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posted in October 2006

Microsoft Again Argues Over IE7 Bug

Secunia says it spotted a flaw in IE7 that can be targeted by identity thieves. But Microsoft responds that "the scenario requires that you intentionally not use the security features specifically put in place to help protect against phishing and spoofing attacks."

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Phishing Domain Resale Market Booms

Security researchers at F-Secure have identified more than 30 registered domain names for resale on Sedo that would be of interest only to the legitimate holder of the trademark or to phishers, F-Secure says.

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Mozilla Looks Ahead To Firefox 3.0

With Firefox 2.0 just out the door, the next version, code-named "Gran Paradiso," looks to pick up Places, the revamped bookmarks tool that was dropped from v2.0. The next version is slated to ship in 2007.

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Feds Often Clueless After Data Losses

A government report paints a bleak picture for security at federal agencies. Agencies are constantly losing data and often have no idea what's been lost or who's been affected--proof that the government is simply not giving this the attention it needs, claims an industry advocacy group.

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Microsoft Shuffles Security Teams

The changes will take place after Vista is released to manufacturing next month and are part of the overall reorganization of the Windows group, which began earlier this year.

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Microsoft Fixes Flaw In Vista

One of the 10 security updates released on Tuesday, tagged MS06-061, applies to Windows Vista RC1, the last widely distributed preview of the operating system.

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U.S. Court Order Could Boost Spam By 50 Billion Daily

A U.S. District Court judge ordered anti-spam organization Spamhaus to pay $11.7 million in damages to an e-mail marketing company. The U.K.-based Spamhaus said the U.S. court had no jurisdiction and ignored it. Now anti-spam advocates worry that the judge might order ICANN to eliminate the Spamhaus domain.

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Microsoft To Unveil 11 Patches Next Week

Microsoft will release six updates for Windows, four for Office, and one for the .Net Framework. At least one each of the Windows and Office updates will be labeled "critical," Microsoft's highest warning rank.

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Hacker Kit Use Surges, Means More Malicious Sites

Use of the kits or some derivation by malicious sites has jumped from 5% last year to 15% this year, according to Websense. Some sellers of the toolkits also provide a "managed insecurity service," infecting Web sites and collecting data.

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Gmail Smartens Up About Spam

Google Gmail is reportedly getting nearly 15 times better at separating real messages from spam, while Microsoft's Hotmail--also called Windows Live Mail--is showing only a slight improvement and a more negative false-positive rating.

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