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Microsoft takes aim at Net threats

Redmond launches legal attack on phishers and acknowledges flawed patch for Windows. Also: The "Brad Pitt" virus.

The cat-and-mouse game continues online, as software companies and lawmakers take action to stop attacks and thefts. Meanwhile, the viruses keep coming.

Microsoft launches 117 anti-phishing suits

Software giant goes after those it believes faked MSN and Hotmail sites to trick people into handing over billing info.
March 31, 2005

'Brad Pitt' virus targets Microsoft

Hackers releases a worm, called Ahker-F, that promises salacious movie clips of the celebrities.
March 31, 2005

Flawed patch affects older Windows versions

Microsoft confirms a problem in a security update it issued for Windows 98 and Windows ME in January.
March 31, 2005

Cops get cybercrime help from Microsoft

Program will develop analytical tools to help international police forces fight phishing and other crimes.
March 30, 2005

Symantec details flaws in its antivirus software

Glitches could allow hackers to launch denial-of-service attacks on computers running the applications.
March 30, 2005

Phishers change bait as IM use grows

Scammers are increasingly using IM to launch phishing attacks, according to a report.
March 30, 2005

Microsoft drops MSBlast writer's $500,000 penalty

The tech behemoth has asked that the 19-year-old's punishment be converted from the fine to 225 hours of community service.
March 30, 2005

Melissa's long gone, but lessons remain

Six years ago, the virus taught companies and PC users to distrust e-mail. The outbreak still has lessons to teach us, experts say.
March 29, 2005

Senator seeks identity theft safeguards

Call for government protection comes after the theft of a laptop storing nearly 100,000 Social Security numbers.
March 29, 2005

Mytob e-mail worm proliferating quickly

The mass-mailing varmint makes up in numbers what it lacks in heft, security watchers say.
March 29, 2005