Microsoft targets auctioneers of pirated software

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Microsoft plans to file more than 50 lawsuits worldwide against online merchants who allegedly peddle counterfeit software on popular auction sites, the software giant said Monday. The actions include 15 lawsuits in the U.S., 10 in Germany, 10 in the Netherlands, and five each in France and the United Kingdom, Microsoft said. Additional cases are […]

Seagate bakes security into hard-disk drive

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Hard-drive maker Seagate Technology on Monday provided more details on encryption technology designed to make life tougher for computer thieves. The Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company has developed full-disk encryption technology that can be built into hard-disk drives. The new Seagate DriveTrust Technology automatically encrypts all the data written to the disk, making it inaccessible to […]

MySpace Accounts Compromised by Phishers

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Netcraft has discovered that the social networking site, MySpace, appears to have been compromised by phishers who have presented a spoof login form on the main site. This modified login form is designed to submit the victim's username and password to a remote server hosted in France. Netcraft 

Cryptos gather for 30th anniversary of public-key cryptography

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Some of the world's top crypto minds shared the stage at the Thirty Years of Public-Key Cryptography anniversary event at the Computer History Museum last night. NYT reporter John Markoff, who has covered Silicon Valley for 30 years, was master of ceremonies, and started off by saying the no technology has had a more profound […]

Bot nets likely behind jump in spam

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 A significant rise in the global volume of spam in the past two months has security analysts worried that bot nets are increasingly being used by spammers to stymie network defenses erected to curtail bulk e-mail. Estimates of the magnitude of the increase in junk e-mail vary, but experts agree that an uncommon surge in […]

Rutkowska: Anti-virus Software Is Ineffective

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Q&A: Stealth malware researcher Joanna Rutkowska discusses her interest in computer security, the threat from rootkits and why the world is not ready for virtual machine technology.Earlier this year, stealth malware researcher Joanna Rutkowska created a stir at the Black Hat Briefings when she demonstrated a way to infect Windows Vista with a rootkit and […]

Linux guru warns on security in open-source code

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Alan Cox, one of the most respected figures in the U.K. open-source community, has warned about complacency over the security of open-source projects. Speaking to delegates at London's LinuxWorld conference on Wednesday, he emphasized that considerable sums of money were being spent in attempting to hack into open-source systems. And he cautioned that many open-source […]

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

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OverviewMicrosoft Corporation has made a significant investment over the past few years researching and combating malicious and potentially unwanted software, and in developing technology to help customers mitigate the security risk that it creates. As part of this investment, Microsoft created a dedicated antimalware team that is responsible for researching malicious software (or “malware”) and […]

Symantec Products SAVRT.SYS Device Driver Privilege Escalation

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Description: A vulnerability has been reported in various Symantec products, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges. The vulnerability is caused due to an improper validation of the output buffer address space of a "DeviceIOControl()" call in the SAVRT.SYS device driver. This can be exploited to overwrite kernel memory and […]

Windows Defender Final Released

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Windows Defender detects and removes known spyware from your computer, which helps make your Internet browsing safer. The software uses automatic definition updates provided by Microsoft analysts to help detect and remove new threats as the threats are identified. Improvements in Windows Defender • Enhanced performance through a new scanning engine. • Streamlined, simplified user […]


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