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August 2010

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

World’s Most Dangerous Places to Access Internet

Internet security company AVG Technologies has revealed that web surfers in Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia are most likely to face risks while

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

25% Worms Propagate Through Infected USB Devices

Panda Security's anti-malware lab has found that in 2010, 25% of new worms have been exclusively crafted to propagate via USB storage devices linked to PCs.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

UK Climbs To No.4 Position Among Most Spammed Countries

According to Symantec the security vendor, which published the latest statistics, cyber-criminals are gaining control over increasing number of contaminated

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

Spammers Using Dead Celebrity Stories To Build Zeus Botnet

Researchers at security firm Symantec state that hackers are duping computer-users with stories about dead celebrities in such a way that the latter open

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

Telstra Alerts About Bigpond Phishing E-Mail

BigPond the retail Internet wing of Telstra, the telecommunications provider in Australia has sent out an alert, urging users to watch out for a hoax e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

Phishers Target Automotive Sales Businesses

A top internet security firm, Symantec, has warned against a new wave of phishing e-mails.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/31

International Research Team Crippled PushDo Botnet

An international research team comprising PhD students and professors at Germany's Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of California, Santa Barbara,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Rustock Botnet Pumps Maximum Number of Spam

On August 24, 2010, Symantec Corp. released its August 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. The report states that spam e-mails sent from botnets reached

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

India Stays at 2nd Place in Sending Spam

A study by Trend Micro reveals that India continues to occupy the second place in terms of spam generation, accounting for nearly 12.55% of the total ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Bogus FedEx E-mails Infect Computer with Malware

Nearly two intended victims of a computer virus originating with a mail that seems to have come from

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Yoyo Botnet Found, Launches DDOS Assaults

According to the security investigators at Arbor Networks, they've found a fresh botnet, which executes DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Jeanette’s Hotmail Sends Scam E-Mail

Jeanette Warke who discovered the Londonderry-situated Shared City Project, on August 23, 2010, was shocked when she discovered that hackers used her e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Trojan Imitates MS Security Essentials Warning, Distributes Bogus AV

According to Help Net Security, which published its news on August 23, 2010, researchers have detected a Trojan that mimics an alert from Microsoft Security

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

Spam Mail Warns Assassination

A certain United Kingdom resident and software engineer named Charles Anderson lately got a spam mail in which the writer tells him that he has been taken

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/30

iTunes accountholders victimized in PayPal phishing attack

According to Torontosun.com, which published its news on August 24, 2010, an alleged ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/28

Computer Users Warned As Fake AV Attacks Hits The Web World

Sophos (an IT security and data protection firm) is cautioning computer users to beware of a new prevalent spam campaign intended to infect computers with

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/28

Airport Internet Terminals Haunted by Scareware

Using Wi-Fi network for accessing internet invites risk. Airport terminals may seem more secure to update Facebook status and check e-mails, but Symantec

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/28

McAfee Warns Against Bogus Visa Waiver Virus

Internet security firm McAfee cautioned travelers to the United States to stay away from rouge websites that claim to help registers details in advance of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/28

Iraq: The Most Dangerous Nation for Surfing Web in Middle East

According to a recent study by Internet Security Company, AVG, it is found that the most unsafe place to browse internet in the Middle East is Iraq, with a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/28

Internet Threats Infect Forty Six Percent SMBs in the US

The Cloud Security Company, Panda Security, declared on August 24, 2010 the results of the US edition of its second annual International Barometer of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Trojan Might be Responsible for 2008 Madrid Plane Crash

The investigation of the 2008 Spanair Flight JK 5022 crash reveals that the tragedy could have been stopped if an important system would have not been

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Scammers Threatening Website Owners to Launch DDoS Attacks

Internet security firm, Symantec, has seized a scam attempt, depending on scare tactics to scam domain owners into transferring virtual money, or experience

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Resume Spam Mails Lead To Scareware

A newly launched spam mail campaign, pretending to be resume submissions, are being circulated on the Net, telling recipients to click on given attachments

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Q2 2010 Witnessed 540 Million Infection Attempts

Kaspersky Lab, A leading vendor of secure content management solutions, has released its report on information security threats for Q2 2010. According to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Hackers Steal Army Secrets From South Korea

A maker of law reports that hackers stole 1,715 data files carrying military secrets of South Korea with war programs opposed to North Korea, after they

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

3m Fake Youtube Pages Serving Bogus Anti-Virus

According to Zscaler, almost 3m fake YouTube web-pages have been discovered that are driving unwary visitors into downloading bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

