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Firefox improves pop-up ad blocking
By Ingrid Marson, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: April 4, 2005, 5:14 PM PT
The Mozilla Foundation has developed a beta patch for the Firefox browser that it claims improves the blocking of pop-up ads.
The popular open-source browser already contains a pop-up blocker by default, but this does not handle pop-ups launched by plug-ins such as Flash and Java. Mozilla employee Asa Dotzler wrote in his blog last week that Mozilla developers are responding to the increasing number of advertisers that are using plug-ins to launch pop-up ads.
IM threats rise sharply, report confirms
Published: April 5, 2005, 8:31 AM PDT
By Matt Hines
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
New research finds that IM-borne security threats have increased dramatically in volume since the start of 2005.
According to a report issued Tuesday by the IMlogic Threat Center--an industry consortium led by security software maker IMlogic--the quantity of instant messaging threats increased 250 percent in the first quarter of 2005, compared with the same period last year. The research, which tracks viruses, worms, spam and phishing attacks sent over public IM networks, also contends that reported incidents of newly discovered IM threats have grown by a whopping 271 percent this year.
Database rootkit menace looms
Alexander Kombrust of Red Database Security, speaking at the Black Hat conference in Amsterdam, discussed how malicious hackers are developing malware kits -- similar to rootkits -- to compromise corporate databases. Databases share many similarities with operating systems, including users, processes, jobs, and executables. Rootkits make it possible for the hacker to create users and processes under his control, hidden from database administrators. Such rootkits can be complicated to use, and require a professional hacker rather than script kiddies. However, no statistics currently exist for the number of database rootkits and their use. Mr. Kombrust argued that programmers need to learn security-conscious programming to build better databases that can check their repository for rootkit modifications; in the mean time, administrators will have to rely on such products as repscan from Red Database.
Seven Myths About Network Security
Networking Pipeline published a 7 security myths which hopefully allow users to find out whether their data is as secure as they think!
Myth #1: Encryption guarantees protection
Myth #2: Firewalls will make you bulletproof
Myth #3: Hackers ignore old software
Myth #4: Macs Are safe
Myth #5: Security tools and software patches make everybody safer
Myth #6: As long as your corporate network is unbreached, hackers can't hurt you
Myth #7: If you work for a security enterprise, your data is safe.
View the myths details in http://nwc.networkingpipeline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=160403287
Ten IT tips
"In the wake of the increasing cases of identity theft, Paul Henry, Senior Vice President with US computer security firm CyberGuard Corporation, has developed ten recommended tips for corporate IT managers and security officers to protect customer information from identity theft."
View the 10 IT Tips in http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/newsdetails.aspx?NewsArticleID=3050&imgID=1
Hackers Write Spyware For Cash, Not Fame
More than 70% of virus writers are now writing spyware under contract, one more piece of evidence that hacking has evolved from mischievous hobby to money-making criminal venture.
Tel Aviv-based Aladdin Knowledge Systems said its analysis showed that spyware is the favorite among malware writers, since it lets them re-wrap their own "technology" and sell it, or even introduce their own money-making ventures.
Sex sites now used as malware lure
An analysis of sex-based websites has revealed that up to 80 percent of them are now being used to upload spyware, worms and Trojans to unsuspecting visitors.
The statistic emerged from a study by security company Aladdin Knowledge Systems, which trawled pornographic websites, analysing anything it was able to upload.
The company randomly sampled between 2,000 and 3,000 sites from a total database of 30,000. What it discovered was that a large number are now being used as fronts for criminal groups looking to dispense one or more of a variety of types of malware.
Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Monday that it had launched thedangerofnoprivacy.com, Web site focused on raising public awareness and promoting debate about a recent government decision to remove privacy safeguards in the registration of .us domain names.
Flaw found in Firefox
Published: April 5, 2005, 2:24 PM PDT
By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
A flaw has been discovered in the popular open-source browser Firefox that potentially could release sensitive information stored in memory, according to a report by security information company Secunia.
While the flaw is only rated as "moderately critical," the rapid adoption of the open-source browser may put a growing number of users at risk. Prior to the release of version 1.0, downloads of earlier versions of the browser had reached 8 million within the first 18 months.
Firefox versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 contain the flaw, Secunia said.
In Firefox 1.0.2 and tests now negative. Wonder how this will affect performance of Firefox?
Mozilla is usually a lot faster
than Microsoft at issuing patches Glenn so they will probably fix it quickly. I don't know how it will affect performance, I don't use Firefox myself.
Gmail does not perform normally...
Yahoo spyware toolbar updated for Firefox
Published: April 5, 2005, 3:41 PM PDT
By Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Yahoo on Tuesday said its toolbar for the Mozilla Foundation's open-source Firefox browser now offers the company's Anti-Spy adware and spyware removal software for computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system. Yahoo, which recently backtracked on a pledge to make all its software compatible with Firefox, also made its basic Firefox toolbar, without Anti-Spy, available for use with Linux and Apple Computer's Macintosh operating systems. The toolbars and Anti-Spy software are free.