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September 2007

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

Most Malware Employed Obfuscated Techniques in August 2007

ESET, a security firm located in Bratislava and the developer of anti-virus suite Nod32, said that a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

TD Ameritrade Suffer Breach of Customer Database

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation found and deleted an unauthorized code in its network that allowed a third-party to access its internal database. It

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

German Police Arrest 10 Fraudsters Involved in Phishing Scam

German police arrested 10 suspects involved in the international phishing scam. According

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

FTC Settles with Pop-Up Scammers

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) announced on 13 September, 2007 that it had settled with an online service, which was offering movie download, accusing the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

Microsoft’s Automatic Windows Updates Irritates Users

Microsoft has irked some of its clients by transferring an automatic update to those who had earlier disabled it.

As per the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/29

Accessing E-Health Records A Child’s Play for Hackers

Cyber-terrorists can infiltrate into several e-health records and change them without the knowledge of the programs rightful clients, indicates a recent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Vermount Man Charged for Sending Sexual Messages, Images to Teenager

Lawrence Robarge, 48, has been accused of harassing and stalking a 17-year old teenage girl from New Hampshire. Police decided not to reveal her identity in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Florida - Ringleader Sentenced in TJX Credit Card Fraud

An ID stealing ringleader in Florida, identified as Irving Escobar, has been send in prison for five years from 2007 to 2012. He had hacked minimum 45

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Online Fraud Overtakes Malware Attacks Leading to Big Financial Loss

Online financial fraud is the major source of financial loss and has surged ahead of virus attacks, according to the 12th Annual Computer Crime and Security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Winnipeg Police Caught a Nigerian for Orchestrating ‘419 Scam’

A Nigerian refugee, Toluwalade Alonge Owolabi residing in Canada was under the custody of Winnipeg police for being involved in West Africa email scam.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Customer’s Data Leaked Out of a UK Loan Website

A security breach at Loans.co.uk, the Website of one of the UK's major loan firms, caused leakage of borrowers' personal details. The loan Website data

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/28

Boston Man Accused for Involvement in Online Scam

Michael Luckett, a resident of Boston, was accused on September 14, 2007 for involvement in an alleged Internet scam.

In June

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

Virginia - Top Spammer Challenges the Anti-Spam Law

The Virginia Supreme court has been challenged by Jeremy Jaynes against the anti-spam

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

Three Men held for Telemarketing Scam

On 14 September 2007, three men operating now-defunct telemarketing business, were charged with allegations to run a $75 Million Internet scam to deceive

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

Stolen Credit Card Data Thrives Underground Market

A growing online market for snitched personal information is leading to an escalation in cyber crime.

Symantec, the Web security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

QuickTime Flaw Poses Risk to Mac & Windows Systems

In a demonstration by the security researcher Petko D. Petkov, it was shown how vulnerability in QuickTime media player of Apple software can lead Firefox

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

Phishing Scam Shadow Looms over Companies

The leading supplier of computerized transaction processing, Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) declared on September 14, 2007 that it had detected ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/27

Botnet Strikes Anti-Spam Sites

Malware botnets that are operated by spammers are targeting Websites of ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

China - Alert against Downloading Virus-infected Mooncake E-Cards

China has cautioned Web users against downloading virus-affected mooncake e-cards before the conventional Mid-Autumn Festival subsequent to a spate of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

Small & Medium Enterprises Overlook Cyber Attacks

In a study conducted on 600 IT personnel in European SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) across the continent, 47% of the surveyed SMEs thought that the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

Purdue Students’ Information Leaked on the Internet

An inadvertent online activity has led to the posting of personal information of 111 Purdue students of the 2004 autumn session, warns Purdue

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

More Men fall Victims to Cyber Stalking than Women

About 3% of men in UK have directly suffered from cyber stalking in comparison to only 1% of women victims, according to the latest findings by Garlik, an

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

Fake Banner Ads Attack Popular Websites

A widespread Web attack involving fake advertisements, which are malicious in nature and are capable of evading content scanning, is infecting visitors of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/26

Fark.com Files Suit against Suspected Hacker from Fox13

Fark.com registered a case over the initial unsuccessful attack of its social networking news Website on September 11, 2007. The community Website has filed

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/25

Breach in Pennsylvania Welfare Agency

The DPW decided to send mail to around 375,000 people informing them about a security breach, which has their private information. This notification was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/25

