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July 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/31

US Spews More Spam Than Rest of The World

According to MessageLabs, the level of spam for the United States in June 2008 reached 86% compared to 81.5% for the remaining countries of the world.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/31

SIPC Alerts Investors of a Phishing Scam

The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which maintains the Congress authorized exclusive reserve fund to aid investors affected from failed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/31

Scammers Sending Mail to Phish Skowhegan Bank Customers

According to bank officials and the police, con artists have been sending a scam e-mail to try and access to accounts of customers of Skowhegan Savings

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/31

Spammer Uses Angelina Jolie to Spread Malware

Researchers at BitDefender have discovered a new surge of spam mails that use phony stories about actress Angelina Jolie as bait to trick computer users

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/30

IRS Warns of Constantly Plundering Phishing Scams

According to recent news, Internal Revenue Service is cautioning surfers of the Internet that ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/30

Cloudmark Detects Crafty Spam Techniques to Bypass Filters

According to a report released by Cloudmark Inc., the security vendor, 90-95% of the total e-mail traffic in the US is spam.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/30

‘Spam King’ Sentenced to Nearly Three Years in Jail

Robert Alan Soloway, whom investigators call the "Spam King", has been given a 47-month prison sentence after being charged of a number of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/30

Some Most Quirky Viruses Found, Says Panda Security

Security software developer, Panda Security, recently collated a number of very interesting computer viruses that were found over the last six months of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/30

Malware Attacks Increases by 278% in H1 2008, Says ScanSafe

ScanSafe, a leading provider of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), discovered a mass hacking of authentic sites in June 2008, accounting for 66% of the total ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/29

Scammers Using ‘Site Redirects’ to Leverage More Benefits

According to a study by Indiana University, an assessment of nearly 2.5 Million Web pages of some highly trusted and popular sites showed at least 128,000

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/29

Scammers Extort Money by Posing as Assassins

A group of spammers describing themselves as assassins has been scamming people

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/29

Attorney General Provides Tips To Evade Phishing Scams

As per news reported by THEBEACONRECORD on July 21, 2008, Gartner informed way back in December 2007 that US had incurred a loss of $3.2 Billion. Moreover,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/29

Attackers Exploited UPS Name to Spread Trojan

Panda Security's malware analysis and detection lab, PandaLabs, has discovered a chain of e-mails

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/29

Finjan Finds a Thousand Websites Infected by Asprox

According to Finjan, there are over 1,000 Websites infected by Asprox, an attack toolkit that exploits known vulnerabilities in a site's programming

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/28

Spam Rises to 96.5% With Possibilities of More

An IT control and security company Sophos has released its new report outlining the recent trends of spam as well as the twelve worst spam-relaying

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/28

MessageLabs Released its 2008 June Spam Report

The monthly spam report of MessageLabs released on July 10, 2005 revealed that the Swiss users received almost 10% more of spam than an average Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/28

Brooklyn Man Imprisoned For 30 Months for Sending Spam to AOL Users

On July 15, 2008, a man from Brooklyn, Adam Vitale, was sentenced to imprisonment for two and half years for sending spam mails to almost 1.2 Million users

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/28

Two Vulnerabilities Detected in Academic Portal Moodle

According to Researchers at IT consultancy company, ProCheckUp, two sever security flaws have been identified in a widely used open-source online CMS

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/28

New Malware in China Could Put Internet Cafe Visitors at Risk

Researchers at McAfee are drawing people's attention to a recent problem after detecting a new malware, Machine Dog, which is currently circulating in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/28

Consumer NZ Website Encounters Hack

According to a news released by Website Consumer NZ, it is asking other site operators to be vigilant, especially those using SQL databases. The warning

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/26

IRS Cautions of Online And Offline Phishing Scams

According to a news release published recently, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reportedly disclosed that in May-June 2008 alone, it received reports of 700

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/26

FBI Warns of Phishing Attacks on EPPICard Users

Phishing, which is now a year-round activity for cyber-criminals, refers to the use of official-looking Websites where personal information is stolen from

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/26

Botnets Still Ahead of Anti-Spam Systems

According to a new threat analysis report by US-based firm Commtouch, anti-spam

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/26

Simpson Movie Masks Trojan

The popular television character Homer Simpson, who has become household name for

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/26

Multimedia Files on Hard Drives Latest Victim Of Trojan Strikes

As per Secure computing, a new Trojan has been detected that corrupts multi-media files on a user's hard disk drive with malevolent content. The ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/26

