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NEWS - January 16, 2006

by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2006 1:48 AM PST

Mac users 'too smug' over security

Technology commentator Bill Thompson is worried about the lack of herd immunity among his fellow Apple Mac users.

Mac users demonstrate an indefensible smugness when it comes to the dangers of having their systems compromised by malicious software and opened up to exploitation by others

Full article in http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4609968.stm

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Windows Wi-Fi vulnerability discovered
by roddy32 / January 16, 2006 6:29 AM PST

By Tom Espiner, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 16, 2006, 1:55 PM PT

A Windows feature that automatically searches for Wi-Fi connections can be exploited by hackers, a security researcher has warned.

The feature is part of Windows XP and 2000 and was exposed as being vulnerable at hacker conference ShmooCon on Saturday by vulnerability researcher Mark Loveless.

Loveless claimed that hackers can take advantage of the feature to include a user's PC in a peer-to-peer network, giving them access to information on its hard drive.

When a PC running Windows XP or Windows 2000 boots up, it will automatically try to connect to a wireless network. If the computer can't set up a wireless connection, it will establish an ad hoc connection to a local address. This is assigned with an IP address and Windows associates this address with the SSID of the last wireless network it connected to.

more here

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Renowned spyware researcher Eric Howes joins Sunbelt Softwar
by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2006 1:54 PM PST

Leading malware expert to head Sunbelt

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Kaspersky: AV companies losing malware war
by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2006 3:48 PM PST

Anti-virus manufacturers are failing to keep up with malware creators, a leading IT security expert argued in a recently published paper.

Eugene Kaspersky, head of virus research at the Massachusetts-based Kaspersky Lab, said in "The Contemporary Antivirus Industry and its Problems" that software companies are on the losing end of the "virus arms race" against new malware.

Calling the internet "a breeding ground for criminal activity,'' Kaspersky estimated that hundreds of hacker groups are stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from PC users each year. Yet, anti-virus vendors are not keeping up, he said.


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