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August 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/31

Users of Online Social Networking Inviting Cyber Crooks

A research by Sophos has revealed that 41% of users would willingly declare personal information like phone number, e-mail address and date of birth to even

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/31

UK Companies have Mild Attitude to Data Security

In UK, almost 40% of organizations fail to sufficiently protect their data. These companies manage to secure less than 25% of data on their network within

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/31

Threats from ZIP, Excel & PDF Spam Persist

Internet Security Company SonicWALL Inc. collected data from its Smart Network database of more than 1.3 Million e-mail users to show that the volume of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/31

Storm Worm, E-card Spurred Growth in Spam by 17% in Two Days

Secure Computing researcher has noted an increase of 17% in the level of spam from 15 August 2007 to 16 August 2007, which is equal to 89% of all mail

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/31

9 Million E-card Spam Mails Pushed out in 48 Hours, Sophos

A large volume of 9 Million e-greeting card spam mails have been sent across the Internet during the 48 hours over August 14-15, 2007, according to an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

REN-ISAC Cautioned Colleges & Universities of Storm Worm Infections

The REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center) issued a warning on 9th August 2007 after colleges and universities

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Storm Trojan Spreads Stealthily

There is new malware known as Storm Trojan, according to PC Tools, the leading software provider of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Stocks & Drugs High on Spammers’ Lists in Jan-June 2007

Penny stocks and sexual enhancing drugs have been the common subjects of text and image spam mails during the early half of 2007, according to security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Spammers Trying Out FDF File Attachments

Spammers are experimenting with file attachments of a new format as they continue search for newer ways to escape their spam messages past filters or traps

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Spamming Activities Rise Globally in August 2007

Spamming operations are showing no signs of decline. Secure Computing Corporation, a gateway security company for enterprises, announced on August 17, 2007

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Microsoft Releases another Multiple Batch of Patches for 2007

Microsoft patched several gadgets of Windows Vista on August 14, 2007. This is the first time the software giant has fixed small applications. One

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/30

Fake E-mail Talks of Tax Refund

While the federal tax refunds reached most taxpayers long time back, some people are receiving e-mails informing their entitlement to more money. IRS is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

TJX Hacking Cost Outnumber the Q2 Profit of 2008

TJX Cos. Inc. has been charged $118 Million for a security breach which outnumbered the company's high second-quarter earnings of 2008, reported on 14th

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

Canadian Websites Suffer DoS Attack from Storm Botnet

Researchers are helding the aggressive Storm worm responsible for an extensive Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack that affected various Websites in Canada

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

Chinese Domains Major Source of Spam

Security vendor Symantec has published statistics that show a considerable increase in spam generating from the IP domains in China.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

Excel Spam Outbreak Launches a New Trend

An outbreak of new Excel spam, which puts textual content inside a Microsoft Excel file, is hitting users' inboxes, according to a recent report by

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

Information-stealing Trojans Going Strongest

According to a report from Secure Computing, Web attacks using malware are rising, so is malware for stealing information, and attacks from stock-based spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

New Blended Attack Uses E-greeting Message

Avinti, the company that develops e-mail security solutions, has warned that a malware-laden e-mail is attacking users' inboxes under the guise of an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/29

PDF Spam: a Nuisance, Not a Threat, Yet

The email attachments are a matter of suspicion if it doesn't come from a trusted source. A security engineer, Erick Lee, at Adobe said in an e-mail on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

MSN Messenger – A Medium for Worms to spread

The worms using MSN Messenger to spread have a tendency to try connecting to a specific page to relay details of the program MSN Messenger of the user to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

Virtual Sandboxing - Safe Testing of Web Applications

With increasing browser flaws and exploits based on (intended to capitalize on the flaws), a new process was introduced for the protection of users

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

E-greeting Malware Explode into Users’ Inboxes

Security software developer, PC Tools, notes that friends, family members and co-workers are not the only people sending e-greetings. Even cyber thieves

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

Hitman Scam E-mail makes place in U-M Inboxes

University of Michigan Department of Public Safety has alerted its faculty, students and staff about the 'hit man threat' scam that is making place in the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

German Anti-hacking Law causes Researchers to Shut their Sites

German security researchers were on the task of separating exploit codes from their experimental Websites during the first week of August 2007 in order to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

