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News - November 3, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / November 2, 2004 10:54 PM PST

Phishers recruit UK computer users into money laundering operations, 'Don't be a mule' says Sophos

Experts at Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, are warning UK computer users to be wary of a new email scam encouraging innocent people to help phishers, under the guise of a money-making opportunity. Sophos believes that recipients of these messages could unwittingly be recruited as 'mules', helping criminal gangs steal money via the internet.

These new emails, which are entitled 'Work From Home; Prepare to Succeed' are being sent by phishing gangs and claim to offer lucrative earnings to those recipients who agree to move money in and out of their bank accounts on behalf of a financial institution.

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The DMA/AIM Webinar to Update and Educate Marketers About
by Donna Buenaventura / November 3, 2004 8:09 AM PST

E-Mail Sender Authentication and Latest Developments in the Battle Against Spam

The Direct Marketing Association (The DMA) and the Association for Interactive Marketing (AIM), a DMA subsidiary, today announced that they will present a Web-based seminar (Webinar) about e-mail sender authentication and other anti-spam initiatives on Monday, November 22, 2004.

Less than two weeks after the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) e-mail authentication summit, The DMA/AIM Webinar will update legitimate marketers on the latest developments in the fight against spam, and educate them about compliance with Sender ID, SPF, and other anti-spam technologies on the horizon such as signature-based (cryptographic) solutions.

Experts from The DMA, Microsoft Corporation, and CheetahMail, an Experian Company, will be featured speakers. Executives from all three organizations will be panelists at the FTC's summit on November 9 and 10.

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Norton AntiVirus flaw ready for exploitation?
by Donna Buenaventura / November 3, 2004 2:05 PM PST

Exploit codes that take advantage of a security vulnerability in Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software have been published, which could leave users vulnerable to an attack.

Security researcher Dan Milisic discovered a problem in the way Norton AntiVirus handles certain types of scripts and posted an alert on European security Web site Secunia in October.

According to Milisic, Symantec had already known about the vulnerability for a number of months before the alert was posted but the company denied that its script blocking utility was flawed.

In a statement to ZDNet Australia on October 26, a Symantec spokesperson said: "ScriptBlocking is intended to provide proactive detection against script-based worms and this component of Norton AntiVirus has been effective at doing this since its introduction in 2001. Symantec provides computer users with complete protection against script-based worms and other security threats and will continue to deliver appropriate technologies to do so, including antivirus, firewalls, intrusion detection and content filtering."

Unsatisfied with Symantec's response, Milisic decided to prove his point by developing some code capable of exploiting the flaws.

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