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World Cup Virus Season Kicks Off

The FIFA World Cup 2006 tournament won’t get underway in Germany until early June, but computer virus writers are already attempting to cash in on the planet’s most popular sporting event with viruses aimed at deceiving eager soccer fans. Researchers at UK-based Sophos released notification of a new attack that infects Microsoft Excel files and [...]

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Vista’s Security Will Be Pain in the Neck: Analyst

Windows Vista’s new security features will so annoy users that Microsoft won’t meet its goal of 400 million copies in two years, a research analyst said Monday. Although Microsoft touts Vista as its most secure operating system ever and is relying on security as a prime marketing message to corporations, the Yankee Group’s Andrew Jaquith [...]

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Mac OS X Gets Wrong Kind of Attention

Recently there has been a growth industry in pundits whining about the security of the Apple Mac OS X operating system. To read some of the coverage, you would think someone deciding to use OS X instead of Windows would have to be dumber than a fence post. Methinks the security worries are rather misplaced [...]

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Firefox Drops Places Feature; Security Patch Coming Soon

APRIL 30, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – The open-source Mozilla project this week plans to release an update to its Firefox browser that will fix a publicly disclosed security issue in the software. News of the update came as developers also confirmed that they were dropping a highly anticipated bookmarking feature, called Places, from the [...]

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GM Security Chief Gives Hackers a Lesson

General Motors Corp.’s chief information security officer, Eric Litt, used the chance to speak at the European Black Hat Convention in Amsterdam earlier this year to reach out to the hacker community and explain the problems large corporations face when dealing with software vulnerabilities. He discussed security issues in an interview with Computerworld last week. [...]

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Security Watch: The Fake Internet Lottery Jackpot Is… All Your Money!

There’s another zero-day attack on Internet Explorer. There are conflicting claims about how serious it is, but read about how serious it could be in the Zero-Day IE Attack section. Everyone’s got their own names for malware attacks, but AV-Test keeps track of them all. Get a cross-reference list of names for attacks on the [...]

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Smarter Spam Could Mimic Friends’ Mail

The next generation of spam and phishing e-mails could fool both software filters and the most cautious people, Canadian researchers said Sunday, by mimicking the way friends and real companies write messages. John Aycock, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Calgary, and his student, Nathan Friess, presented a paper Sunday at [...]

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Symantec Relaunches Phishing Info Sharing Network

Symantec on Monday relaunched an anti-phishing fraud service it acquired in its 2005 acquisition of WholeSecurity, and said major Internet players including eBay, Google, Yahoo, RSA Security, and Wells Fargo will participate in the data sharing group. Microsoft, however, has dropped out. First unveiled in February 2005 by WholeSecurity, the Phish Report Network is being [...]

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Security Products Keep Watchful Eye on Workers

APRIL 28, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – Vendors at the Infosec Europe 2006 conference in London this week showed products that could hasten the demise of the idle surfer at work. With employees being blamed for security woes faced by enterprises, increasingly their online activity is being monitored to keep their attention squarely focused on [...]

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China Ready to Swipe Spam Crown From U.S.

U.S. junk e-mailers sent more spam than those in any other country during the first quarter, a security company recently reported, although China is hot on America’s heels. According to U.K.-based Sophos, U.S. senders accounted for 23.1 percent of the world’s spam in 2006′s first three months. Chinese spammers sent 21.9 percent of global junk [...]

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