.com on July 13, 2007, Apple has launched a QuickTime security update, which settles eight flaws, including seven, which could also

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

Storm Worm Poses As Phony Virus Warning

Storm Worm authors are attempting to trick the users by sending them emails alerting them about against some ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

Porn Links Overflow Irish Message Boards

Links to porn websites flow extensively on Irish message boards and guest books, told Alan Finan to ENN on July 10, 2007.

Alan

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

FTC Seeks Injunction Against Site, Allegedly Distributing Spyware

Considering the request of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has instructed a Web business supplying free browser updates, music

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

Firefox Flaw, An Internet Explorer Issue

Mozilla's Firefox 2.0.0.4 has a flaw in its latest version that could enable hackers to arbitrarily commandeer and gain control of a user's PC, alleges

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

DOJ and FBI Ensure Spam Prosecutions

The federal bureau of investigation has disclosed to have almost 70 active probes in the spam scams. According to the news reported by Theinquirer.com on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/24

Adobe Patches Security Holes in Flash and Photoshop

Adobe's two very popular products have flaws with three in the costless Flash Player plug-in and two in Photoshop. The exploit code for the vulnerabilities

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

U.S. On Top of Spam Charts

IE Internet's new e-mail security figures show that the U.S. heads the spam lists for June 2007.

Of the total spam that Irish

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

Two Texas Miscreants Behind the Penny Stock Spam-Scam, says SEC

In the security fraud charges filed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), two individuals from Texas were accused of high tech scam, which

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

Trojans Grew Critically in Q2 2007

The second quarter of 2007 saw massive increase in Trojans. They accounted for 83 percent of all new malware arrivals while constituting 26 percent of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

Malware Keeps Rising Though in Cyclical Order

Incidents of Internet attack aiming on public IM and P2P networks have grown by 5% in the second quarter of 2007 compared to the first quarter of the same

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

Contract Killer Spam Scam

A new type of email scam threatens the local people that they'll have to pay several dollars if they want to stay alive, as the sender of the mail has hired

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/23

40% of Parents Fear Their Kids Visit Bad Sites

According to a survey conducted by the Cabinet Office, around 40% of parents are concerned about their children visit the sites, which contain pornographic

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

FTC Imposes Penalty on Spyware Company

The Federal Trade Commission has brought down the growth of an online advertising firm for employing adware and spyware during business operations.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

IM Has Various Problems

Akonix System Inc.'s researchers at IM Security Center have uncovered 36 attacks with malicious code on IM networks in June 2007 that is 80% more than in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

An Investment Scam Cheats Many of Their Dues

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has held a person for executing an online pyramid scam to defraud hundreds of people of their peso in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

Man Pleads Guilty For Sexually Exploiting Girls Online

A man from Harrison Twp referred to as the "high-tech voyeur" used his computer to shoot films of minor females without their knowledge. He was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

Video Latest Vector For Viruses

According to Trend Micro, antivirus vendor, the creators of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/21

Microsoft Prepares Six Security-Updates For Coming Week

As per the news of Computerworld.com on July 5, 2007, Microsoft has declared to release 6 security updates for fixing the vulnerabilities in Windows, .Net

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

Police Arrests Woman For Uploading Lewd Material On Community Site

Jealous feelings over a boyfriend drove a woman, aged 22, to describe her friend indecently on the Internet. This went so far that the cyber crime cell

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

Websites With Malicious Code Increases Every Month in 2007

There has been an explosion in malware-hosting websites over the recent months. Such sites increased from 5,000 new ones per day in April to 30,000 per day

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

The ‘Free Wi-Fi’ From Hackers Are Hitting Airports

A new hot-spot scam is hitting airports by offering 'free Wi-Fi' connection, says a warning.

