Akonix Software Says IM Networks in Danger

A local security software maker has issued a warning about malicious code attacks over instant messaging networks.

Akonix Systems Inc. said it tracked 10 new malicious code attacks over IM networks in May, raising the total count of malicious worms to 73 through May 31.

The research was conducted by Akonix and its industry colleagues in IM infrastructure and security schemes: Sophos and Secunia.

Although the number of identified worms is down from last year, the sophistication has increased, said Don Montgomery, vice president of marketing. He said just one rapidly propagating Trojan or worm could take down a business network.

http://www.sdbj.com/industry_article.asp?aID=47059596.6933817.1647204.678564.81710802.301&aID2=126699

8 in 10 businesses now using Macs

Enterprises love the Mac’s reliability, rely on virtualization, reports Yankee Group

Nearly 80% of businesses have Macs in-house, nearly double the percentage that said they had users running Mac OS X two years ago, a research firm said today.

“Then, we were talking about onesies and twosies,” said Laura DiDio, a research fellow at Yankee Group Research Inc. who conducted a survey of more than 700 senior IT administrators and C-level executives. “Now the number of actual users is very significant. A number of the businesses said that they had 50 or 100 or even several thousand Macs deployed.”

In early 2006, when DiDio last polled corporate IT professionals on Mac deployment, 47% said that they had Apple Inc. hardware in their environments.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=windows&articleId=9103958&taxonomyId=125&intsrc=kc_top

Is the Google Toolbar a Trojan Horse for Ad Targeting? Is Steve Ballmer right?

Is Google getting ready to serve up display ads to people based on their Web surfing habits (as opposed to their Web searching habits)? Ever since the DoubleClick acquisition closed, industry watchers have been waiting to see how Google would dip its toes into behavioral ad targeting. One rumor going around is that Google is going to target ads to people who use the Google Toolbar, which is now bundled with Dell PCs.

The rumor could be an attempt to spread FUD, but it is not just startups that are playing the privacy card. In a discussion with Washington Post editors and reporters on June 4th, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer raised a similar privacy issue in relation to the Dell deal.

More and the video of Steve Ballmer on Privacy:  http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/16/is-the-google-toolbar-a-trojan-horse-for-ad-targetting-ballmer-plays-the-privacy-card/

Ballmer’s Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/06/ballmers_right.html

Singapore forum ‘scammer’ faces caning and prison

A British man faces caning and a prison sentence for allegedly conning members of an IT forum in Singapore.

Members of the VR-Zone forum used “mass ordering” to make savings when buying hardware – they teamed up to make large orders which earned them discounts. But Johnson Henry Plant, a 36-year-old British national, is accused of exploiting this to con $10,000 SGD (£3,700) out of over 50 forum members.

Plant is accused of winning forum members’ trust by selling small items at cheap prices. He also set up other IDs in order to give himself favourable feedback.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/27/singapore_scam_arrest/

Taming Internet Explorer Browser Plug-Ins

Poorly designed ActiveX controls can be an extremely potent weapon for cyber crooks, since most ActiveX controls distributed with third party software are marked “safe for scripting.” This means that they will run when invoked and without requiring the user’s permission. As a result, any Web page can use the control and its methods, which in many cases includes the ability to download and execute potentially hostile code.

The 1.5 Beta version of the AxBan, developed by Errata Security, is available from this link here. When you start the program, it will warn you that using AxBan changes the system registry and to proceed at your own risk.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2008/06/taming_internet_explorer_brows_1.html

Bill Gates: Looking Back, Moving Ahead

On June 27, 2008, Bill Gates transitions from his day-to-day role at Microsoft to focus more time on his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates will remain Microsoft’s chairman and will be involved in select projects based on direction from Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the leadership team. Watch the video and hear from his friends, family and Microsoft leaders about Gates’ amazing journey — from coding BASIC for the Altair 8800 to leading the world’s largest software company.
•    Video Tribute: Looking Back, Moving Ahead
•    Virtual Pressroom: Video Clips, Images and Press Materials
•    Feature: Iconic Albuquerque Photo Re-Created

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/videos/
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/leadership/default.mspx
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/jun08/06-25iconic.mspx

Firefox Malformed JPEG File Denial of Service Vulnerability

Mozilla Firefox is prone to a remote denial-of-service vulnerability.
Successful exploits can allow attackers to crash the affected browser, resulting in denial-of-service conditions.

This issue affects Mozilla FireFox 3 running on Ubuntu Linux 8.04; other versions running on different platforms may also be affected.

Vulnerable: 
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Beta 5
Mozilla Firefox 3.0
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/29984/discuss