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July 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

VirusTotal - Malware Yahlover Disseminates Through Yahoo Messenger

VirusTotal, a free service provider for online scan of viruses and other malware, has included Worm Yahlover, which proliferates via Yahoo Messenger, among

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

Social Network Tagged.com Blamed for Sending Unsolicited Spam

Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General of New York, criticized Tagged.com for its alleged theft of personal credentials of 60 Million Internet surfers globally

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

CA Antivirus Misidentifies Windows Files as Malware

A great commotion occurred on July 8, 2009 when an antivirus program of Computer Associates, a software developing company, wrongly interpreted basic system

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

Virus Damages Numerous PCs in South Korea

The government of South Korea issued an alert that several thousands PCs started destroying themselves from July 10, 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

Flintshire Residents Asked to be Vigilant against Hackers

Flintshire Neighborhood Watch Association (FNWA) [Flintshire, North East Wales, UK] is warning the residents to be cautious of new mail banking scams, as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

ACS Internet Subscribers Hit by Phishing E-mails

Alaska Communications Systems (ACS) (Alaska, US) said that its Internet e-mail users should be vigilant against a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/31

A Birmingham Accountant Cautions People about E-mail Tax Scam

A Birmingham accountant has alerted businesses to be careful of malicious after he was attacked by an e-mail tax scam, as per the news by BIRMINGHAMPOST on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

Software Creator Admits to Aiding & Abetting Spam

A software developer from Virginia (USA) has admitted that he built and sold computer software that helped dispatch mass commercial e-mails, a breach to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

Sober PC Virus Reappears & Utilizes Tactics of Social Engineering

Security company 'PandaLabs' alerts that Worm Sober has made a comeback in a new version called Sober.Y, as reported by prnewswire on July 9, 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

Computer Virus Postpones Renewal of Driver’s License

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is accusing a computer virus for six-week delay in the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

Cisco Cautions of Rising Threats from Changing Cyber Trends

As per the news released by the security company 'Cisco Systems Inc.', the company has reported diverse trends that it observed in the first half (H1) of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

MPD - Death Threatening Spam E-mails Associate with ‘Extortion Scams’

According to reports obtained from Memphis, Tennessee (TN, USA), people are receiving "Extortion E-mails" which are part of online scams.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/30

Bangalore Engineer Lost Rs.1.54 Lakh to Phishing E-mail

According to the news published in Expressbuzz on July 10, 2009, the Cyber Crime Police of Bangalore (India) have recently got complain that a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

MAAWG - One in Six Internet Users Fall to Spam E-mails

A latest study funded by Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), an industry-wide security think tank, claims that nearly one out of six consumers have

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

Computer Virus Hidrag.a Rapidly Spreading Across Networks

Security researchers have found Hidrag.a, a computer virus, which spreads through browser exploits, network shares and IRC (Internet Relay Chat), as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

Nigerian Spammers & Other Online Scammers Target Mourning “MJ” Fans

As per the reports published in news.com.au in the 2nd week of July 2009, Nigerian online scammers target grieving fans just hours after the memorial

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

Campsite Vulnerable to Remote Input Authentication Security Flaws

According to Internet security specialists, Campsite is vulnerable to a number of security flaws, including XSS (cross-site scripting) issues and problems

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

Adobe Fixes Bug in ColdFusion, Preventing Website Hack

Software maker Adobe Systems Inc. has released an update to patch a security flaw in its ColdFusion platform for application development.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/29

A Waledac Infected Computer Could Send150K Spam E-mails Per Day

Researchers at ESET, an internet security company in Latin America, conducted a study that says - a bot-infected computer is capable of pushing two spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

NHS attacked with a massive 8,000 PC worms

Over 8,000 worms that infected computer systems of National Health Service (NHS) in U.K during the past financial year (April 2008-March 2009) resulted in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

Conficker continues to evolve and dominate among e-threats

Akamai, the provider of Web services issued its most recent "State of the Internet Report" on July 9, 2009, discussing several topics like

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

Microsoft was aware of IE flaw much before its exploitation

About 12 months back, Microsoft was notified of a video control vulnerability that affected its operating systems Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

Koobface virus now attacks Twitter

Cyber-criminals are trying out a new function that has been revealed in the most recent variant of Koobface, say security researchers at Trend Micro.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

Virus from ‘Michael Jackson’ e-mail renders computers inoperable at medical center

According to the reports published during the 1st week of July, 2009, a peculiar PC virus has led to the collapse of numerous computers at Saint Alphonsus

