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posted in December 2005

Phishers Become More Sophisticated

12/30/2005
Open redirects were one of the favorite tactics of phishers in 2005, said Web-tracking and anti-phishing company Netcraft, and they're a good example of fraudsters' increasing proficiency.

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Vista's Metadata Poses Security Risk, Analysts Say

12/27/2005
Microsoft could have used some form of digital-rights-management technology to control who sees metadata, Gartner analysts said. Instead, the company chose not to use any, meaning that unsophisticated users can inadvertently disclose private information while using Vista's search tool.

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Florida AG Denies Spammer Charges

12/23/2005
The state's attorney general--a candidate for governor--is being labeled as the pot that calls the kettle black: being tough on spam in his day job and then sending spam on behalf of his own campaign.

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Microsoft Will Fight EU Fines

12/22/2005
Microsoft responded to the European Commission's threat of huge daily fines with some fighting words from corporate counsel Brad Smith, who says, "Every time we make a change, we find that the commission moves the goal post and demands another change."

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Data Security Movement Back-Burnered By Lawmakers

12/22/2005
Despite a year's worth of highly publicized security breaches and a lot of talk in Congress this summer on ways to protect consumers, there's been too little done to protect U.S. consumers' data, Gartner research director Avivah Litan says.

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Bug Bites McAfee Antivirus

12/21/2005
A security research firm says McAfee's antivirus line is vulnerable to attack, the second such warning issued about antivirus software in two days.

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Microsoft Fixes SUS Glitch

12/21/2005
The initial problem with Software Update Services turned updates that had been set as "unapproved" by the administrator into "approved" updates that could be mistakenly sent out to workstations and servers.

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Eh? iPod Earbuds Can Cause Hearing Loss

12/19/2005
Earbud headphones, the type that rest inside the ear, can lead to permanent damage after just an hour of high-volume music in the 110- to 120-decibel range, equivalent to the noise level of a concert.

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TypePad Down, Leaves Bloggers Mute

12/16/2005
TypePad, which is a for-fee hosted version of Six Apart Software's Moveable Type blogging software, has experienced numerous problems recently. Friday's outage was the most serious yet, and was expected to last at least 12 hours.

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Gartner: Put Pandemic Plans In Place For 2006

12/14/2005
With the avian-flu epidemic "almost certain," the consulting firm is recommending that companies have plans and processes in place to allow large numbers of knowledge workers to work from home for extended periods, among other things.

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"Dark Traffic" Zaps 83% Of E-Mail Resources

12/14/2005
The amount of valid E-mail as a percentage of all incoming traffic has declined sharply since the beginning of the year, a messaging security vendor reported Tuesday, due to a tripling of directory harvest attacks by spammers after addresses.

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E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets

12/12/2005
Six percent of workers admitted that they've E-mailed confidential company information to someone they shouldn't have, according to a study released Monday, while 62% said they've used their personal accounts for business purposes to circumvent controls placed on their business accounts.

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Hacker Tries To Sell Excel Flaw On EBay

12/9/2005
According to the since-yanked listing, the zero-day vulnerability in Excel had been reported to Microsoft on Dec. 6. "It can be assumed that no patch addressing this vulnerability will be available within the next few months," the seller wrote.

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Average Xbox 360 Sale On eBay Tops $700

12/9/2005
In the first week after its Nov. 22 launch, Xboxes were selling at a rate of 1 every 13 seconds during peak hours, according to one industry watcher. The total dollar value of Xbox 360s sold on eBay during that week exceeded $23 million.

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Microsoft To Fix Two Flaws Next Week

12/9/2005
It is expected that one of Tuesday's two patches will be for a critical bug in the Internet Explorer browser, which has been open to attack since late November through a flaw that requires users to only surf to a malicious site.

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Rootkits Making More Spyware, Adware Stick

12/8/2005
Although only a relative few spyware and adware purveyors are using rootkits today, the newest malware coming out is relying on the technique. Security vendors expect to see even more rootkits being used over time.

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Sites Installing Spyware Via Zero-Day IE Bug

12/8/2005
A security vendor says in an alert about the Internet Explorer vulnerability that it's detected thousands of sites connecting to a malicious URL that's "actively exploiting this vulnerability to execute malicious code."

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Security Threats Up Nearly 50%

12/6/2005
Heading up Sophos' top-10 chart was the long-running Zafi.d, a mass-mailed worm that made itself known almost a year ago: It accounted for 17% of all threats detected during the first 11 months of 2005.

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Sober Attack Biggest Virus Outbreak Ever

12/1/2005
E-mail security provider Postini said that it has quarantined more than 218 million Sober-infected messages in the last seven days, more than four times the 50 million-message average that it blocks in most months.

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