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.: Hackers exploit Upatched Windows flaw - 29th Dec 2005

"Security firms have warned that patched systems running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 can be successfully attacked by malicious hackers.

The firms describe the exploit as "zero day," because malicious hackers are taking advantage of it while there is no patch or certified workaround against the vulnerability. Malicious hackers can run the code of their choice on compromised systems, and even machines that have all available patches installed are vulnerable, according to several advisories..."
[TechWorld]




.: Letís see some ID, please - 15th Dec 2005

"As the joke goes, on the Internet nobody knows youíre a dog. But although anonymity has been part of Internet culture since the first browser, itís also a major obstacle to making the Web a safe place to conduct business.

Change, however, is on the way. Already over 20 million PCs worldwide are equipped with a tiny security chip called the Trusted Platform Module, although it is as yet rarely activated...."
[msnbc]




.: Survey: Most home PC users lack security - 9th Dec 2005

"A survey of home PC users found 81 percent lacked at least one of three critical types of security, but the number of consumers using firewalls and updated antivirus software is improving, according to a report released Wednesday.

The vast majority of consumers surveyed were found to lack at least one of three types of critical security--a firewall, updated antivirus software or anti-spyware protection, according to a report by America Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance..."
[news.com]




.: Adware maker sues over 'high risk' designation - 2nd Dec 2005

"Advertising software maker 180solutions has filed suit against security company Zone Labs for allegedly telling some of 180solutions' customers that its software products are "high risk."

Such a characterization has damaged the reputation of the products, 180solutions contends, prompting one potential business partner to postpone a deal and many of 180solutions' users to uninstall the software, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNET News.com..."
[news.com]




.: Sony's Escalating "Spyware" Fiasco - 25th Nov 2005

"Along with lawyers, prosecutors, and furious fans, artists are joining the backlash against the label for slipping a hidden, anti-theft program into users' computers.

To prevent audiophiles from making multiple copies of the CDs, Sony had programmed the Van Zant disk, and dozens of others, with a hidden code called a "rootkit" that secretly installs itself on hard drives when the CDs are loaded onto listeners' PCs. Soon enough, hackers began designing viruses to take malicious advantage of the hidden program, and a Sony boycott had begun..."
[BusinessWeek]






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