No Creativity for Malware Authors, says Kaspersky Report

The latest quarterly report from Kaspersky Lab on IT security threats concludes that a creativity crisis continues to afflict malware writers. New ideas are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/27

EU Youngsters Aware of Internet Hazards, says EC Study

The European Commission found in a study that there is a growing awareness among European children of the hazards of Internet usage. However, in case of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/24

Hackers Break into Database of Norwegian ID Numbers

Computer hackers have captured secret data belonging to 60,000 Norwegians, including the top man of the agency that protects the data, according to the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/24

UK - Internet Firms should Step up Protection of Online Surfers

As Internet fraud through computer gets more sophisticated, people are nearly losing hope in protecting themselves on their own. UK Government is therefore

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/24

Hackers Post Anti-War Message on UN Website

The United Nations' official Website encountered a hacking attack on August 12, 2007 as it displayed a brief message criticizing the policies of United

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/24

Hackers’ Camp discusses Hardware & Security Hacking

Virus experts and researchers gathered at the Chaos Communication Camp on August 9, 2007 in Germany highlighted the current growth of 34% in ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/24

Malware Grown into Serious Business

Selling malware has become a full-fledged business now. A criminal justice professor at the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/23

Phishers Use UTI’s Name Change as Their Bait

A leading bank in India, UTI bank, has given itself a new name - 'Axis'. The confusion that follows has become bait for phishers. They are spamming ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/23

Web Designer Commits Hacking but Escapes Jail

Mark Hopkins, the boss of an English Web designing company, has given a jail sentence that, however, stands suspended. The 31-year old culprit from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/23

Trojan Creates Spammers’ Accounts on Gmail & Hotmail

A recently designed Trojan helps to bypass Gmail and Hotmail user verification to set up spammers' accounts.

BitDefender, provider

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/23

Image Spam Falls, Spam Attachments Rise

According to the August 2007 "State of Spam" report by Symantec, the image spam of older times is declining while attachment spam with images is

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/23

Six Scam Artists Arrested in Holland

Six men from a group of scammers belonging to a network across western Africa have been arrested in Holland after a probe into the case of an interweb scam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Spam Campaigns Hosted on Single Web Server Capping Scam Earnings

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), issued a report on August 6, 2007, which says that the infrastructure employed for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Storm Worm Attacks now Through Malicious Pages

Cyber-crooks always look for new vectors and ways to spread their malevolent activities. Attacks by Storm worm have always been using massive e-mail spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Shark 2 Creates Dangerous Trojans

The Shark 2 tool creates trojans that can steal bank passwords, record keystrokes, or download

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Phishing Fraudsters Exploit ICICI Bank’s Name

Security experts are warning ICICI Bank customers that a fraud e-mail purporting to be from the bank is circulating on the Internet.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Online Marketing Companies Deliver Most UBEs

Online marketing firms in North America have become the primary source of unsolicited bulk e-mails, according to Wizard IT, an ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/22

Malware Authors Give Away Free Phishing Kits

Malware writers are handing over free kits containing phishing tools to fraudsters in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/21

Spam Level Increased in July ‘07

As per a security vendor, SoftScan, in July 2007, the level of spam goes up to 91.52% of the total mail scanned by the company. CTO of SoftScan, Diego

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/21

Hackers Says Social Networking Websites Vulnerable

Hackers are increasingly focusing their attacks on social networking websites like MySpace.com. Cyber-criminals are demonstrating a couple of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/21

Scale of Pump-and-Dump Stock Scam Never Seen Before

Spammers had let free a stock campaign on the Internet on August 8, 2007 in such gigantic proportions that it took the global level of spam up by 30%,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/21

Hoax Chain Mails Spreading Wrong Facts about Mars

The security experts of Sophos, a security firm, have cautioned not to forward a chain letter, which is troubling the users every August from the past four

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/21

Vietnam - Around 60% of Government Sites Targeted by Hackers

As per a survey carried out by the Government commission for Code at an international workshop of network security and information (which held in HCM city

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/20

Spammers Using more Personal Tricks to Dupe Users

MessageLabs, the Internet security firm, has gathered enough evidence which proves that in US, the executive level positions are emerging as the targets of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/20

Internet Ripe for Hacking & Other Cyber Crime

Hacking chaos and other cyber crimes are rife on the Internet as serious flaws lay in computer defenses, specialists told experts on cyber security at Black

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/20

88% of Mail Reaching Organizations in July was Spam, Says Study

In July 2007, 87.54% of all e-mail reaching organizations were spam, according to TrustLayer Mail, the managed security service from Panda Security. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/20

Over 57% Servers Relaying One Scam Each in U.S.

