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July 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

Man Spying Through Webcams Arrested

Police have arrested a man in Germany over an alleged use of malware for spying the activities of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

Fake Check Scam Targets Two NH Attorneys, One Loses $240,000

The US Attorney General, New Hampshire, and the Local Banking Department got two complaints in the recent weeks from lawyers whom international scammers had

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

Apple iTunes Version 9.2.1 Patches Critical Vulnerability

Apple has issued new iTunes 9.2.1 update. The update takes care of a critical security flaw with which attackers can execute arbitrary code. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

US Hosts 43.3% of World’s Malware

As per the latest "Security Labs Report" by M86 Security, the 'Top 10' malicious codes (proportion globally) hosting nations for the first half of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

Stuxnet Malware Signed With JMicron Certificate

Security researchers at anti-virus firm ESET state that they have discovered one digitally-signed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/31

DNS-Rebinding Can Help Infiltrate Home PCs

A new security vulnerability makes numerous household routers vulnerable to attack as it helps hackers to compromise consumers' browsing sessions or

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

RBI Cautions People against Fake E-mail & Scams

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has found many instances where people in Jharkhand and Northeast lost huge amount of money because of fabricated

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

BBB Issues Warning Against Amazon.com Phishing E-mail

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has cautioned consumers that new phishing e-mails have

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

Phishing E-mail Hits Bank of America Customers

Security researchers at ScanSafe report that phishers are targeting the customers of BofA (Bank of America) through a fresh e-mail fraud.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

New Stuxnet Malware Most Widespread in Indonesia and Iran

According to Microsoft, the newly found malware (which abuses a new Windows flaw) is mainly

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

Spike in URLs Spreading Koobface Malware

Researchers at the security firm 'McAfee Labs' have observed a major spike in URLs propagating Koobface malware.

The Koobface worm

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

Google PASE – Spam Increases 16% in Q2 against Q1, 2010

As per the data scanned by search giant Google's Postini anti-spam Engine (PASE), it

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/30

Cybercriminals Use URL Shortening Services to Send Spam

According to security researchers at the German antivirus firm 'Avira,' cybercriminals are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

Microsoft Detects Trojan Bubnix

Microsoft has recently discovered a fresh band of trojans called Bubnix that has been included in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

Cyber Crime – A Menace for Everybody

On July 14, 2010, speakers at a conference on 'Digital Technology in Crime Investigation' held in Hyderabad shared their views on the increase in cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

High Spring City Commissioner Received Phishing E-mail

Dean Davis, Commissioner of High Springs City (Florida, US), recently got an e-mail that requested for financial assistance. The sender seemingly was a High

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

.gov Domain Divert Users to Adult Websites Pushing Adware

According to a warning from security researchers, the DNS (Domain Name Server) of different .gov space have been compromised and made to host web-pages

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

New Malicious Code Attacks Target WordPress Websites

Sucuri, an eminent name in providing Web integrity and monitoring solutions, has issued a warning of a new series of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

Cyber Criminals Use Scanned Documents to Push Rouge AV

The recent attack vectors being used by the cyber criminals to spread rouge antivirus malware to the user's computers are e-mail messages concealed as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/29

411 Scammers Targets Zimbabwean Minister

Zimbabwe's Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Moses Mzila Ndlovu, a member of MDC-M (Movement for Democratic Change -- Mutambara, a Zimbabwean political

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Indian Citizen Lost Rs 32,000 to Phishing E-mail

Naveen Kumar Midha, an Indian citizen residing on Lavelle Road (Bengaluru, India), recently received a SMS alert on his mobile phone about the withdrawal of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

New Variant of Trojan Zeus Attacks Banks

Researchers at a website security company Dasient report that a fresh attack is being launched that involves the data-stealing Trojan, Zeus. This Trojan

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Rustock - The King of All Other Botnets

The security firm 'M86' has formulated a list of "Top Ten Most Wanted" Spam Spewing Botnets for the first half of 2010. Majority of the botnets

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Malvertising Attack Targets TweetMeme

A malicious advertising (malvertising) attack hit TweetMeme on July 15, 2010 when a phony advertiser invaded the tweetmeme.com website.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Mexican Celebrity Arrest Distributes Rogueware

The arrest of a popular Mexican actress, Fernanda Romero, in the third week of July, 2010 has given rise to a ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Cyber Criminals Poisoned Searches Results of Lindsay Lohan Imprisonment

