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.: Fun With Java Updates - 26th May 2006

"Sun Microsystems has issued an update stability and security problems with its Java software. The "platform-independent" programming language is supposed to make it easier for Web users to interact with some Web sites, but keeping it up to date with security patches can be anything but easy.

Still don't get what Java is all about? Don't sweat it: you're hardly in the minority. Just know that if you are running a Windows computer, chances are you have some form of Java on your machine. And that Java security holes could give attackers an opening on your PC..."
[Washington Post]




.: Inside the Spyware Scandal - 19th May 2006

"When Sony BMG hid a "rootkit" on their CDs, they spied on you and let hackers into your computer. What were they thinking?

John Guarino is the owner of TecAngels, a two-man computer consultancy in Manhattan. Give Guarino your ailing Windows PC, and in two or three hours he'll return it to you in perfect health. Often, he can solve his customers' problems over the phone. But last summer, Guarino came across a problem he couldn't fix..."
[Technology Review]




.: Study: Most malware made to make money - 9th May 2006

"Malicious software coded by cyber criminals for financial gain accounted for some 70 percent of all malware detected during the first quarter of 2006, according to a report released today.

According to a new study from anti-virus developer Panda Software, the new malware dynamic saw financial profit become malicious software creators' top priority..."
[SC Magazine]




.: Spyware? What Spyware? - 3rd May 2006

"It is not called spyware for nothing. Most Internet users can stare right at a spyware threat and not even see it.

According to the first-ever "Spyware Quiz" conducted by McAfee's SiteAdvisor, a staggering 97% of Internet users are just one click away from infecting their PCs with spyware, adware or some other kind of unwanted software..."
[eMarketer]




.: One IE flaw leads to another - 3rd May 2006

"As researchers pored over a vulnerability found within Microsoft's Internet Explorer less than a week ago, they discovered a totally new IE flaw.

The new bug could be used to launch code execution attacks. Microsoft acknowledged that the vulnerability, found by Andreas Sandblad of Secunia, is not just a successful exploit of the flaw uncovered last week by Michal Zalewski..."
[news.com]






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