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August 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

US Government’s Support May Make Social Media Sites Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

While the Obama government's support for social media is a welcome step, security specialists state that it is simultaneously important that the government

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

KCC Calls for Precaution against Probable Online Attack

KCC (Korea Communications Commission), the telecom regulator of South Korea, has advised Internet users of the country to adopt safety measures against

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

Trend Micro - Malware Become more Advanced and Sophisticated

According to a security analysis by TrendLabs (the worldwide e-threat research and support agency of Trend Micro), modern ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

Spam Volume Increases with Rise in Websites Hack in July 09

According to an online security company 'Websense' which has issued its July 2009 threat report, high levels of spam still dominate e-mails following a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

Islamist Hackers Snapped Newspaper Website in Kosovo

According to the news reports from Infosecurity-magazine published on August 17, 2009, it is suspected that some Islamist radicals had been responsible for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/31

Court Overrules Spam Litigation Worth $10 Million

An owner of Internet domain who had accumulated large numbers of spam mails with the objective to file lawsuits against ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Sophos Discovers New Malware ‘True Love’

CheeHui, Security Analyst, SophosLabs, states that AU W32/AutoRun-AOG is a system worm that tries to proliferate to network shared devices using the name

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Companies Blocking Social Networking Sites Going Up

Security firm ScanSafe's latest survey has uncovered that companies are increasingly blocking social networking sites. 20% increase was recorded by the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Hackers Trio Indicted for Stealing Millions of Credit Cards Numbers

Albert Gonzales, 28, of Miami (US), alongwith his two Russian associates, has been indicted by a federal jury at Newark (US) for supposedly hacking the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Around 80% Web Users Running Vulnerable Adobe Flash Application

Security firm 'Trusteer' reported on August 13, 2009 that despite releasing an important patch by Adobe for Acrobat Reader and Flash several weeks earlier,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Spam Campaigns about Swine Flu Cure Launched in India

Since the World Health Organization issued a warning about the spreading of H1N1 virus or swine flu, malicious ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Lawsuit Aims to End Banks’ Secrecy of Security Breaches

Project Honey Pot, an initiative for spam defense by Unspam Technologies along with Internet Law Group, in an attempt to compel banks to disclosing their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Trojan.Knooth - a Malicious Backdoor Program Takes Control of System

According to Aurelija, an independent blogger on online security, Trojan.Knooth is a malware that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/29

Indian Government Cautions Twitter & Facebook Users against Virus

The Union Government of India has issued an alert to the users of social networking websites such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook to look out for a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Meriden Police – Cyber Criminals Using Sophisticated Attack Techniques

Martin Eisner, Detective at Meriden Police Department (Meriden, USA), said that online fraudster and ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Malware Writers Develop Scareware Imitating Blue Screen of Death

As per the report released by the security company Sunbelt Software in the first week of August 2009, ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

United States Antarctic Program Blocks P2P File Sharing Applications

According to a blog post, employees of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) have been devoid of running peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing applications

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Spammers Tricking Desperate Job Seekers

E-mail security solutions provider Red Condor has revealed that the latest wave of e-mail scams is mainly targeting the job seekers. These scams include the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Hunt for Ashley Greene’s Controversial Images May Not Be Wise

Security alerts issued by the security firm Sophos have warned the PC users not to get driven by their curiosity as hackers are again using a hot and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Cybercriminals Targeting Online Job Aspirants in India

According to security experts at Trend Micro, identity thieves in India are trying to take advantage of the bleak situation of employment by attacking

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

ESET – PC Worm ‘Conficker’ Dominates its Threat Trend Report for July 2009

Antivirus and IT security firm 'ESET' has recently released a new e-threat report "Global Threat Trends-July 2009 Report" wherein it has said that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/28

Conficker Back in Action in Missouri City

Computers in the Missouri City (USA) have been attacked by a computer virus that infected some of the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

Kerala Police Arrested Nigerian Internet Scammer

Shaba Abdul Razak, a Nigerian national aged 34, was taken into police custody on August 6, 2009 at an airport in Bangalore (India) on the charge that he had

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

Facebook & Twitter Come Under DDoS Attacks

On August 6, 2009, Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks blocked the access to two leading social-networking websites, Facebook and Twitter. A DDoS

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

XSS Vulnerability Discovered in UK’s Ministry of Defense Website

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has acknowledged that vulnerability lies in its website which is capable of exposing visitors to malicious attacks.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

Nearly 52% Malware Threats’ Life Span of Just One Day

According to the Internet security company 'PandaLabs,' about 52% of all newly released viruses, ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

