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Microsoft to patch IE zero-day bug next week
Security
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 04 December 2009 19:19

From  Computerworld

Microsoft today said it will deliver six security updates on Tuesday, including one that will patch a vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE) the company admitted only last week.

The updates will patch a total of 12 flaws in Windows, IE and Microsoft Office, the company said in a follow-up entry to its security response center's blog.

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Black Screen Of Death Hits 50,000 PCs
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 18:37

From Information Week

Thousands of Microsoft Windows users download tool in hopes of fixing critical bug.

A security firm that's developed a fix for the so-called "black screen of death" affecting Windows PCs said more than 50,000 users have downloaded the utility in just five days—an indication that the problem is widespread.

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Over 1,200 UK shopping websites shut down
Security
Written by Danrok   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 14:42

From Times Online:

More than 1,200 illegal internet shopping websites that have made millions of pounds for criminals have been shut down by Scotland Yard in the biggest operation of its kind in Britain.

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Microsoft Says Patch Isn't Cause Of Black Screen
Security
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:40

From Information Week

Black screen issues are not widespread and may be caused by malware, Microsoft insists.

Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) on Tuesday denied a claim that its November security patch is among the possible causes of the black screen problems affecting some Windows users.

On Friday, Prevx, a maker of antivirus software, attributed some of these black screen crashes to a recent Window operating system change that locked down Windows registry keys.

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Heap Spraying: Attackers' Latest Weapon Of Choice
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:38

From DarkReading

Difficult to detect reliably, heap spraying was behind an exploit of IE and Adobe Reader

Computer security has been described as a game of one-upmanship, an ongoing escalation of techniques as both sides attempt to find new ways to assault and protect system vulnerabilities. The most prevalent forms of incursion over the last decade have been aimed at computer memory -- and of these, the newest, most popular weapon of choice for attackers is a technique known as "heap spraying."

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New Exploit Masquerades As Flash Player Upgrade
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 26 November 2009 17:57

From DarkReading

Phishing campaign has hit more than 3.5 million mailboxes, researchers say
Researchers have detected a new phishing attack that promises to enhance the security of the user's emailbox -- and then downloads a malicious Trojan instead.

The email requests that recipients click on a link in the body of the email to update the "security mode" of their emailboxes, according to researchers at Red Condor, an email security tool vendor.
Users who click on the link are taken to a Website that advises them to update to the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player by downloading "flashinstaller.exe." This executable is actually a banking Trojan that is known to disable firewalls, steal sensitive financial data, and provide hackers with remote access capabilities, Red Condor says. [More...] [Comments...]

 
'Godfather of Spam' sentenced to four years in prison
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 18:20

From Computer World

IDG News Service - One of the most notorious U.S.-based spammers was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for a scheme that used spam to manipulate stock prices in order to make a profit.

Alan Ralsky, 64, of West Bloomfield, Mich., was sentenced to 51 months in prison in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, according a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Ralsky pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and violating the CAN-SPAM act.

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Employees Willing To Steal Data; Companies On The Alert
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 18:12

From DarkReading

Separate studies offer a scary glimpse into the minds of employees, management
Employees know it's illegal to steal company data, but they're prepared to do it anyway. Companies know their employees are a chief threat to their data, but most aren't doing much about it.

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New Attack Fells Internet Explorer
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 23 November 2009 17:17

From  PCWorld

A hacker has posted attack code that could be used to break into a PC running older versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

The code was posted Friday to the Bugtraq mailing list by an unidentified hacker. According to security vendor Symantec, the code does not always work properly, but it could be used to install unauthorized software on a victim's computer.

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McAfee Releases Cybercrime Report
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 17:33

From DarkReading

Fifth Annual Virtual Criminology report covers a variety of longstanding cybersecurity problems
The world is arming for cyber war and better defenses must be planned for and implemented.
McAfee, a computer security company, makes this claim in its Fifth Annual Virtual Criminology report, released on Tuesday.

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