Norton Antivirus, an Internet Security Firm, warns Lindsay Lohan fans that searching details about the recent predicament of this American actress could

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/28

Canadian Pharmacy Spam Accounted 66% of the Total Global Spam in H1-2010

As per the report 'H1 2010 E-Threat Landscape Report Threat' released by the security firm "BitDefender's", spam was one of the most consistent

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

Zeus Trojan Target People Via MasterCard & Visa security programs

The Zeus banking Trojan is now using a new trick of emerging as fake "MasterCard SecureCode Security" or "Verified by Visa" programs on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

AutoRun Malware Leads Threat Landscape in H1-2009

As per the security firm BitDefender's "H1 2010 E-Threat Landscape Report", malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

PC Virus Endangers OSU Employee Information

Oregon State University (US) is informing some 34,000 existing and erstwhile staff members that a PC virus has recently infected one of its computers

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

Green Dam Software of China Inching Towards Collapse

China's government-sponsored Internet filtering software project, Green Dam, has not been getting the funds since 2009. Although the project is afloat, it

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

Star USA Federal Credit Union Cautions Members About Phishing E-mail Scam

The Star USA Federal Credit Union has asked its members to be careful of a phishing scam

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty in E-mail Spam Campaign

Beth Phillips, the US attorney for the Western District of Missouri, a New Jersey man pleaded guilty on July 13, 2010 in the federal court for his

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/27

Mozilla Add-on Extension Steals Login Details

Mozilla has ceased a Firefox extension from its add-on repository for last one month after the revelation that it stole user's login details. A legitimate

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Usage of Social Networking at Workplace Pose Risk

Trend Micro researchers have warned that the popular social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter have scattered all over the workplace which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Researchers Discovered a New USB Malware

VirusBlokAda, a Europe-based anti-virus company, reveals that a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

BHSEO Attacks Exploit Fake YouTube Pages & Flash Player Updates

The Trend Micro security experts have released a warning about the growing black hat search optimization (BHSEO) campaigns, which take advantage of the fake

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Warwickshire - UK’s Most Spammed County

MessageLabs released its report "MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report: Spam rates in The United Kingdom" in the first week of July 2010. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Hacker Send Fake Amazon E-mails

A warning has been released about fake e-mails that claim to have come from Amazon and hit numerous people across the world.

As

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Symantec - Compromised Computers Sent 90% of Spam

As per the report by Symantec's Hosted Services, MessageLabs, five to six million compromised computers, which are linked to form botnets, sent 120 Billion

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/26

Cyber Criminals Spread Spam Related to Cataclysm

Security researchers at Sunbelt have cautioned that a fresh surge of bulk e-mails related to Cataclysm is hitting the gamers of the World of Warcraft (WoW)

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

USA Topped Among Spam Relaying Countries in Q2-2010

IT security company 'Sophos' has released its recent report about the leading twelve spam relaying countries for the second quarter of 2010 (Q2-2010). As

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

Scam E-mails Target ‘ShopNBC’ Visitors

AppRiver, a Web security company, reports that a fresh phishing e-mail is presently aiming

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

Cyber Criminals Hijack Fox Websites

Security researchers at Sucuri, the company monitoring Web integrity, warn that cyber criminals have compromised a large number of websites operated by Fox

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

Spam Mails Claiming as Payment Request Notices Divert onto Malware

A warning has been issued to Internet-users during the 3rd week of July 2010 that a new scam is distributing ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

New Brunswick Records Spam Level Above 90%

Symantec's Hosted Services MessageLabs released a report "Messagelabs Intelligence Special Report: Spam Rates in Canada" in the second week of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/24

Adobe Reader & IE Cause Highest Number of Vulnerabilities

According to a report released by M86 Security Labs on July 14, 2010, the most exploited vulnerabilities are usually related to Internet Explorer and Adobe

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Microsoft Catches 25 UK Companies For Selling Fake Software

Software Company Microsoft has nabbed 25 UK-based companies that admitted they sold counterfeit software of Windows operating system through fresh computers

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Cyber Criminals Aim at Commonwealth Games Fans

Post FIFA 2010 when a large number of soccer enthusiasts were made victims of enticing SMSes and spam mails, online crooks presently appear to be aiming at

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

World Cup Based Subject Lines Nine Times Higher in 2010 Than 2006

Internet security firm 'Symantec' released its July 2010 'State of Spam and Phishing' Report. The report discloses that researchers have discovered a huge

