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NEWS - February 23, 2005

by Donna Buenaventura / February 22, 2005 11:09 PM PST

FBI warning: Don't be fooled by so-called FBI emails with attachment

FBI site has extra and immediate warning to users. An e-mail that asks the recipient to open an attachment. FBI site stated the following:

"As a policy, the FBI never sends out unsolicited emails. And if you get one of these bogus emails, please report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov"

Read all about this new virus-laden scam

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Google's Bloggers helps in spreading spyware
by Donna Buenaventura / February 22, 2005 11:26 PM PST
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Paris Hilton worm spreads
by roddy32 / February 23, 2005 4:46 AM PST

By Dan Ilett, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: February 23, 2005, 9:26 AM PT

An e-mail worm promising explicit pictures of hotel heiress Paris Hilton is spreading widely, antivirus experts warned on Wednesday.

The mass-mailing worm, Sober.K, is currently the third most commonly encountered virus, making up 10 percent of all viruses detected in the last 24 hours, Sophos reported.

"This latest variant of the Sober worm may catch out the unwary as they open their e-mail in-box," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"Although much-publicized virus outbreaks in the past should have made users more nervous of double-clicking on unsolicited e-mail attachments, some still find it hard to resist," he added. "All users should be reminded to follow safe computing guidelines, and PCs should be kept automatically updated with the latest antivirus protection."

The new Sober variant sends itself in German and English, using a variety of subject lines, including "Paris Hilton, pure!" and "Paris Hilton SexVideos."

more here
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-5587278.html

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Microsoft to change validation procedure Windows XP
by Brent Welch / February 23, 2005 5:15 AM PST

On February 28, Microsoft will disable Internet activation for all Microsoft Windows XP product keys located on the Certificates of Authenticity (COA) labels distributed by large, multinational OEMs.

Direct OEMs of Microsoft (large multinational OEMs that that have a direct signed license agreement with Microsoft) usually preinstall Windows software using System Lock Preinstall (SLP), which is a direct OEM?s method of legitimately bypassing Product Activation on behalf of their customers.

One form of piracy occurs when Product Keys are stolen from Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) that have been placed on direct OEM machines where the Windows software was preinstalled using SLP. Pirates take the Product Key from these COAs and sell them to resellers or customers who then use them to activate a hard disk loaded copy of Windows.

http://www.aviransplace.com/index.php/archives/2005/02/22/changes-in-windows-xp-product-activation/

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Webroot: Free Spyware Protection for Coloradoans
by Donna Buenaventura / February 23, 2005 10:49 AM PST

Webroot's will give-away free spyware protection for Colorado residents. Colorado residents can download full version of Webroot's anti-spyware software, Spy Sweeper, at no charge.

View the press release by Webroot here

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