South Australian Police Arrested Man for Spreading Computer Virus

A man from Adelaide (Australia) is charged by the police for his involvement in one of Australia's biggest computer hacking using computer viruses.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/27

Hackers, Phishers & Other Cybercriminals Get Active in Summer

An online security vendor 'Trend Micro' states that online security risks should be checked carefully this summer (2009), as cyber criminals, like ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

Twitter Hack Initiates Spam & Rogueware Campaigns

According to the ChannelWeb news reports published on August 10, 2009, there is a rampant increase in spam and rogueware or scareware as DDoS attacks

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

Malware E-mail Contain Jackson, Obama or Swine Flu Commonly in 2009

According to PandaLabs, which conducted a malware analysis, the most common subjects in spam

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

New Version of Koobface Virus Targeting Twitter

Researchers at Kaspersky, an Internet security company, are warning of a newly detected Koobface variant targeting the micro-blogging site Twitter. While

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

HMRC Cautions about Tax Rebate Phishing Scams

HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs) has asked taxpayers to be careful of phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

U.S. Marine Corps Prohibits Access to Social Networking Websites

According to the news published by the SCMagazine on August 4, 2009, an immediate ban has been imposed by the U.S. Marine Corps on using social networking

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/26

Intercontinental Bank Warns Customers against New E-mail Scam

Intercontinental Bank has released a warning for customers on its website that says online scammers have devised a new vector of emptying their saving bank

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

Viruses Infect 5.3 Million Vietnamese Computers

According to the BKIS (Bach Khoa Internet Security Center) of Vietnam, PC viruses have infected massive 5.3 Million computers in the country, with almost

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

Three Most Active Botnets Spewing 21 Billion Spam Daily

According to the MessageLabs Intelligence Report from Symantec, three most active botnets i.e. armies of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

E-mail Scam Attacks Taiwanese Bank via Adobe Flaw

Symantec, an online security company, has warned that an online scam is distributing e-mails in Taiwan so that recipients may be duped to download ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

Symantec Reports Rise in Phishing Attacks in July 2009

Symantec, which monitored phishing and spam activity during July 2009, released its new

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

SlideShare.Net Exploited to Distribute Malware

According to threat researchers at ESET, namely Pierre-Marc Bureau, David Harley and Sebastián Bortnik who created a blog posting, hackers have been

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/25

Online Scammer Hacks into E-mail Accounts for Money

According to 'The Canadian Press' news report published on August 9, 2009 from Toronto in Canada, an Internet scammer is hacking people's e-mail accounts to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

Trojans Dominate Sunbelt Software’s Top Ten E-threats List for July 2009

Sunbelt Software, a provider of Windows security solutions, released its list of top ten e-threats most prevalent during July 2009 on August 4, 2009, as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

BitDefender Presents Top Ten E-threats for H1-2009

According to the "E-Threats Landscape Report" of BitDefender for January-June 2009, in attempts to spread their presence across the whole world,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

Phishing Spam Tricks 55,000 Internet Users Every Month

Researchers at BitDefender, an IT security company, report that phishing e-mails have

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

PandaLabs - Rogueware Scam Yields $34 Million Every Month for Hackers

According to Sean Paul and Luis Corrons two security researchers at PandaLabs, who have recently compiled a study paper titled "The Business of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

Spam Ads Touting Fake Medicines Appearing on Bing.com

The Bing search engine of Microsoft is hosting sponsored advertisements of Internet pharmacies that produce malicious spam for trading drugs unlawfully,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/24

McAfee - 6,000 Malware Items Created Per Day

According to the reports published in business.rediff on August 6, 2009, with malware creators aiming at writing a huge 6,000 fresh samples of malicious

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

Excel Spreadsheets Being Used in Exploiting Flash Vulnerability

Although a critical vulnerability in Flash, which had been installing malware in computers since
July 2009, was recently patched by security experts,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

Anti-Virus Products Show Spotty Performance on Windows Vista

Virus Bulletin's Reactive and Proactive (RAP) tests discovered many anti-virus programs while
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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

Mozilla Releases Patches for Critical Vulnerabilities in Firefox

Mozilla has issued two advisories to fix critical vulnerabilities in its popular Firefox web
browser.

