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Articles by Gregg Keizer
posted in December 2006

Phishers' Latest Platforms: VoIP, SMS

Symantec has also accumulated evidence that shows some phishers are collecting user names and passwords fast enough to defeat two-factor authentication number generators and are using one-time, quickly disposed URLs to avoid site blacklisting, a common anti-phishing technique.

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SEC Freezes Russian Stock Hacker's Assets

A New York federal court last week agreed with the SEC's request to freeze accounts held by the hacker Gashichev and his Estonian company. The court also ordered him to return funds withdrawn from the United States.

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VMware Takes Mac Virtual Machine To Beta

When it goes final, VMware's Fusion will run multiple instances of non-Apple operating systems -- including Windows, Linux, Netware, and Solaris -- on an Intel-based Macintosh simultaneously with the Mac's own operating sytem.

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Opera Adds Phishing Filter

Opera 9.1 relies on PhishTank, an open source-style project whose members submit suspicious URLs, then verify scams and share the resulting blacklists.

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Yahoo Fixes Messenger Flaw

The bug is caused by a flawed Yahoo Messenger ActiveX control that could be used by attackers to crash a chat session, bring down the Internet Explorer browser, or execute malicious code on a victimized PC.

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Rustock Trojan A Model For Future Threats

Among Rustock's distinguishing characteristics are its heavy reliance on advanced rootkit technologies to hide from security software and its changeling-like ability to morph itself each time it infects a file.

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UCLA Admits Massive Data Hack

UCLA is alerting approximately 800,000 people that a hacker broke into a university database as long ago as October 2005; the intrusion wasn't detected until Nov. 21, 2006.

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Search Results Get Safer; AOL Edges Google

Last month, searches linked to 12% fewer sites judged risky by SiteAdvisor than six months ago; overall, 4.4% of the sites returned by five search engines were tagged with red or yellow warnings by SiteAdvisor.

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Spam Soars, Expect Worse In 2007

A huge increase in the number of spam botnets and a major jump in the use of both image- and document-based spam have caused the volume of spam to increase 143% this year.

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Anti-Spyware Orgs Seek Investigation Of MP3 Site

Two anti-spyware groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to shut down for allegedly stuffing users' machines with spyware, stating that they believed the Argentine site was one of the world's worst spyware spreaders.

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New Word Zero-Day Attacks Begin

Microsoft acknowledged that specially crafted Word documents could be used to seize a computer, and urged users to use care when opening Word files sent by untrusted sources or that are received unexpectedly from trusted sources.

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