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NEWS - January 23, 2006

by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 5:22 AM PST
British parliament attacked using WMF exploit
By Tom Espiner, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 7:54 AM PT

The British Parliament was attacked late last year by hackers who tried to exploit a recent serious Microsoft Windows flaw, security experts confirmed on Friday.

MessageLabs, the e-mail-filtering provider for the U.K. government, told ZDNet UK that targeted e-mails were sent to various individuals within government departments in an attempt to take control of their computers. The e-mails harbored an exploit for the Windows Meta File vulnerability.

The attack occurred over the Christmas period and came from China, said Mark Toshack, manager of antivirus operations at MessageLabs, who added that the e-mails were intercepted before they reached the government's systems.

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Feds asked to take action against adware maker
by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 5:24 AM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 10:04 AM PT

An anti-spyware watchdog group has lodged official complaints against 180solutions and one of its partners, dealing a blow to the adware industry's efforts to police itself.

The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based public advocacy group, filed a pair of complaints with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday. The complaints charge 180solutions and free Web hosting provider CJB.net with engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices.

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Kaspersky boss debunks security myths
by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 5:29 AM PST

By Will Sturgeon, Silicon.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 10:03 AM PT

Russian antivirus guru Eugene Kaspersky has hit out at some of the myths that cloud what he sees as the real issues facing the IT security industry.

Speaking in Moscow, the head of Kaspersky Lab said companies' own agendas and some well-worn stereotypes about cybercrime stand in the way of reasoned discussion. He also criticized those who put too much faith in statistics which, taken out of context, are often dangerously misleading.

For example, figures for the past year released recently by Computer Economics show the effect of cybercrime has diminished.

But Kaspersky said: "These stats are not complete. This is often just damage to IT infrastructure, not the actual costs."

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Microsoft helps net Bulgarian phishers
by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 5:32 AM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 12:03 PM PT

Eight people who allegedly ran online scams to pilfer personal information from Internet users worldwide were arrested in Bulgaria last week.

Bulgarian law enforcement agents conducted raids in three cities and dismantled what is believed to be an international phishing operation, Microsoft said in a statement Friday. The Redmond, Wash., software giant helped investigate the alleged cybercrimes, which played off its MSN Web property, it said.

The phishing group allegedly crafted e-mails to make them appear as if they were sent by MSN customer service representatives and created dozens of fake Internet Web pages that mimicked the design, logo and trademark of official MSN pages, Microsoft said.

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Kama Sutra worm seduces PC users
by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 6:47 AM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 2:42 PM PT

A new e-mail worm that spreads under the guise of pornographic content has jumped to the top of the worldwide virus charts.

When run on a Windows PC, the worm copies itself to shared network locations and sends itself to e-mail addresses found on the target computer. The pest includes a timed attack that attempts to disable antivirus and firewall software and delete certain files, including Office documents, on the third day of the month, according to antivirus software vendor F-Secure.

The worm, dubbed W32/Nyxem-E by F-Secure, arrives attached to an e-mail message. It uses a variety of subject lines, including "School girl fantasies gone bad." The body text also varies, but it can include references to the Kama Sutra, the ancient Sanskrit book with pictures and explanations about different sexual positions.

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IronPort to rate Web links in spam fight
by roddy32 / January 23, 2006 9:14 AM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 23, 2006, 4:40 PM PT

As spam evolves, so do spam filters. IronPort Systems is now rating Web links in e-mail to better filter out junk messages, including those with links to malicious sites.

The San Bruno, Calif.-based seller of antispam appliances on Monday announced the IronPort Web Reputation technology. The new technology looks at about 45 attributes of Web sites linked in an e-mail message to assess whether a message might be spam, the company said in a statement.

The new technology is in response to new tactics used by spammers, said Patrick Peterson, vice president of technology at IronPort. "Historically spam filters have looked at content. Now spammers are removing all the meaningful content and often times they will just have a link," he said in an interview.

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