As more and more travelers at the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

Ahmed Brothers’ Link To U.K. Terror Plot Being Probed

The cyber police in Bangalore have seized a PC and hard disks they found in the house of Sabeel and Kafeel Ahmed's parents. The two boys are suspects in the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

Targeted Attacks Replace Mass Outbreaks

A new security threat report from security company Trend Micro indicates that most hackers are now increasingly targeting specific users rather than

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/20

RSA: New Phishing Kit Can Create Phishing Websites in Seconds

AFCC (Anti-Fraud Command Center) of the security firm RSA has found a 'plug & play' ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

Trojan Uses Hotmail, Yahoo As Spam Hosts

On July 5, 2007, BitDefender Labs cautions about a new threat called Trojan.Spammer.Hotlan.A, which uses the accounts of yahoo and hotmail for sending spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

Spam Filters has been challenged by Turing Test

According to the news by The Register on July 6, 2007, the head of an anti-spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

Phishing Viruses, the Greatest Threat in Jan-June 2007

Chinese anti-virus software firm, Kingsoft has published its 'China computer virus Epidemic and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

IM to Have 100 Percent Usages But Poses High Risk

In 2006, Instant Messenger (IM) attacks increased by over 700%. Despite that all enterprises are preparing to use Instant Messaging by 2010, according to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

Hillsdale Mayor Engages in Hacking and Writing Untrue E-Mails

A sentence on Hillsdale Mayor, Michael Sessions requires him to serve a 40-hours community service and pay $850 as compensation for being involved in a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/19

Consumer Awareness Pushes Growth in Anti-Malware Market

As cyber crime increasingly gets commercialized, it is stimulating development of malware that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

Three critical updates by ‘Patch Tuesday’

The July 'Patch Tuesday' of Microsoft addresses the flaws first in Excel, then in Windows server 2000 and 2003 and finally in .Net Framework 1.0, 1.1 and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

Woman Confesses Stealing Privacy of Linkin Park Singer in Cyber Space

A former employee of Sandia National Laboratories appearing in federal court pleaded guilty to hacking inside a Yahoo server in attempts to stalk Chester

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

Man Pleads Guilty Of Trying To Sexually Involve Minor Female

A soccer coach, on July 3, 2007, admitted guilt in federal court after his arrest in connection with a FOX 12 Cyber Sting case.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

MPack Discloses Stingy Web

According to the news reported by Infoworld.com on July 5, 2007, Symantec said that the MPack hacker toolkit was downloading ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

Hackers Using Mind Games For Spamming

A study conducted by McAfee, the security-solutions provider, discloses that the cyber criminals have now resorted to psychological games and other tactics

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/18

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks Getting Bigger

The retailers and bankers are at risk of attacks by fraudsters who use the new phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

U.S. Experts Head for Estonia to Investigate Cyber Attacks

After Estonia suffered attacks on its online infrastructure for two months, US' professional experts on cyber security are preparing to reach Estonia to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

Storm Trojan Comes With Independence Day Greetings

Malicious spam mails using the theme of America's Independence Day are reaching inboxes around the world, cautions security vendor Marshal.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

Some Observations on Top Twenty Viruses in June

In the top twenty virus list for June 2007, some known names lead the batch. They are not the typical old worms but viruses dating even back.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

SA Banks Alert Customers about Phishing Scams

In the wake of an upsurge in fraud scams on the Internet South African banks sent out warning to its customers in early July 2007. Absa has been messaging

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

June Malware Threats Chase Financial Returns

Trojans and adware reported for 49.6% of infections that Panda ActiveScan detected in June 2007, according to PandaLabs. Trojans, which grew by 0.75% in the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

Holliston Police Charges Graduate for Hacking Town School Computer

Police charged a graduate student of breaking into the computer system of his high school. It said the teenager went beyond mischief to identity

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/17

Corporate End Users Disdainful to IT Security

A recent study of experiences and perceptions of online security threats by users of corporate computers showed that they are careless about the IT security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

Trojan is Hided in Independence Day E-Card

According to the news by Vnunet.com on July 4, 2007, the security experts have cautioned the users about a ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

SAP Admits the Charges of Downloading Oracle’s Data

As per the news by BBC News on July 3, 2007, SAP has admitted the charges of downloading confidential data of Oracle; however, they also claims that they