Qtel Accelerates Drive Against Phishing Mails

Qatar Telecom has paced up its campaign against fake phishing e-mails and cautioned its

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/27

A Canadian Teenager Accused of Hacking

A teen from an isolated Northern Saskatchewan community (Canada) has been accused of hacking into a set of New York based social networking websites.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

Facebook Phishing Increases, Making It Second Most Phished Brand

Security researchers at a German antivirus vendor 'Avira' caution that the number of ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

New Xerox WorkCentre Pro Infecting Emails Detected

A new series of spam e-mails alleged to be automated messages sent by 'Xerox WorkCentre Pro machines' were circulating a Trojan from the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

Man commits suicide following victimization in a 419 scam

Al Circelli a man from Yonker, New York has killed himself understandably because he was victimized in a global romance along with a financial scam (419

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

Linux Community Patches Six-Year-Old Dangerous Bug

The Linux kernel has at last been redeemed from a privilege-escalation flaw that facilated unreliable local user to gain free rights to the most safe and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

Windows And 40 Software Programs Have Critical Code-Execution Vulnerability

According to a warning by one security researcher, attacks involving the execution of remote code can be easily carried out on Microsoft Windows as well as

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

Cameron Diaz, Riskiest Celebrity To Search For: Mcafee

McAfee the security software developer during a new research found that the name of celebrity Cameron Diaz was most risky to search for online.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

New Clickjacking Scam Unveiled On Facebook

Security firm Sophos found that cybercriminals had launched a new kind of clickjacking worm on Facebook, as reported by The Register on August 18,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/26

21 Year Old Botnet Operator Stole $30,000

Gary Kelly, 21, from Manchester (England), recently admitted in a post on the underground forum that he not only operated, but also got US$ 30,000 using a

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

New Mexico Secretary of State's Laptop Found Infected with Malware

Mary Herrera's (Mexico Secretary of State) office had been victimized to computer system attacks during the last four months, including a virus that directs

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

Fake Tax-Reimbursement E-Mails Target Malaysia

The IRB (Inland Revenue Board), Malaysia has warned citizens about phishing e-mails

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

Critical Flaw Fixed in VLC Media Player

The VideoLAN project has launched the version 1.1.3 of its popular VLC Media Player program, which contains a space for dangerous arbitrary code execution

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

By July-End 2010, Nearly 20,000 Phishing Cases Reported To APAC

According to APAC the Anti-Phishing Alliance of China, by the time July 2010 ended, there were 19,817 incidences associated with ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

Adobe Releases Out-of-Band Updates For Acrobat And Reader

Adobe, recently, in an out-of-band cycle, has issued security patches for Acrobat and Reader fixing bugs that were disclosed in July 2010 during the then

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

Websites Exploiting Young Pop Star 'Justin Bieber' To Distribute Malware

Security researchers at PandaLabs have seized a new black hat search engine optimization (BHSEO) campaign, which infects search results related to teen pop

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

Phishing Assaults Drop 10% During Q2-2010

Internet Identity (IID), a company that provides technology and services, issued its ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/25

New Trojan Kit Steals Facebook Details

Researchers at security firm BitDefender have detected a new do-it-yourself kit created to produce customized ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/24

New FAKEAV Impersonates Windows Automatic Updates Dialog

According to the news from Softpedia published on August 18, 2010, a Trojan virus disseminated through bogus DHL e-mails is planting fresh scareware that

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/24

Hackers Use New Phishing Methods

Researchers at a German antivirus vendor Avira caution users about the latest pharma spam campaign

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/24

Cyber-Criminals Pushing Genuine Anti-Virus Uninstall

ITPRO in its news dated August 19, 2010 reports that cyber-criminals, by employing a tactic of social engineering are tricking Internet-users into getting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Rising Latvian Botnets Sparks Clash Between Spamhaus and NIC.LV

Rising concerns over the rush of malicious e-mails from Latvia have started a discordant clash between the country's domain ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Fresh ICQ Worm Contaminates Innumerable End-Users

According to Softpedia which published news on August 17, 2010, a new PC virus is presently proliferating and contaminating people's computers that are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Spammers Outsourcing Captcha-Cracking Task For Cheap

Researchers at UC San Diego recently conducted a study according to which, ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Media Temple Customers Attacked Despite Thorough Cleansing

Softpedia in its news published on August 16, 2010 reports that customers of Media Temple the company which provides software application and web hosting

