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August 2011

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/31

Skype Vulnerability Makes End-Users Susceptible to Malware Execution

According to a security researcher from Germany, there's a security flaw within the Skype's newest edition for Windows, which if exploited, lets

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/31

Scareware, Fake AV Malware Incidences Falling

As per CEO Alvin Estevez of Enigma Software, fake anti-virus as well as other scareware applications

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/31

Pidgin 2.10.0 Arrives With Security Flaws Patched

Instant messaging (IM) software Pidgin 2.10.0 has been lately patched using several vulnerability fixes while taking care of 3 security flaws within the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/31

Latest Nigerian 419 Scam Targets Previously Victimized Individuals

According to F-Secure a security company, it has detected one fresh devious form of a Nigerian 419 e-mail scam that apparently justifies the most recent

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/30

Web-Attackers Have New Technique for Escaping Malware Identification, Says Google

Creators of malicious software are employing one particular method called IP cloaking so they can increasingly dupe anti-malware software into letting their

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/30

Massive Cyber Attack on Epson Korea Poses Future Threat for Many Customers

South Korean unit of Japan's Seiko Epson Corp, Epson Korea is massively attacked by a data breach compromising 350,000 registered customers, reported naked

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/30

South Korea’s Military Being Extremely Vigilant of Computer Hacking

According to one defense official in South Korea, its military is being extremely vigilant of computer hacking within the department since one dubious

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/30

Computer Users Alerted to ‘Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee’

Hackers in another familiar type of attack are marketing malicious software claiming it to be a tool for identifying and eliminating malware, with the tool

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/29

NY State Police Warns the Public About One Fresh Phishing E-Mail

The Computer Crime Division of the New York State Police (NYSP) has raised an alert regarding one fresh spurious e-mail, which poses as a message from the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/29

Indian BFSI Enterprises Suffer Almost Rupees 7Crores in Losses: Symantec

A survey that Symantec the worldwide information security company conducted over hundred institutions from India's BFSI (Banking, Financial and Insurance)

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/29

Invoice E-Mails from Different Organizations Loaded With Malware

Security researchers warn that a malicious e-mail having the header "Re: Corp. invoice from [firm's name]" alternatively "Re: Inter-company

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/29

Insufficient Website Security Results in Overwhelming Security Hacks, Highlights Ovum

According to one recent research named "Web Security Report" that Ovum the analyst company conducted, creators of websites aren't assigning

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/27

Scareware Increased Immensely During Q2-2011, Reports Kaspersky

In its most recent Q2-2011 quarterly report, Kaspersky Labs outlines that scareware, meaning fake ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/27

Facebook Chat Feature Exploited for Spreading Malware

According to researchers from G-Data the security company, a malware assault has recently been

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/27

Exaggerated Virus Attack Delivers Fake AV

A careless mistakes ignored by the cyber crooks facilitated security researchers at Armorize to explore a malicious iFrame injection attack, which is posing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/27

BBB Warns about Fake Electronic Mails Asking for Rating Verification

The Southern Arizona BBB (Better Business Bureau) is cautioning both consumers and businesses of the most recent e-mail scam which's posing as a

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/26

Spam Mails Purportedly from UPS Circulating Online

Researchers from security company Commtouch are cautioning that one fresh malicious e-mail campaign is circulating online while it poses as being sent from

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/26

Incredible Hike for E-Mail Spam, Says M86 Security

M86 Security reports that malicious junk e-mails have increased significantly, largely surpassing anything the company observed during 2009-10. ITPro

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/26

DDoS Attack Tool: Underground Connections

Researchers at Arbor Networks' exposed the circulation of malware through the launch of a

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/26

ATO Commissioner Warns about Tax Scams

Michael D'Ascenzo Tax Commissioner of Australian Tax Office, the national tax agency of Australia has urged citizens for remaining vigilant of tax-related

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/25

Phishing Scam Strikes UH Students

Security researchers caution University of Hawaii students in Hawaii, USA that phishing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/25

Online Fraudsters Filch $217,000 Out of Nebraska Qwest Center

According to the KrebsonSecurity reports dated August 16, 2011, online-thieves, during July 2011, got away with $217,000 from MECA (Metropolitan

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/25

Malicious Codes Concealed in Digital Images: Shady RAT Attacks

Symantec researchers explored a massive cyber attack designed behind the "Operation Shady RAT", where hackers concealed harmful viruses behind

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/25

Digital Currency Bitcoins Being Minted With Malware Targeting GPUs

According to security researchers at Symantec, they've discovered one malware, which generates Bitcoins the virtual currency, through leveraging

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/24

Scam E-Mail Involving Government Tender Reported

According to Limpopo Treasury on August 14, 2011, a police investigation was being conducted into a tender fraud, which duped Internet-users into crediting

