Security

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Phishers Learn to Exploit VeriSign

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At least one Net scammer has co-opted the Web security-assurance company's seal of approval to offer a false impression of safety.

Paris Hilton hacked thanks to old school scamming

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One of the now notorious Paris Hilton hacker gang - who lifted pictures and celebrities' numbers from the 'heirhead''s T-Mobile Sidekick phone - has revealed he's no technical genius, just a dab hand at old-fashioned offline scamming.

Data theft involving four banks

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Electronic account records for some 500,000 banking customers at four different banks were allegedly stolen and sold to collection agencies in a data-theft case that has so far led to criminal charges against nine people, including seven former bank employees.

Malicious Bots Hide Using Rootkit Code

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Computer viruses and remote control programs called bots are adopting features from stealthy programs called rootkits to avoid detection, according to researchers.

Online stores come under attack

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Cyber criminals are turning their attention to the programs that run many online shops, say experts.

M$ Battles Halo 2 Holes

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Microsoft
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Gaming

Microsoft is once again locked in a battle of wills with hackers determined to find and exploit security holes in the company's software. But this time the buggy code isn't endangering users' PCs -- just their otherworldly alien fortresses.

New phishing attack uses real ID hooks

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Security researchers are reporting a new brand of phishing attack that attempts to use stolen consumer data to rip off individual account holders at specific banks.

German hate-spam spread by Sober virus

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Another variant of the Sober virus, which spreads right-wing messages in German and English, appeared over the weekend. Security firms are warning that they have received hundreds of thousands of e-mails generated by Sober.Q in its first 24 hours.

Admins try another weapon against spam

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With the volume of spam showing no sign of abating any time soon, system administrators are beginning to turn to one more weapon - greylisting, a technique which some have found to be remarkably successful.

German Spam...Maybe?

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Somehow in the past 4-5 hours (as of 5am UTC), I have received a number of "German spams". Getting spam is not an overly out of the ordinary thing for me, but several of my accounts have now received maybe 15 or 20 different German spams. So far I do not see anything odd (like IFRAME junk or similar, but it may be related to the Sober.Q virus.

Phishers Dodge Content Filtering

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Phishing criminals are using a new technique to slip by the content filtering software some enterprises use to protect their workers from scams, a U.K.-based Web metrics and monitoring firm said Friday.

Trojan horse hacker jailed in US

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A US hacker has been jailed for 12 months for using a Trojan horse virus to break into US Department of Defense computers.

MasterCard fights back against phishing sites

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MasterCard has shut down nearly 1,400 phishing sites and over 750 sites that purported to illegally sell credit card information, in less than a year.

Senate Passes Real ID Act

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would create an electronic ID card designed to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver's licenses. The U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year passed its version of the bill, which was tacked onto a measure to pay for military activities in Iraq.

Lawmakers Set Their Sights on Spyware

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The new anti-spyware bill would significantly increase civil and criminal penalties for spyware distributors and creators. Illegal profits from spyware could be seized and given to improve law enforcement.

Cars safe from computer viruses

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A security firm has proved that today's cars cannot catch computer viruses.

OS makers: Security is job No. 1

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Look beyond the bells and whistles, and make sure the security's tough. That's the attitude of operating system makers, who aren't just focusing on features such as snazzy graphics and better networking tools when revamping products. Now they're also providing sturdier defenses.

Spam blacklist targets Telewest

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Almost one million net addresses owned by UK cable firm Telewest have been blacklisted by an anti-spam group.

Google claims DNS issue

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As first reported by gigaom, and now carried by theinquirer and other big sites, seems it was that reported DNS issue that took out Old Reliable yesterday. Even someone at eWeek came in on the weekend to report on it.

Mozilla Firefox Two Vulnerabilities

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Classified Extremely critical, two vulnerabilities have been discovered in Firefox, which can be exploited by malicious people to conduct cross-site scripting attacks and compromise a user's system.

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