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

Nigerian scam surfaces using a strange twist

A banker saying that he is an employee of the London Scottish Bank states in an e-mail that he discovered an inactive investment account lying dormant with

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

South Korea Identifies Five IP Addresses Used to Attack Government Websites

The Korea Communications Commission stated that the virus behind a wave of cyber attacks that shutdown government websites in the US and South Korea was

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/28

IRS Cautions Taxpayers of New Phishing E-mail Scam

As per the news published in wavy on July 10, 2009, the Internet Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a new e-mail scam warning.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

Web attack detected with new malware against Mac

A Web attack using a new malicious program against Mac OS X computers has been detected, McAfee Avert Labs reports on July 7, 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

Spam, bogus profiles a high risk on Twitter

Attacks targeting Twitter visitors through bogus Twitter accounts that mostly bots run have been inundating friends of numerous Twitter users with spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

Pocatello residents alerted about e-mail containing child porn

The Pocatello Police Department (Idaho, USA) has issued an alert to local residents that a highly vicious e-mail, containing child porn, is attempting to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

China experiencing fewer bot infections

According to the government of China and the country's independent security investigators, the total numbers of PCs and botnets that bot-herders control in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

Phishing scam targets Batelco Internet customers

Security professionals say that phishing campaigns all over the globe are rising. To cite

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/27

Apple releases security update for its Safari bugs

Apple has issued a security update that fixes a pair of severe flaws affecting its Safari 4 Web browser that if exploited could allow a malicious person to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

US Government Warn People about Scams Entailing “Cash for Clunkers”

The US government and consumer information website, "CashForClunkersInformation.org", has issued an alert to consumers about the "cash for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

MessageLabs – Spammers Aggressively Using Short URLs in E-mails

MessageLabs, an e-mail security provider, said on July 7, 2009 that it had witnessed a striking rise in the amount of spam mails consisting of truncated web

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

UK Taxpayers Receive Fake E-mails Offering Tax Compensation

Phishers are reportedly trying to dupe British taxpayers into revealing their personal information by running an e-mail scam. The fake e-mails that pose as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

Microsoft Warns Computer Users about a New Flaw in Video ActiveX

According to a warning released by security researchers, cyber criminals are trying to plant an information stealing Trojan on computers exposed to attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

Security Experts - Conficker Trojan Still Going Strong

Security company 'Trend Micro' reports on its malware Blog that although Conficker might not be

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/24

Conficker Infection High as Users Ignore Fundamental Safeguards

An online security company 'ESET' reports that computer users aren't still adopting fundamental security measures to safeguard their systems from online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Indian Hacker Pleads Innocence to Hacking in US

A man from Chennai (India) named Jaisankar Marimuthu aged 34 years is found innocent to charges which accuse him of breaking into Internet brokerage

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Computer Virus Scanned Several Alberta Health Records

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has been informed by the Alberta Health Services (AHS) that a virus was present and active on the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Statistics Suggest Increasing Security Flaws in Web Programs

Companies providing security auditing and compliance services have lately released statistics that show that security scanners for Web programs are

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Fake E-mail Scam Using FBI’s Name Scares Internet Users

Tennessee Police Department of Bristol, USA, has issued a warning to local residents to watch out for an e-mail scam that tries to steal personal

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Hackers Created Fake Website of IBA

According to a security news released by dnaindia on July 12, 2009, the Indian website recently attacked by hackers and other cyber criminals is

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/23

Conficker Trojan Attack on Manchester City Council Incurs Loss of £1.5 Million

Manchester City Council was unable to issue hundreds of motoring fine notices within a stipulated time after an attack by the notorious Conficker virus

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

Zoph is Vulnerable to SQL Injection and XSS Security Flaws

According to researchers at Secunia, Zoph is vulnerable to multiple SQL Injection as well as cross-site scripting attacks. The software, which serves as a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

ShadowServer Foundation - Botnet Activities Rise Worldwide

As per ShadowServer Foundation, a group sharing information about botnet activity, the amount of familiar botnets, which started to take off about half a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

Hitman E-mail Scam Reemerges With New Excuse

Investigators at Marion County (Oregon, USA) have engaged in bringing a halt to an e-mail scam that has hit the country. The National White Collar Crime

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

E-mail Scam Involving Advance-fee Fraud Hit Cayman Islands Residents

An e-mail fraud has attacked residents of Cayman Islands, report security officials.