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Hackers Develop New Version of Zeus Bank Trojan

As per the security firm 'Computer Associates (CA),' hackers have developed a new version of the Zeus crimeware toolkit. The researchers have named this new

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Trojan ‘Sasfis’ Spreads Via E-mail Attachments

According to the security company 'Symantec,' Internet users should be vigilant of the malicious program Trojan.Sasfis. This program is increasing its

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Pakistani FIA Busts Hackers Gang ‘PAKbugs’

The Pakistani Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) detained 5 people from PAKbugs a globally known hacking syndicate, during the 2nd week of July 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/23

Cyber Criminals Deface Wikipedia Page on FIFA World Cup 2010

Security researchers at Sophos report that cyber criminals (possibly spammers) defaced Wikipedia's 2010 FIFA World Cup web-page on July 14, 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

Online Crooks Enhance Efficacy With Blended Assaults

Commtouch, an online security company, recently published its "Internet Threats Trend Report for Q2-2010" according to which the efficacy of cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

Malware Proliferates Through Fake Adobe Flash Update

The IT security company 'Barracuda Networks' has cautioned Web-surfers to remain vigilant against bogus updates for Adobe Flash. The warning has come after

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

New Spam Campaign Targets YouTube

As per the security experts at a German antivirus company 'Avira', YouTube is being exploited by the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

Attack on iTunes Accounts Through Phishing

Security experts at F-Secure have revealed that the main reason behind the recent hacking attacks on 400 iTunes accounts are the malicious activities of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

Symantec - 12% Rise in Malware Spam in June 2010

Symantec, an Internet security firm, states in its 'July (2010) State of Spam and phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

New phishing Campaign Targets AOL Users

Security experts at Sophos (an Internet security firm) have released a warning of new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/22

Hackers Broke Into Louisiana State University Webmail Accounts

The webmail accounts of Louisiana State University (LSU) (Louisiana, US) were hacked in the second week of July 2010 that resulted into the widespread

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Webroot Detects Fresh Banker Trojan

Researchers from security company Webroot report that Trojan-Ransom-Krotten a fresh banker Trojan is circulating online with scamming tactics that are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Cyber Criminals Hacked Argentinean Government Websites

Security experts at Web-based integrity monitoring and malware detection solutions 'Sucuri' has

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Hackers Infiltrate ‘Pirate Bay,’ Compromise Massive User Data

A computer hackers' gang from Argentina is said to have gained admission into the administrative panel and user database of "The Pirate Bay" (TPB)

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Bogus Changelog E-Mails Deliver Malicious Application

Researchers from security firm Sophos have discovered that a new spam scam pretends to be e-mails providing 'changelogs' on request. In reality, the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Sophoslabs Detects Fresh Spam Campaign

SophosLabs the security company reports that a malevolent spam mail, which is presently circulating across the Internet, is targeting the inboxes of people

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Internet Fraudster Duped Indian Woman

35 years old Radha Nair (name changed), a government employee residing in Coimbatore (India), has recently fallen victim to Internet fraudsters. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/21

Criminals Use More Sophisticated Scareware Technique

According to the "Kaspersky Labs" security experts, malware purveyors or scareware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

Lancaster Residents Report Scareware/Ransomware Attacks

Computer repair technicians in Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA) state that they have recently come across a virus appearing to be an ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

Fake Facebook Application Spreads Koobface Worm

Graham Cluley, a security analyst at Sophos, states that nearly 300,000 Facebook fans are attracted by a suspicious application that wildly circulates on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

A Lexington Woman’s E-mail Account Hacked

Liz Epperson, a woman living in Lexington (Kentucky), became a victim of Internet fraudsters in the fourth week of June 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

90% of Malware-laden Websites Are Legitmate

Dan Bleaken, Senior malware Data Analyst at Symantec Hosted Services (MessageLabs), writes in a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

Web Hunt for British Escapee Could Produce Malware

Security researchers have cautioned that a BHSEO (Black Hat Search Engine Optimization) campaign is targeting Web-surfers looking for Raoul Moat's photos

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

Online Scammers Hacked E-mail Account of Tumut Mayor

Trina Thomson, Mayor of Tumut (New South Wales, Australia), has issued an alert after an e-mail scam targeted her. The e-mail scam left many individuals

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/20

Facebook Scam Dupes into Pasting Malware Inside Browsers

Researchers at software security company 'AVG' have warned that a scam is circulating across Facebook tricking users into placing malicious JavaScript