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Recently Compromised Websites Could Launch Attack Anytime

Security researchers at the SANS Internet Scam Center (ISC) have cautioned against a new SQL injection-like attack, which has hacked a considerable number

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

Malicious Attachments Distribute BREDOLAB Malware

In the recent past, researchers at Trend Micro have found that there has been a considerable increase in the number of spammed messages which deliver

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/23

A New Hack Attack Hits Apple.com

As per the news published by The Register on August 17, 2010, a hack attack, which exposes users to the ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Indian Ministry Pcs Under Attack By Dangerous Virus

A few overseas-based unidentified computer hackers have of late invaded the e-mail account belonging to the Indian ambassador deputed in Uzbekistan which

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Hackers Attack Illegally Running Credit Card Processing Firm

Researchers from security company Trend Micro report that hackers have invaded 'The operation,' an illegally running clearing house which processes credit

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Facebook Fraudsters Disseminating Bogus ‘Dislike’ Link

According to a warning by Facebook, an ongoing scam is presenting users an opportunity to add to their profiles what's called a 'dislike' option.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Symantec Unveils New Spam Scam

According to security vendor Symantec, a new spam campaign circulating on Internet features as a credential-stealing Trojan. This Trojan is hidden in

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Millions of Web Websites Hacked by Malicious Widget

Security researchers at Armorize Technologies said that approximately five million parked domains belonging to Network Solutions customers became victim to

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/21

Malware Attack Against Red Cross Website

Zscaler the security software company, during the 2nd week of August 2010, unveiled a fresh campaign which spread malicious software against the Red Cross

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Spam Volume Increased by 10% from May to July

The latest e-mail security report for August 2010 released by a German email security specialist 'eleven' states that after remaining constant for the first

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Fake Windows MSRT Utilized For Spreading Scareware

Researchers at security firm Trend Micro have detected a phony MSRT (Malicious Software Removal Tool), which displays the real icon belonging to the

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Malware Purveyors Exploit The Release Of Microsoft’s August Security Bulletin

Security researchers belonging to BitDefender the security company caution that a fresh campaign is going on, distributing ...

SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Fake E-Mails Circulating Supposedly From Facebook And Linkedin

Security researchers at Websense the Web and E-mail Security Company are cautioning that bogus e-mails purporting to be from Facebook and LinkedIn are

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Virus Bulletin - 35% of Security Suites Failed on Vista

The security tests conducted by Virus Bulletin (an independent malware journal and website) have

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

Spam Crossed Ninety Percent Mark in July 2010

Spam output reached ninety percent in July 2010 with junk mails or spam mails

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/20

New Wave of Infected Spam Emails Detected

Security researchers at MX Lab warn of a new wave of spam emails with different content and subjects. These e-mails distribute a malicious payload new Zbot

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

The Pirate Bay Website Found Serving Malware

According to reports obtained from slyck.com dated August 12, 2010, when a Web-surfer does a search on The Pirate Bay, an alert appears from Google

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

Anti-Virus Software Programmers Losing Battle To Viruses

Ron Clarkson, Senior Vice-President of CoreTrace Corporation, said that since malware writers

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

Zappos E-Mail Confirming Order, Is A Fake

In accordance with Wallet Pop, which released news on August 13, 2010, North Dakota and Minnesota (USA) situated BBB (Better Business Bureau) has reported

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

Man In Burton Has Hackers Compromise His Account

Tony Mulcahy a man in the Burton county of U.K, who is an advice specialist on personal injuries, is upset and angry ever since hackers compromised his

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

Income Tax Phishing Websites Deactivated

According to the financialadvice.co.uk, which published news on August 12, 2010, HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) confirms that almost 200 fake websites

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

Hotmail Account of Export Councilwoman Hacked

The Hotmail e-mail account of Melanie Litz, Export Councilwoman of U.S got breached during the 2nd week of August 2010.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/19

‘Moshi Monsters’ Search Results Corrupted In New Bhseo Campaign

Security researchers at Panda Security an anti-virus company in Spain are cautioning that a fresh

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Online Forum 4chan Under Attack Via New Technique of Malware Obfuscation

MMPC or the Microsoft malware Protection Center, the software company Microsoft's Internet software

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Microsoft Issues Record ‘Monthly’ Security Bulletin In August 2010

Software giant Microsoft on August 10, 2010, a Tuesday issued 14 security patches, of which 8 are rated as "critical," towards addressing 34 flaws

