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August 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/30

Secure Computing Released Internet Threats for Q2 of 2008

According to a report from Secure Computing Corporation, a leading company in securing enterprise gateway, the amount of spam and the creation of zombies

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/30

India is Ninth Greatest Spam Generator, Says Secure Computing

Secure Computing, a public firm that provides online security solutions to enterprises, recently released its Internet Threats Report for the 2nd quarter of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/30

Fake E-Mail Hits Online Users in Finland

A fake e-mail is circulating in Finland and some other countries, purporting to come from one of the US airline companies, confirming of a ticket purchase

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/30

29% of Web Users Purchase From Spam, Says Marshal

According to a new research conducted recently by an Internet security firm Marshal, 29% of people on the Internet have bought items from spam messages. The

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/29

Security Agencies Acknowledged Increase in Spam Traffic

According to security vendor MessageLabs' State of the Spam report, July 2008, 81.5% of the total e-mails sent in June 2008 were spam. At the same time,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/29

Ohio Credit Union Consumers Alerted of a Phishing Fraud

A large number of Ohioans have been receiving e-mails telling them that services from the Ohio Credit Union were withdrawn, followed by a telephone number

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/29

District Attorney Alerts of Scam E-Mails Titled ‘Breaking News’

According to Carol Chambers, District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District, South Africa, fake e-mails are circulating on the Internet, claiming that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/29

Emirates More Vulnerable to Internet Attacks

As per the Security Technology Experts at Trend Micro, the UAE users are more vulnerable to Web based threats and Internet attacks are increasing

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/29

China Netcom DNS Server Found with Serious Vulnerability

Websense, an online security vendor, said that China Netcom, one of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), has been found with a dangerous

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/29

Brazilian Man Indicted of Selling a Botnet

According to the US Department of Justice on August 21, 2008, a man from Brazil was accused of running a botnet comprising over 100,000 infected computers

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/28

Purdue Students Asked to Watch Out for Phishing E-Mail

According to reports received from Purdue University's Information Technology Network & Security Incident Response team, it is cautioning the Purdue

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/28

Opera Issued Seven Patches for Browser, Kept One Secret

Opera Software launched seven patches on August 20, 2008 for its Opera browser but refused to disclose details about one of the seven bugs.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/28

New Spam Targets Subscribers of Microsoft Featured Offers

According to recent news from Microsoft and vununet, it is learnt that both the companies have raised their security measures due to a new spam e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/28

Microsoft Alerts its Windows Live Hotmail Users of a Phishing E-Mail

According to reports received recently, Microsoft is alerting its Windows Live Hotmail users about a ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/28

Hackers Using Clipboard to Sell Fake Antivirus Products

According to several online security experts, malicious attacks on clipboard inserted a hard to delete link that takes users to a fake security products

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/28

BitDefender Releases its Top Ten E-Threats List

According to BitDefender, two well-known malware samples took top positions on BitDefender's Top Ten E-Threats List in July 2008.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/27

Hackers Used Otago University to Relay 1.5 Million Spam

Hackers gained access to the mail server of staff member of Otago University recently and accessed it to send almost 1.55 Million spam mails in 60 hours,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/27

Hacker Invading AOL Accounts for Phishing Got 7-year Jail

Michael Dolan, who had been hacking across AOL's network for many years, has admitted before prosecutors to committing identity theft and fraud. He

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/27

Fake Spam Allegedly Offer MSNBC News

Sophos reported that a new surge of hazardous spam messages are being distributed, posing to offer breaking news from MSNBC. Samples of the e-mails

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/27

Malicious Advertisements Appearing on High-profile Websites

Several security analysts believe that cyber criminals are employing a genuine toolkit, which is used to create Flash animation, for making malicious banner

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/27

Dutch Police Made Two Arrest, Shut Down Shadow Botnet

The Dutch High Tech Crime Unit has detained two persons and terminated the Shadow botnet, thought to consist of more than 100,000 compromised PCs.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/27

Cheyenne Computer Hacker Pleads Guilty

A Wyoming resident, Jason Michael Milmont, aged 19 years, has admitted to a serious criminal charge of developing software that compromised several thousand

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

Three Botnets Yield 75% Spam in H1 2008, Says Marshal

The Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE) report by Marshal for H1 2008 revealed that three botnets were accounted for 75% of spam in the review

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

Online Cyber Crooks Targeting Elections 2008

As the elections are approaching in the US and the candidates have started using Internet to interact with voters, online fraudsters have also begun using

