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NEWS - July 27, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / July 27, 2007 3:21 AM PDT

PDF spam wave subsides, says BitDefender

Spammers are losing the fight as IT users become wise to unsolicited files, security software house BitDefender has said.

BitDefender's researchers said the number of spam messages with PDF attachments dropped recently. This is because recipients are not clicking on uninvited PDFs, said Vlad Valceanu, head of BitDefender's anti-spam lab.

BitDefender rival MessageLabs said two weeks ago that hackers had tweaked the Storm worm to produce the infected PDF files. These took the form of fake job advertisements, greetings cards, and stock tips to support penny-stock "pump-and-dump" schemes.

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Apple to patch iPhone hack?
by Donna Buenaventura / July 27, 2007 3:22 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - July 27, 2007

With security researchers set to reveal details of a critical security flaw in the iPhone at the Black Hat 2007 conference next week, Apple now has fewer than seven days to patch a critical vulnerability in the product.

The iPhone hack is one of several disclosures planned that could lead to fireworks as more than 3,000 hackers and security professionals converge at Caesars Palace Las Vegas for the annual event.

The iPhone hack, which was first reported Monday by Independent Security Evaluators, showed how hackers could retrieve data from a victim's iPhone, by tricking them into visiting a malicious website.


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McAfee, Inc. Rootkit Detective Nabs Hidden Malware
by Donna Buenaventura / July 27, 2007 3:24 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - July 27, 2007

McAfee, Inc. today released Rootkit Detective, a new, free tool to help computer users clean their machines of increasingly prevalent hidden malicious codes known as rootkits.

Cybercrooks use rootkits to hide other nefarious programs on compromised PCs. Last year the number of rootkits hit 3,284 and has already more than doubled in the first half this year to 7,325. Since the initial trial release of Rootkit Detective in January, the application has been downloaded over 110,000 times.


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Mapping the Mal Web Report Forces Change
by Donna Buenaventura / July 27, 2007 4:58 AM PDT
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