[B]A professional e-mail address[/B] is defined as one that, in its entirety, represents and reflects the professional interests of the user or owner of the e-mail address itself. A professional e-mail address forms a constituent part of how individuals or organisations actively market their products, services, skills, or professional objectives. A professional e-mail address also therefore communicates factual, useful, and meaningful information about the owner or user of the address. To determine whether an e-mail address is professional, ambiguous, or unprofessional, both parts of the address, i.e. the local element before the ‘@’ sign and the domain name that follows …

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Teens just love using social networks for everything from [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220006.html"]posting naked photos online[/URL] to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story218938.html"]wasting time during class at school[/URL]. We also know that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story219438.html"]parents have little idea what teens get up to online[/URL] but, it would appear, the teen online love affair has not gone unnoticed by young hackers who are actively targetting their fellow teenagers. Researchers at the Imperva Application Defense Center have uncovered a new hack attack which specifically targets teens using the popular Habbo Hotel virtual world come social networking site. Since it launched in 2000, Habbo Hotel has gone on to see around 75,000 new …

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Think that macro viruses written in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) are just something that people using the Internet a couple of decades ago had to worry about? Think again. Word macro attacks never went away, they just went into decline. New evidence suggests they could be making something of a comeback though. Coupled with research showing how non-English speaking recipients are being targeted by phishers using this technique, it makes for worrying reading some 15 years after [Melissa](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa_%28computer_virus%29) struck fear into the email using world. Whenever I hear non-English and phishing uttered in the same breath, I tend to …

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Hi! I'm usually on Firefox, windows 7 64 bit, fujitsu lifebook, run adblocker on FF and I get these weird tabs that just open right in front of my eyes sometimes that say "hope", "patience" etc. and have a kind of colored border, nothing on the tab, just the tab title. This is really starting to piss me off. I figured it was just some millenial adding a "Zen" approach to FF but I want to bazooka it outta my computer. I use BitDefender, run Malware Bytes full scan regularly and run microsoft malicious removal tool. I can't find this …

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According to a [report](http://www.fireeye.com/resources/pdfs/fireeye-operation-ke3chang.pdf) from researchers at US security outfit FireEye, a number of computers belonging to diplomats attending the G20 summit in Russia three months ago, including at least five European foreign ministries, were successfully targeted by Chinese hackers. FireEye researchers had monitored a server, one of 23, used by the Ke3chang group in August. This enabled them to observe the malware in action, although FireEye says no data was stolen as far as they were aware during this period of observation. Naturally the security firm contacted the relevant authorities as soon as it realised what was underway. The …

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According to the network security team at Oxford University Computing Services ([OxCERT](http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/oxcert/)) with the title of 'Google Blocks' the world famous seat of learning has decided to put a block, albeit a temporary one, on the use of Google Docs. Robin Stevens from the network security team at Oxford says that the "extreme action" was felt necessary in order to protect "the majority of University users". ![dweb-oxford](/attachments/small/0/dweb-oxford.jpg "align-right") While admitting that Google Docs is a "perfectly legitimate site" and one which is "widely used by staff and students as part of their work and personal lives" Stevens explains that it …

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[ATTACH=right]16696[/ATTACH]Facebook really dislikes that new 'dislike' button that's been popping up across the social network, and you should, too. That's because it could be a fake - a malicious little app that's actually a survey spam scam of the same ilk as that "[URL="http://www.esecurityplanet.com/headlines/article.php/3885881/Facebook-Phishing-Attack-Promises-Free-iPad.htm"]Free iPad event[/URL]" invitation you've likely received from at least one of your Facebook friends lately. Basically, if you encounter a dialog asking you to grant the 'Dislike' app access to your profile and other information, you can expect to be asked to fill out a survey while your account is being transformed into yet another of …