Pretending to be a communication from an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

South Africa - Phishing Scams on a Rise

Online scams mainly phishing scams targeting the financial sector are increasing in South

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/22

Marshal8e6 - 75% of Spam Relate to Erection Problems

According to online security company 'Marshal8e6', more than 75% of the total junk

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

Spammers Using Waledac Botnet to Spread Infection in Computers

Researchers at the security firm Symantec report that a new version of the notorious Waledac botnet 'W32.Waledac' is distributing spam mails and using

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

Hackers Attacked Government Agencies’ Websites in South Korea

A hackers' software code that infected a vast collection of 'zombie computers' reportedly led to the collapse of leading websites of several government

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

KnownSec Opens Massive Malware Database to Other Security Firms

KnownSec, a Chinese online security organization based in Beijing, revealed its enormous database of malicious software, detected on Chinese websites, for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

Hackers Stole $415,000 from Bullitt County Coffers

Cyber criminals from Ukraine reportedly filched $415,000 from Bullitt County's coffers in Kentucky (USA) during the end week of June 2009. Over 24

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

MyDoom Virus Hits Major Online Networks in South Korea and US

AhnLab, a Korean online security company, informs that a new variant of MyDoom virus is liable for a massive DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/21

Cyber Criminals Hacked Websites of Parish Council

Two websites of Parish Council (UK) were attacked by hackers who were using them to send ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

Symantec - Spammers Employing Traditional Techniques

Security researchers at Symantec state that spammers have not discarded their old

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

F-Secure - Detection Radar Fails to Identify Sophisticated Phishing Attacks

According to security company 'F-Secure', samples of well-designed targeted attacks evidently suggest that while maintaining a suspicious approach does a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

PandaLabs Releases E-threat Report for April-June 2009

Online security company 'PandaLabs' released its second quarter (April-June) report for 2009 on July 6, 2009, as reported by darkreading on July 6,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

McAfee Outlines Spammers’ Most Used Subject Lines During June 2009

According to the news reports from blogs.pcmag.com published on July 6, 2009, McAfee released its 'July 2009 Spam Report' on July 6, 2009.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

False-Positive Problem of McAfee Software Disrupts Computers

McAfee said it has recently fixed a problem disturbing its security program which led to the collapse of computers worldwide during the 1st week of July

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/20

Berkshire Residents Warned Against Phishing E-mail Scam

As per the news received from Berkshire (a county in South East England), it is discovered that an uninvited mail is circulating in the inboxes of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

Hackers Hijacking ColdFusion Websites, Warns SANS

According to a warning from the SANS Institute security researchers, cyber criminals compromised numerous ColdFusion websites between July 1 and July 3,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

Canadian Woman Informs Police about Real Estate-based E-mail Scam

Waterloo Regional Police have recently received a report from a woman residing in Kitchener (Southern Ontario, Canada) that someone tried to deceive her by

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

New Internet Explorer Flaw Could Result in Massive Conficker Attack

According to Roger Thompson, Chief Research Officer at AVG Technologies, the critical flaw, which Microsoft confirmed on July 6, 2009 and for which a patch

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

Malware Alerts Through EyeWonder Undermining Website Credibility

According to a post on ZDNet Blog available on July 3, 2009, users accessing websites that are well-known and received heavy traffic reported that they

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Fake Anti-swine Flu Drug Spam Rising

UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) claimed on July 3, 2009 that the swine flu pandemic or Influenza A (H1 N1) had made spam mails to promote fake

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/18

AppRiver - Malware Attacks & E-mail-borne Viruses Rose in June

Security company 'AppRiver' has published its 'Threat and Spamscape Report -July 2009' according to which ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

Sunbelt Unveils Top Ten Malware Threat List for June 2009

Security vendor Sunbelt Software has announced the list of its top ten most widespread malware

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

BitDefender Released Top Ten E-threat Report for June 2009

Online security vendor 'BitDefender' released the Internet threat list for June 2009 in the first week of July 2009. ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

Kaspersky Claims Drive-by Downloads Present High Risk to Users

Security firm 'Kaspersky' has recently published its report of top ten malware, according to which, Internet users still download drive-by downloads. The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

Fortinet Reports of More Cyber Attacks During June 2009

Fortinet, an Internet security company, in its recent Threatscape Report for June 2009, said that the month was characterized with increased malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

Kaspersky - Koobface Variants Increase Enormously in June 2009

Kaspersky, an online security company, said that it observed an explosion rise in variants of the ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/17

