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September 2009

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/30

‘FIFA 2010 World Cup’ Still Continues to be Fraudsters’ Favorite

Security experts at security firm McAfee are suggesting netizens to be cautious of ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/30

Symantec Reports Less Phishing Attacks in August

In its monthly State of phishing report, the Internet security firm Symantec has shown a

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/30

Phishing Fraud Attacks ‘Hello’ An Online Fashion Journal

A phishing e-mail campaign is currently attacking fashion magazine, "Hello"

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/30

PandaLabs Lists E-Threats Affecting Users for Two Decades

In sync with the 20th anniversary of PandaLabs, security experts of the company have released a list of malicious threats which have appeared in last 20

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/30

Microsoft Fixes Windows Critical Vulnerabilities

On September 8, 2009, Microsoft issued a batch of patches in order to address a minimum of seven documented worm holes in Windows.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Students Beware, Bogus Landlords on the Prowl

As per a report from BBC, Scotland Yard have unveiled a cyber scam in which fraudsters pretending to be residential landlords are placing ads on free

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Internet Crooks Distribute Fake AV via September 11 SEO Campaign

According to security specialists at Trend Micro, as people observe the 8th centenary of September 11, 2009 militant assaults on the United States in 2001,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Organizations Avoid Ignoring Conficker, Advises Security Expert

According to Internet security specialists, Conficker worm is a state-of-the-art malicious software, which continues to appear on innumerable computers

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Limited Resources Hinder Data Security in Malaysia

Security experts at Symantec state that companies in Malaysia are aware of the significance of data security but the adoption of right solutions is still

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Fan Check in Facebook Can Lead to Virus Installation

Online security firm 'Sophos' has declared that hackers have created sites which pretend to be the "Facebook Fan Check Virus", but in reality they

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/29

Criminals Hacking Facebook Accounts for Stealing Identity

Once again there are reports of Facebook accounts being hacked by scammers, who are using them to demand money from friends.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/25

New Rogueware Samples Drop Malicious Programs

Researchers at Sophos, an online security company, report that they have detected a fresh type of three bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/25

Package Delivery Failure Spam Mails Still Prevalent

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos, writes in a blog posted on Sophos.com on September 2, 2009 that hackers continue to take advantage of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/25

File-sharing Utilities Dangerously Infected with Malware

Security researchers at the G Data Security Labs have issued a warning that there is a steady and rising danger of malicious software dissemination via

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/25

New Security Vulnerability Figured Out on Vista and Windows 7

Bojan Zdrnja, a handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center, has recently discovered a new flaw which may prove a major risk to organizations using Windows 7

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/25

Computer Breach Attacks Downeast Energy

Recently, a computer breach victimized Downeast Energy by gaining an illicit access to one of its accounts at Key Bank.

According

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/24

Clever PC Virus Attacking WordPress Blogs

WordPress, provider of blog publication application and content management system, is cautioning against a clever PC virus that is propagating among its

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/24

Dexia, HSBC and ING Bank Websites Hacked

Websites of certain big European banks like Dexia, HSBC and ING have been invaded via SQL injections whereby ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/24

‘Protection System’ Scareware Disables ‘MalwareBytes’

According to a warning released by investigators at security company 'Sunbelt Software,' bogus ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/24

Symantec - E-mail Spam Showing a Rising Trend

Symantec's State of Spam Report for September 2009, highlighting the spam techniques used by hackers in Asia-Pacific, discovers that the overall volume of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/24

E-mail Scam Hits Australian Law Firms

According to the New South Wales Law Society, an e-mail scam has been targeting the Australian law firms wherein a genuine overseas company urges a firm to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/23

Symantec Digs Roots of Waledac Botnet

In a series of blog posts and in a new paper, Gilou Tenebro, researcher at Symantec, has discussed the aspects that led Waledac to become one of the most

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/23

Hackers Defrauded Missouri Woman of $4,000

According to news reports that appeared on September 4, 2009, a woman in Missouri (US) was duped by an e-mail scam that asked her to wire around $4,000.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/23

Fake Presidential Swine Flu Stories Spread Malware

Researchers at anti-malware company 'Trend Micro' have said that as not a single person is safe from influenza H1N1 (including the world leaders), cyber

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/23

McAfee - Yuvraj and Aishwariya Most Dangerous Indian Web Celebs

McAfee's new research report, which reveals the most dangerous web celebs of India, states that Bollywood actress 'Aishwariya Rai' and cricketer 'Yuvraj