An investigation detailing the usage and distribution of Web servers to host different spam scams has revealed that a huge number of these scams push out

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/20

Users Lost $7 Billion in Past Two Years to Cybercrime

US consumers lose $7 Billion in the last two years to viruses, phishing schemes, and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/18

Sophos Revealed the Ongoing Malware Threats

Sophos has come up with some of the prevailing malware threats around the world in July 2007.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/18

Security Firm VeriSign Encounters Data Theft

VeriSign, the vendor for digital certificates and in charge of the .net and .com domains of Internet suffered data loss in July 2007 owing to theft of an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/18

Storm Worm Assembles Bots for DoS Attacks

According to security vendor SecureWorks, the Storm Worm attacks during 2005-2007 has apparently 'prolonged online blockade' with the threat being ten times

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/18

Critical Infrastructure Flaw Vulnerable to Hacking

Cyber criminals and terrorists could potentially take advantage of a recently discovered security flaw in certain software to get a hand on gigantic

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/18

Excel Spam Forms the Latest Trend

Spammers are using Excel files as the latest program to design pump-and-dump stock scams, according to reports from Commtouch on August 5, 2007.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/17

Media Players Are Seriously Flawed

There are serious vulnerabilities in media players run on personal computers, which could enable cyber criminals to install malicious code and infect them,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/17

Online Scanner Shows Results of July Top Twenty

After a brief interval, Trojan dialers are back to the rankings in July 2007,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/17

The Storm Worm Amasses A Gigantic Botnet

Online threat from the Storm worm has grown ten times bigger than other e-mail assaults, over the years 2005-07. During this time it has built a botnet with

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/17

Trojans & Adware – Most Prevalent Malware in July

PandaLabs has reported that trojans were responsible for 26.65% of infections as detected by the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/17

Most Malware Pages are ‘Hacked’ Legitimate Sites

During the eight months from December 2006 to July 2007, the total number of Websites hosting ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Games Concealing Viruses & Trojans

The techniques of social engineering revolves around basic and the most simple measures like gossip and entertainment for attracting more customers for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Process Injection, Simpler & Stealthier than Rootkit

While rootkits get the maximum attention from the IT security community it is also

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Hackers Deluge GayGamer.net with DoS Attacks

A hacker attacked GayGamer.net with a row of DoS (Denial of Service) attacks to knock it offline. The attacker inundated the only gay-gaming site that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Russian Web Server With 400 Malware

Security researchers working on a study at Trend Micro, the anti-virus firm, have found a Web server

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Virus and Other Threats Destroy Computer Data in Vietnam

The Back Khoa Internet Security Center (BKIS) reported in July 2007 that viruses destroying data attacked over 50,000 PCs in Vietnam.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/16

Attachment Spam Increases Manifold

As per the latest report of Marshal, the IT security firm, there has been a tremendous spike in the attachment spam as compared to that based on image. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/14

WiFi Could Expose Gmail to Hacking

People who use WiFi connection to access Gmail accounts on Google Inc. or accounts in the Facebook social networking site could potentially fall victim to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/14

Trojan Poses as Nude Movie Stars

A new Trojan is showing the naked pictures of female celebrities such as movie stars Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Natalie Portman. The ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/14

Top Twenty Virus Chart Released for July

The Top Twenty viruses in July 2007 had some known names leading the list. It also comprised of not only the usual veterans but also some very original

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/14

Hacking Attacks on Banks & Credit Unions Rise Immensely

Hackers' attacks on various banks all over the world has gone up by 81% since 2006, according to SecureWorks, an Internet security company. Also, such

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/13

Bug in File & Print-sharing Software ‘Samba’ of Apple OS

Symantec Corp warned users of Mac OS X towards end of July 2007 that there exists an un-patched security hole in the open-source file and print-sharing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/13

Virus & Spam Targeting Irish Businesses Down 5%

Irish company IE Internet recorded a drop in the amount of viruses and spam targeting business organizations in Ireland by 5% in July 2007. According to its

