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September 2008

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/30

Phishers Target University of Tennessee Students

The official Website of University of Tennessee's Information Security revealed that several UT students got an e-mail from postcards@hallmark.com,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/30

Experts Caution Indian Internet Users Against Phishing Attacks

According to Shantanu Ghosh, Vice-President, Symantec Software India Private Limited, Indian banks experience a six times rise in ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/30

Spam Offers Fake Gas Cards to Obama Survey Participants

As the US Presidential election draws closer, online scammers are quick to exploit the popularity of presidential candidates. A new large-scale spam

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/30

Obfuscation Codes Find Way into Rich-Content Files

The growing popularity of rich-content files seems to have opened opportunities for cyber-criminals to spread malicious programs that allow them to steal

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/30

Majority Of Computer Users Ignorant of Security & Privacy Settings

In spite of news reports about cyber criminals hacking e-mails and stealing personal data, numerous users are unaware about the security settings already

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/30

Inability to Recognize Fake Pop-Ups Could be Risky

A new research conducted by security investigators at North Carolina State University indicates that majority of the online users are not able to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/30

Corporations Using Web-Based Applications Expose Themselves to Malware

A new research by Internet security company Webroot has discovered that 85% of malicious software spread via Web applications, resulting in an increasing

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/29

Spam Campaign on Facebook Targeting New Friends

Security investigators at Websense Security Labs have detected a new spam campaign on September 22, 2008 that uses malicious social engineering tactics. The

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/29

SJSU Students Receiving Phishing E-Mail Looking for Personal Information

Students of SJSU (San Jose State University) have recently received an e-mail from senders that claim to represent the university and directs users to

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/29

Phishing Scam Targets CyTA Customers to Access Private Codes

According to CYPRUS Telecommunications, it came to know that it has been hit with an e-mail scam when a number of its consumers reported of receiving ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/29

Home City Bank Becomes Victim of Phishing Fraud

Residents in the US are getting fake e-mails that pose to come from Home City Federal Savings Bank and direct recipients to provide their account

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/29

Man Accused of Hacking Data & BlackMailing Maserati

According to officials, a man from Solana Beach was accused in a federal court on September 21, 2008 after he was arrested for computer hacking and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/29

CareerBuilder.com Latest Target of Digital Certificate Malware

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine reports that a reputable employment and job search company, CareerBuilder.com, has been

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/29

Burnt Cash Proves Potent Malware Lure

According to Trend Micro, malware infected a massive number of computers after it spread via a spam

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/26

Vulnerability Found in Google’s Blogger

Google's Blogger, a publishing and hosting service that initiated the blogging craze among people, has been attacked with a bug creating problems in several

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/26

Google Finds Solution to Recent Spam Problem in G-mail

According to Google, it has taken care of a problem pertaining to the latest hike in spam clogging its e-mail system, Gmail or Google Mail.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/26

Cyber Criminals Might Utilize Ongoing Global Financial Crisis to Launch Attacks

According to Security Analysts at Gartner, Inc., a research organization, with consumers unexpectedly getting scared of instability in the banking industry,

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/26

BBC’s Subscriber Mailing List Hacked By Spammers

Cyber criminals illegally accessed a collection of subscriber names and e-mail addresses from the BBC subscriber database to transmit "spam", or

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/26

Hacked Site of Texas National Guard Pushes Malicious Content

Roger Thompson, Chief Research Officer of Czechoslovakia-based security agency AVG Technologies, confirmed on September 18, 2008 that cyber criminals hacked

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/26

Computer Virus ‘Raila Odinga' Ravages Malawi Computer Systems

A virus named 'Raila Odinga' is circulating in Blantyre, chief commercial city of Malawi, South Africa, resulting in vast damages to the computing systems.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/25

Malware Attack Targets US Schools & Government Organizations

According to security firm MessageLabs, with the reopening of schools in the US in early September 2008, security experts started detecting ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/25

AP&T Issues Alert to Online Customers About Phishing E-Mail

Recently some customers of AP&T (Alameda Power & Telecom), who were availing AlamedaNET services of the company, have got an e-mail message that

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/25

Latest Rogue Antivirus Variant Clones Symantec’s Norton Antivirus

Webroot, a leading security software supplier, declared on September 18, 2008 that it had found the latest version of a malicious ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/25