Convenient Thumb Drives Pose Greater Threats

The gum packet sized thumb drives have the capacity to store gigabytes of data, video and music, and can easily shuffle files among various PCs, but can

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/25

New Disguised Spyware Package Attacks Computers

According to Security Researchers at FaceTime Security Labs, a new online attack that imitates the terrible "blue screen of death" to hide itself

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/25

More Spam Likely to Hit Inboxes Manipulating Olympic Theme

According to Symantec's most recent edition of "The State of Spam" report for July 2008, spam currently makes up 80% of the global e-mail traffic

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/25

Commtouch Releases its Latest Report on Trends of E-Mail Threats

Commtouch, a software company, on July 7, 2008, released its "E-mail Threats Trend Report" for the second quarter of 2008 (April-June 2008),

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/25

Cyber Crooks Gathering Details from Recruiting Websites

PrevX, a net security firm, disclosed that the group of hackers - Phreak - has attacked several job Websites and gathered private data from CVs posted on

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/25

Critical Flaw Found in Famous VLC Media Player

Secunia, the Danish security company, has discovered a flaw in the VideoLAN client or VLC media player that could enable hacker to control anyone's PC.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/25

Anti-Virus With Large Number of Vulnerabilities Allowing Network Infiltration

Experts from n.runs AG together with other specialists have detected about 800 flaws in various ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/24

Spammers Switched to New Techniques of Attack

A research by BitDefender revealed that stock spam came down from 25% to only 2% of total attacks in 6 months to June 2008. On the other hand, ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/24

Spammers Spoof AG’s Name and Official Webpage

A new spam mail showing the photograph of Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas along with the Website banner of the Office of Attorney General is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/24

Storm via Independence Day Fireworks Infects Computers

According to Sophos, the Storm worm is again spreading across the US, dampening the mood for Independence Day celebrations by infecting Windows PCs.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/24

Symantec Cautions about Latest Attack on Microsoft Word

As per the reports from the leading security vendor, Symantec, on July 8, 2008, it was found that cyber crooks had invented another method to target

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/24

Microsoft’s July Patch Tuesday Addresses DNS Poisoning & Other Flaws

Microsoft has issued a bunch of four security bulletins, labeled "important", on July 8, 2008 in its Patch Tuesday release, correcting nine

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/24

Cyber-Crooks Reinvent Malware Attacks & Increase Them on the Web

According to Trend Micro Inc.'s new security report - "Trend Micro Threat Roundup and Forecast 1H 2008" - the company observed a dramatic rise in

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/23

Spammers Spread Trojan that Drops Message of World War III

Security Specialists at Sophos have issued a warning that several spam mails carrying subject lines - '20,000 US Soldiers in Iran', 'US Army crossed Iran's

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/23

Instant Messages Phish Users of Their MSN Login Details

According to security researchers' latest reports that heise Online published on July 7, 2008, a new avalanche of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/23

Data Shows Spammers Not Give up Easily

The report revealed that e-mail accounts of innocent web users are hacked by criminals who send "419-type" mails to the contacts in the address

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/23

P-I Site’s Advertisements Attacked by Computer Virus

Some parts of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Wesite targeted by a system virus that might have spread through online ads for NWAutos, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/23

Malware Poses the Greatest Threat to Online Security

According to Web-User, an online consumer magazine, malware is today's the greatest threat to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/23

Malicious Codes Increase as Writing Them Becomes Easier

According to a Korea-based information security providing company- AhnLab, a huge number of 10,580 spyware along with other ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/22

Spam Offers Fake Microsoft Update

Websense has discovered a large volume of spam mails that are using a reliable social engineering ploy to trick users into downloading a critical security

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/22

Hoax Tax Refund E-Mail Poses to be From HMRC

In a new phishing scam, consumers and small businesses are attacked by e-mails pretending

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/22

Four Malaysian Customers Suffer Loss of RM 100,000 to Phishing Scam

At least 4 users have been deprived of their bank accounts as they visited a fake Website that looked similar to the authentic bank site, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/22

Web-based Malware Reach 12-Month Peak

MessageLabs, a major provider of web security and messaging services to enterprises around the world, on July 1, 2008, declared the outcome of its

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/22

Compromised Sony PlayStation Website Presents Scareware

According to SophosLabs, a new surge of SQL injection attacks that is circulating across the Internet has made Sony USA's PlayStation Website a victim of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/22

5.5 Million System Infected with New Viruses in Vietnam Last Month

A leading cyber security center in Vietnam claimed that during June 2008, almost 2,600 new viruses attacked around 5.5 Million systems. It also said that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/21

US-CERT Warned About Vulnerability in Internet Explorer

A security alert has been issued by the US-CERT on the method IE manages document frames (including the most famous IFRAMES).