BitDefender Announces Top Ten Malware

BitDefender, provider of data security programs and anti-virus software, declared its list of top ten

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/25

UK - Botnet Targets eBay Customers

Security investigators have detected a high-tech botnet assault, which is aiming eBay's clients in the United Kingdom.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/25

Online Games - Latest Victims of Frauds

Kaspersky Labs' September 11, 2007 report analyzes the methods and targets utilized by cyberpunks to make quick bucks by illegally marketing purloined

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/25

Bigger Threat Posed by Banking Trojans

The Trojan programs have hiked up alarmingly which aim mainly at the banking information and activity of computer users and this situation is supposed to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Foreign Hackers Attack New Zealand Government Network

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said on September 11, 2007 that overseas spies had been trying to break into its computer systems but confirmed that

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Microsoft September Updates Less Serious

Microsoft Corp. issued 4 security updates on September 11, 2007 that fixed only four flaws in Visual Studio, the MSN, Windows, and Windows Live Messenger

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Home PCs Vulnerable to Online Threats

CA, Inc. released a report on September 10, 2007 highlighting that complex and increasing online threats confront home computer users. Most commonly, these

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

France too Falls Prey to Chinese Hackers

Cyber attacks from China seemed to target information systems at France similar to attacks that governments at the UK, US and Germany reported, a

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Police Cautions Music Fans against Concert Ticket Scammers

Yorkshire police have asked music buffs to watch out for online ticket scalpers following the conning of two teenagers.

Devious

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Notorious Russian ISP RBN Hacked Bank of India Website

According to Sunbelt, RBN, an ISP known for infamous activities, perpetrated the latest hacking of Bank of India.

As per security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/24

Hacker Indicted of Wire Fraud & Identity Theft Charges

A resident of San Francisco has been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment and $1,500,000 penalty for accessing financial organizations to purloin credit card

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Pfizer Botnet Spams Ads of its Own Products

Computers within the network of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer are sending out spam mails promoting the company's predominant erectile-enhancement drug Viagra,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Accidental Disclosure of USC Student Data on Internet

Test scores, Social Security numbers, and other confidential information belonging to almost 1,500 students of University of South Carolina (USC) leaked on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Onetel - Spam Attack Results in Missing E-mails

A large spam attack through the main server of the telecommunications company Onetel has completely disrupted the e-mail services of the European

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Storm Worm Botnet Could Overpower Supercomputers

The massive and widely expanding Storm worm botnet has become so powerful that it can compromise the world's major supercomputers, according to security

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Latest Storm Spam Campaign Aims at NFL Fans

Spammers have launched a new wave of malicious spam mails to aim their attack on NFL fans, warns Internet content and e-mail security provider

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Flaw in BIND 8 Weakens the DNS Software

The Internet Software Consortium is discouraging the use of Version 8 of the Berkeley Internet Name Domain or BIND DNS software after discovering a serious

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/21

Cybercrimes in UK Hits An All Time High

Latest statistics indicate that cybercrime is rising at a record rate in UK. As per statistics of the UK Cybercrime study by online data security company

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

Philippine Organizations could be Target of Chinese Spam Operations

Security firm Prolexic Technologies based in USA warned on September 6, 2007 that organizations in the Philippines were susceptible to spam originating from

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

Microsoft’s September Security Bulletin Contain Patches for Critical Windows Flaw

A critical flaw exists in Microsoft Windows software and is capable of being used for remote code execution, reported Microsoft in its advance

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

Man Committing Identity Theft with P2P Software Faces Arrest

A man from Seattle accused of using file-sharing networks to steal sensitive financial and personal data from the computers of other file-sharing users was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

Four Men Plead Guilty to Manipulating Stock Scam

Three men from US and one from France have admitted guilt in court of manipulating a stock scam in which they sent out millions of spam mails to push up the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

UK Blames China for Hacking into its Government Systems

Cyber spies suspected to belong to Chinese military have been hacking into the British government computer systems.

On September

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/20

Panama City Attorney Arrested for Producing Child Porn

Police arrested an attorney in Panama City on charges of creating child pornography.