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/13

MPack Attacks Stealthier than Phishing Attempts

Finjan, the company that develops products for Web security, is warning computer users that the MPack toolkit used to develop ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/13

Man Sentenced for Spamming Porn Ads

A former resident of Marina del Rey was sentenced on July 29, 2007 for massively spamming of e-mail advertisements. The spam advertisements promoted

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/13

Online Scam Traps Users With E-Greetings

A new kind of Internet scam has attacked inboxes all over Australia. The consumer watchdog of Victoria advises users to immediately delete the unknown

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/10

Spammer Gets Life Imprisonment for Online Spamming

Christopher Smith, an Internet Spammer, who earned $24 Million through Internet to sell prescribed drugs to addicts, could get life imprisonment. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/10

‘Hit Man’ e-mail Scam Strikes University Computers

Austin Peay State University has been reporting complaints about the 'hit man' e-mail spam, following which the University Police Chief, Lantz Biles, has

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/10

Malware Attacks Rise on P2P Networks & IM

Attacks from malware targeting peer-to-peer (P2) networks and instant messaging has gone up nearly

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/10

Researcher Claimed Adware Firm Continue to Behave Badly

Ben Edelman, a renowned spyware researcher and an assistant professor in Harvard University, blamed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/9

Voting Machines Loses Test to Computer Hackers

As per the analysis of University of California released on July 27, 2007, PC hackers sanctioned by State had successfully penetrated the security shield of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/9

More Malware with PDF Attachments in July

Malware is not giving any signs to stop or to reduce. The volume of new Web-based malware has gone

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/9

Criminals Make Bots Out of Compromised PCs

A global gang of criminals has created havoc on the Web world in the recent years. With the help of computer automation, they locate unprotected PCs and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/9

Hoax E-Mail Claims to be from TD Canada

TD Canada Trust has issued a warning to its customers to watch out for fake e-mails circulating en-masse and claiming to be from the bank.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/8

Zero-Day Attacks Cause Trouble for Organizations

Businesses that are equipped with emergency patches for systems are not only capable of taking action against computer security threats but are also in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/8

New International Web Attack Uses Malicious iFrames

The Italian attack in June 2007, where malicious iFrames were embedded in over 10,000 regular Web pages, has reappeared with greater international

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/8

New E-Mail Attacks Target Business Executives

A series of sophisticated attacks that pretend to be bills from unconfirmed business partners, grievances from the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/8

Flaw in ActiveX Attacked Yahoo Widgets

The security researchers have cautioned about the Yahoo Widgets (a platform, which runs small gadget-like applications based on Web on the desktop of a PC)

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/7

Six-fold Increase in Infected Websites

A massive number of web pages from regular sites have been infected, reports security vendor Sophos. Therefore, website operators are being asked to lock

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/7

P2P Software Could Install Spyware, Adware

There are often concealed packages of viruses, spyware and adware in P2P or Peer-to-peer file

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/7

Computer Game Character Mario Spreads Infection

A new worm is being distributed through mass e-mails that takes advantage of people's keen interest in Nintendo's character image, Mario, according to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/7

Hackers Using USB Keys to Run Their Business

These days, the hackers have turned to various techniques, other than mail, like USB keys and web-based ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

SAIC Issues Alert on Potential Data Compromise

Science Applications International Corp. or SAIC, the military support contractor, said on 19th July 2007 that a potential compromise of the personal

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

Prosecutors Charge 34 Students for Changing Grades in DVC

Sixteen individuals who formerly attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill face serious criminal charges of computer fraud and conspiracy. They are

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

Malware Has Grown in Quantity and Variety

A report by research laboratory PandaLabs has showed that the volume of new malware produced annually over the years 2000-2007 has gone up 25,818%.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

Hackers Reach Tricare Data

A computer security breach at SAIC or Science Applications International Corporation may have exposed data of a certain number of Tricare

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

Criminal Activities Expand on the Web

Criminals are crowding the World Wide Web to set up fake airline or banking websites. These exactly resemble the true sites, the process called 'pharming'.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/6

Contrasting Views Emerge on PDF Spam

BitDefender, provider of anti-virus solutions and data security software, declared that there was a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/8/4

Trusteer Discovered Flaw in BIND 9 Software

CTO at Trusterr Ltd., Amit Klein, said that the flaw in BIND 9 can allow a hacker to compel the DNS server to return an invalid Website to the user, a

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