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News - November 26, 2004

Because of security concerns Finland warns against using IE 6.0

Finnish authorities have warned computer users against using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.0 as it has a "serious" security flaw that compromises computer systems.

"It's a serious security problem, as all machines running Internet Explorer Six are vulnerable to this exploitation," Arsi Heinonen, information security advisor at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, part of the Ministry of Communications, said.

http://www.net-security.org/news.php?id=6602

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Adequate info???

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Australian IT News is also not giving adequate info IMO, not mentioning the "worm"....the apparent cause for the warning. Please see my post below.

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Please disregard as the

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Australian IT News article finally completely loaded correctly and they did mention the "worm".

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(NT) (NT) :-)

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CA slaps spyware label on Kazaa

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Peer-to-peer program Kazaa is the No. 1 spyware threat on the Internet, according to Computer Associates International.

Through its PestPatrol research, CA found that Kazaa posed a greater threat than other programs in its top five spyware list because of its widespread popularity. Kazaa claims that its software has been downloaded 214 million times.

CA gave Kazaa a high "clot factor," its measure of how much a program slows a machine by adding unnecessary registry entries and directories. However, classifying a popular application like Kazaa as spyware is a delicate matter, and CA admits this creates difficulties in attaching labels.

"Kazaa does something useful," said Simon Perry, vice president of security strategy for CA. "I'm not going to say that it doesn't. But turn that around--you're allowing millions of strangers onto your machine. (Kazaa) is No. 1 because of the amount if copies it's got out there.”

http://news.com.com/CA+slaps+spyware+label+on+Kazaa/2100-1025_3-5467539.html?tag=nefd.top

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Re: CA slaps spyware label on Kazaa

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I posted this article in the Newbies Forum too. Maybe it will teach a newbie of the dangers of file sharing.

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Thanks a lot Rod!

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Love
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Lycos screensaver to blitz spam servers

In reply to: News - November 26, 2004

Lycos Europe has started to distribute a special screensaver http://makelovenotspam.com/intl in a controversial bid to battle spam. The program - titled Make Love Not Spam, and available for Windows and the Mac OS - sends a request to view a spam source site. When a large number of screensavers send their requests at the same time the spam web page becomes overloaded and slow.

The servers targeted by the screensaver have been manually selected from various sources, including Spamcop, and verified to be spam advertising sites, Lycos claims. Several tests are performed to make sure that no server stops working. Flooding a server with requests so that the server is unable to respond to the volume of requests made - a process known as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack - is considered to be illegal.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/26/lycos_europe_spam_blitz/

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Warning until fix/patch to Bofra Worm is

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the way I read it.

"...We are advising people not to use the IE 6.0 browser until Microsoft has issued a patch fixing the problem," he added, referring to the US-based software giant's frequent updates correcting flaws in its programs..."


"...Bofra, known as an internet worm as it spreads itself by e-mail, is different from other worms as it does not contain any malicious software or attachment, but just a link to a web page.
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