Malware on Macs
Warnings from security experts that Macs are not safe from malware attacks may now be confirmed. Researchers have found the first signs of an adware and spyware program that is able to launch browser windows on Apple Computer's Mac OS X. The proof-of-concept program could be silently installed on a Mac's user account and hooked to applications, according to security vendor, F-Secure.
UCLA Security Breach
UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) is investigating a computer security breach that could have affected up to 800,000 current and former students and staff, making it one of the largest such breaches ever at an American university. Names and personal information like Social Security numbers were exposed after a hacker broke into the school's computer system. UCLA's chancellor says there is no evidence as of yet the data has been misused.
High Expectations for Vista Switch
Computer users may switch to Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system at a faster pace than any other operating system release, a software analyst has predicted. Within the first year of availability, up to 15 percent of PC users will make the move to Vista, according to a researcher at Ovum Ltd. The fast-paced adoption of Vista is expected for both corporate and home users.
Worm Spreads on MySpace
The social networking site, MySpace, has been hit by a worm that steals log-in credentials and spreads spam by using a cross-scripting weakness in Apple's QuickTime multimedia player. The vulnerability is in Mac versions of QuickTime, as well as the QuickTime Alternative codec package. An informal test showed that close to a third of users scanned were infected with the worm. MySpace has offered a security patch, distributed by Apple, to users who accessed the site with Internet Explorer and a detectible version of QuickTime.
1971 The first e-mail was sent by the computer engineer Ray Tomlinson
50 billion Number of e-mails sent every day
45 billion Number of e-mails from spammers
$50 billion The cost in lost productivity and expenses to fight spam in 2006
Source: The Times Online
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