Hackers Released Malicious Code to Exploit Vulnerability in QuickTime

According to Security Researchers at Symantec, an online security firm, hackers have released a dangerous attack code capable of exploiting an un-patched

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/25

Cyber Criminals’ New Hacking Tactic Called CaaS

As the landscape of malware threat keeps evolving, hackers are constantly changing tactics to evade

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/25

China's Xinhua.net Downloads Adware on User PCs

McAfee, a leading computer security company, has asserted that Xinhua.net, Website of China's state news agency, includes some malevolent downloads that

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/24

Phishing E-Mail Targets York University Students

Some students of York University while checking their e-mail accounts may find fraudulent e-mails that claim to come from individuals of the university but

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/24

NIU Warns of Phishing E-Mail Trying to Steal Personal Information

A new e-mail scam is circulating the inboxes of Northern Illinois University (NIU), asking for personal details from e-mail account holders at NIU.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/24

Next to Bangalore, Chennai Experiences Maximum Financial Loss Due to Phishing

Bangalore Cyber Crime Cell, India, released its phishing reports in the first week of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/24

‘Celebrity Searches’ on Web Could Infect Computers

In a freshly released report, California located McAfee states that searching for pictures or information about celebrities carries 18% possibility of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/24

Trojans Purport to Contain E-Tickets From Major US Airlines

Data security solutions and anti-virus software provider BitDefender announced that it detected a new

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/24

Spammers Using Google Groups to Distribute Malware & Spam

According to anti-spam firm MailChannels, ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/23

Saskatoon Police Warn Against Fake Financial E-Mail Scam

Saskatoon (Canada) Police urges the public to be careful against phishing mails from

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/23

More Spam Calls for Greater Vigilance from Business Owners

Small businesses often have to fight an uphill battle while trying to run their computer networks in a smooth way and preventing it from spam. The reason

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/23

Man Convicted of Orchestrating Pump & Dump Scam

News coming in from the US reveals that Thirugnanam Ramanathan, a man of Indian origin, found guilty of breaching the security of online brokerage accounts

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/23

Users of Virtualization May Face More Attacks in Future

According to news reports, VMware Inc.'s recently issued many patches for its virtualization offerings, which, as per the reports, are the first ever

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/23

Hungarian Government Computers Suffer from Spyware Attack

An official probe in Hungary reveals that spyware has been infesting the computer systems of

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/23

Hackers Invade Computers of Large Hadron Collider

As the initial particles started circulating inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the 2nd week of September 2008, a gang of hackers identifying

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/22

Spam Mail Threatens to Disconnect Users From ISP

Cyber criminals have started a new trick on Web users that make the latter think that their Web connection would be snapped, as a way to infect their

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/22

Nuclear Blast Spam Targets Sydney Residents

Security provider Sophos is warning Sydney residents of a massive spam campaign claiming of a powerful nuclear blast in a suburb of Sydney.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/22

Tool Creates Phony YouTube Pages to Deliver Malware

In a recent incident of cyber crime, a tool has been used that automatically generates phony YouTube Websites to sell services of cracking passwords and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/22

SQL Attack on BusinessWeek Site Results in Malware Infection

BusinessWeek.com, a Website of the world's reputed magazine BusinessWeek that recently (in the 2nd week of September 2008) publicly launched Business

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/22

Malware Grew Expeditiously During January-June 2008

Sophos, which released its Threat Report for January-June 2008 in the 2nd week of August 2008, noted that cyber criminals motivated with financial gain had

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/22

Bogus Twitter Profile Targets Orkut Credentials

Facetime, a security research company, says in a news that cyber miscreants like malware authors

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/20

Work-From-Home Spam Mails Defraud Innocent People

Researchers at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Spam Data Mine are urging people to exercise caution while thinking about a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/20

Phishing E-Mail Attempts Defrauding Victims of the Nigerian E-Mail Scams

Oregon Attorney General Office issued an alert to the public on September 11, 2008 about a new scam e-mail that was making rounds on the Internet and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/20

FTC Advises Users to Notify About Spam Cases

As per reports coming in from the FTC office, the organization advises Web users in the US to report about the spamming or ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/20

A New Phishing Scam Hijacks Users’ E-Mail Contacts

According to a warning released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), citizens need to watch out for a new ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/20

Microsoft Releases Four Updates, Patches Eight Vulnerabilities

On September 9, 2008, Microsoft issued four security patches to fix eight security flaws in its Windows operating software as well as other software