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/23

Malicious Pop-ups Annoying Users on Hattiesburgamerican Website

Lici Beveridge, online editor of hattiesburgamerican.com, in her editorial note on the website (on September 1, 2009) informed the website users that they

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/22

XSS Vulnerability Fixed by Ruby on Rails

The Ruby on Rails security team has released patches for an acute cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability, which if left unpatched, would lead to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/22

US and Brazil - Leading Sources of Spam and Viruses

According to the security vendor Network Box, the US and Brazil kept on producing viruses and spam throughout the month of August, though there was a slight

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/22

Threat Count Ahead of Machine Count, Says Microsoft

Microsoft's list of top ten malicious detections for August 2009 has highlighted an important fact that the total of "Threat Count" outshines that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/22

ESET Discovers 13 Infected Files Per Compromised PC

Research team at IT security firm ESET compiled the data of past few months on the basis of which it found that there is an average of 13 malicious files in

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/22

AFP – Australians Lack Awareness of Internet Security

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer has recently given a statement to bring in notice the lax attitude of home computer users in protecting their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

News Search on California Wildfires Might be Risky

While browsing for news updates on California wildfires, that have ruined 50 homes and 10 commercial buildings and claimed the lives of two firemen, the web

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Malicious CD Package Might Just be a Part of Penetration Test

MicroSolved, a company hired by a Credit Union to evaluate its security incident response procedures, has admitted that it send a forged snail-mail package

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Sunbelt Declares August 2009 Top Ten Malicious E-threats List

Windows security software provider 'Sunbelt Software' has released its list of Top Ten malicious programs for August 2009.

The

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Aurelija - Worm.Mefir Could be an E-mail Worm

Aurelija, an independent security professional, made a post on the PC1News blog on August 26, 2009 and warns that Worm.Mefir might be an e-mail-borne

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Virus Attacks School Computer Networks in Eastern Pafnhandle

A PC virus, which has targeted certain schools in Eastern Pafnhandle of West Virginia (USA), is causing huge trouble, according to officials. Earlier during

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

AppRiver Security Report Delves Spam and Scams for August 2009

According to AppRiver security report for August 2009, there was reappearance of huge numbers of zero-day worms that regulated botnets, typically spewing

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Symantec Lists Top 10 Web Threats in Internet’s History

Security firm Symantec discovered a unique way to mark the 40th birthday of the Internet, which was on September 2, 2009, by releasing the list of 10 most

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/21

Computer Infection via Websites Surging

Kaspersky Lab has recently released its Monthly malware Report for the month of August 2009. As per

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

Spammers Offer Help to Settle Lovers’ Problems

Researchers at the Internet security company 'Symantec Corp.' are alerting all Web surfers about ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

New Koobface Variant Installs Click Fraud Trojan and Scareware

Security researchers at the University of Alabama (UAB) recently spotted a fresh variant of Koobface worm. They put the worm for a formal analysis and found

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

PureMorph Trojan Silently Tracks User’s Browsing Habits

In a recent blog posted by Aurelija, an independent security blogger, it was learnt that PureMorph is a malicious Trojan targeting users' financial and

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

Koobface Worm Propagating via Thousands of IPs

Internet security company 'Symantec' had recently conducted a study and published it on August 25, 2009. The research suggests that cyber crooks responsible

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

Formby Residents Warned of Tax Refund Phishing E-mails

Residents of Formby (UK) are being asked to maintain vigilance against a new malicious e-mail campaign that talks about a so-called tax refund. At Sefton,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

SophosLabs – Hackers Infringing User Privacy via Spycams

Security researchers at SophosLabs have asked web camera users to be careful while online as hackers are exploiting them (webcams) to keep an eye on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/19

Imperva – China Launches New Wave of SQL Injection Attacks

Imperva, a data security company, has brought into public attention the rising number of SQL attacks launched against websites. The data security company

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Phishers Attack AIB Customers

Allied Irish Banks (AIB) of Ireland has cautioned customers using its Internet banking service to remain alert of fraudulent, ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Hacker Attacks British Parliament Website

A hacker invaded the website of UK's Parliament through the exploitation of SQL-injection vulnerability. The incident is unfortunately indicative of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Malicious PowerPoint Files Launch Attacks, Exploiting Long-time Patched Flaw

Researchers at Sophos, an Internet security company, state that they have come across some malicious PowerPoint files that arrived in their laboratory over

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Computer Users Warned of Dangerous ‘Matcash’

Aurelija, an independent security professional, made a post to the PC1news blog on August 31, 2009 and warned that Trojan Downloaders represented true

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Marshal8e6 - Ya!Bucks Spread Malware, Spam Bots and Executable Files