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McAfee publish a list of the top 10 spam subject lines, because of the work done by their threat research and filtering labs as well as customer feedback, and the latest for July shows how the spammer is now concentrating more on ID theft and less on helping you achieve sexual satisfaction or financial security. Certainly comparing the current subject lines with those from other surveys that have crossed my path over the years makes for interesting reading, in a spam threat evolving without end kind of a way. Let us get July 2006 out of the way first, the …

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The head of the UK MI5 intelligence agency, Jonathan Evans, has this week warned that the [London 2012 Olympic Games](http://www.london2012.com/) "present an attractive target for our enemies and they will be at the centre of the world's attention in a month or so". But most of the concern, and indeed the advice being doled out, is aimed squarely at the physical terrorist threat to the games. DaniWeb has been finding out what threats there are surrounding the 2012 Olympics from an IT security perspective. ![dweb-olympics](/attachments/small/0/dweb-olympics.jpg "align-right") Although the physical threat does, in fact, cross over into the world of IT …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22256[/ATTACH]England just scraped to a hard fought win against a physical and enthusiastic Argentina side in their opening match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign in New Zealand. But while sports fans the world over get excited about how their country is performing in the initial pool group matches, some folk have other motives for clapping their hands with joy over the current wave of interest in Rugby Union: cyber-criminals are raking in the money with a whole host of Rugby World Cup 2011 scams. Nick Johnston, a senior software engineer with Symantec, [URL="http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/419-scammers-take-advantage-rugby-world-cup-fake-lottery"]has warned[/URL] that advance fee fraud …

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Warnings have been issued today not to complete a customer satisfaction survey that appears to come from McDonald's and promises cash for your answers. A bit like fast food itself, something that looks appetising and promises a quick fix is often not actually that good for you. [attach]17019[/attach]IT security and data protection company Sophos has today warned members of the public not to complete a customer satisfaction survey that promises cash in return for completing what claims to be a questionnaire about fast food originating from the McDonald's chain. The survey is being spread by an email spam campaign of …

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Stand up if you like paying your income tax. To all of you who have remained seated, which I will assume is indeed all of you, I have some more bad news: the bogus tax collectors want your money as well, and now they have botnets helping them. [attach]15770[/attach]According to a recent analysis by [URL="http://www.trusteer.com"]financial malware protection specialist Trusteer[/URL] of just one botnet, specific to the UK market, it was actively looking for [URL="https://online.hmrc.gov.uk"]login information for users of the HM Revenue & Customs[/URL] site where people can pay their income tax and VAT online. This botnet had details of more …

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Rather amazingly, just one crime syndicate stands accused of being responsible for some two thirds of all detected phishing attacks carried out during the last six months of 2009. The so-called Avalanche gang, according to a new report by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), used highly sophisticated malware to target 40 banks and online service providers as well as vulnerable domain name registrars. So successful was the Eastern European based gang that not only did its activity account for 66 percent of all phishing attacks, globally, in the second half of 2009, but it caused a spike in reported phishing …

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While, for the average end user, spam has become less of a problem over recent years as spam filters get better at what they do and simply remove much of it from sight, that doesn't mean that spam volumes are actually reducing. In fact, the opposite is true and the actual amount of spam flowing through the Internet is still ridiculously high. What's more, the spammers are becoming increasingly adept at adapting to ongoing trends and exploiting them to get their often unsavoury message across. According to the latest [URL="http://www.commtouch.com/download/1679"]Internet Threats Trend Report[/URL] for Q1 2010 to be published by …

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According to the latest State of Spam and Phishing [URL="http://eval.symantec.com/mktginfo/enterprise/other_resources/b-state_of_spam_and_phishing_report_02-2010.en-us.pdf"]report[/URL] from Symantec, a truly astonishing 92% of all adult phishing scams are being conducted across social networking sites. This coincides with a newly identified trend of adult oriented phishing whereby users are being tempted to enter personal credentials in exchange for the promise of free porn. A new trend using a very old premise, it would seem, as I recall the same 'free porn' promise being made over the years with scams ranging from [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story256128.html"]Trojan Porn Diallers[/URL] to drive by malware delivery. Indeed, the new trend is very similar to …