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/24

How Pay-Per-Install Industry Values Malware Dissemination

Researchers who during August 8-12, 2011 attended the USENIX Security Symposium held at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis presented a paper titled

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/24

Online Searches for Prescription Drugs Increasingly Redirecting to Illicit Websites

According to the "Shots" report of NPR at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), approximately one online search from every 3 to get information about

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/24

Imperva Study Reveals Fresh Hacking Technique on Search Engines

According to the security firm Imperva, cyber-criminals are increasingly exploiting search engines such as Google for effectively targeting vulnerable

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/24

CTIA Cautions about Phishing E-Mails

CTIA has issued an alert to Internet-users that one fresh e-mail scam is presently circulating online, while it poses as a communication from the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/23

USA, the Greatest Malware Generator, Reports Kaspersky

In its Q2-2011 security report, Kaspersky Lab the computer security firm highlights that almost 90% of the Internet sites that are utilized for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/23

Source Code of SpyEye Released Online

A French security investigator Xyliton, recently, leaked out the source code of the world's most sophisticated as well as harmful ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/23

HTML5 with Plentiful Holes can be Hacked with Old Tactics

Software giants all over the globe are eagerly looking forward to the about to be introduced web-standard -HTML5 that's supposed to help unite web-content

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/23

Fake CCleaner Directs End-Users for Making Payment

GFI the security company has lately detected one Russian website hosted on 'myccleaner.ru' that provides a download namely CCleaner the popular device for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/22

UWM’s PC Infiltrated, Database for 75,000 Leaked

According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, hackers broke into its computer system and installed ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/22

Cyber-Criminals Currently Phishing for Frequent Flier Points

Kaspersky Lab the IT security company headquartered in Russia has just released its July 2011 ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/22

Trojan Script Becomes Glued to Super Glue Website

According to a warning by security company Avast Software, before eliminating malevolent redirection scripts, people who visited the globally popular Super

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/22

Spear Phishing Scam Strikes America’s Military and Senior Officials

A personalized phishing scam called spear-phishing is presently circulating online as it

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/20

Rootkit Creators Annihilating Their Mutual Codes

It is being observed that malware developers are attacking competitors for maintaining full control

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/20

Myanmar Occupies First Spot among Countries with Most Malicious Web-Traffic

According to its 'State of the Internet Report ' the vendor for content network servings Akamai reveals that Myanmar, most unexpectedly, is the No.1

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/20

Microsoft’s August 2011 Patch Tuesday Serves 13 Patches

Microsoft has just issued a total of 13 security-patches, fixing vulnerabilities within its large number of software applications among which security flaws

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/20

Bogus E-Mails Purport to be Microsoft Security Patch

Security researchers recently spotted a spam mail circulating online, which apparently notifies of a security update for Microsoft's Windows OS. Computer

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/19

Unification Ministry’s Portal Subjected to Attempted Online Assault

During a series of cyber-assaults against corporate and government websites, the most recently attempted online assault targeted South Korea's Unification

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/19

Significant Decline in Fake AV Software: McAfee

According to a revelation by the security firm, McAfee a remarkable reduction of fake AV software, known as scareware is noticed considering the shake-up to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/19

Researcher States MBR Malicious Programs Making a Comeback

According to a security researcher named Hon Lau from Symantec, MBR (Master Boot Record) malware

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/19

Over 50% of Enterprise Users Work with Expired Adobe Reader Versions, Reports Zscaler

Zscaler the cloud security vendor recently published its security research paper titled "State of the Web Report for Q2-2011" according to which,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/18

Unlimited Profit Acclaimed Via Malvertising Attacks

According to the revelation by Security Vendor Blue Coat Systems, the Shnakule network that has been carrying out the fake antivirus attacks through search

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/18

North Korean Attackers Hacking the South’s Widely-visited Gaming Websites

Authorities in Sough Korea have alleged that Kim Jong-il leader of North Korea has discovered one unique means for raising funds, so desperately needed,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/18

E-mail Scam Making Money: Masquerades QEH

Health workers residing in the African countries are continuously receiving fake e-mails offering promising job profiles as pharmacists at the Queen

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/18

China Surged with Cyber Attacks in 2010

According to the Government officials of China, nearly 500,000 cyber attacks in 2010 were implanted with the motive of attacking computers. A large part of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/17

E-Mail Scam Entraps Louisianan on National Unclaimed Property

John Kennedy, a Louisiana Treasurer (US) raised alarm for the residents of Louisiana against real-estate e-mail scam. People are warned against indulging

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/17

GFI Highlights July E-Threats as Malware-Laced Autowhaler and Codec-Disguised Scareware