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

New Internet Fraud Using Tax Refund as Bait

According to a warning by chartered accountants based in the South West England, companies and individuals need to watch out for a e-mail scam that is

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

New Converged Attacks Raise Risk for Service Providers

Cloudmark Inc., the world leader in providing security for carrier-grade messaging, warned on August 12, 2008 that there was an increase in risk for

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

Apple Phishing Scam Targeting MobileMe Subscribers

According to Macworld, a Website and monthly computer magazine providing information on Apple Macintosh products, an e-mail pretending to have come from

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/26

Alert Issued Over Air Ticketing E-Mail Scam

The ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) have received several complaints regarding a fake e-mail, which claims to be from an airline

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/25

Window Jingle Attack Steals Data Drom PC Without Network Connection

Head Scientist at the French Signals Academy's Virology and Cryptology Lab, Eric Filiol, at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas revealed a jingle attack

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/25

Study Shows India asTthe Lowest Spam Generating Country

According to the US-based Secure Computing Corp's latest Internet Threats Report, India is producing the least percentage of spam messages among BRIC

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/25

Spam Volumes Going From Bad to Worse

Spam volumes are once again increasing and spam vendors seem to be fueling it this time. This allegation is leveled by Google, which revealed some

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/25

Sophos Outlined Security Tips for Olympic Enthusiasts

According to new reports from Sophos, China hosted nearly a third, about 31.1% of all malware-infected Web pages worldwide, in the initial six months of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/25

Over 10 Million Zombies Found Active in April-June 2008

Panda Security, a major supplier of IT solutions, along with CommTouch has declared the results of their report on the existing scenario of spam. The report

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/25

Malware Masked in PDFs Distributing via Olympic E-mails

MessageLabs, a online security company, has discovered that targeted malware are being distributed

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/25

Malware Diverts Traffic to Insurance Sites

According to Fortinet's July 2008 malware report, increasing traffic generated from ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/23

Phishers & Spammers Using Beijing Olympics to Compromise Systems

According to a press statement by a Symantec Spokesman, the Beijing Olympics are a major event of 2008 and ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/23

Oregon – The Third Largest Spam Receiving State in the US

According to MessageLabs, a world communications-security firm, Oregonians receive more ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/23

Rising Use of Internet in China Could Lead to More Security Attacks

According to Steve Chang, Founder and Former CEO of Trend Micro Inc., the growing usage of Internet in China, rising popularity of social networking sites

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/23

New SQL Attacks Targeting MSSQL Servers

A new SQL injection attack that began circulating during the first week of August 2008 has reportedly passed infection onto thousands of Web servers,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/23

Most Malware Threats Go Undetected, Says Cyveillance

Cyveillance, the global leader in cyber intelligence, announced on August 11, 2008 that a recent examination of the ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/23

Hackers Attacked “Wall” Section of Facebook

According to Sophos, a security firm, on August 7, 2008, malicious hackers targeting users of Facebook, the social-networking site, through comments

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/23

Attackers Target Google Hosted Applications to Spread Spam

MessageLabs, a leader in providing Web security and messaging services to global businesses, announced through its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for July

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/22

Spammers Using Celebrity Names to Spread Malware

According to Ryan Sherstobitoff, Chief Corporate Evangelist at Panda Security US, on August 3, 2008, there appeared some interesting spam mails showing the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/22

Spam Attacks Against University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has been the target of the latest series of spam mails attacks called ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/22

Phishing E-Mail Strikes on Elon Inmates

Officials at Elon University notified the Elon community on August 3, 2008 evening that a fake e-mail was being sent to them from an unknown external source

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/22

Google AdWords Comes Under Phishing Attack

According to the latest reports released by The Chief Officer's Network on August 8, 2008, Google AdWords/AdSense is reportedly enabling various kinds of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/22

Coreflood Trojan Compromises Computers to Steal Information

Security Experts at SecureWorks revealed that they found a malicious program called Trojan Coreflood created by a Russian group of ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/22

PandaLabs Reports Three Trojans Infecting System in Early August

PandaLabs, a security firm, reported that three trojans namely - Exchanger.T, Nabload.DIK TR and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/21

Phishing Scam Targeting Skowhegan Bank Customers

On August 6, 2008, Police and Skowhegan Officials informed about a fake mail, which involves the customers of Skowhegan Savings Bank, who are told that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/21

Obama, McCain & Olympic Spam Doing Rounds Since July

According to security vendor Symantec's "State of Spam Report" for July 2008, 78% of the e-mails sent during July this year were spam.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/21

