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.: New Generation of IE Malware Now Circulating - 9th Apr 2006

"Hackers have posted a new version of malicious software that will make it easier for them to exploit an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Based on a critical bug disclosed on March 22, the software was posted by hackers Friday to the Milw0rm.com website.

The code exploits a flaw in the way IE processes webpages using the createTextRange() method. Hackers have been using malware that takes advantage of this vulnerability to install unauthorized software on victims’ computers over the past week..."
[CIO]




.: Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible - 9th Apr 2006

"In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation.

When you are dealing with rootkits and some advanced spyware programs, the only solution is to rebuild from scratch. In some cases, there really is no way to recover without nuking the systems from orbit..."
[eWeek]




.: Crusading prosecutor seeks new spyware scalp - 6th Apr 2006

"New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has gone after a company alleged to be one of the largest spyware distributors in the world. Spitzer has filed a lawsuit that will force spyware distributor Direct Revenue to stop installing its software on PCs without their owners' consent. The suit also aims to prevent the firm sending ads to existing PCs running its software, as well as forcing it to open its accounts to investigation..."
[computing]




.: Exploit(s) Released for Unpatched IE Flaw - 24th Mar 2006

"Security experts are warning that at least one set of instructions showing bad guys how to exploit an unpatched security hole in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser have been posted online, and that malicious Web sites are likely to begin using the blueprints to install spyware and other unwanted junk on visitors' Windows computers. Microsoft acknowledged the previously undisclosed flaw in a blog posting earlier this week..."
[Washington Post]




.: Symantec takes heat for changing adware advice - 5th Mar 2006

"Company criticized for dismissing its lawsuit against browser and e-mail toolbar maker Hotbar.com. Symantec's out-of-court settlement with an adware maker is a loss for users, an anti-spyware researcher said this week.

The Cupertino, Calif. security company announced that it had dismissed its lawsuit against browser and e-mail toolbar maker Hotbar.com, Inc. Last June, Symantec filed a zero-dollar suit against the New York company, saying then that it was seeking a legal ruling that would affirm the position that Hotbar's programs "are indeed adware and can be treated as computer security risks..."
[CMP]






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