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Is malware on the decline, or is evasion on the rise?

Is malware on the decline, or is evasion on the rise?

While some studies point to a decrease in malware, that is more of an indication that virus writers are getting better at hiding their wares.

Fake Microsoft "critical update" spam propagating trojan

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A new outbreak of spam claims to be a critical update for Microsoft Outlook, but the message really aims to infect users with the information-stealing trojan ZBot, security firm Trend Micro warned Monday.

It's official: Microsoft to offer free anti-malware service

It's official: Microsoft to offer free anti-malware service

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Next week, Microsoft will make available to consumers a new, free anti-malware service to replace its subscription model.

Google responds to call for more security

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In reaction to a letter from 37 respected names in the computer security field, Google is considering tighter security of its web applications.

Spam king Wallace could be jailed

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Sanford Wallace, the so-called spam king who has been sued on multiple occasions, may finally face prison time.

Twitter hit with rogue anti-virus scams

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Users of popular blogging platform Twitter fell victim this past week to a scareware scam.

Another round of phishing hits Twitter

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After last week's phishing attacks on social networking sites, yet another round has struck Twitter.

Spam accounted for 90 percent of all email in May

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Spam levels rose again in May -- and there is no sign of a slowdown, according to a new report.

Computer bot profusion swells dramatically

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In the past three months, twelve million new computers have joined botnets worldwide.

Image spam spikes

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Image spam is making a comeback, making up almost 22 percent of all unsolicited mail, according to IBM's X-Force research team. Much of the spam involves messages pushing pharmaceutical products, researchers Ralf Iffert and Holly Stewart said Monday. Two years ago, most image spam, in which the payload is carried in an embedded image, focused on stock trading, but that is no longer as lucrative. The focus on drugs is likely a way to prey on people who seek help in dismal economic times, the researchers said. — CAM

Accused adware purveyor Zango shuttered by bank foreclosure

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A principal player in the spreading of adware -- software that silently loads advertising onto web users' computers -- has been forced to close down after a decade in business.

Rogue product ads on F-Secure, McAfee, Trend Micro searches

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Google searches for a number of security products and vendors -- including F-Secure, Norton, McAfee and Trend Micro -- have yielded advertisements with links to rogue products.

Waledac kicks off new spam campaign

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A new campaign to lure users into downloading malware is running on the Waledac botnet, according to security researchers.

Phishing increased 40 percent in 2008

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The percentage of people losing money to phishing attacks is higher than ever -- five million consumers in the United States fell victim during 2008, an increase of 40 percent over 2007, according to a new report from Gartner.

Spammers capitalize on Italy earthquake

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As the death toll from the earthquake in central Italy grows, spammers have moved to capitalize on the catastrophe.

Tax scam season has arrived

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With the U.S. tax filing deadline looming, cybercriminals are putting fraud efforts into high gear with tax-related phishing emails and websites designed to lure users into handing over their personal information, security firms are warning.

"Nigerian scam" fraudsters go to jail

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After pleading guilty last year, two Nigerians and a French citizen were sentenced by a New York federal judge to jail Thursday for scamming $1.2 million through email.

Spam back up to pre-McColo levels

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Following the highly publicized takedown of the McColo web-hosting company last November, worldwide spam levels dropped by around 70 percent. But four months later, spam is now back up to pre-McColo levels, according to the latest figures from Google's Postini.

Fatal attraction: Latest "delivery notice" trojan spews forth

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A new torrent of spam, disguised as a message from package carrier DHL, is making its way into inboxes.

Spoofed Delta Airlines emails contain trojan

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Emails spoofed to look like they are coming from Delta Airlines to confirm a ticket purchase are attempting to infect users with a trojan.

Waledac malware adds geolocation

Waledac malware adds geolocation

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A new variant of the Waledac malware campaign has been unleashed, taking advantage of the economic crisis by spoofing a legitimate coupon website and using IP address geolocation to appear to offer coupons for local stores.

Waledac worm sends no love to Valentine's Day spam victims

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Cybercriminals behind the Waledac botnet are trying to capture more victims by using Valentine's Day-themed exploits, researchers from McAfee Avert Labs warned Monday.

Microsoft's IE8 released for final testing

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The Monday announcement of Internet Explorer (IE) Release Candidate 1 (RC1) will be the last public update of IE8 before the final product is released. RC1 is available for public download in 25 languages, and is billed as Microsoft's most secure browser ever.

Spam grows as senders use slicker ways to trick users

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The amount of spam is nearing pre-McColo numbers, and junk mailers are using crafty new methods to infect computers, two spam reports released on Monday conclude.

New worm claiming to be Christmas e-card makes rounds

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A new email worm has replaced Storm in an attempt to trick end-users into opening malware-laden holiday e-cards.

International spammer fined $100,000 in New Zealand

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Lance Atkinson, a member of the Herbal King spam gang, also faces additional charges in the United States.

SC World Congress: Anatomy of a spam business

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In less than nine months in 2007, a botnet-driven junk email network earned $7.5 million for its operators -- just one example of the polished, modern-day spam operation, a panelist said Wednesday at the SC World Congress.

Apple advises Mac users to install anti-virus software

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For possibly the first time ever, Apple is recommending Mac OS X users deploy anti-virus solutions -- but it remains unclear exactly why.

Spam climbing back up after botnets return online

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Spam levels are returning to normal levels after a number of potent botnets have regained life.

Spam levels remain down following McColo shutdown

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Though worldwide spam levels are still diminished in the wake of the McColo hosting-company shutdown, it may only be a matter of time before they come roaring back.

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