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Symantec: Spammers Creating Fake URL Shorteners

May 25, 2011 Added by:Headlines

“With legitimate URL-shortening services attempting to tackle abuse more seriously, spammers seem to be experimenting with ways to establish their own services to better avoid disruption... We expect spammers to continue abusing them..."

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Fake Windows Security Updates Spread Zeus Trojan

May 13, 2011 Added by:Headlines

In the run-up to Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, Windows users are being warned of an email spam campaign designed to infect PC's with the Zeus Trojan. Researchers indicate the malware spam operation began on Friday, May 6, and is still actively delivering the fake update alerts...

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FBI: Tips for Avoiding Charitable Contribution Scams

May 11, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Criminals exploit tragedies like the recent tornadoes that affected several Southern states for their own gain by sending fraudulent e-mails and creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions. The FBI has already received complaints alleging fraudulent schemes...

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FBI: Malicious Software Features Usama bin Laden Links

May 04, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The FBI warns computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death. This content could be a virus that could damage your computer...

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Symantec Releases MessageLabs April Intelligence Report

April 26, 2011 Added by:Headlines

As the financial year draws to a close in many countries, it is possible that the timing is perfect for cybercriminals seeking information about the financial performance of a company, and a carefully crafted attack may be the means by which they can achieve this...

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Epsilon Data Breach Affects Multiple Companies

April 04, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The company states that their systems experienced and unauthorized access event that has exposed the names and email addresses of the customers the company's clients serve. Initial reports indicate that no financial data was revealed in the breach...

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Harnig Botnet Scuttled after Rustock Botnet Takedown

March 25, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Harnig was a key component of the Rustock botnet distribution network for about the last two years, and may have been scuttled in order to prevent investigators from tracking down its creators after federal officials raided internet hosting companies who provided services for the Rustock botnet...

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Indictment Issued in Stock Manipulation Botnet Operation

March 23, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The indictment asserts that "Rad acted as a middleman between stock promoters seeking to pump shares of stock, and computer experts located inside and outside of the United States who used various means, including spam email campaigns, botnets, and hacking to pump the stock..."

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Microsoft Instrumental in the Rustock Botnet Take Down

March 18, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Microsoft provided documentation that detailed the botnet's extensive structure in a federal court filing. Acting on the information, federal marshals raided several internet hosting providers across the U.S. and seized servers suspected of being used as command and control units...

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Researchers Can Pinpoint Identity by Analyzing Usernames

February 08, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The researchers produced a tool that uses statistical analysis to calculate the relative uniqueness of any given username. The team can now distinguish a single user about half of the time by analyzing multiple usernames without using other key data such as location or date of birth...

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Facebook's Third Biggest Advertiser Was a Spammer

January 19, 2011 Added by:Headlines

It seems unlikely that Facebook and Microsoft would be clueless as to the unsavory nature of Make-My-Baby and MakeMeOld's business practices given the level of revenue they generated. Sometimes it just takes a few good bloggers to keep multi-billion dollar companies on the straight and narrow...

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Spam is Down But New Scam Methods Will Be Up

January 18, 2011 Added by:Theresa Payton

Is your email inbox suddenly a little leaner? Less Viagra and Penny Stock emails getting through? It's all a great sign for the war against spam, but experts are worried that since criminals go where the action is, they are just up to new tricks...

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Hijacked GOV and EDU Websites Serving Up SPAM

January 17, 2011 Added by:Headlines

The websites of some of the country's biggest universities, as well as several government administered sites, have been compromised and are redirecting visitors to SPAM ads. Sections of the websites contain redirected links to spoofed Google searches for fake online stores peddling everything from software to pharmaceuticals...

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Spammers Conceive New Attack Methods

January 11, 2011 Added by:Headlines

Security experts are warning that the substantial decline in spam over the last month may be just a lull before the storm. The simple truth is that crime does in fact pay, and as long as these groups have powerful botnets at their disposal, they will continue to seek the most profitable ways to utilize them...

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Twitter Crime is on the Rise

December 21, 2010 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Twitter’s “direct messages” and “mention” functions are laden with spam, often prompting users to click various links. Why anyone would want me to “Take a Good Look at Hypnotherapy” is beyond me, but someone must be buying because the spam keeps coming...

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Symantec Releases MessageLabs 2010 Security Report

December 16, 2010 Added by:Headlines

Many social networking platforms and social media web sites were being routinely abused and exploited; for example, by providing a rich seam from which personal information can be tapped about an individual in reconnaissance as a prelude to a more targeted attack...

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