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NEWS - July 17, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / July 16, 2007 10:57 PM PDT

Microsoft copy protection cracked again
Microsoft Corp. is once again on the defensive against hackers after the launch of a new program that gives average PC users tools to unlock copy-protected digital music and movies.

The latest version of the FairUse4M program, which can crack Microsoft's digital rights management system for Windows Media audio and video files, was published online late Friday. In the past year, Microsoft plugged holes exploited by two earlier versions of the program and filed a federal lawsuit against its anonymous authors. Microsoft dropped the lawsuit after failing to identify them.

The third version of FairUse4M has a simple drag-and-drop interface. PC users can turn the protected music files they bought online — either a la carte or as part of a subscription service like Napster — and turn them into DRM-free tunes that can be copied and shared at will, or turned into MP3 files that can play on any type of digital music player.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070717/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_drm_hacked

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Anonymous researcher boasts of building Mac worm
by Donna Buenaventura / July 16, 2007 11:08 PM PDT
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An anonymous security researcher claimed this weekend to have created a worm that exploits a vulnerability in the Mac OS X operating system which Apple Inc. missed in a May round of patches.

A poster on the Information Security Sell Out blog said yesterday that he or she had written a proof-of-concept worm "in a few hours" that exploits a variation of a vulnerability patched in May by Apple.

According to the researcher (actually, in one posting, "writers" is used so there may be more than one contributing), he or she exploited a still-unpatched bug in mDSNResponder, a component of Apple's Bonjour automatic network configuring service, in the worm's code. "This vulnerability, as with the ones fixed, gives remote root access," the researcher said. Apple's May security update, 2007-005, included a fix for the mDSN bug.

Info Sec's blogger(s) said the worm was also "very 'customer' specific" and crafted for cash. "[It] could easily be changed to be more malicious," said the researcher.

http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=cybercrime_and_hacking&articleId=9027179&taxonomyId=82&intsrc=kc_top

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Symantec Arms Consumers Against PC Hijackers with Norton
by Donna Buenaventura / July 17, 2007 5:36 AM PDT
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AntiBot

Symantec Corp. today announced the release of Norton AntiBot, the industry’s first targeted security solution to combat the growing botnet pandemic. Norton AntiBot is a real-time bot detection and removal solution for consumers. Norton AntiBot monitors PC applications and processes around-the-clock, offering an additional layer of protection that complements existing security solutions to protect PCs from unauthorized access and tampering.

"Consumers need to know that they may be directly implicated in the criminal activities being perpetrated by botnets - if not by having their own identity or personal information stolen, then by being part of a network of zombie PCs carrying out large scale criminal activities like massive spam distribution and phishing email schemes," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, Consumer Products Division, Symantec. "We're estimating millions upon millions of bot-infected PCs in existence today, with the vast majority of these users having no idea of what's going on behind the scenes of their own computer. Norton AntiBot is an important new tool for strengthening consumer security and stopping these insidious threats."


http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20070717_02
http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/products/overview.jsp?pcid=is&pvid=nab1

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Google talks about Cross-site scripting
by Donna Buenaventura / July 17, 2007 6:13 AM PDT
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Don't use iPhone Web dialer
by Donna Buenaventura / July 17, 2007 6:22 AM PDT
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Security researchers at SPI Labs Inc. are warning iPhone users not to use a special feature that lets them dial telephone numbers over the Web using the iPhone's Safari browser.

The feature was created to give iPhone users a simple way to dial phone numbers listed on Web pages, but according to SPI, the feature could be misused.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/071607-security-firm-dont-use-iphone.html

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Microsoft Patch support not Free?
by Donna Buenaventura / July 17, 2007 6:26 AM PDT
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Internet Storm Center is having a poll on Microsoft Patch support after they received reactions to some of their previous articles that some of the patch support is not really free but their contact in Microsoft says it is 'intended to be free' and want to know what went wrong.

You should see the poll in their website or you can contact ISC via email to let them know of your experience.
http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=3147

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