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

Jury Charges Texan Man for Online Child Porn

The Texan Attorney General Office has issued a legal accusation on Michael McDonough, 59, for ten severe criminal counts of possessing child pornography and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

Italy - Sixth Largest Country to Host Maximum Malware

Sophos has released its malware report for June 2007, which shows China as the leading country in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

E-Mail Worms Decline Sharply in 2007

E-mail worms that till recently were abundant on the Internet have reduced drastically in 2007, says a security company. According to UTM security vendor,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/16

Estonia Calls for International Cooperation to Combat Cyber Crime

The Government of Estonia, on June 5, 2007, summoned for an international gathering to discuss issues of computer-based attacks and how to combat them. It

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Internet Protection Needs to Be Enhanced

BitDefender's new research says that there is still paucity of adequate protection for Internet users against ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Uganda to Implement Harmonized Cyber Laws

The Ugandan government is almost ready to legislate new cyber laws designed to protect computer users against online crime. Dr. Ham Mulira, the minister for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

A Talking Trojan Erases System Files And Trashes PCs

A Trojan that talks sarcastically to its victims has come to exist. The BotVoice.A Trojan tells its victims about an infection setting onto their Windows

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Phishing Scam Purports NKO Web Portal

An Internet phishing scam is purporting the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) web portal, warns

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Apple iPhone Publicity Boosts Spam Scam

News about the new Apple iPhone is encouraging malware to spread through social engineering

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Hackers Break Into Malaysia’s Insolvency Department Website

Certain regions in Malaysia hacked into the Insolvency Department's special website, www.insolvency.gov.my that collects people's complaints on Credit Tip

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/13

Indictment On Two Ohio Men For Selling Porn DVDs

A federal jury has impeached two men from Ohio for running a website that distributes obscene DVDs via the U.S mail service, said prosecutors, as reported

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Us Porn Spammers Detained

As per the news by The Register on June 26, 2007, two men running a spam-operation for promoting obscene sites were caught on June 26, 2007. Arizona, a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Traditional Hackers Eyeing Apple’s iPhone

The worldwide media's craze over Apple's latest iPhone has lured many hackers to return, though not for money but for glory.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Rival Malicious Software Makers Enter A Turf War

As per the news by The Register on July 1, 2007, security researchers have shown several proofs of the turf war going on between two criminal companies

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Hackers Take Over eNaTIS Website

Hackers seem to have invaded a portion of the eNaTIS website in Johannesburg, reports News24, and Iafrica.com published it in news on July 5, 2007. However,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Crooks Increasingly Defraud Social Net Users

Cyber crooks are manipulating tactics on social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Bebo to trap and cheat users, according to a report from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/12

Attacks Conducted By Email & Web Stripped Businesses of Money

According to the news reported by Sophos.com on July 2, 2007, it has been known that the sophos has cautioned all PC users against several ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

Two Critical Flaws Found in Yahoo

Security researcher Aditya K. Sood has alleged that a couple of serious redirection and ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

PandaLabs Report Discusses Movie Trojan and Other Worms

A PandaLabs report informs about a dangerous Trojan called Harrenix.A that acts falsely as a trailer for the Harry Potter movie to infect end users'

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

Personal Information on Students Slip from Teacher’s PC onto Internet

Personal information relating to around 10,000 students slipped onto the net when a high school teacher in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, used file-sharing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

June Spam Returned to a Peak, Said SoftScan

SoftScan announced on July 2, 2007 that spam volumes returned to the high levels of 90.06% of all scanned e-mails during June 2007. However, on some days,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

Storm Worm Starts Afresh

E-mail with multi-pronged virus is sweeping across the Internet these days. The virus is nicknamed 'Storm Trojan'.

Captured

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SPAMfighter News 2007/7/11

‘Piggyback Spam’ Campaign Focusing on Building Botnets

A spam campaign is distributing e-mails across the world, containing links to damaging files with the intention to build botnets, cautions Marshal, a

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