42-year old Paul Richard Parker Jr. was

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

Trojans Horses Hacker’s Favorite in August

During August 2007, Trojan horse and adware became the most powerful menaces, as per information from the Panda ActiveScan online ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

Texas A&M Grad Indicted for Hacking into University’s Computer

Hacking seems to becoming attractive for students who are donning the hackers' cap to make profit. An ex-student of Texas A&M University was charged

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

Sophos Comes Up with List of Top Ranking Global Spam Threats

The world leader in IT security and control, Sophos, detected the most prevalent spam threats crippling computer users worldwide in August 2007. The data

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

Skype Worm Unleashed by Hackers Attacking Windows PCs

Computers with Windows are recent victims of cyberpunks, who have unleashed a worm, which is distributed via its instant messenger service, aiming the VoIP

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

Report Reveals One in Every 28 Emails in India is Infected

According to a latest survey conducted by MessageLabs, out of every 28 emails delivered in India, one has virus.

With Internet

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/19

ND Credit Union Members Bear Brunt Of E-mail Fraud

Members of the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union were victimized in a new e-mail fraud persuading them to reveal their private data. A man was also held for

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

Hackers Likely to Target Federal Government’s Access Cards

A report by Australian Institute of Criminology suggests that cyber criminals will try and take advantage of the proposed access card for health and welfare

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

UK - London has Highest Concentration of Online Fraud

Recent statistics from Early Warning for CNP or Cardholder Not Present fraud indicate that Greater London suffered the maximum number of fraudulent

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

China Dismisses Accusations of Hacking Pentagon Computers

On 4th September 2007, China refuted a report, which said that Chinese military broke into computers at the Pentagon. China said the allegations had nothing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

QuickBooks Online Edition Flawed, Alerts U.S. Government

The United States federal government's cyber defense wing warned users on September 5, 2007 that the much familiar QuickBooks software for small business

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

Fortinet’s Releases its August 2007 List of Top Ten Malware

The foremost Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution giver - Fortinet - declared its ten leading, most rumored yellow perils for August 2007. The

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/18

Court Dismisses Pornographer’s Unique Plea

On August 4, 20047, 36-year-old Mark Rawlinson was found guilty in the Durban Regional Court on over 330 counts of possessing child pornography. It's

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

Websense Survey Finds SMBs Inviting Breaches in Security

Websense Inc. came out with its report on August 27, 2007 saying that the small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) do not take necessary steps to avoid data

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

Middle-East - RSA to Advice Businesses to Adopt Business-centric Security Approach

There are phishing cases that are reported as recently in July 2007 for two Saudi-Arabian

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

Spam Hits Record Highs after Summer Holidays

Spam traffic touch peak levels as spammers return to their activities after the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

August 2007 - Record-breaking Month for Spam

SoftScan, a reputed security firm in UK, announced that it recorded the highest ever level of spam in August 2007. The company said it trapped the largest

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

Storm Worm Shows New Developments on the Threat Landscape

Security provider MessageLabs announced on September 5, 2007 that its new data shows that the latest developments with the Storm worm involve YouTube video

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/17

Crimeware Toolkits - No Need to be an Expert Hacker to Use

Finjan Inc., a leading company providing secure Web gateway products, announced on September 5, 2007 that its SecureBrowsing has found a number of cases of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

Court Tosses Out Case by Two OU Alumni

Court dismissed a lawsuit that two OU graduates filed claiming their personal data was exposed in a data breach, because the hacking intended something

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

Free Theft Protection Service for Connecticut Taxpayers

The Department of Revenue Service is offering free one-year credit monitoring service for those taxpayers whose information was stored in the stolen

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

New Zealand Releases ISP Spam Code of Practice

New Zealand's ISP community launched the ISP Spam Code of Practice on September 5, 2007 to fight spam according to rules of a self-regulatory model.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

Third Data Breach on Pfizer’s System

Pfizer has revealed a third data hacking incident during June-August 2007 that stole customers' personal information from its systems. But the company has

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

PUP-installing Toolbar - the Most Common Malware

In the fourth week of August 2007, 28% of computers had some form of malware infection. And of the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/15

Sony Stops Manufacturing of USB Drives Containing Rootkits

Sony has stopped the production of its Microvault USB sticks that potentially pose security risks to Windows PCs because of their rootkit

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

Turkish Organization Hacked Government Websites of Bulgaria

Hackers belonging to Ayyildiz Team, a Turkish organization, have defaced the Website of the agriculture and regional development ministries of the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

Man Convicted for Hacking NCHS Computer Network

Jon Paul Oson, 38, was convicted of charges of computer hacking, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Court had charged Oson on two counts of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

