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NEWS - December 10, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 4:33 PM PST
Facebook Fiasco May Lead to Closer Look at Online Privacy Issues

The firestorm of criticism that hit Facebook Inc.’s Beacon advertising service last week may, ironically, prove to be a positive development for the online privacy movement.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based social networking company was forced to adjust the service Dec. 12, just days after CA Inc. researchers found that Beacon is far more invasive than advertised.

Launched in early November as part of the Facebook Ads program, Beacon by default tracks the activities of Face
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Microsoft launches new website to create Secure Passwords.
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 4:36 PM PST

Microsoft Research has just launched a new Web site InkBlot, which shows, a series of Rorschach Inkblots and helps users create a secure, personal password that is easy to remember. The user is presented with a sequence of random inkblots. Each should remind the user of a word, a butterfly or a pumpkin, for example. For each image, the user then types the first and last letters of the word that come to mind, such as 'by' for butterfly or 'pn' for pumpkin. InkblotPassword.com currently has 1,000 inkblots in its database.


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Mozilla: More bugs mean Firefox is more secure
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 4:41 PM PST

Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe, has much to say on the differences between Microsoft's and Mozilla's approaches to browser development. ZDNet Australia's sister site ZDNet.co.uk caught up with Nitot at the Online Information conference in London this week to talk about the security of Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE), online privacy and the future of open source.

Read the Q&A: http://www.zdnet.com.au/insight/software/soa/Mozilla-More-bugs-mean-Firefox-is-more-secure/0,139023769,339284438,00.htm

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Man sentenced to 110 years for hacking, extortion
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 4:46 PM PST
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News.com special report: Securing Microsoft: A long road
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 4:50 PM PST

Securing Microsoft: A Long Road is a 3-part report by CNET News.com that looks deeply into the 10-year history of our Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). It chronicles our progress and challenges as we evolved in securing our software and helping customers with computer and online safety.


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Burglars plunder Verizon's London data centre
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 9:30 PM PST

Criminals posing as policemen conned their way into a data centre near London's King's Cross station, tying up staff and stealing computing equipment, the Metropolitan Police said on Friday.

At the time of writing, Verizon could not confirm the value of the equipment stolen or whether any of its clients had suffered downtime or loss of data due to the incident.

Reports circulating on the internet last week that JPMorgan, a customer of Verizon Business, had been affected by the burglary were incorrect, according to a source at the investment bank. There had been no loss of service or data, said the source.


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Vmware is Intel's security friend
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 9:39 PM PST

Last week at Intel Folsom's Security Seminars, various speakers kept referring to the importance of Intel's Vpro. Vpro, much like Centrino and Viiv, is the branding of a collection of technologies and tools for Intel-verified hardware.

They explained “PCs with Intel vPro technology enable administrators to construct a multi-layered security system that monitors network traffic, helps keep anti-virus software up to date, prevents threats from spreading, and allows technicians to diagnose and repair disabled PCs remotely. Built-in hardware virtualisation capabilities can further tighten security by helping to create 'virtual appliances' that can protect vital information from intrusion and perform security tasks without interrupting user productivity.”

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Finjan Identifies Trojan 2.0 a New Genre of Crimeware
by Donna Buenaventura / December 9, 2007 9:44 PM PST

Finjan announced important findings by its Malicious Code Research Center (MCRC) which have identified a new genre of crimeware Trojans. Utilizing regular Web 2.0 technology and websites to provide cybercriminals with an easy and scalable command and control scheme, the latest “Trojan 2.0” attacks exploit the trust that legitimate web services enjoy vis-a-vis reputation-based security services. As such, they enable criminals to further capitalize on the web as the most effective attack vector for a wide range of illegitimate and malicious activities – including botnet delivery of spam, identity theft through keylogging, highly sophisticated financial fraud, corporate espionage, and business intelligence gathering. Finjan’s findings on the crimeware upgrades to Trojan 2.0 are detailed in its Web Security Trends Report (Q4 2007) released today.

Web Security Trends Report: http://finjan.com/content.aspx?id=827

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Security Resolutions 2008
by Donna Buenaventura / December 10, 2007 6:43 AM PST

As the end of 2007 looms closer, are you thinking about what you are going to accomplish next year? For me, I never make personal New Year's resolutions, but we must be more disciplined when it comes to our professional life.

What are your priorities for security next year?
Web Application Security
User Education and Awareness
Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning
Compliance Tools
Policy Updates

You can send your comments to http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=3732

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December State of Spam Report
by Donna Buenaventura / December 10, 2007 7:06 AM PST

As 2007 rolls to a close the December State of Spam Report reviews this past month’s key trends and reflects on some of the year’s most notable spam events and trends.

Monitoring more than 450 million inboxes worldwide, Symantec observed spam surge to 72% of overall email traffic in November. Spammers were also on the hunt for new email addresses, initiating a massive harvesting campaign. During a harvesting campaign spammers bombard email servers with guessed email addresses. Those that are not rejected are assumed to be valid email addresses and are added to spam lists for future attacks. Symantec estimates that it blocked approximately 35 million of these harvesting emails.

Throughout November, Symantec also observed spam with a seasonal "hook."


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Microsoft Protects Consumers From Global Online Marketplace
by Donna Buenaventura / December 10, 2007 2:09 PM PST

Alleged counterfeit software sales linked to infamous counterfeit syndicate; Microsoft offers new guide on eBay to help consumers make safe buying decisions.

Every day, consumers are unwittingly put at risk for computer viruses, malware and spyware when they purchase counterfeit software from global online marketplaces.

As part of its continuing effort to protect consumers and support legitimate online commerce, Microsoft Corp. today announced the filing of 52 lawsuits and the referral of 22 cases to local law enforcement in 22 countries against resellers who allegedly sold counterfeit Microsoft software on various online marketplaces. In addition, Microsoft announced the release of a new educational guide to help consumers spot and avoid counterfeit software offered on online marketplaces. These announcements are part of Microsoft’s continuing effort to protect consumers from the dangers of counterfeit software and build on Microsoft’s first global enforcement action in 2006 to combat online marketplace piracy.

More at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/dec07/12-11GlobalOnlineMarketplaceFraudPR.mspx

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