The

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/21

British Resident Receiving 6 Million Spam Every Year

According to ClearMyMail, provider of anti-spam service, British mechanic Colin Wells

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/21

Web 2.0 Still Risky for Organizations

Social networking and other sites providing collaborative content give wide opportunities to computer hackers, who through their mega-networking entreaty

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/21

SecureWorks Identifies Bank and Information Stealing Trojan Coreflood

A hacking scam using an information and bank detail stealing Trojan - Coreflood, also

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/21

Firefox 2.0x Updated to Fix Dozen Security Flaws

According to an advisory released by Denmark-based security firm Secunia on July 2, 2008, researchers have found a number of security flaws in Mozilla's

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/21

Computer Users Need to Upgrade Browsing Software With Latest Patches

According to a study titled "Understanding the Web browser threat: Examination of vulnerable online Web browser populations and the insecurity

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/21

Banker Trojans, the Worst Malware in Q2 2008

As per its security analysis for Q2 2008, PandaLabs, vendor for Internet security,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/18

Spammers’ Abuse of YouTube Functionality Delivers Junk

As per the Marshal TRACE Team, spammers are exploiting YouTube's "Invite

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/18

Pennsylvanian EPPICard Beneficiaries Warned of Phishing Scam

Acting Secretary for Labor & Industry, Sandi Vito, and Secretary of Public Welfare, Estelle B. Richman, warned on June 27, 2008 that Pennsylvanians,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/18

Leicestershire County Hit by a New Mail Banking Scam

As per the reports received from Leicestershire County, UK, the Leicestershire Trading Standards Service is cautioning the consumers about a fake official

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/18

Series of Warcraft Trojan Circulates from Asia

World of Warcraft, a password stealing software, influencing online games, is

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/18

Multi-Constituent Malware Evokes Risk for Businesses

According to watchdogs of the security industry, malware programs are steadily growing in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/18

ISPs Could Play Key Role in Beating Spam

According to computer security experts, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not doing enough to fight against spam, although they could lessen it by

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/17

Global State of Spam Points to Increased Use of Text

According to BitDefender, a specialist in data security, the stock spam campaign that was previously so prolific, declined from 25% to just 2% during

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/17

BBB Warns of Phishing Scam Spoofing Southeast Texas Banks

The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas has issued a warning to all consumers and businesses in the region of an e-mail scam spoofing local banks to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/17

Test Finds Vulnerabilities in Avaya, Cisco and Nortel Products

According to the obtained reports, security flaws have been found in the
Avaya SIP Enablement Services along with the Cisco that malicious people
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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/17

IE 6 Users Warned of New Security Bug

Researchers at McAfee, a security vendor, issued a warning on June 26, 2008 that Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) contained a cross-site scripting (XSS)

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/17

Enormous Computer Breaches Hit Greenville County

Joe Dill, Councilman of Greenville County, said on June 26, 2008 that authorities were concerned about the enormous security breaches on the computers of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/17

Cyber Attacks Like Industrial Spying & Organized Crime on the Rise

According to a warning outlined in the 'Threat Horizon 2010", a report by Information Security Forum (ISF), malicious threats consisting of attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/16

Spammers Deceiving Users for Cash & Money

As per the Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network, hackers have started thriving on economic issues like credit crunch, housing costs and high gas

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/16

Security Experts Suggest Methods of Blocking Spam

IT firm VeriLan's Managing Director Andy Dillon, announced in the July 1, 2008, edition of Birmingham Post that suppliers of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/7/16

FTC Advisory Against Scammers Masquerading as Government Officials

Giving a new twist to an age-old scam, scammers are pretending to be government officials while informing customers about their lottery winnings. Con

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/16

CERT-IN: Phishing Attacks Have Grown in India

The CERT-IN (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team), which manages computer securities incidence in India, said that the Indian products have become

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/16

Botnet Mastermind Pleads Guilty For Attack Via P2P Software

A cyber-terrorist, aged 19, has decided to plead guilty for masterminding a botnet to get the private details of thousands of people in an unnamed scheme.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/16

Alert Issued over Olympics Storm Virus

The security firms are cautioning about a latest virus attack that uses the upcoming Beijing Olympics to circulate new kinds of storm malware, as reported