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/20

BitDefender Releases Top Virus Threats During August 2008

As per the Security Researchers at BitDefender, a security firm, in August 2008, users were attacked mostly by ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/19

Trojan Infects Users, Disguised as Pictures of Nuclear Explosion

Sophos has detected a spam campaign spreading widely and saying that a strong nuclear explosion took place at a plant situated on the outskirts of London on

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/19

Secure Computing Highlights Three Major Spam Campigns

Secure Computing Corporation has released its monthly report on spam for September 2008 that highlights the spam trends along with three dominant spam surge

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/19

Penn State Rocked By Web Access Phishing Scam

A press release circulated in the beginning of September 2008 announced that many Penn State Community students were targeted by a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/19

CUNA Cautions Consumers Against Phishing Fraud

CUNA (Credit Union National Association) is cautioning consumers to protect their financial data following a rise in ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/19

Corporate World Honchos Targeted By 'Whaling' Threats

Whaling or "spear phishing" is the newest threat from phishers aiming senior executives of the business world. It means ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/19

Exploit Code for SCADA Software Makes it Vulnerable to Hacking

Kevin Finisterre, a well-known security researcher, has developed an
attack code that exploits a serious security flaw reported in the
summer of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/18

Symantec Releases State of Spam Report for August 2008

As per the State of Spam Report for August 2008 by Symantec, issued in September 2008, Symantec's security researchers informs that besides using fake and

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/18

Phishing E-Mail Solicits Account Details From UA Students

According to news reports coming in from the University of Arizona (UA), it is thought that almost every student's computer is contaminated with a virus, ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/18

Online Games Have Their Own Associated Online Dangers

According to recent reports from ESET, an online security provider, while MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) like World of Warcraft

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/18

KSN Releases Malware Statistics For August 2008

In its 2nd month of data assembling, the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) technology has divulged some major modifications in the prevalent malicious

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/18

Hospital Employees Deprived of Admin Rights to Keep Computers Secure

According to news reports, a non-profit making healthcare network Gwinnett Medical Center that offers various types of facilities and services to residents

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/18

Fortinet Releases Top Ten-Malware List for August 2008

UTM (Unified Threat Management) solutions provider Fortinet on September 3, 2008 announced the ten highest risk-bearing threats emerged in August

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/17

Spam Friend Request Messages Swamp Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are very popular nowadays. However, there is an irritating side of these networking sites.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/17

Spam E-mails Containing Obama Sex Scandal Footage Target Users

Security Researchers at Websense Security Labs discovered a latest spam drive aiming at the forthcoming US presidential election with false reports about a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/17

Massive Volume of Inbound E-Mails to SMEs Are Spam

On September 4, 2008, IT Force, an Irish technical services and consulting company, released a research report in which it revealed that about 92% of all

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/17

Alert Issued Over Internet Banking Scam

The UK banking officials have issued an alert about a sophisticated Internet banking scam that tried to befool users into divulging their private details.

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/17

Sophos Reveals NHTCU’s Domain Snapped by a German Firm

According to reports coming in from security agency Sophos, in early September 2008, it reportedly called on the UK government officials to enhance their

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/17

Attacker Hacked Carleton University Students’ Accounts

A computer hacker has attacked accounts of 32 students of Carleton University, gaining access to the Campus cards and mail passwords that the students used

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/16

Time Warner Customers Receive Phishing E-Mail

According to reports coming in from 'Time Warner Cable', an entertainment company, it has confirmed a new ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/16

Chinese Spammers Use SEO Techniques to Launch Attack

Websense, an Internet monitoring company, has released a warning notice that Chinese scammers are employing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques to

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/16

Spam Targeting BitTorrent Users Serve Trojan Malware

Spammers targeting BitTorrent users by sending millions of spam messages have started a new attack trend. The messages warn the reader that she/he is being

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/16

Facebook Software Could Turn Victim Machines Into Bots

A recent research conducted by the Foundation for Research and Technology in Heraklion, Greece reveals that users of social networking sites like Facebook

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/16

Alliance Occur Between Rock Phish & Asprox

Notorious Rock Phish gang seems to have joined its operations with a nefariously treacherous bot network in efforts to potentially expand and disseminate

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/16

‘Denver’ & ‘Rocky’ Post Virus Alert on Their Websites

On September 5, 2008, the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News issued a computer virus warning via

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

Phishing Scam Attacks Kent State University

Tom Beitl, Executive Director of Infrastructure and Operations, Kent State University, said that a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