New Spam Uses Fake CNN News Captions

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine project team disclosed that all through July 2008, they observed a large volume of bogus

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/21

Trojan ZBot-D Unleashed to Steal Users’ Data

Researchers at MicroWorld, security service vendor, have reported a growing number of attacks on the Web on account of the ZBot-D Trojan also called ZBot

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/21

Compromised CNET Website Spreading Malware

Websense Labs issued a warning on August 6, 2008 saying that CNET Website had been compromised whereby a harmful JavaScript code was embedded in it to try

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/21

Adware Extracts Maximum Profit for Malware Operators

In spite of the dominance of malware attacking Internet gamers and the availability of INF/Autorun,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/20

UK Residents Get Alert of a Phishing Scam

Police in the UK are warning residents of a scam e-mail that could potentially impact their accounts at banks. According to John Cowan, Chief Official,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/20

Spammers Prefer Big Names to Other Subjects

The Secure Computing TrustedSource Research Team analyzed the Top Ten Celebrity Spam Topics in its recent Major Spam Trends report and spotted e-mail that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/20

Rustock Become The World’s Largest Spam Botnet

According to Marshal's TRACE (Threat Research and Content Engineering) team, Rustock botnet has overtaken the Srizbi botnet as the largest spam spewing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/20

Olympic Ticket Selling Websites Terminated Over Phishing Activities

According to news updates released recently, two Websites that officials sited as phishing

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/20

New GIFAR Attack Targets Browsers of Users

Security researchers of UK-based NGSS (Next Generation Security Software) along with researchers of the Advanced Security Center of Ernst & Young LLP

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/20

Google Gadgets Opening Door for Multifarious Attacks

Security Experts at Cenzic, a company that makes software for testing security, have discovered that Google Gadgets and small programs like everyday photo

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/19

Terrorist Using Spoofing Methods to Hide Their Identity

According to the cyber crime police of India, spoofing of IP addresses is now a significant security threat challenging the Indian security agencies.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/19

Spam on Political And Sporting Events to be Widespread

In its latest Threat Forecast & Report for August 2008, security services vendor - MX Logic - revealed that the downward trend of spam volumes during

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/19

Spam Attacks Multiplied Four Times in UK During Q2 2008

On August 7, 2008, an anti-spam software making company in UK - ClearMyMail- revealed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/19

‘Backscatter’ Leading to Failure of Spoofed Accounts

According to recent developments, victims of hackers who have spoofed or compromised legitimate e-mail accounts for spamming purposes are now getting failed

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/19

K-Links Platinum Vulnerabilities Allow XSS and SQL Injection Attacks

According to reports coming from security advisory - Secunia, certain malicious vulnerabilities in K-Links Platinum Website have been detected. The Website

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/19

Hacker A-Z Helping Cyber Criminals Through ZeuS

A-Z a Russian computer hacker, who has created new computer software called ZeuS, is helping cyber criminals to compromise users' credentials as well as

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/18

Students of Colorado University Receive Phishing E-Mail

As per the reports received from Colorado University's Boulder's information Technology Services (ITS), the campus of CU has been attacked by several

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/18

E-mail Offering Free Game Phishes Off User’s Account Details

According to news reports came in from computerandvideogames n August 4, 2008, a phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/18

Credit Union Warns of Phishing E-Mail

The Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) is warning the citizens to discard recent e-mails that claim to come from financial institutions, including

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/18

Beijing Olympics Presenting Enormous Opportunities to Phishers

According to new reports coming in from Symantec, the security vendor, it is constantly advising businesses and consumers to be watchful of a steep rise in

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/18

US Consumers Lose $8.5 Billion Due to Internet Threats Since 2006

According to a survey conducted by National Research Center (US), the country's consumers have been defrauded of money amounting to almost $8.5 Billion

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/18

Online Games Become Popular Target for Hackers, Says G Data

According to G Data security solutions, computer games have become very popular and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/18

Adobe Cautioning Users of Fake Flash Player Downloads

According to Adobe, hackers are using fake Flash Player downloads as bait in their socially engineered e-mails to spread malicious malware. Thus, the firm

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/14

SaskTel Warns Customers of Phishing E-Mail

According to SaskTel a security services company, it has recently asked its customers to watch out for a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/14

Phishing Scams Spooding AP&T & Other Trademark Giants

According to reports came in the 4th week of July 2008, it was found that some Alameda Power & Telecom customers received an e-mail, which although

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/14

Phishing Attacks Reported in H1 2008 Increased Significantly

Cyveillance, a leading company in the world of Internet intelligence, announced on July 31, 2008 that 367 distinct brands became victims of ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/14

