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NEWS - September 30, 2005

by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 2:09 AM PDT
Microsoft confirms next XP service pack
By ZDNet France Staff, ZDNet France
Published on ZDNet News: September 30, 2005, 8:22 AM PT

Microsoft has revealed plans to release a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system.

"There will be a Service Pack 3 for Windows XP," Bernard Ourghanlian, technical and security director at Microsoft France, confirmed, revealing that Microsoft's OS is set for another major update.

Windows XP's Service Pack 2, which came out last September, deeply modified the operating system by updating its security.

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Over $24 billion Dollars at Risk of Theft from Spyware ...
by Donna Buenaventura / September 30, 2005 4:48 AM PDT

in US alone

John Bambenek for Internet Storm Center (ISC) did quick study shows Over $24 billion Dollars at Risk of Theft from Spyware in US Alone. The study does not include accounts stolen via phishing, online merchants who just take the information a user give them, or other social engineering attacks.

Read more in http://isc.sans.org/diary.php?storyid=712

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Real fixes flaws in music players
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 5:26 AM PDT
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Data-security bill may move forward next week
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 7:11 AM PDT

By Anne Broache, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: September 30, 2005, 2:01 PM PT

A sweeping U.S. Senate measure that would stiffen security requirements and penalties for so-called brokers of personal data may go up for a committee vote next week, a representative said Friday.

Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, originally introduced the Personal Data Security and Privacy Act in June as part of a legislative outcry directed at a series of breaches by big-name companies such as ChoicePoint, Bank of America and Visa.

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New worm spoofs Google, Yahoo and MSN sites
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 7:13 AM PDT

Published: September 30, 2005, 1:52 PM PDT
By Alorie Gilbert
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Security experts have discovered a malicious program aimed at tricking users into clicking on phony search results on fake Google, Yahoo and MSN sites.

People with infected machines that try to visit those popular search engines are redirected to spoof versions, Panda Software, an anti-virus company, reported Friday. The spoof sites serve up bogus search results intended to generate traffic and revenue for other sites that are presumed to be in on the scheme, said Patrick Hinojosa, Panda's chief technology officer.

"This is a business; this is organized crime," Hinojosa said. "People are making money on it."

Representatives from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo did not immediately return inquiries for comment.

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Malicious code could trick ZoneAlarm firewall
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 7:26 AM PDT

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: September 30, 2005, 2:09 PM PT

Malicious code masquerading as a trusted application could trick a firewall from ZoneAlarm into letting it connect to the Internet, security experts have warned.

The issue affects the popular free ZoneAlarm firewall and default installations of version 5.5 and earlier of the paid ZoneAlarm products, Zone Labs said in a security advisory on Thursday. Default installations of the Check Point Integrity Client are also affected, but the paid ZoneAlarm 6.0 products, released in July, are not, the company said.

"If successfully exploited, a malicious program may be able to access the network via a trusted program," Zone Labs, which is part of Check Point Software, said in its advisory. If the malicious program attempted a direct connection to the Internet, it would be blocked by the firewall.

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Trojan rides in on unpatched Office flaw
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 9:22 AM PDT

Published: September 30, 2005, 3:48 PM PDT
By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

A new Trojan horse exploits an unpatched flaw in Microsoft Office and could let an attacker commandeer vulnerable computers, security experts have warned.

The malicious code takes advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's Jet Database Engine, a lightweight database used in the company's Office productivity software. The security hole was reported to Microsoft in April, but the company has yet to provide a fix for the problem.

"Microsoft is aware that a Trojan recently released into the wild may be exploiting a publicly reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office," a company representative said in a statement sent via e-mail on Friday. The software maker is investigating the issue and will take "appropriate action," the representative said.

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Mozilla plugs Thunderbid holes
by roddy32 / September 30, 2005 11:29 AM PDT

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: September 30, 2005, 6:03 PM PT

Mozilla on Thursday released an update to its Thunderbird e-mail application to fix several security problems. Thunderbird 1.0.7 "is a security and stability update," Mozilla said on its Web site. The e-mail client is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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NetSky-P tops moribund malware chart
by Donna Buenaventura / September 30, 2005 2:27 PM PDT

September 2005 saw a drop in e-mail viruses for the third month in a row, according to BlackSpider Technologies, to 1.75%. For the seventh month, Netsky-P was the virus intercepted by BlackSpider the most, accounting for 24% of all viruses; Sophos also ranks Netsky-P as the number one virus for the last 19 months. Variants of the MyTob worm, created in March 2005, account for half of the top ten viruses listed by Sophos. Fortinet notes an increase in spyware.


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