GFI Software has just declared the Top Ten e-threats it identified during July 2011. Among those the company highlighted, an "autowhaler" app

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/17

SpyEye and its Powerful Capabilities

Security researcher Rossano Ferraris at Computer Associates together with his group of other researchers has elaborately studied the notorious Trojan SpyEye

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/17

Gordon Ramsay Sues Wife’s Father over Hacking

The craggy-faced popular chef Gordon Ramsay, who keeps cursing, has filed a suit against his father-in-law on grounds he employed spying software for

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/16

Microsoft Urges Windows Users to Keep UAC Enabled

Microsoft, during the 1st-week of August 2011, recommended users that they should keep a security feature of Windows that's frequently criticized enabled,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/16

Google Expert Reveals Loopholes within Sophos Security Software

In criticizing the security industry, a renowned Google researcher says that the anti-virus sector is

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/16

Spam Mails Masquerading as Firefox Update Deliver Trojan

Security investigators at Security Company Sophos caution that bogus e-mails posing as notifications for Firefox update are circulating online while taking

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/16

Programmable Malware Hits Specific Databases

As per the security firm Trend Micro, a latest HTTP programmable malware has been launched to use a

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/16

Fresh Malware Assault Pretends to be Death News of Fidel Castro

According to researchers from Sophos the security company, one fresh malware assault, which

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/15

Epsilon Poised with Cloud-Computing-Related Data Breaches in Q2-2011: Trend Micro

According to a recent report, "2Q 2011 Threat Roundup", published by Trend Micro Inc., a global cloud security leader, the most dangerous threats

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/15

Cyber-criminals Abusing WordPress’ Popular Extension

CEO Mark Maunder of Feedjit based in Seattle cautions that cyber-criminals are abusing publishing platform WordPress' popular extension for compromising

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/15

Cisco: Web Malware Almost Doubled in Q2-2011

As per the Cisco's second-quarter threat report for Q2-2011, unique web malware increased twice in

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/15

Anti-virus Software Disabled by Fake Codec Trojan

ESET announced the spread of dangerous new variant of the Win32/Delf.QCZ Trojan through Facebook, as reported by virus removal on August 6, 2011.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/13

DDoS and Hacking Services for Sale on Secret Websites

According to Daniel Krebs an independent security researcher, hackers have started contending among themselves openly by providing DDoS (distributed

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/13

Cyber-crime Expenses Increasing since 2010, Reveals Study

According to a study -"Second Annual Cost of Cyber-Crime" that Ponemon Institute recently conducted, costs of cyber-crime for businesses have

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/13

Crimeware Evolution Grew Globally during H2-2010

APWG recently published its H2-2010 phishing Activity Trends Report, according to which,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/13

‘The Sun’ Cautions Subscribers Following Hack into Its Site

According to a warning by The Sun, numerous readers who took part during competitions the newspaper organized on its Internet site may've had their private

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/12

SpyEye Controllers Cash in on Amazon’s Cloud

Investigators from Kaspersky Lab the anti-virus company said that cyber-criminals developing ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/12

Scareware Purveyors Resort to Socially-engineered Spam Mails

According to the ThreatSeeker Network of Websense, it has been keeping watch as well as tracing one new spam campaign that's targeting credit card owners

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/12

PayPal Lists 1,000 IP Addresses Involved in Hack, for FBI

Back in 2010, an unknown hackers' gang attacked PayPal when the payment service froze the account Wikileaks used. But data from the hackers' activity was

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/12

New Click-fraud Trojan Attacks Mac OS X

Researchers at F-Secure the security company state that they've spotted one fresh Trojan performing click fraud on Mac OS X as it diverts Web-surfers onto

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/12

Croydon Inhabitants Cautioned about Fake ‘Olympics’ E-mails

South London, England located Croydon's Department of Trading Standards has issued an alert to residents for remaining vigilant of e-mails that pose as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/11

Security Flaws in PLCs Controlling Prison Locks, Doors Can Weaken Prison Cells

A standard alert pertaining to crucial systems in USA is that they're susceptible to cyber-assaults of the Stuxnet style. Close to this is a warning by

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/11

Re-establishment of an Inquiry Team Announce Metropolitan Police

Scotland Yard is to set up a new task force for examining allegations of computer hacking by the News of the World, reports guardian.co.uk on July 30,

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/11

Malware Top Worry, Shows Sophos in its 2011 Mid-Year E-Threats Report

According to the Mid-Year 2011 Security Threat Report, which Sophos recently published, starting from 2011, a mean of 150,000 malicious programs has been

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/11

Distinctive Malware Attacks Keep on Growing

According to Cisco, which released its most recent quarterly report, there's a growing use of Advanced Persistent Threat assaults aimed at business