Phishers’ Five Most Proficient Spoofs

As per reports coming in from the MSN technology Website, security researchers and analysts say that computer users need to be cautious against hacking, ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

Phishers Targeted Illinois University Students With Fake E-Mail

As per the recent reports from ILSTU, phishers find university campuses attractive spot for carrying out ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

Cloudmark Warns Against Operators’ Indifference to Hybrid Attacks

According to reports came in on September 3, 2008, Cloudmark Inc. has warned online users that service providers were placing them in danger by continuously

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

Bank of Spain Raises Alarm Against Phishing

The Bank of Spain has recently released statistics of computer users' complaints and retrievals due to alleged irregularities by banks in Spain during 2007.

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/15

90% of Business E-Mails in the Middle East are Spam, Says Trend Micro

Trend Micro, an online security research company, has stated that several firms in the Middle East are receiving almost 1.5 Million e-mails everyday

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/15

More & More Computers Infested With Bogus Anti-Viruses

Panda Security, IT security solutions provider, announced on September 4, 2008 that it observed a rise in cyber-criminals' use of malicious programs

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/12

RBI Cautioned Net Banking Users Against Phishing Scams

In view of increasing number of phishing scams being reported throughout India, the

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/12

Phishing E-Mail Attacks BOA Customers

The Altamonte Springs Police Department is reported that the Bank of America (BOA) Fraud Response Team is investigating into a e-mail scam that illegally

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/12

Online Banking Giving Rise to More Fraud Attacks

As the latest figures revealed by the banking industry show an increase in the number of UK adults banking and using credit cards online, the financial data

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/12

Hackers Steal Billions From The World Treasury

As per the Nigerian based Global Network for Cyber Solutions (GNCS) the global economy is suffering loss at a tremendous pace as around US$ 200 Billion per

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/12

CPB Advises Parents to Protect Their Own & Children’s Private Details

According to a security report released by New York State CPB (Consumer Protection Board), a government agency that welcomes consumers' questions and

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/12

IRS Networks Linked To Unauthorized Web Servers Endanger Tax Payers

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), unsanctioned and vulnerable Web servers linked to Internal Revenue Service's

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/12

Bot-Infected Computers Rapidly Rising

According to security researchers, the total number of computers under the control of botnets has dramatically increased in recent months. As per the latest

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/11

Phishers Target FCC’s Official Site

Companies have been cautioned by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to beware of a ...

SPAMfighter News 2008/9/11

Celebrity Names Used to Send Maximum Spam

Simon Perry, an independent security examiner, reports that more than 78,000 spam mails are still in his Gmail account even after the automatic removal of

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/11

Bank of New Zealand Users Fall Prey To Phishing Emails

Security experts connected with the Bank of New Zealand supposedly revealed about a recent ...

SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/11

Malware Threat Rapidly Escalates Against E- Commerce

According to an August 2008 report from the Anti phishing Working Group, an organization

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/11

ICANN Described As Facilitator of Internet Scams

According to a couple of reports released during the first week of September 2008, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has been

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/11

Botnets Unexpectedly Explode Over Summer

According to security researchers, the number of botnets and their sizes has been rising constantly since early July 2008. Currently, the total size of each

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/10

Google’s Picasa Web Album Helps Spammers to Send More Spam

According to the Intelligence Report for August 2008 by MessageLabs, a firm that provides Web and messaging security services, Google Picasa Web Albums, a

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/10

FTC Discloses Ways to Distinguish Phishing E-mails

According to the reports coming in from FTC, as the Presidential elections are approaching in the US, hackers are seeking the opportunity to launch ID theft

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SPAMfighter News 2008/9/10

Best Buy Fined for Violating Spam Act

According to recent reports received from Australia, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) have reportedly notified Best Buy Australia,

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/10

Viruses Increase in July 2008 While Spam Decrease

VASCO, a software security firm, on September 4, 2008, announced the findings of its aXs Guard Gatekeeper Internet Threat Survey. The company surveyed 400

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/10

North Korea Attacked South Korean Army Colonel With Spyware

According to South Korean army intelligence source, a spyware mail message from North Korea was

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SPAMfighter News - 2008/9/10

7Search.com Sues McAfee for Labeling it a Spyware Company

A not so familiar company named 7Search.com is legally fighting against a leading anti-malware firm's accusation that it is a ...