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NEWS - August 4, 2006

by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 1:23 AM PDT

Controversy around the INDEX.DAT Windows file


- Controversy around the INDEX.DAT Windows file -
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Madrid, August 4 de 2006 - Controversy is building around the INDEX.DAT
file used by Microsoft Internet Explorer. This file works like a
database with redundant information about URLs, searches and recently
opened files. The purpose of this file is to act as a table of contents,
and store information about the web pages visited and form fields filled
in if the "AutoComplete" feature is enabled. There are different
INDEX.DAT files for the Internet Explorer history, the file cache and
cookies.

The controversy started when several Web forums about Internet privacy
reported that this file could be an invasion of user's privacy. Their
main complaint was the impossibility to delete it, as the file is
blocked while Windows is working. Besides, even though the history of
websites visited, the temporary files and the cookies are deleted, the
INDEX.DAT file still keeps data.

This file can nevertheless be deleted simply by restarting Windows in
safe mode. This problem is already fixed in Internet Explorer 7.

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Black Hat: Hit spyware by punishing purveyors, experts say
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 3:59 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - August 4, 2006

Some users want to see them in jail

August 03, 2006 (Computerworld) -- LAS VEGAS -- With spyware a continuing plague for many computer users, some experts and IT workers are calling for stiffer penalties -- including jail time -- for convicted spyware purveyors.

At a panel discussion yesterday during the Black Hat security conference here, speakers said that antispyware vendors are losing the fight against spyware creators, making more drastic measures necessary.

"It's not technically feasible to stop spyware," said Dan Kaminsky, an independent security consultant. "Think of the millions of PCs that have either been put away for good, sent away for service or replaced because of spyware infections. That is probably hundreds of millions or billions of dollars worth of damage. Yet no one has gone to jail; no one has been sued."

More: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9002182

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Researcher Discloses Serious Xerox Printer Flaw
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 7:23 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - August 4, 2006

Xerox scrambles to update security patch for workhorse business printers.
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Thursday, August 03, 2006 06:00 PM PDT

LAS VEGAS -- Xerox is scrambling to update a security patch following the disclosure of a major security flaw in its WorkCenter multifunction printers.

By taking advantage of a configuration error in the printers' Web interface, security researcher Brendan O'Connor was able to run unauthorized software on the printers, compromise network traffic, and access sensitive information being printed on the machines. He shared details of how to compromise the machines during a presentation at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas today.

More: http://www.pcworld.com/article/126648-1/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

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Unpatched Flaw Revealed in Cisco Firewall
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 7:25 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - August 4, 2006

Security researcher uses a Black Hat presentation to release details on the security flaw.
Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Friday, August 04, 2006 06:00 AM PDT

Cisco Systems just can't seem to make it through the Black Hat USA conference unscathed. This week, a security researcher showed how an unpatched vulnerability in the company's PIX firewall appliances could allow outside attackers to gain access to corporate networks.

On the final slide of his presentation on VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) security, Hendrik Scholz, a developer with Freenet Cityline GmbH disclosed a technique for bypassing the firewalls, according to an audio recording of the talk obtained by IDG News.

"You can open up whatever port you want... and access internal servers from the outside," he said "It's really easy to do and we're talking to Cisco about how to get it fixed."

More: http://www.pcworld.com/article/126649-1/article.html?tk=nl_dnxnws

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Spam's new 'pot-of-gold' rush
by Marianna Schmudlach / August 4, 2006 10:23 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - August 4, 2006

August 04, 2006

There's a new spam exploit making the rounds. Via our email honeypots, we just captured a flood of emails being spammed. These emails, with attachment 'screen.zip', involve an alleged transaction with e-Gold Ltd., an electronic payment site. These types of popular online transaction and e-commerce sites, including eBay and PayPal, are frequently the targets of cyber-criminals who are lured to where the money is.

More: http://www.integratedmar.com/flod/story.cfm?item=83

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