Gavin Neale, an online security expert at "Marshal8e6" has claimed that Ya!Bucks is involved in the spreading a wide range of malware, as reported

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/18

Anti-Virus Firms Condemn Apple’s Malware Scanner for Snow Leopard

Anti-virus vendor are slamming Apple for its decision to include an anti-virus component in its new

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Taterf Ranks First on Microsoft’s August 2009 Top Ten Malware List

The Microsoft malware Protection Center (MMPC), on August 28, 2009, issued a list it compiled of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Hackers Using an IIS Flaw Could Control Affected Server

According to the news published by TheRegister on August 31, 2009, Nikolaos Rangos, a computer hacker, has come across an earlier unknown security flaw that

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Persistent XSS Flaw Harms Twitter

According to a software developer, an XSS (cross-site scripting) flaw influencing the security of Twitter continues to exist although the micro-blogging

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Internet Users Advised to Take Precaution Against Malware

An expert at Sophos, an Internet security company, has cautioned online users to remain alert of malicious software. According to him, all PC operators must

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Purdue University Releases E-mail Scam Alert to Affiliated Organizations

As per the report published by news.uns.purdue.edu on September 1, 2009, ITaP Networks and Security has issued a warning for the Purdue community against an

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/17

Phishing Scam Caused ABSA’s Customers to Lose Thousands

ABSA Bank has posted an alert on its website that many of its customers and non-customers (people who don't have account with ABSA) have received an e-mail

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Security Expert Aurelija Warns of ‘P2P-Worm.Agent.ti’

Aurelija, an independent security professional, while making a post states that a PC virus namely 'P2P-Worm.Agent.ti' detected by Kaspersky is a severe

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Apple Fixes Fifteen Vulnerabilities in Java

On September 3, 2009, Apple issued a fresh edition of Java so that Mac could fix 15 security flaws which could let an attacker execute remote code through

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Websense - Rogue Antivirus Promises to Give Money for Preserving Greenery

Authors of a rogue antivirus have devised yet another clever ploy, this time pretending to be more

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Fake Websites Offering Free ‘Snow Leopard’ Install DNS Changer Trojan

Bernadette Irinco, a security expert and member of Technical Communications Team of Trend Micro, made a posting on the company's blog that prior to the

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Malware Levels Up in 2009, Proving Symantec’s Prediction True

Security firm Symantec, on an average, blocks in excess of 245 Million malicious attacks throughout the world every month, most of them comprise of online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/16

Free Online Blogs for Movies May End Up in Trojan Download

As per the recent observation of the security firm Symantec, cyber criminals are dynamically abusing new movie releases for distributing malicious content

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

PNC Bank Under the Grip of Phishing Scam

PNC Bank of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), which has come to know of a fake e-mail sent to its clients using Internet banking, has reported the incident to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

Micro-payment Ransomware with New Features Detected

According to news reports published by Softpedia on August 28, 2009, two fresh versions of a 'ransomware' or a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

PCWorld Releases 2009 Online Security Developments Update

PCWorld has issued its 2009 Internet Security Trends Update that highlights the most dangerous threats on the Web. The threats that appear to be dominating

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

NCUA - Malware Laden CDs Sent to Credit Unions through Fake Letters

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued an advisory, stating that different credit unions apparently are getting letters that have a pair

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

WoW Players Need to be Cautious

According to security experts at Webroot, gamers of World of Warcraft (WoW) are being distributed ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/15

ICICI Bank’s Online Customer Phished Off

Anil Singhal, working as Divisional Railway Manager of Madurai Division, Southern Railway (India) was phished off Rs. 53,000 ($1,083.85) after he responded

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Fortinet - Malware Activities Witness Strong Rise

Fortinet, the leading provider of network security and global major of UTM (unified threat management) solutions, released its Threatscape Report for August

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Caroline & Curran Raclin Most Searched for Keywords to Spread Malware

Curran Raclin and Caroline Raclin, son and daughter of recently expired United States senator Ted Kennedy, are two keywords that are most searched for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Brits - Most Lackadaisical Europeans on Internet Security

Internet security company 'PC Tools' has recently conducted a poll, according to which, UK is the worst country in Western Europe when it comes to

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Bredolab Trojan Distributed via Bogus Shipment E-mails

According to the e-mail security firm 'MX Lab', Trojan Bredolab's creators have hit the Internet via unleashing another ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Security Measures for Online Nanking in UK Not Enough

Which? Computing, a consumer magazine, has said in a new research that the online security mechanisms of banks in the UK are widely varied.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