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You probably call it Halloween, for myself and other pagans it is [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain"]Samhain[/URL], but for the cyber-gangs it is phishing time. Seasonally-themed spam is on the up at this time of the year, Halloween related messages accounting for 0.5% of the daily spam traffic by volume in mid-October according to the latest [URL="http://www.messagelabs.com/intelligence.aspx"]Symantec MessageLabs Intelligence Report[/URL]. Currently, with the 'Witch's New Year' Sabbath itself coming this weekend, there are some 500 million emails circulating worldwide and the majority of the Halloween spam is originating from the [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19931/53/"]Rustock[/URL] and Donbot [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24603/1231/"]botnets[/URL]. Most of this would appear to be pointing towards pharmaceutical …

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I love Twitter, and post a lot of links to security related stories via my [URL="http://twitter.com/happygeek"]@happygeek[/URL] account. But now I am getting a little worried that I might suffer the same fate as a well known, and highly respected security expert. Mikko Hypponen is a familiar face around the security conventions, and a familiar name to anyone who reads security news blogs. Mikko is the Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, and knows a thing or two about issuing security warnings. Shame that Twitter cannot say the same. It all started back on August 3rd when Mikko posted a tweet which …

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[url]http://mashable.com/2009/10/06/gmail-accounts-exposed/[/url] The link above this is to a report on Mashable that one day after 10,000+ hotmail accounts had their usernames and passwords posted on-line due to a phishing scheme, today the same problem has hit GMail, Yahoo, AOL, Earthlink and Comcast accounts bringing the total number of compromised accounts to over 30,000. Google has already taken steps to correct this by forcing password resets on all affected accounts. All are advised to check their accounts.

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Sophos, the security outfit, has issued a [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2009/01/04/phishing-scam"]warning[/URL] for users of Twitter to be on the lookout for an evolving phishing attack which could steal personal data if they are not very careful. Already thousands of Twitterers are thought to have received messages from their friends which invite them to visit a specific website for a number of various reasons. Amongst them, it seems, is Stephen Fry. According to reports the bait used in the messages can be anything from the lure of winning an [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3656.html"]Apple iPhone[/URL] through to promises of funny pictures or blog articles supposedly about the recipient …

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Security outfit MessageLabs today warns that as the credit crisis worsens so there has been a shift to the online arena for making money via spoofing banks for phishing scams. Between August and September this kind of phishing attack grew by 16 percent, but during September and October it has leapt up 103 percent. With seemingly never ending change prevailing in the global banking system, the crafty scammers are quick to take advantage of the merger and bailout feeding frenzy by targeting the likes of Bank of America, Wachovia, Chase Manhattan and Washington Mutual. On one day, the 16th October, …

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Threat statistics just released by managed security company [URL="http://www.network-box.com"]Network Box[/URL] reveals that phishing attacks now account for 67 percent of all malware by volume. This compares with just 24 percent in February and 48 percent in March, suggesting that the phishers are continuing to be successful where other distribution and infection mechanisms are failing. When it comes to the geographic source of distribution, look no further than the USA which dominates the landscape for pushing out spam and malware. Indeed, it retains the unwanted title for the fourth consecutive month according to Network Box figures. What's more, those figures suggest …

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One of the best known soccer clubs in the world is tackling the phishing threat and has placed a penalty on the head of those who might try to con their fans on the web. As the annual InfoSecurity Europe show kicks off, so Manchester United has launched the implementation of Extended Validation (EV) Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates on the Man U website in order to provide premier league protection for online fans. The official [URL="http://store.manutd.com/"]Online Manchester United Megastore[/URL], as you might expect from such a high profile commercial sporting success, is more than just a fanboy website. It …