Economic Slowdown Hit Malware Creators

According to G Data, a German-based software security firm, the economic downturn is resulting in decline of number of malicious codes. The firm indicated

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/16

Wipro Alerts Job Aspirants of Fraudulent E-mails

Recently, people in India registered with an established website for job recruitment got e-mails that mention of new openings in Wipro Technologies but ask

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/16

Google - Spam Volume Increase 53% in Q2 2009

Security researchers at Google inform that a new group of spam providers is set to rise. In its latest quarterly spam report, the company declares that spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/16

Trend Micro Detects Spam Saying Michael Jackson was Killed

According to the security company 'Trend Micro', spammers are currently

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/16

Koobface Infecting Computers Now Modifies DNS Registry

Researchers at Trend Micro have issued an alert that TROJ_DNSCHANG.UB, a Koobface virus that infects Facebook users, could now alter the Domain Name Server

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

Symantec Issues its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for June 2009

Security company Symantec Corp., on June 29, 2009, issued its 'June 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report,' as per the reports from MarketWatch on June 29,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

Better Business Bureau Warns Users against Twitter Money Making Scams

As per the Better Business Bureau (BBB), phishers and spammers are targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

Malware Writers Exploiting Michael Jackson’s Death to Spread Trojans

Malware authors, who never miss exploiting breaking news in order to trick innocent people into clicking on malicious web-links and downloading Trojans,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

Information Stealing Phishing E-mail Targets Chase Customers

The Consumer Protection Board (CPB) of New York State has issued a warning to Chase Bank customers that they could be attacked by a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

Spammers Charged Under US SAFE WEB Act, to Pay US$3.7 Million

An alleged international spam group has been asked by a US district court to give an amount of US$3.7 Million which they earned by circulating illegal spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/15

MarkMonitor – Cyber Criminals Use More Recession-based Phishing Scams

Cyber criminals such as spammers and phishers have modified their malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

Fake Twitter Blogs Phish Off Users’ Account Details

According to the news reports published in PCWorld on June 29, 2009, a fresh phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

AppRiver – Spam Accounted for 96% of Total E-mail Traffic in June 2009

AppRiver, an e-mail security solutions vendor based in Florida, have revealed that ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

Phishing Scam Victimizes Axis Bank Accountholder

The Indian subcontinent's Mumbai Cyber Crime Police reveals that most of the current online scams related to ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

India - Phishing & Other Cyber Crimes Increasing with Rising E-banking

According to India's Cyber Crime Police, the department gets an average of four reports of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

VeriSign - More than 80% of Australians in Danger of Online Fraud

In a recent research conducted by VeriSign (an Internet security vendor), it has been found that 86% of Web users in Australia face the danger of online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/14

Employees of the University of New Mexico Receive Phishing E-mail

According to a news report, the University of New Mexico (UNM) has become a recent target of phishers who are sending a fake e-mail to its employees.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

Trend Micro Discovers New Malware that Uses Obfuscation Techniques

Security researchers at Trend Micro (an online security provider) have reported of recently uncovering a fresh malicious program on the Web identified as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

SARS Alerts Citizens about Phishing Campaign

As per the news reports from 'South African Revenue Service,' commonly referred to as SARS, an e-mail scam is presently targeting the tax agency.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

Researcher Reveals Bit.ly Flaws under Month-of-Twitter Bugs Project

Aviv Raff, a security investigator while highlighting security flaws in the third-party Twitter software in July 2009, has tried to draw attention towards a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

Phishing Scam Targets University of Iowa Students

In the end week of June 2009, Information Technology Services (ITS) of the University of Iowa (UI) reportedly faced many students complaining about a fake

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

McDonald’s Warns New Zealand Customers of Fake Customer Feedback Survey

McDonald's customers in Timaru (New Zealand) are being targeted by an e-mail phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

Trend Micro – Michael Jackson Video Proliferates Malware

Security firm 'Trend Micro' has said that after the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, it spotted an e-mail written in the Spanish language and was

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/13

Prevx Discovers ZBot Trojan Stealing FTP Details of Several Companies

Security experts at an antivirus firm 'Prevx' found that around 88,000 FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/10

Iranian Hackers Compromised Oregon University Web System

According to some authentic sources, unrest in Iran seemed to be the main factor of Internet attack on the website system of Oregon University on June 24,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/7/10

King of Pop’s Death Gives Big Opportunity to Spammers

Sudden death of "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, has given spammers

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