ESET – Trojan Dominated Threat Landscape in Aug 09

ESET has recently released a report "Global Threat Report for August 2009" that says - Conficker was the top most widespread worm accounted for

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

Surge in Trojan Attacks in H1 2009, Says IBM

As per IBM's "Internet Security Systems 2009 Mid-Year Trend & Risk Report", which came out in the last week of August 2009, 55% of new malware

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/14

PandaLabs - New ‘Rogueware’ Samples Detected

Researchers at PandaLabs, an Internet security company, have recently discovered a number of new ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Users Of Social Sites Negligent Of Fundamental Internet Security

According to AVG, provider of anti-virus solutions, which recently conducted a survey, users of

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Real Estate Scams Try To Prey On Potential Student And Other Tenants

According to a warning by Ottawa (Canada) police, an online phishing scam is targeting

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

PDF Security Flaws Reach An Unprecedented Level

In its recently published report, IBM states that cyber-criminals are employing maliciously crafted files in increasing instances to capitalize on

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Internet Crooks Have New Economic Method For Their Malware Activity

According to MessageLabs of security company Symantec, cyber-criminals are now employing a more economic method to reap even more monetary gains while

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Illegitimate Software Increases Organizations’ Vulnerability To Security Threats

In its recently conducted study, KPMG highlights that illegitimate computer programs could be a reason for organizations to suffer disruptions in their

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Hacker Harrison Confronts Adelaide Magistrates Court

On September 4, 2009, Anthony Scott Harrison, 20, from Black Forest (Germany), faced court on charges of unleashing a ...

SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Ealing Council Paid Heavily to Computer Virus

A computer virus that led to the collapse of Ealing Council's services (UK) is estimated to have cost

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/12

Abuse Of Google Search Could Help Regulate Botnets

Symantec Corp., vendor for security solutions has just detected a malware dubbed Downloader.Sninfs,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

Kaspersky – Spam Volume Remained High in H1 2009 Despite Economic Crisis

Kaspersky Lab, a vendor of secure content management solutions, has released its new report on the growth of spam in Russia in the first of 2009. Security

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

IBM – Malicious Links Soared 508% in H1 2009

According to a recently released report by IBM, there was a staggering increase of 508% in malicious web links in the first half of 2009 as hackers

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

MX Logic – Spam Volume Declined but Percentage Level Surged in August

MX Logic, an online security firm, released its 'September 2009 Threat Forecast & Report' on August 26, 2009 wherein it said - the overall spam volume

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

Fewer Phishing Recorded During H1 2009: IBM

As per semi-annual security threat report of IBM known as "IBM Internet Security Systems 2009 Mid-Year Trend & Risk Report", a clear decline

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

Parallels Plesk Panel Vulnerable to Spam Relay

Administrators of the Parallels Plesk Panel, a web-hosting tool, need to be utterly careful while considering to activate the shortname authentication

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

Aiken Woman Fall to Nigerian E-mail Scam

As per a news report from Aiken, South Carolina (US), a woman namely, Larkin Steele, recently fell victim to an online e-mail scam.

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

Conficker Dominates BitDefender’s Top Ten e-Threats List for Aug ‘09

BitDefender, an Internet security firm, released the list of 'Top 10 e-Threats for August 2009' on August 31, 2009. The firm said that for the first time,

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/11

C&F Bank Releases Phishing Scam Warning

C&F Bank (West Point, Virginia (US)) has asked its customers to be careful of a new scam that targets those ones (customers) who use Sprint and Verizon

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Spammers Using Shortened URLs Adopt Health-related Subjects

In its latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report, Symantec indicates that spammers

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Hackers Using Jabber IM for Sending & Receiving Stolen User Credentials

The RSA Fraud Action Research Lab, which conducted an investigation in a number of attacks with Zeus Trojan during May-July 2009, discovered and traced down

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Katie Price – Most Dangerous UK Celeb to Search Online

Researchers at McAfee recently conducted a survey and discovered that Katie Price was the riskiest public figure to search for in UK's cyber space as online

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Hackers Most Active Around Christmas, Rest During Other Months

According to security professionals, cyber criminals like spammers prefer

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Phishers Becoming Cleverer, Sending More Convincing E-mails

It is very common for e-mail users to get messages that are not genuine. But now, according to Texas (US) police, it is becoming a common thing to get

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SPAMfighter News 2009/9/10

Google Fixes Twin Chrome Bugs

Google has recently said on its Chrome blog that it developed two security patches to fix vulnerabilities in its XML and JavaScript engines.

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