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

Spammers Continue to Target Popular Websites

Security researchers at McAfee Labs (the research division of Internet security firm McAfee) stated that they had come across a distinct trend in which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

Hackers Break into US Senator E-mail Account

Some hackers broke into the Yahoo! mail account of Iowa State Senator 'Bob Dvorsky' and used it for sending spam mails to his contacts, as per the reports

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

New E-mail Scam Targets Adobe Reader Users

Researchers at security firm 'Symantec Hosted Services (MessageLabs)' have discovered a new e-mail attack in which phishers are making victims to those

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

More DDoS Attacks Could Rock Korea

If the culpable malware is not immediately eliminated, then the bots that launched distributed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

US Capitol Police Investigate Senators’ Death Rumor

The US Capitol Police started to investigate a fake e-mail scam that reports death of at least three Democratic Senators - Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

SARS Releases Fake E-mail Scam Warning

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has released a warning for taxpayers to exercise cautions against a steady rise in e-mail scams asking for personal details

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/19

Photo Kiosks Spread Malware Via USB Sticks

The users of Windows-based photo kiosks of Fuji located in Big W retail stores across Australia are faced upto the danger of having USB drives, and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

Web Infecting Trojans Cause Problems in Europe

As per the monthly report of ESET for June, the widespread computer threats exhibited several emerging trends. One of the main threats that spread in nearly

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

UH Computer Hack Likely Affected 53,000 Members

A recent data hack at the University of Hawaii-Manoa (US) campus might have leaked out private details of numerous individuals, officials at the UH

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

Tax Related Deadline may Mean Phishing Scams

Trusteer the security company warns that cyber-criminals may be targeting taxpayers in U.K with ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

Sunbelt Releases Top Ten Malware List

During the 1st week of July 2010, Sunbelt Software released its list of ten most widespread malicious programs for June 2010. Placed on No.1 like before,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

New Spam Campaign Uses Attachments to Infect Computers

According to security experts at 'Sophos,' a new spam campaign is spreading at fast pace with the help of e-mail attachments.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/17

BBB Warns of Phishing E-mails Apparently from Buy.com

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) Office at Montana, North Idaho and Eastern Washington (all in USA) has cautioned netizens to watch out for new ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

Bulk Injection Assault Aims at Websites of Bluehost

According to the security researchers at Sucuri a provider of web-integrity monitoring services, a fresh attack of bulk injection type is aiming at websites

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

Attempted Click Fraud Rate Reached Record Level in Q2 2010

On July 6, 2010, Anchor Intelligence, traffic quality solutions provider, released the Anchor Intelligence Traffic Quality Report: Q2 2010. In Q2 2010, the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

New Trojan Disguises as IME

Researchers at Websense (a security company) states that they have detected a new PC Trojan, whose name the security company does not disclose, attempts to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

Cyber Criminals Hacked E-mail Account of Acton Resident

Jim Aikman, an Acton (Indiana, US) resident, turned out the latest target of online scammers on June 30, 2010 when his quiet life was ruthlessly

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

Vulnerability Discovered in Patched Windows 2000, XP

Secunia, an Internet security company, reports that another critical flaw has been found in Microsoft Windows. This time the flaw discovered in wholly

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

Social Networks Malware Topped Security Threats in H1-2010

A Virginia-based security company 'Norman' has released a report that describes the top Internet threat trends for H1-2010. The report states that ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/7/16

‘FDIC’ Phishing E-mails Target Consumers

The US-based federal regulator for banking services, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), has got a large number of complaints that a fake

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/15

North Korea Not Involved in July 4, 2009 Computer Hacks

According to the cyber security specialists, the US officials think that the PC hack in July of last year (2009), which disabled the government websites of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/15

New Variant of Trojan Zeus Detected

According to the researchers at Trend Micro (a security company), there is a fresh variant of Trojan Zeus or ZBot in the wild.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/15

FBI Alerts San Diego Residents About E-mail Scams

The San Diego Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an alert for local inhabitants after complaints about Internet scams started pouring in to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/15

Al Qaeda Magazine Spreads Trojan Virus

In a recent incident, an online magazine signed by the terrorist group 'Al Qaeda' has surfaced on the web. This is the first time when an English language

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SPAMfighter News 2010/7/15

US Dominates Cyber Crime Traffic

As per a study conducted by the Internet security company 'SecureWorks,' the United States is accountable for the highest number of attempted cyber assaults

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