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/15

Feiss Alerts Students Against 'Phishing' E-mails

According to the news published by The Flat Hat on June 25, 2008, an electronic message was sent to students by Geoff Feiss, Provost of College of William

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/15

Asian Banks at Greater Risk of Phishing Frauds

A study entitled, "State of Online Security in Financial Institutions in Asia -2008", by software specialist ReadiMinds revealed that more than

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/15

XSS Flaw in Yahoo Mail Allows Attacking IM Users

According to the Researchers at Calif.-based security company Cenzic, Yahoo patched a critical security flaw on June 13, 2008 in its Mail applications and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/15

No Web Browser Vulnerability-Free

Security experts have confirmed that Web browsers today offer greater security than earlier, but are still not foolproof in terms of guarding internet

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/15

Human Behavior: The Cause For Internet Risks

Apart from the cyber criminals' cleverness to continuously find new methods of attacking innocent Internet users, it is essentially the human behavior that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/15

‘USB drives’ Common Vector for Virus Propagation

According to anti-virus firm Trend Micro, a recent survey by the company revealed that year 2008 has

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/14

Phishing Attacks Using Hostile Codes Becoming More Targeted

According to Michael Gibbons, who was formerly the Chief of Computer Crime Probes and currently holds prime position in Privacy and Security Services at

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/14

Experts: Phishing Scams Have Increased and Become Difficult to Trace

The security experts said that e-mails carrying a link are very dangerous. The moment user clicks on it, problem comes up. Interestingly, it does not matter

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/14

China Deploying Cyber Warfare Arsenal Against India

China's increasing cyber warfare is causing serious trouble to India's national security over the past 18 months or so. Driven by a compelling desire to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/14

Site of Deccan Herald Spreading Harmful Code

Security experts said that DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks depend on several web users or netizens, who have not install any security software,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/14

Microsoft, HP Prevention Tools May Still Not Mitigate SQL Injections

According to reports received from various sources, since the start of 2008, many Websites have been attacked with hackers' SQL injections.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/14

Malicious Vulnerability Found in Microsoft Office and Windows OSs

Officials at Microsoft, a software company, announced on June 24, 2008 that Microsoft released a patch that would fix a critical vulnerability impacting all

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/14

FIRST Reveals Staggering Rise in Computer Hacking in China

The number of people in China, whose systems were compromised by criminals between 2006 and 2007, increased at a staggering rate of 2,125%, according to the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/11

Bank of Oklahoma Thwarts Phishing Scam

The Bank of Oklahoma (BOk) averted a major phishing attempt targeted upon itself on June

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

Trojan FakeAle Creates Scareware Package

Internet security company, Sophos, has detected a spam operation that behaves similar to the malicious FakeAle Trojan that it spotted in early June 2008.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

Ruby Flaws Create Scurry Among Security Experts

According to a leading security firm, the open-source programming language, Ruby, which is increasingly used for Website development, fixed five

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

New, Targeted & Hard-to-Crack Malware Attacks on the Rise

The anti-virus company F-Secure is warning computer users of the latest malware samples that are

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

McAfee - Malware to Rise at Cent Percent Rate in 2008

According to McAfee, a vendor for Internet security, there was an increase of over 60% in malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

China - The Greatest Source of Malicious Sites

There is a growing debate that only a small number of players are actually responsible

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/11

Adobe Patches Critical Vulnerability in Acrobat and Reader

Adobe has issued multiple security patches that fix a serious vulnerability in its Acrobat and Reader products. According to the company's officials, the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/10

Spam on Apple’s iPhone Spreads in Latin America

According to Websense Security Labs' ThreatSeeker Network, a new spam campaign that is using social engineering is concentrating on the clamor over the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/10

Security Threat Seemingly Possible on Social Networks

According to the security researchers at WorkLight, a Web security company, social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook are becoming more and more

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SPAMfighter News 2008/7/10

E-mail Security Goes Beyond Sound Infrastructure

Manish Goel, the CEO of a leading IT security provider BoxSentry Pvt. Ltd, says that the e-mail environment has continuously evolved over the recent years

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/10

Zombies Target Marshall’s ISP with Massive DDoS Attack

Officials at Marshall Islands' government-owned National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) reported that e-mail communication came to a halt in the country

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/7/10

Trojan Programs in Use to Blackmail Dutch Children

The Dutch police, along with My Child Online, is warning parents to be wary of paedophiles that with a new technique are tricking and blackmailing children

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