Hong Kong - Jail Clerk Hacked Computer to Date Prisoners’ Girlfriends

In a Hong Kong prison, a clerical officer, Ng King-tong, dated inmates' girlfriends after illegally accessing a computer to seize their phone numbers and

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

Half of All Malware WebSites Hosted by China

As per the reports of anti-virus company Sophos released on 3rd August 2007, along with Hong Kong,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

Hacker Publishes E-mail Accounts of Government Agencies

A security expert from Sweden declared in the end week of August 2007 the passwords and addresses for hundred e-mail accounts to show that he has discovered

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/14

eBay Accounts Stolen by Botnet

Identity thieves are targeting the accounts of eBay, an online auction Website. Thieves are exerting a botnet, which forcefully unveils the log-in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Zango Take Case Against PC Tools Back

Zango, the company that makes adware has dropped the case it filed against PC Tools, the security software firm, which Zango had charged with deletion of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Malware Radar Found Over 50% Companies with Active Malware on Computers

Malware Radar scanned around 20 to 30,000 computers and found that 59% of the companies had malware

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Sony Manufactures Device Allows Rootkit Installation

Finnish Company F-Secure Corp has warned that a Sony manufactured biometric USB storage device could install files in a hidden Windows directory, allowing

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Hackers Stealing Data from Monster.com Phish Users of USJobs

Hackers stole personal information of nearly 146,000 candidates using a job Website of the US government when they broke into the computer systems at

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Malicious Spam Lead to Music Videos

Sophos has issued a warning to Internet users to be wary of e-mail that claims to offer pop stars' music videos. This is the latest disguise that ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/13

Hackers Inject 22 Malware Pieces into Bank of India Server

Hackers attacked the Website of Bank of India (BOI) on August 22, 2007 at night (U.S. time) and loaded it with multiple malware in order to infect

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

Aussies’ Fear of Online ID Theft Grows

With the high rate of technological advancement, Australians' fear over security breach of private information is growing, a national survey under the

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

Heightened Consumer Concern about Phishing in 2007

Cloudmark Inc., the company that deals in carrier-grade messaging security, declared the results of a survey that Harris Interactive conducted across the US

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

E-mail Scam Offers Money for IRS Survey

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning of a fraudulent e-mail making way to users' inboxes, promising recipients $80 to answer an online survey on

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

FTC Halts Spam Marketing Anti-aging & Weight Loss Pills

Judge Morton Denlow of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, in early August 2007 issued an order temporarily

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

Court Dismisses TorrentSpy’s Lawsuit in Incident of Hacking

TorrentSpy, a BitTorrent search engine, filed a lawsuit in 2006 against MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) accusing it of tapping the search

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/12

Court Favors Security Company in a Spyware Case

Kaspersky Lab, famous for developing secure content management solutions, declared that the Untied States District Court of Washington passed judgment in

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

E-card Spam Infecting Carolina Computers, Warns AG

A warning from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper cautions residents about e-greeting cards, possibly containing ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

PDF Spam Shows a Dramatic Fall

A firm in Boston reported in the end week of August 2007 that there was a dramatic decline in the volume of spam mails having PDF attachments. ...

SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

Sign-on Authentication Methods Insufficient to Prevent Attacks

In attempts to show their improvement at securing the online transactions, companies are adding multiple authentication devices at sign-on, for instance,

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

PandaLabs Reports Three Critical Malware

In the fourth week of August 2007, PandaLabs analyzed three critical malware samples - the Nugache.M and MSNHorn.A worms, and the Legmir.ASG Trojan.

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

Storm Payload Nestles in Numerous Blogs

Malicious hackers are using Google's Blogger site by posting counterfeit entries on its blogs. These fake entries have Web links that take the user to

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/11

Mobile Users High Risk-takers than Desktop Users

Mobile computer users often take more security risks compared to users of desktop computers, according to a recent survey involving a large number of

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/10

Virus as an Official Government Document

A warning has been issued by the ACT Office of Fair Trading, ACCC, and ACMA notifying that a hoax email is circulating claiming to be from the 'Australian

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/10

Spammers Spoof YouTube to Cause Storm Worm Infection

The Storm worm havoc has taken a new turn where spammers are tricking users into

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SPAMfighter News 2007/9/10

Spam Scam Exploits Northern Territory Library’s Success Story

Sophos is warning of a new spam mail that is being sent to users in the Northern Territory creating turmoil in Australia. Therefore, Australian people and

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