Security experts have

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

XML Vulnerabilities Pose Threat to Several Applications

Security researchers from Finland's security testing firm Codenomicon have detected serious
vulnerabilities in open-source software which implements

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

Botnet ‘ZeuS’ traced to Real Host of Latvia

An association of security investigators stated during August 1-2, 2009 that when they tried to
trace the ZeuS botnet, a gigantic network that its

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/21

Trend Micro analyzes malware situation in Asia-Pacific for Q1-Q2, 2009

According to security researchers at Trend Micro, during the first and second quarters (Q1 & Q2)
of 2009, there had been a very high concentration

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

Large organizations not necessarily safe from bots

According to an association of bandwidth providers, security companies, as also other interested entities -MAAWG (Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group),

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

Cyber-criminals develop search engines that return malicious links

According to security firm PandaLabs' recent report, with cyber-criminals becoming increasingly advanced, hackers are taking advantage of people's popular

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

Cyber-criminals exploit death news of Aquino to purvey bogus AV

The death news of Corazon Aquino former lady President of The Philippines who suffered a heart attack on August 1, 2009 is currently a reason for mourning

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

BitDefender analyzes H1-2009 malware

BitDefender has recently released its 'E-Threats Landscape Report' for the H1 (first half) of 2009, according to which, writing malware is now a flourishing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

Twitter Filtering Malicious Links with Google’s Help

Twitter, the micro-blogging website has started to filter tweets containing links, which divert users onto sites that reputed entities recognize as

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/20

Hackers steal 135,000 passwords from Vkontakte.ru visitors

Vkontakte.ru a highly popular social-networking website in Russia has been compromised with almost 135,000 passwords and logins stolen from its users.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

Vermont Residents Alerted About Phishing Scam

William Sorrell, Attorney General of Vermont (USA) is alerting residents that they must ignore an e-mail ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

Conficker Continues As A Virulent Threat, Says Researcher

According to security company F-Secure's chief research officer Mikko Hypponen at the Las Vegas held Black Hat security conference, the terrible Conficker

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

Researchers Develop Simulated Botnet To Understand Botnet Behavior

Computer scientists engaged with the U.S. Department of Energy situated at California-based Sandia National Laboratories declared in the end week of July

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

Adobe Releases Patches to Fix 12 Flaws in Flash Player

Adobe Systems released several security patches on July 31, 2009 that address 12 vulnerabilities in its Flash Player. The update fixes a zero-day flaw that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

FNB Warns of 2010 FIFA World Cup Phishing Scam

Namibia's First National Bank (FNB) has issued warning that international as well as local cybercriminals are abusing the "2010 FIFA World Cup" to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/19

Canada Revenue Agency Warns Lower Mainland Businessmen against Phishing Scam

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued a warning for businessmen around Lower Mainland (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) about a new e-mail scam.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

TwitViewer Could be Associated with Phishing Scam

Twitter issued a note on July 28, 2009 stating that TwitViewer, a service that enables users to find out who is monitoring them on Twitter, is actually

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

Decline in Funds Affects IT Security Adversely

RSA Conference conducted a security survey, according to which 75% of IT executives stated that the most serious security challenge before them was strained

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

Sussex Taxpayers Warned Against E-mail Scam

Crawley Police (Sussex, UK) have issued a warning for people of an e-mail scam that is currently hitting inboxes of Sussex taxpayers, as reported by

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

Researchers Discover BIOS Rootkit Shipped with Laptops

Anibal Sacco and Alfredo Ortega, Security Researchers at Core Security Technologies, made a presentation at the Black Hat Conference. According to their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

Vulnerability Discovered in BIND DNS Servers

The ISC (Internet Systems Consortium) along with USCERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) have cautioned about a security flaw uncovered

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/18

Hackers Could Exploit Apple Keyboard

Addressing the Black Hat Conference, K. Chen, Security Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, cyber criminals can hack or infect the sleek Mac

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

SecureWorks Discovers Banking Trojan Targeting High Profile Businesses

Joe Stewart, researcher at SecureWorks, has found 'Clampi' a Trojan, also called Llomo, Rscan or Ligats, as it pulls out account information from the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

Malware Writers Upgrade Koobface Botnet to Become More Resilient

According to security researchers at Trend Micro, people who created the social networking virus 'Koobface' have modified their botnet significantly so that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

Spammers Use Google’s ‘Hot Trends’ for Malicious Links

Security company 'MX Logic' released the MX Logic Threat Forecast & Report for August 2009 on July 28, 2009, which states that online scammers and ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

Botnet Activity Boosts Spam to Even Higher Levels

According to the latest statistics from McAfee, which has discovered an increased and most lasting flow of monthly spam volumes, there has been a rise of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

Trojans Dominate BitDefender’s Top Ten E-threats for July 2009

Trojans dominate the list of Top Ten e-threats for July 2009 by BitDefender, a list about the most famous malware pieces. 5 out of 10 worst e-threats on the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/17

