Data leaks already inundating 2006

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Data security for 2006 is not looking much better than last year’s showing. In separate incidents this week, the government of Rhode Island reportedly said that Russian data thieves had nabbed tens of thousands of credit-card transactions from the state government’s Web site, while Seattle-based Providence Home Services apparently acknowledged that backup tapes containing 365,000 […]

Microsoft Security Advisory Notification (904420)

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Issued: January 30, 2006Security Advisories Updated or Released Today* Security Advisory (904420)   – Title:    Win32/Mywife.E@mm  – Web site: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50423Support:Technical support resources can be found at:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=21131

180SOLUTIONS WITHDRAWS LAWSUIT AGAINST ZONE LABS

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 30, 2006 – Zone LabsĀ®, a Check Point company (Nasdaq: CHKP), today announced that online advertising software purveyor 180Solutions has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit filed in November 2005 against the Internet security company.The suit sought to force Zone Labs to alter the way its ZoneAlarm software labeled technologies utilized by […]

Winamp Releases Version 5.13 to Fix Security Flaw

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As previously reported in http://msmvps.com/blogs/donpatterson/archive/2006/01/30/82076.aspx, Winamp Releases Version 5.13 to Fix Security FlawKudos Nullsoft for the quick action.http://www.winamp.com/player/version_history.php

Winamp Computer Name Handling Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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Description:ATmaCA has discovered a vulnerability in Winamp, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system. The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error during the handling of filenames including a computer name. This can be exploited to cause a buffer overflow via a specially crafted playlist containing a filename starting […]

Cellcos and Senate vs Social Engineering

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New legislation proposed by Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) and backed by heavyweights from both major parties, seeks to criminalize both the practitioners and the dupes of “social engineering”. That’s just a fancy way of smooth-talking someone out of some information they shouldn’t normally impart, but it has been the most effective technique for fraudsters, […]

Kama Sutra worm set to bite next week

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Businesses have been warned to brace themselves for a possible traffic spike next week caused by the Kama Sutra worm. The virus, dubbed Nyxem.E among other names, was first reported on Jan. 16. It is thought to have infected more than half a million PCs. Security vendor IronPort warned Thursday that these machines are now […]

Researchers: Rootkits headed for BIOS

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Insider attacks and industrial espionage could become more stealthy by hiding malicious code in the core system functions available in a motherboard’s flash memory, researchers said on Wednesday at the Black Hat Federal conference. A collection of functions for power management, known as the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), has its own high-level interpreted […]

Netscape 8.1 takes aim at spyware

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Netscape on Wednesday released its latest browser, version 8.1, which adds features designed to better protect Web surfers against online scams such as spyware and phishing. Netscape 8.1 offers built-in spyware and adware protection that scans files that Web users try to download as well as those that are sent to them without their interaction, […]

Google, Sun, others band to fight spyware, adware

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A coalition of tech companies, consumer groups and other organizations hopes to do to companies that spread spyware and adware what “America’s Most Wanted” has done to fugitives–stop them in their tracks by publicizing their misdeeds. The newly formed Stop Badware Coalition will publish the names of companies that it deems are the worst offenders […]


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