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NEWS July 21, 2006

Microsoft Defends WGA

Software giant releases statistics to show that its antipiracy tool does work.

Eric Lai, Computerworld
Friday, July 21, 2006
Under fire for reports that Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) misidentifies some genuine copies of Windows XP as pirated, Microsoft took the unusual step this week of releasing statistics about WGA's purported effectiveness for the first time via a blog.

According to information posted Monday and Wednesday by Alex Kochis, a licensing manager on the WGA team, virtually all of the 60 million PCs worldwide that failed WGA's validation tool are indeed violating Microsoft's licensing policy in one way or another. Kochis posted his comments on his blog on the Microsoft Developers Network

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Ad Dishes Up Adware to More Than a Million PCs

Many MySpace users and others appear to be infected by a Trojan horse.

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
Thursday, July 20, 2006
More than 1 million users of MySpace.com and other Web sites may have been infected with adware spread by a banner advertisement, according to iDefense, a computer security group.

The advertisement, for a site called deckoutyourdeck.com, appeared in user profiles on MySpace, an online community with at least 70 million users, says Ken Dunham, director of the rapid-response team at iDefense, which is owned by VeriSign.

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Fake Google Site Hides Trojan Horse

Scammers have set up a fake site to lure users into downloading malware.

John E. Dunn, Techworld.com
Friday, July 21, 2006
Scammers have set up an exact copy of the download page for Google's Toolbar plug-in in an attempt to lure users to download a Trojan backdoor.

Reported by security outfit Surfcontrol, some versions of the scam even spoof the correct Google Toolbar web address for Internet Explorer, using Google's own redirection service in an attempt to hide the real, non-Google address.

The Trojan itself--W32.Ranky.FW--is designed to turn the PC into a bot zombie, and is spread using the conventional technique of asking recipients of a spam e-mail to follow an embedded link.

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