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The Trend Micro [URL="http://blog.trendmicro.com/over-400-phish-kits-on-the-loose/"]TrendLabs Malware Blog[/URL] is reporting that the volume of totally free do it yourself phishing kits available in the wild on the web had moved past the 400 mark. Ironically, some are even used by phishers to phish other phishers…

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If you're visiting a known site such as Google.com, you're perfectly safe, right? Wrong. New DNS vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows 2000 and 2003 severs could potentially allow a DNS server to get hijacked, and redirect a user to a completely different site than they expected to see. The vulnerability exists in the RPC protocol (Remote Procedure Call), which is supposed to get services from other applications on the network. By using a basic stack overflow technique, hackers can compromise the target machine and gain access to the routing table. This becomes extremely dangerous. Cybercrooks could redirect a visitor to a …

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Sometimes you just cannot help it, you find yourself with time on your hands and you go snooping around in places that normal folk just do not venture. So it was with security researcher [URL="http://portal.spidynamics.com/blogs/msutton"]Michael Sutton[/URL] who spent an entire day plugging through the [URL="http://sb.google.com/safebrowsing/update?version=goog-black-url:1:1"]Google blacklist, [/URL] the [URL="http://sb.google.com/safebrowsing/update?version=goog-black-enchash:1:1"]Google encoded/hashed blacklist[/URL] and the [URL="http://sb.google.com/safebrowsing/update?version=goog-white-domain:1:1"]Google domain whitelist[/URL]. The blacklist, in case you did not know, contains a huge listing of URLs that Google suspects might be involved in phishing activity, and forms the basis of the Google Safe Browsing tool for Firefox, and the new Firefox anti-phishing filter for that matter. …

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Research published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) just before Christmas revealed that UK consumers are being conned to the tune of £3.5 billion every single year. The detailed analysis suggests that nearly half of the adult population of the UK has been targeted by a scam, and as many as one in fifteen, or 3.2 million people, fall victim to such fraud and lose an average of £850 each. Investment scams were most lucrative with an average pay-off of £5,660 per victim, followed by African 419 advance fee fraud on £5000, property investment scams at £4,240, holiday club …

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Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7 has a special bar that turns green when visiting "safe" sites, which it determines if it recieves a special strict security certificate from Microsoft. But, small business owners and corporations are worried that users will leave their sites feeling unsafe, as they are not eligable to smaller businesses. A green bar isn't a seal of approval, it's just certification that the site is a legitimate business, says Microsoft. The bar also displays the name of company to further confirm with the user that they're at the site they intended to be at. As Internet Explorer …

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According to Symantec, 64% of small businesses have seen a surge in the volume of spam received during the previous six months. And it isn’t the only one: whether you talk to ISPs or security vendors, gateway mail filtering services or end users, the message is the same. Spam is on the up, and how. The most worrying thing is the how rather than the why, the latter being the good old Yankee Dollar as always. In the past it was bulk-emailers that caused the spam damage, plain and simple, but now the trend is towards a higher level of …

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Microsoft's Cybersecurity and Systems Management Research Group have created an automated tool, as part of the larger [URL="http://research.microsoft.com/SearchDefender/"]Strider Search Defende[/URL]r project, to combat sources of comment spam that is the scourge of blogs across the web. Because sites can get high legitimate search rankings while at the same time serving up spammed ads, it is a problem that has to be dealt with. Microsoft is on course to be the unlikely hero of the hour. SpamHunter does this by creating a list of doorway sites, hosted on legitimate blog or forum sites and feeding ads from a central spammer target …

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Are users becoming more wary of link clicking in email? Are they getting savvy to the tricks of the email phisher? Certainly there is some evidence that the security message is starting to get through to the masses, but not nearly quickly enough to turn the phishing tide in my opinion. Whatever the case, it appears that ID thieves need to find their own unique selling point in order to stand out in a sea of scam. Anti-virus specialist Sophos has uncovered one such attempt, where the phisher uses a new twist to con PayPal users into revealing credit card …

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