Gregg Keizer

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Articles by Gregg Keizer
posted in June 2006

Microsoft's WGA Sued As 'Spyware'

The lawsuit asks for class-action status on claims that Microsoft's WGA software misled users as to its true purpose, failed to obtain consent before installing, and transmitted data to the company's servers.

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Microsoft Shuts Off Vista Beta 2

The closure, slated for Friday, June 30, comes because the preview has reached its copy limit. Meanwhile, users are being urged to activate their Beta 2 copy in order to receive RC1 of the operating system when it's delivered later this year.

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FBI Recovers Stolen Veterans Affairs Laptop

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the FBI aren't saying much about how or where they recovered the laptop and its external hard drive, but they did say the database containing 26.5 million personnel identities was intact and hadn't been accessed.

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Two New IE Bugs Uncovered

A pair of unpatched bugs in Microsoft's popular Internet Explorer browser may soon be in play, as proof-of-concept code has gone public for both.

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Microsoft Fixes Flawed Patch

Microsoft reissues one of the dozen June security bulletins with updated patches to fix flaws in the original, which broke dial-up functionality for some users.

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Stolen Laptops Force OMB To Order Federal Security Updates

Government agencies have 45 days to implement long-standing data security requirements, as well as some new ones, including encrypting all data on mobile machines, requiring token- or card-based two-factor authentication for remote access, and tracking data extraction from federal databases.

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HP Expands Recycling

HP is hosting recycling events, where users can drop off equipment from any manufacturer, in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

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Symantec Unveils Anti-Phishing Suite

Norton Confidential, due to go into beta this summer and ship in the fall, is designed to be a safety suite for online transactions, blocking keyloggers and screengrabbers and offering other protection.

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Symantec Shooting For Fall Release Of Consumer Security Service

Symantec hopes Norton 360, which will include anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing, and anti-keylogger protection, will be available in the fall, but if problems crop up in the summer beta, the rollout could be as late as next year. The service will compete with Microsoft Windows Live OneCare.

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McAfee Starts Beta Test Of Security Services

McAfee unveiled betas of two of the four consumer security subscription services it plans to launch this year. They now work only on XP, but the final versions will include support for other versions of Windows as well.

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Mac Virtual Machine Runs Windows

Its manufacturer claims the software is the first commercial package for Intel-powered Macs that lets users run any edition of Windows as far back as 3.1 in isolated virtual machines on a Mac OS X desktop.

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Yahoo Quashes Mail Bug

Yahoo says it has patched a bug that was letting attackers hijack systems through a flaw in the portal's free Web-based e-mail service.

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Yahoo Mail Worm Harvesting Addresses

The "Yamanner" worm exploits a JavaScript vulnerability in Yahoo's Web mail client. Users should watch out for messages with a "From" address of and the subject line, "New Graphic Site."

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VA To Recall All Laptops After Data Breach

During the week of June 26, all laptops will be returned to the Veterans Administration for a security review. The agency will also change its VPN settings every 30 days, so every laptop has to come back to be reinspected.

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Microsoft Won't Patch Bug For Windows 98/Me

The company is backtracking on its earlier promise of the patch because it's "not feasible" to make the extensive changes necessary, especially since technical support is ending for the two operating systems as of July, a spokesman says.

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Weird 'Ghost Spam' Testing Addresses

The messages are unusual because the message body is a mix of HTML and apparently random numbers. Security researchers say it's probably some hackers testing their mailing lists, meaning an attack may be in the offing.

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Spam Zombies Jump

CipherTrust spotted the increase in zombies by deploying a honeypot network that, although susceptible to exploit, could not be forced to actually send spam.

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Windows Vista Beta 2 Goes Public

Wednesday afternoon, Microsoft made available English-, German-, and Japanese-language versions of Vista, each in either 32- or 64-bit editions, for downloading. Once downloaded, the file must be burned to a DVD.

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Mozilla Patches 12 Firefox Flaws

The organization also patched the Thunderbird e-mail client and older SeaMonkey browser. It's the fourth security update to the 1.5 edition of the browser since it was released in November.

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