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Firefox 3.5.1 released to patch TraceMonkey vulnerability
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 20 July 2009 11:47

From Ars Technica:

Mozilla has released Firefox 3.5.1, the first minor point update of the 3.5 series, to address a security vulnerability in the browser's new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine. Security researchers have demonstrated how the vulnerability could be exploited by a malicious web page.

Attacks against unpatched Microsoft bug multiply
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 12:28

Researchers disagree on attack intensity, but say zero-day ActiveX bug is a big threat

By Gregg Keizer
July 14, 2009 12:14 PM  Computerworld

- Attacks exploiting the latest Microsoft vulnerability are quickly ramping up in quantity and intensity, several security companies warned today as they rang alarms about the developing threat.

Symantec, Sunbelt Software and SANS' Internet Storm Center (ISC) bumped up their warnings yesterday after Microsoft announced that attackers were exploiting a bug in an ActiveX control used by Internet Explorer (IE) to display Excel spreadsheets. There is no patch for the vulnerability, nor will Microsoft release one later today when it issues its July batch of patches. A temporary fix that sets the "kill bits" of the ActiveX control is available, but experts believe it's likely most users won't take advantage of the protection.  [Comments...]

Microsoft Finally Patches ActiveX
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 10 July 2009 11:29
   As usual on the upcoming Patch Tuesday next week, Microsoft will be issuing a series of critical patches to fix security vulnerabilities for its popular Windows computer operating system.

Todd R. Weiss
Jul 10, 2009 9:03 am

But this time, the company is getting a bit more attention than it's used to for its patch release schedule.

Three new "critical" security patches affecting Windows will be part of the patch package that will be available on Tuesday, as well as three "important" fixes for other Microsoft products - Publisher, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server and Virtual PC and Virtual Server. The fixes affect machines running Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, according to details in the patch advisories.

If your computer is set to automatically receive Microsoft patch updates as recommended, then you should receive the fixes without any intervention on your part.
    One of those fixes, for a security vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control affecting computers running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, though, has been awaited for quite a while. It appears that the first reports of the problem date back to early 2008. [Comments...]
Report: North Korea May Be Behind DDOS Attacks On U.S., Korean Government Sites
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 10 July 2009 11:20
    At least 12,000 South Korean computers involved in attacks, intelligence agency says

Jul 08, 2009 | 04:56 PM
By Tim Wilson

Supporters of North Korea may be behind a series of denial-of-service attacks that have crippled U.S. and South Korean government Websites during the past five days, a news report says.

According to an Associated Press report, an unnamed South Korean lawmaker's aide stated that intelligence agencies believe North Korean sympathizers are behind the distributed denial-of-service attacks, which overwhelmed at least a dozen U.S. government sites and 11 South Korean sites, including the U.S. White House and South Korea's Blue House. [Comments....]
SecureWorks-VeriSign Deal Highlights Acquisition Trend In Security Services
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 11:37
As SecureWorks gets bigger faster, VeriSign pulls out of services business

Jul 07, 2009 | 11:30 PM
By Tim Wilson

SecureWorks today completed the purchase of VeriSign's managed security service business -- a move that typifies a continuing trend toward consolidation and specialization in the security services market, according to some experts.

The SecureWorks-VeriSign deal, which was first disclosed in May, is the company's second buyout of a fellow services provider in the past three years. While the financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, SecureWorks says its post-merger client base is approximately 2,600 clients, including four of the Fortune 10. The merged organization will have about 500 employees, with a presence in about 50 countries and a run rate of about $100 million annually, officials say. [Comments...]
China Cracks Down on Internet After Riots
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 06 July 2009 11:17
 The Chinese government is cracking down on the Internet and Twitter

Michael Barkoviak - July 6, 2009 11:16 AM

  The Chinese government has cut off internet service and blocked access to Twitter in a region of the country, after deadly riots left 140 people dead in a remote northwest region of the country.

Chinese media reports indicate 140 people have been killed in the Xinjiang Urumqi Autonomous region, and a total of around 800 people -- with that number still climbing -- have been injured.  Chinese search engines no longer yield any search results when Chinese internet users search for "Urumqi."

Residents of the city say internet has been completely cut off in Urumqi, and they have not been told when it will be restored. [Daily Tech....]    [Comments....]

'Mafiaboy': Cloud Computing Will Cause Internet Security Meltdown
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 02 July 2009 17:11
Notorious black-hat hacker warns that cloud-based computing will be "extremely dangerous," and explains how he got into hacking at age 15

Jun 30, 2009 | 05:31 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

Reformed black-hat hacker Michael Calce, better known as the 15-year-old "mafiaboy" who, in 2000, took down Websites CNN, Yahoo, E*Trade, Dell, Amazon, and eBay, says widespread adoption of cloud computing is going to make the Internet only more of a hacker haven.

"It will be the fall of the Internet as we know it," Calce said today during a Lumension Security-sponsored Webcast event. "You're basically putting everything in one little's going to be a lot more easy to access," he added, noting that cloud computing will be "extremely dangerous."
First Look: Microsoft Security Essentials
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:34

   The beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, a free program that fights viruses and spyware, is now available for download

Jeff Bertolucci, PC World
Jun 23, 2009 3:51 pm.

 The app, previously code-named Morro, replaces Windows Live OneCare and fights the usual rogues' gallery of PC threats, including worms, Trojans, and other troublemakers.

Security Essentials runs on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 (beta or release candidate), and does pretty much what any good anti-malware app should do. It automatically downloads virus and spyware definitions; offers real-time protection that scans downloads and attachments, and looks for suspicious file and program activity; and runs unattended scans at a time that works best for you
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Relaunched Google Search Service Fingers Malware-Spreading Advertisers
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009 11:18
   Anti-Malvertising' lets Website owners perform background checks on potential online advertisers

Jun 19, 2009 | 12:48 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

Google is going after malware-spreading advertisers more aggressively with the quiet launch of a free service that lets Website owners run background checks on potential online advertisers.

Anti-Malvertising, which yesterday received a face-lift with additional resources and a higher profile, is a custom search engine that lets you check if an online advertiser is known to have spread malware-laden advertisements.

Attackers are increasingly using legitimate Websites to spread their malware, either hiding it within an ad itself, embedding it on the page, or using a download link to infect victims. [Comments...]
IT City Requests Facebook, MySpace, Google Logins and Passwords of Job Applicants
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 22 June 2009 11:30

Bozeman request: Big brother snooping, or legitimate request?

Michael Barkoviak - June 18, 2009 4:06 PM
Daily Tech

The city of Bozeman, with a population of 25,000 people in southwestern Montana, likely isn't one you heard of recently. However, it's in the news after a city job requirement has drawn heavy criticism over possible privacy issues.

An anonymous citizen who applied for a city job alerted local media that he or she had to provide log-in information and passwords for any and all social networking web sites they use while applying for a job with the city.
Along with the normal background check, criminal history, education and employment past, the following is written into the Bozeman city employment waiver statement:

"Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo,, MySpace, etc."  [Comments...]

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