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Computer Virus Hits Kern Medical Center

As per the news published by KGET on August 8, 2010, California based Kern Medical Center (KMC) was attacked by a harmful software virus attacking

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Click Fraud Trojans - A Profitable Business

Security experts at Trend Micro have discovered that click fraud conducted through medium-sized botnet is a profitable business that can earn millions of

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Best Buy & Target Websites Exploited to Run Email Scams

Security firms such as 'Webroot' and 'Sophos' warn netizens to be cautious against email scams originating from the websites of retail companies like Best

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

TDSS Rootkit Technologies Back

Security firm 'Kaspersky Lab' has warned Internet users to keep a check on their PCs for the presence of TDSS rootkit. It is a nasty piece of code in its

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

Registry Smart Pro - The Latest Name To Fake Antispyware

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a malicious application devised to trick users and persuade them into buying a fake antivirus program,

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/18

$1 Million Stolen from UK Bank Accounts by New Zeus Trojan

Researchers at M86 Security have disclosed about another botnet built on the Zeus Trojan named Zeus v3 which means swiping bank information from unnamed

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

MX Lab Intercepts Yousendit Spam Schemes

Security researchers at the Belgian e-mail security firm MX Lab report that cyber-criminals are running two spam scams, which exploit the popular website

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

Two Young Germans Arrested In Online Banking Fraud

According to reports obtained from Pattayadailynews.com published on August 9, 2010, Pattaya, Thailand's Crime Suppression Division Police detained Dave

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

Jewelry Scam Strikes Against Diamond Dealers

According to the news from Jeweler Magazine dated August 10, 2010, a foreign scam is targeting several Australian jewelers among which one retailer has

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

New Report On Top Badware Networks And Service Providers

HostExploit or HE a group that voluntarily tracks badware, recently, released a report for Q2-2010, providing the latest 'HE Index' of global 'Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

Ten Most Prevalent Malware Threats Unveiled

Cisco while releasing a report for Q2-2010 reveals that the most prevalent malware is Gumblar that accounted for 5.4% of the total malicious programs during

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

New Scareware Exploits Authenticity Of Virus Total

Researchers at security firm "Sunbelt" caution that a new variant of scareware is trying to abuse the brand awareness and reputation of VirusTotal

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

Malware Soars in Second Quarter of 2010

On August 10, 2010, McAfee Inc. released its McAfee Threats Report for Second Quarter of 2010. The report stated that malware touched the highest levels

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/17

Security Researchers Discover Google Images BHSEO Campaign

Security researchers at Webroot (a firm that develops various anti-malware products) have newly intercepted a new Google Images Black Hat Search Engine

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Security Researchers Discover Fake Antivirus ‘Wireshark’

A new piece of scareware known as 'Wireshark Antivirus' has been identified by security researchers at "Avira." The scareware seems to be a true

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

CA Cautions Online Users Of E-Mail Scam Involving Bogus Ticket

Security researchers from CA the security software company have issued an alert that malware

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Viruses and Malware Among Top Web 2.0 Concerns

A new research conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Check Point Software has revealed that malware, data loss and viruses are the top web 2.0 issues faced

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Users Taking Risks On The Internet, Study Shows

BitDefender the IT security software firm, which conducted an experiment over a 7-day period, found that 75% of people on the Net used a common password and

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Firefox 4.0 Crack Disseminates Malware

On the word of reports from The Register published on August 6, 2010, cyber-criminals are spreading a scam involving a phony download of Firefox 4.0 beta

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

New Worm Targets Facebook

ESET, an anti-virus and threat protection firm, has revealed that a new worm may be circulating on

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Microsoft Examines New Vulnerability

The Technology Company, Microsoft, says that it is examining a new flaw in Windows. The issue highlighted a bug in the operating system's kernel

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/16

Cybercrime Increasing Alarmingly - SonicWALL

On 6th August, 2010, SonicWALL, Inc., a prominent security firm, published its mid-year report on the highest cybercrime trends for the year 2010, as per

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/14

Cyber Criminals Use Zeus Variants To Snatch Certificates

According to Trend Micro (a security firm), their researchers had noticed lots of suspicious files with a strange digital signature.

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SPAMfighter News 2010/8/14

Phishing E-Mails Related to StarCraft II Wings of Liberty Grab Battle.net Accounts

According to new reports from Tom's Hardware released on August 3, 2010, online fraudsters are attacking fans of StarCraft II by sending them e-mails that

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