IU Researchers Gives Alert About Sites With Redirects

While presenting a study paper at the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies in San Jose, California, doctoral scholars of Indiana University indicated

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/14

Worm Variants Target Facebook and MySpace Users

Kaspersky Lab, a major developer of management solutions for Internet threat, has spotted a pair of variants of a new computer virus. These are named

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/14

Twitter Flaw Compels Victims to Follow Hacker’s Account

Techcrunch, a weblog focusing on reviewing and profiling of Internet items, reported on July 28, 2008 that a Twitter account named johng77536 existing for

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/14

Researchers Find New ‘Vundo’ Variant That Steals User Details

According to Secure Computing TrustedSource, an international organization for threat correlation, a new version of the "Vundo" Trojan dubbed

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/13

Phishing Toolkits Readily Available Online to Create Fake Sites

After presenting a paper at the Usenix Conference at San Jose, California, security researchers - Christopher Kruegel, Giovanni Vigna and Marco Cova - from

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/13

Website of Batelco Labeled Malicious by Google & Firefox

A statement released by Google Alert informed that out of the 843 pages scanned during the past 3 months, 284 pages were discovered with harmful software

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/13

Trojans - Most Problematic Threat to Computers

According to observations by BitDefender, a security vendor, trojans are the most preferred malware

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/13

Most URLs Dropping Malware Belong To China

Mr. Niels Provos, Senior Staff Engineer at Google, while speaking to a gathering at the Usenix Security Conference on July 30, 2008, revealed the results of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/13

In 2007 - 90% of Security Incidents Went Unreported

As per the latest released survey of RSA Conference attendees, only 11% of security incidents were reported by infected companies in 2007. Further, the

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/13

1 Million Malware Discovered, Says F-Secure

F-Secure claimed that the number of malware detection has touched 1 Million. Also, the ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/12

Scammers Continue to Hit Student Inboxes with Fake E-Mails

According to Gerry Sneeringer, Director of IT Security at Maryland-based Office of Information Technology, about 70 students have replied to scam e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/12

Phishing Scam Targets First National Bank Clients

First National Bank in Chester County said on July 29, 2008 that it had been hit by a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/12

E-mails Using FBI & Facebook Spread the Storm Trojan

According to Sophos, the provider of Internet security, the Storm worm has resurfaced through e-mails claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/12

E-mail Spoofing Batelco Targets its Customers

According to the reports came from Batelco on July 30, 2008, it cautioned its customers against answering to a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be sent by

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/12

Increasing Security Breaches in Canada Causing Loss of $637,000 a year

Security software vendor - TELUS - in partnership with Roman School of Management conducted a study, which said that fraud; ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/12

Exploit Toolkit Evilgrade Exploiting Vulnerability in Several Applications

According to Francisco Amato, Researcher at Infobyte, an Internet security company, a new exploit toolkit called Evilgrade enables attackers to plant ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/8/11

Filipinos Facing New Phishing Scam

According to the coming in from AMLC (Anti Money Laundering Council), Philippines, global professional con artist and phishers have discovered a new way of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/11

Virus Named ‘Antivirus...’ Infects Rio Theatre Website

According to news coming in from Santa Cruz-based Rio Theatre in US, several local residents have complained that their computers have been hit by a

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/11

Radware Discloses Security Flaw in Firefox 3, Rates it Critical

According to Radware, a security company, it has detected a vulnerability that on exploitation could cause Denial-of-Service attack in Firefox 3, Mozilla's

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/11

Intensified Hacking Attacks Focus on Legitimate Websites

According to Websense, in the last six months of 2008, hackers increased their attacks on legitimate and trusted Websites like News.com and Facebook that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/11

G DATA Finds Olympic Spam Spreading Malware

According to new reports coming in from G DATA's Research Labs, Germany, millions of e-mails are being distributed worldwide, with subject lines

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/8/11

Computer Virus Circulating in Milwaukee Hit Many Computers

According to the reports from Stamm Business Technologies, Milwaukee, a single virus attacked several computers in the 3rd week of July 2008. Consequently,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/8

Wiganers Warned of a Phishing Scam

IT Security Officials at Wigan, a city in the UK, reported on July 31, 2008 that a number of malicious e-mails were arriving locally that seemed to be sent

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SPAMfighter News 2008/8/8

New Zealand Facing a Big Threat of Spam Attack

As per a reports coming in from Symantec, the Internet is attacked by spam with around 80% of mails are found as spam. Out of these, many are being operated

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