Sober Revolutions

Zombie PCs infected with the Sober-P worm are set to reactivate on
Monday, 23 May. Sober-P posed as offers of a free ticket for next
year’s World Cup and set up backdoor access on compromised PCs,
claiming thousands of victims since its first appearance earlier this
month.

These infected machines were later used to generate a German hate-mail
spam outbreak this week. The sheer volume of this deluge illustrated
the potential for further mischief.

Excerpt from The Register and [ISN].

Which is the best anti-spyware cleaner?

That is just what I was wondering — from a community perspective. We’ve
been running a survey and after 5,414 unique votes, the tally is in:


Source:


http://castlecops.com/modules.php?name=Surveys&op=results&pollID=30


1) Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal 25.36%
2) Spybot Search & Destroy 22.42%
3) Microsoft AntiSpyware 14.79%


This is from a list of 19 choices:


Continued at the source: http://castlecops.com/article5987.html

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2005

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Title: Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2005
Issued: May 10, 2005
Version Number: 1.0
Bulletin: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=47292
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Summary:
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This advisory contains information about all security updates
released this month. It is broken down by security bulletin severity.



Important Security Bulletins
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MS05-024 – Vulnerability in Web View Could Allow Remote Code
Execution (894320)

– Affected Software:
– Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
– Windows 2000 Service Pack 4

– Review the FAQ section of bulletin MS05-O24 for
information about these operating systems:
– Microsoft Windows 98
– Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
– Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)

– Impact: Remote Code Execution
– Version Number: 1.0

Update Availability:
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An update is available to address these issues.
For additional information, including Technical Details,
Workarounds, answers to Frequently Asked Questions,
and Update Deployment Information please read
the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for this
month at: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=47292

Support:
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Technical support is available from Microsoft Product Support
Services at 1-866-PC SAFETY (1-866-727-2338). There is no
charge for support calls associated with security updates.
International customers can get support from their local Microsoft
subsidiaries. Phone numbers for international support can be found
at: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

Additional Resources:
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* Microsoft has created a free monthly e-mail newsletter containing
valuable information to help you protect your network. This
newsletter provides practical security tips, topical security
guidance, useful resources and links, pointers to helpful
community resources, and a forum for you to provide feedback
and ask security-related questions.
You can sign up for the newsletter at:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/secnews/default.mspx

* Microsoft has created a free e-mail notification service that
serves as a supplement to the Security Notification Service
(this e-mail). It provides timely notification of any minor
changes or revisions to previously released Microsoft Security
Bulletins. This new service provides notifications that are
written for IT professionals and contain technical information
about the revisions to security bulletins.
Visit http://www.microsoft.com to subscribe to this service:

– Click on Subscribe at the top of the page.
– This will direct you via Passport to the Subscription center.
– Under Newsletter Subscriptions you can sign up for the
“Microsoft Security Notification Service: Comprehensive Version”.

* Join Microsoft’s webcast for a live discussion of the technical
details of these security bulletins and steps you can take
to protect your environment. Details about the live webcast
can be found at:

www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/summary.mspx

The on-demand version of the webcast will be available 24 hours
after the live webcast at:

www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/summary.mspx

* Protect your PC: Microsoft has provided information on how you
can help protect your PC at the following locations:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/

If you receive an e-mail that claims to be distributing a
Microsoft security update, it is a hoax that may be distributing a
virus. Microsoft does not distribute security updates through
e-mail. You can learn more about Microsoft’s software distribution
policies here:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/topics/policy/swdist.mspx

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