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News - July 22, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / July 21, 2004 5:51 PM PDT

Anti-spam laws are working

Several major spam email companies have stopped sending offensive unsolicited messages to Australians in the three months since tough new regulations were introduced.

The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) said while it was unsure of the exact number of companies which had stopped sending spam, there had been a dramatic reduction in such messages since the Spam Act was introduced in April.

"The ACA's initial focus was on spammers allegedly sending high volumes of offensive unsolicited material including pornography and marketing for products such as herbal Viagra," ACA acting chairman Dr Bob Horton said.

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Antiphishing group gets help from Microsoft
by Donna Buenaventura / July 21, 2004 6:48 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it will donate $46,000 worth of software to an agency fighting phishing and will make a full-time analyst available to the group.

The recipient of these contributions is the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance, an organization set up jointly by the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, Carnegie Mellon University and West Virginia University.

"It is basically a place to all get together to share information about consumer fraud and phishing," said Stirling McBride, a senior investigator in Microsoft's Internet Safety Enforcement group, the team from which the full-time analyst will be drawn. "Increasingly, we are recognizing that cybercrime is not a problem that we are going to solve unilaterally, and law enforcement has come to that same conclusion."

The Microsoft analyst will help the alliance make sense of data related to Internet crime, including violations of the federal Can-Spam Act, as well as phishing, the software giant said. Additionally, the analyst will work with the group to make sure that law enforcement has timely industry data and to help design training programs for police.

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McAfee To Open Indian Anti-Virus Center
by Donna Buenaventura / July 21, 2004 6:56 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004
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HijackClick 3 Exploit for Internet Explorer
by Donna Buenaventura / July 21, 2004 6:59 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004

The HijackClick series have been used to force a drag and drop event simply from the user clicking a something. This is done by moving the window when nmousedown fires. Previously, window.moveBy/To has been used.

Microsoft patched MSHTML.DLL and IEXPLORE.EXE but failed to patch the show() function method cache part too. Meaning that exploiters can make it show the popup on loading of the main window, move the popup and show a favorites list on mousedown, and set a timer to hide the favorites list and taunt the victim who just got tricked into adding a link of our choice to their favorites list.

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Microsoft to enforce Sender ID checks
by Donna Buenaventura / July 22, 2004 12:09 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004

Microsoft Corp. will soon put some bite into its Sender ID antispam plans by checking e-mail messages sent to its Hotmail, MSN and mail accounts to see if they come from valid e-mail servers, as identified by the Sender ID, according to a company executive.

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The weakest security link? It's you
by Donna Buenaventura / July 22, 2004 12:23 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004

According to the Human Firewall Security Awareness Index, maintained by the Human Firewall project, 48% of surveyed companies have never provided formal security training for their employees and only 15% have provided such training in the last six months. Employees still open virus-laden e-mail attachments from unknown senders. Regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley for financial services and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require tighter security for companies, making employee errors more costly. Symantec notes that most companies decline purchasing Symantec's off-the-shelf training program, citing budget constraints while purchasing other security products. Symantec reports that 10 to 20 percent of large enterprises say they have training, but most of these just post their security policies on their websites. However, some companies are implementing security training, as employees are becoming actively concerned about the privacy and assurance of their data.

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All eyes on virus protection at Athens Olympics
by Donna Buenaventura / July 22, 2004 12:29 PM PDT
In reply to: News - July 22, 2004

Terrorism isn't the only security threat officials are worried about at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens. They're also concerned about viruses and worm attacks that could cripple the Olympics' data network.

"Our biggest concern is that somebody could intentionally or by mistake infect one of the networks and create severe damage," said Jean Chevallier, executive vice president at Atos Origin, the Paris-based company in charge of building the data and broadcast networks for the Olympic Games in Athens. "We don't want any type of traffic incident that could delay the posting of results or slow the network in any way," Chevallier said.

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