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NEWS - September 29, 2009

by Donna Buenaventura / September 29, 2009 2:57 AM PDT
Chinese hackers launch targeted attacks against foreign correspondents

According to an assessment published by the Information Warfare Monitor, Chinese hacktivists (politically motivated hackers) have recently launched a targeted malware attack against foreign news correspondents attempting to trick them into executing a malware-embedded PDF attachment (Interview list.pdf), coming from a non-existent editor working for The Straits Times.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4476
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Hacker ships tool to circumvent China's Green Dam filter
by Donna Buenaventura / September 29, 2009 2:59 AM PDT

A security researcher at the University of Michigan has released a tool that help Chinese computers users disable the censorship functionality of the controversial Green Dam Youth Software.

The Dam Burst utility, created by researcher Jon Oberheide, works by by injecting code into a running application and removing the Green Dam hooks that enable it to monitor and block user activity. This effectively restores the running application to its original uncensored state, Oberheide explained.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4471

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Dutch ISPs Sign Anti-Botnet Treaty
by Donna Buenaventura / September 29, 2009 3:03 AM PDT

Netherlands ISPs last month launched a joint effort to fight malware-infected computers and botnets -- fondly described by locals as a "treaty."

The effort involves 14 ISPs, 98 percent of the consumer market, and will include:

- Exchange of relevant information among the cooperating ISPs
- Quarantine of infected computers
- Notification of end-users by their ISP

This way, information-sharing will lead to better coverage of the issues and a faster response time, quarantine will ensure that the infected no longer participate in criminal activity nor infect others, and most importantly, the ISPs take responsibility to notify their victimized users so that they can take action.

http://www.darkreading.com/blog/archives/2009/09/dutch_isps_sign.html

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Kaspersky pragmatic about Microsoft's free security
by Donna Buenaventura / September 29, 2009 3:08 AM PDT

Still room in the anti-malware market

Kaspersky's David Emm has admitted that Microsoft's free Security Essentials package will have a big effect on the anti-malware market but insisted that there is still room for companies to produce quality security software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is likely to have a huge impact, allowing people to install a free piece of software which will provide top-level security against malware such as viruses and Trojans.

This is likely to pinch the market for traditional PC Security companies such as Kaspersky, but Emm is upbeat about the new arrival and insists that people will still look for added functionality.

More in http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/kaspersky-pragmatic-about-microsoft-s-free-security-639336

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