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/10

POC ‘Stegobot’ Botnet Capable of Capturing Files through Facebook Photographs

Investigators from the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology situated inside New Delhi, India and the Urbana-Champaign based University of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/10

Californian Sentenced to Lengthy Prison over Phishing

That Tien Truong Nguyen, a 34-yr old man from California has been legally ordered towards serving prison for over 12 years because he had been involved in

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/10

BBB Claims that KFC Mails are Circulating

As per the reports by wave3.com on July 29, 2011 Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Louisville (US) has warned about a scam mail that claims to be from the

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/10

Account Compromise with Vulnerabilities in ICQ Website and ICQ Instant Messenger

Levent Kayan, security researcher is cautioning that there are vulnerabilities in both the ICQ Internet site and the ICQ IM (instant messenger) pertaining

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/9

M86 Reveals Hike in Email-Based Attacks

While analyzing trends of cyber threats during the initial half of 2011, security experts from M86 Security Labs claimed that cyber crooks are upgrading

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/9

ALDI Hard Drives Found to Contain Malware

ALDI the seller of 'Fission External,' which's equipped with four functionalities -hard drive, USB, DVD, and card reader, is doing business across

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/9

Spam Campaign Piggybacks on RSA Breach: AppRiver

According to researchers from AppRiver the security company, they have spotted one fresh spam campaign which's trying to take advantage of the RSA

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/9

Germany’s BKA Cautions about Fresh Internet Banking Malware

BKA the German Federal Criminal Police lately alerted computer-users to one fresh malware strain

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/8

Rootkit Contaminations Found on Windows XP

According to AVAST's Virus Lab, its researchers have discovered that rootkit infections are increasingly occurring through pirated and un-patched editions

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/8

British Police Declares LulzSec Hacktivist ‘Topiary’ Arrested

The British Metropolitan Police Service has arrested a teenager aged 19 following doubts that he executed hacking assaults on several websites, thus

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/8

South Korea Company Loses 35m Users’ Private Information to Hackers

The South Korea Communications Commission stated that hackers viciously infiltrated its widely visited websites for social networking followed with stealing

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/8

Malware Purveyors Launch Fresh IRS-Related E-Mail Scam

Investigators from Trend Micro the security company caution that bogus IRS (Internal Revenue Service) e-mails are circulating online while they pose as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/6

Scam E-mail Targets Tax Payers at England

In a recent scam, the owner of Riverhouse Inn, a restaurant in Weymouth (Dorset, England) Lorraine D'Agostino, has been alerting the tax payers, mainly

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/6

Phishing Increasing in Number and Sophistication: IID

IID (Internet Identity) a security company, on July 26, 2011, issued its Q2-2011 research paper according to which, ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/6

Google AdWords Users at Jeopardy

Security experts from security firm, Sophos confirmed about the "Google AdWords" ...

SPAMfighter News 2011/8/6

E-mail Spammers Exploiting Online Bankers’ ‘Financial Fear’

According to researchers from Sophos, cyber-criminals in a new e-mail scam are exploiting consumers' 'financial fear' as they bank online.

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/5

Nigerian E-mail Scam Targets FBI

In another twist to the well-known Nigerian e-mail scam, the e-mail's writer discusses an incident where the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/5

Armorize Unleash Massive Iframe Injection Assault

Investigators at Armorize, a security company claimed that they have detected one huge iFrame Injection assault due to which 90,000 or more websites largely

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/5

Symantec Reports Rise in Worldwide Spam against Total Electronic Mail

According to its July 2011 Intelligence Report that just got released, Symantec highlights that the worldwide percentage of junk e-mails with respect to

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/5

Microsoft Detects Fresh Mac Backdoor

The team Microsoft malware Protection Center (MMPC), which explored malicious software as well as

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/4

SecureID Subscribers Subjected to NSA Phishing E-Mail

A spear-phishing assault or personalized e-mail scam, circulating online, cites the NSA as well as exploits the recent news regarding an unauthorized

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/4

Harmful Polymorphic Malware Explosion

A recent analysis by Symantec discloses that there was an enormous rise in activity enumerated as one fast and forceful change in generic polymorphic

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/4

Hackers Attack Lady Gaga’s Internet Site, Fans’ Information Exposed

A hackers' group, "Swagger Security" reportedly hacked the website of Lady Gaga, the famous musician and singer, stealing personal information of

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/4

Malware Endemic Entraps Noble Floridians

According to Ryan Malize, Computer Expert of Pinellas Computers at Bay area, Florida, a new malware

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SPAMfighter News 2011/8/4

Initiation of an Inquiry Committee to Eliminate Malware

The Commons' Science and Technology Select Committee is setting up an inquiry for investigating if the government is required to play more actively in

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