Green Residents Attacked by Phishing E-mail Scam

Web users in Green, Ohio (US) are being attacked by phishers who are running an extremely refined ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/15

Woman Arrested for Alleged Involvement in Global Online Scam

A woman, resident of Rockhampton central Queensland (Australia), suspected of being involved in an Internet fraud worth $500,000, has been taken into police

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/15

Telecoms Regulator in Netherlands Charges Spammer a Hefty Fine

According to a statement given by OPTA the telecommunications regulator in the Netherlands on July 27, 2009, Reinier Schenkhuizen, a software maker and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/15

People Alerted of E-mail Scam Offering Visas

In Abu Dhabi (UAE), diplomatic missions and the police have alerted people about an e-mail circulating on the Internet that is presenting travel visas to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/15

Multi-language Spam - A New Trend Among Spammers

According to MessageLabs' July 2009 Intelligence Report, spammers are actively

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/15

HMRC Issues Warning of Phishing Attacks for Contractors

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has asked contractors working through limited companies or sole traders to remain vigilant against rising number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/14

McAfee - Auto-Run Malware Infection on Rise

McAfee has recently launched its Q2 Threats Report which says that flash memory and USB-based ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/14

Sex Still Hot Topic in Malware Attacks

According to the Internet security company 'Sophos,' there is an increasing circulation of malware

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/14

Russian Internet Users Lost $200 Million Due to Spam

According to Alexander Gostev, Head of The Center of Threat Global Studies and Analysis at Moscow's Kaspersky Lab, Internet surfers in Russia lost an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/14

Trojan ZeuS Behind Bank Account Hacking in Bullitt County

Investigators at SecureWorks, an Internet security company, report that computer thieves from Ukraine, who attacked Bullitt County's bank account in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/14

AVG Antivirus Wrongly Detects iTunes as Malware

Free antivirus software of AVG momentarily prevented users from accessing iTunes during the 4th week

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/13

Vietnam Listed in World’s Top 12 Spam Producing Countries

Sophos, the UK-based internet security company, released the spam trend report for the second quarter of 2009. The security company claimed that Vietnam had

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/13

Second Malvertising Attack on Celebrity News Website of UK

The well-known showbiz and celebrity news website, Digital Spy, has reportedly been attacked by ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/13

More Fake Money Transfers Occur from Companies’ Bank Accounts

Following the drainage of US$415,000 from an account of Bullitt County during the end week of June 2009 when malware was planted on the treasurer's PC,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/13

South Africa Experiencing Persistent Phishing Scams

A security investigation by market intelligence company 'I-Net Bridge' reveals that it is important for consumers and investors to move cautiously since

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/13

Hacker Scams Woman Using Victim’s Yahoo E-mail

A woman named Andi Holland, resident of Enid Oklahoma (USA) and Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center's executive director, realized that a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

Customized Malicious Twitter Posts Increasing at a Rapid Pace

In a recent report, security firm Trend Micro's spokesman Rik Ferguson has stated that malicious Twitter posts are becoming dangerously customized, thereby

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

Websites of WHO and MI5 Hacked Using XSS Attacks

The official websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK's national security agency, Millitary Intelligence, Section 5 (the MI5), are found

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

Virus Circulation via E-mails on a Rise, Says Network Box

A managed security firm Network Box has revealed that the number of viruses sent through e-mails has surged by 300% during May-July 2009. After analyzing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

People Alerted About Lottery Scam Abusing RBI’s Name

The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has alerted people that an e-mail scam pertaining to an alleged lottery is circulating across the Internet.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

E-mail Scam Purports To Be From Revenue Commissioners

A fresh phishing campaign is currently targeting consumers in Ireland as its e-mails pose

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

Conficker Virus Paralyzes Police’s And Sheriff Office’s Computers

According to the reports from Azdailysun.com published on July 31, 2009, a PC virus is understood to have attacked the networks at the Flagstaff Police

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/12

Compromised Websites, A Common Threat On Today’s Internet

According to Senior Security Analyst Rik Ferguson from Trend Micro, it is really unfortunate that compromised websites have become a constant companion of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/11

Microsoft’s Researcher Freed China from the Blame of Spammiest Nation

After analyzing all the statistics, Terry Zink, e-mail security researcher at Microsoft, set China free from the tag of "spammiest" country and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/8/11

Symantec Discovers Browser Trojan Infecting Computers

Symantec Security Response Team have recently discovered a new attack vector - Trojan.Ransompage - which is actually an upgradation of ransom threats sent

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