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New weapon to stop Conficker out today Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 01:24

A new weapon has been discovered Tuesday that is expected to put a leash on the problematic Conficker worm. Security specialists who are working overtime to find a way to fight the Internet menace has put together a general network scanner that is capable of detecting the worm even without accessing the system.

Researcher Dan Kaminsky said they are taking advantage of a quirk in Conficker to block legitimate requests by using this the new scanner to detect machines that are possibly infected by the worm.

Conficker Worm to begin mayhem on April Fool's day Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Monday, 30 March 2009 05:36

This coming April 1 will be a dark day for many Internet users. A worm called the Conficker will begin its mayhem on April Fool's day and do it everyday from then on when it generates some 50,000 pseudo-random domain names and infect many systems by downloading new commands from 500 of the generated domains.

 As early as today, security researchers have sounded the alarm on the dangers that Conficker pose to computers connected to unsecured networks.

Security researchers bat for cash incentives Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Friday, 27 March 2009 05:40

Seeking 'legal options to monetize security research, three researchers who have been reporting about discovered bugs for free are now asking to be paid for their work.

Dino Dai Zovi, Charlie Miller and Alex Sotirov said they will cease providing details of their research about newly found bugs unless they are properly compensated.

Flash-app now less vulnerable with HP free tool Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 00:59

Software developer Hewlett-Packard has come up with another tool that will help developers check for vulnerabilities in their Flash applications. 

HP is set to release SWFScan next week, to be made available for free to millions of Adobe Flash Player users worldwide. The tool has been designed to decompile Flash applications and search for vulnerabilities and violations of Adobe’s security guidelines.

Cybercriminals device new ways to steal cash Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 02:34

Web security firm Finjan issued a warning on Monday to unsuspecting users about a new scheme deviced by cybercriminals that have allowed them to steal a whopping $10,000 a day by peddling rogue antivirus utilities.


Finjan said they studied several anti-virus Websites and found that a group of fraudsters have inserted codes that redirect visitors to Web sites of fake anti virus services.

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