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Microsoft releases 21 patches Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Thursday, 16 April 2009 00:47

It's been a busy week for Microsoft Corporation's security team and all of its hardwork paid off when Patch Tuesday arrived, which, all in all, fixed a total of 21 vulnerabilities found in Microsoft's software products.

Among the security updates long awaited by Microsoft users is the patch for WordPad and Office Text Converter remote code execution vulnerability. This flaw is triggered when a specially crafted file is opened in WordPad or Microsoft Office Word.

Ten other vulnerabilities categorized as critical by Microsoft have already been patched with the latest update, including six issues found in Internet Explorer early this year.

No patch seen yet for hole in TrendMicro Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 01:07

 One of the world's biggest anti-virus companies Trend Micro has admitted in its advisory that the patch for a recently discovered vulnerability is yet to be developed and cautioned users about what has been tagged as a “boundary-condition error” triggered by the flaw.

TrendMicro owns PC-cillin Internet Security and the free online anti-virus scanner HouseCall.

An attacker calling himself “bl@ckeYe” has made a proof of concept exploit code that can bore through the vulnerability found in both the standard and professional edition of TrendMicro Internet Security or TIS.

Over 20,000 variations of Koobface virus haunting Facebook users Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Friday, 03 April 2009 01:32
Security researchers have monitored more than 20,000 variations of Koobface virus since its discovery in August last year which has allowed the virus and  attackers to avoid detection.

Because it is constantly changing, experts has described Koobface as “highly polymorphic” and again raised the alarm for social-networking site Facebook clients to protect themselves from the virus by installing automatic anti-virus updates.

New types of spam more tricky than ever Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Thursday, 02 April 2009 00:50

New spam vectors that emerged in the first quarter of 2009 have the ability to customize the location for each user, making an embedded video spam more tempting to open.

This was recently discovered by Google’s  enterprise security and archiving security network (Postini) which processes and culls spam from more than three billion enterprise email connections every day.

GhostNet used for high-tech espionage Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 00:38

Espionage agencies are allegedly taking advantage of the spy botnet GhostNet for its intelligence work, using mainly the botnet's capability to monitor emails and chats from an infected computer and download personal information of the user.

A 10-month research conducted by the Canada-based Independent Warfare Monitor exposed how GhostNet works and what network hosts it may have already infected.

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