Profile of Gregg Keizer
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Articles by Gregg Keizer
posted in March 2005
Older worms and viruses continued to dominate March's list of Top 10 baddest apples, security firms say.
CoolWebSearch is the "Ebola" of adware and easily the most significant spyware threat on the Internet, an anti-spyware security firm says.
Enterprises using Apple's Macintosh shouldn't smirk too much over their perceived immunity to the kind of security problems that plague Windows users, a research analyst said.
Phishing attacks were up slightly in February, the Anti-Phishing Working Group reports, but the trend toward even sneakier ways of scamming identities is growing quickly.
As Mozilla and Microsoft executives argue about which browser--Firefox or Internet Explorer--is more secure, fans of the former have numbers on their side, says a security firm.
The six-year run of mass-mailed viruses like Melissa may be past their prime, but a research fellow at McAfee says the industry still needs to deal with the underlying problem that allows E-mail to serve as an attack vector for hackers and thieves.
The Mozilla Foundation pushes out a new version of Firefox to patch three vulnerabilities, renewing debate over the alternative browser's security.
Microsoft has begun public beta testing of Microsoft Update, a substitute for Windows Update that will keep users current with security patches and other updates for the vendor's product line.
IBM introduces an anti-spam technology that its developer says will nab eight out of 10 spams off the bat and fill the gap until more-robust sender-authentication schemes, such as Sender ID, SPF, or DomainKeys, are widely adopted.
Microsoft's rollout of Windows XP SP2 in August 2004 was the most likely reason the number of bots actively involved in scanning dropped precipitously in the second half of 2004.
Vulnerabilities affect older versions of software, so users with up-to-date products not at risk.
British authorities stymied a massive bank heist that reportedly was dependent on a keylogger, the same kind of spyware that has jumped three-fold in the last year and puts consumers at risk from hackers and phishers.
At least a million machines are under the control of hackers worldwide, said security experts in Germany, indicating that the bot and botnet problem is worse than anyone thought.
Microsoft, along with Trust-e and RSA Security, summarized the plague of phishing attacks as the "fastest-growing form of online fraud," but offered little new in terms of advice or technology.
Desktop defenses against spyware are ineffective, says a survey, an opinion backed by a security analyst wired into the identity-theft scene.
The Mozilla Foundation will instead put its energy into its Firefox browser and Thunderbird, its e-mail client. But all is not lost for supporters of the Mozilla browser suite. There are signs it may live on under a new name and with the support of an independent developer community.
Hundreds of thousands of Web sites running Windows NT 4 remain -- and will remain -- at risk from attack via a vulnerability patched for other operating systems a month ago.
Users of Computer Associates' products are now at an even greater risk, a security firm says, because exploit code has appeared that takes advantage of vulnerabilities disclosed last week.
Phishers are using ever-more-sophisticated tactics, including DNS wildcards and cache poisoning to separate consumers from their money, a British security firm said Tuesday.
A threat center devoted to instant-messaging hacks put numbers to what IM users already know: IM threats are on the upswing.
New worms spreading through MSN Messenger -- and its bundled-with-Windows Windows Messenger version -- via links to a malicious site are infecting users.
Security experts warn that a DNS cache-poisoning attack may be under way, but the scale of the threat was unclear.
EMC blew past Hewlett-Packard at the end of 2004 to become the world's top seller of external disk-based storage.
EarthLink will roll out a beta of a new members-only Flash-based Web e-mail within four weeks, in a bid to upstage rivals such as American Online and even Google.
Security firms offer more detailed accounts of a massive spam-based attack of Bagle-like Trojan horses.
A major wave of Bagle-like Trojan horses hit users worldwide with numerous variations that aim to overwhelm antivirus defenses.
Mozilla's Firefox keeps chipping away at Microsoft's near-monopoly of the Web browser market, thanks more to user buzz than marketing muscle.