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NEWS - June 28, 2005

Adware maker tries image makeover
Published: June 27, 2005, 10:55 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

In an apparent attempt to rid itself of the image of an aggressive adware pusher, 180solutions is alerting PC users whose PCs run its ad-serving software and is offering tips on removing it.

In addition to popping up ads on PC screens, the Bellevue, Wash.-based company on Monday started displaying messages on user PCs that inform users that the software is installed on their system, said 180solutions spokesman Sean Sundwall. The message explains the software displays ads and offers a link to uninstall information, he said.

As is common with adware, many users may have unwittingly installed 180solutions' product. It may even have installed itself in a so-called drive-by-install, where Web browser vulnerabilities are used to drop and install software on PCs when users visit malicious Web sites. 180solutions software is installed on 20 million PCs, the company said.

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Yahoo overhauls free Web e-mail service

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Note by me: This is not a virus or security issue but many people use this service so I considered it newsworthy.

By Elinor Mills, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 27, 2005, 9:00 PM PT

Yahoo is planning to overhaul its free Web-based e-mail service to make it work more like a desktop e-mail program, the company announced late Monday.

The service will feature e-mail caching to shorten response time, message preview and drag-and-drop filing, the company said. A limited number of customers will be able to participate in the beta test of the new service in coming weeks, with general availability to follow in coming months, said Ethan Diamond, product director for Yahoo e-mail.

Yahoo e-mail users will be able to decide on using the new version, sticking with the older version, or using both. The new service currently works with only Internet Explorer and Firefox, but support for other browsers is expected to follow.

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Preview Pane

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We've been advised that viewing messages in Preview Pane in OE could be dangerous. Could this be a problem in Yahoo mail also?

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Hi Sasha

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Previewing e-mail in ANY e-mail program can be bad but Yahoo is web based so I'm not really familiar with exactly what they are talking about I have a yahoo account but I RARELY use it and being web based, you don't have to open it to see the subject so I have always just deleted anything I didn't want without opening OR previewing it.

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Ruling won't slow file swapping, experts say

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By Alorie Gilbert, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 27, 2005, 3:18 PM PT

The Supreme Court may have dealt file-swapping companies a blow on Monday, but its decision is unlikely to put a damper on the illegal sharing of music and other media online anytime soon, industry experts say.

In its ruling, the nation's top court found that file-swapping companies Grokster and StreamCast Networks should be held liable for the widespread copyright infringement their technologies enable.

The decision casts uncertainty on the fate of Grokster and other file-swapping companies, but not on the viability of file-swapping itself, an activity that has only flourished under legal attacks, observers said. That's because the software that underlies peer-to-peer networks, used now by more than 8 million people simultaneously around the world, is designed to function and evolve without the aid of any particular commercial venture.

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Court gives adware maker WhenU green light

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Published: June 28, 2005, 11:13 AM PDT
By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A federal appeals court overturned a ruling against adware maker WhenU that held it violated the trademarks of vision specialist 1-800-Contacts in the sale and distribution of pop-up advertising.

The ruling, delivered Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit, reversed an earlier decision that confined WhenU from selling pop-ups triggered by 1-800-Contacts' trademarks, in violation of the Lanham Act, the U.S. trademark act.

"We hold that, as a matter of law, WhenU does not 'use' 1-800's trademarks within the meaning of the Lanham Act when it includes 1-800's Web site address in an unpublished directory of terms that trigger delivery of WhenU's (ads) to computer users," according to the ruling.

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Bagle shanghais PCs for zombie army

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Published: June 28, 2005, 1:01 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A new version of the Bagle virus is attempting to turn PCs into zombies for use in cyberattack networks.

The variant surfaced over the weekend and was spammed to tens of thousands of Internet users, Ero Carrera, a researcher at F-Secure, said Tuesday. The antivirus software maker is calling the offshoot Mitglieder.CN, but it is known by other names, such as Bagle.BQ or Tooso.J, at other security companies.

The latest Bagle behaves in a similar way to its predecessors that don't self-propagate. It arrives in an e-mail with a attachment. When the file is executed, the malicious program tries to disable firewalls and antivirus software. It then attempts to download and run a Trojan horse that hijacks the infected PC for use as part of a botnet.

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Worm baits hook with hints of Pope plot

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Published: June 28, 2005, 3:17 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

E-mails suggesting there was a conspiracy around Pope John Paul II's death or that Michael Jackson has passed away could be carrying a worm, experts have warned.

Sophos, a U.K. antivirus software maker, warned people on Tuesday about a new worm that poses as a breaking news alert. The worm, called Kedebe-F, spreads via e-mail and uses a variety of subject lines and message bodies.

People who take the bait and open the attached file risk having their security software disabled and may pass the worm on to others, Sophos said.

The worm can send a variety of messages. In addition to those linked to current events, the subject lines and message bodies could relate to a user's Internet account, adult material or other topics, according to an alert issued by Sophos.

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Adobe fixes Reader, Acrobat for Mac OS

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Published: June 28, 2005, 4:01 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Adobe Systems has updated its Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat for Apple Computer's Mac OS to version 7.0.2. The updates fix two vulnerabilities. The first flaw lies in the way the applications process JavaScript tags embedded in PDF files, according to Adobe. An attacker could launch executable programs on the victim's system by crafting a malicious PDF file. The attacker would have to know the exact location of the executable, Adobe said in an advisory released on Monday.

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