You may have seen the reports from last week’s RSA conference, with online crime estimates by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). According to the FDIC:


Microsoft has announced their second known zero-day vulnerability within the last 60 days. This one affects older browsers including IE6 and IE7 - it doesn't seem to affect the old IE5.01 or the current IE8. Unfortunately, a patch is not yet available, and Microsoft has not yet announced when they will release the fix.


New Rogue: SmartSecurity

by Albin on March 10th, 2010 in Rogues, Security Alert.

A clone of the annoying and well spread rogue SecurityTool has now been released. It's hosted on a Russian domain and is named SmartSecurity.


VirusProtector is the latest (fourth) generation of the WiniGuard rogue anti-malware family.















RIP IE6

by Erin on March 5th, 2010 in Industry and Security News.

Here’s a little cyber world humor for you today –

While Internet Explorer 6 is still alive and kicking (as of last month, reports say, it still held almost 20 percent of the browser market share), many would like to see it dead and buried. So much so, in fact, that tongue-in-cheek funerals are being staged for the ‘aging’ browser, complete with obituaries, memorial services and eulogies, CNN reports.


New Rogue: DrGuard

by LS Anders on March 3rd, 2010 in Rogues, Security Alert.

DrGuard is a new rogue anti-virus application. It is a clone of PaladinAntivirus.















Big news today in terms of battling botnets:

Spanish authorities have taken down one of the world’s largest botnets, and have arrested three of the alleged masterminds behind it.


One day after Microsoft announced they were investigating new vulnerabilities in their Windows operating system, one of their executives was at the RSA conference in San Francisco suggesting a tax on all Internet users as an attempt to curtail the spread of malware.

The proposal was likened to the current health plan model that is being pushed in the United States, a social model where everyone pays for the good of the whole.


A word of caution: Microsoft has issued a warning on an unpatched vulnerability that could affect users of Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003, running Internet Explorer.

“The vulnerability exists in the way that VBScript interacts with Windows Help files when using Internet Explorer,” the security advisory reads. “If a malicious Web site displayed a specially crafted dialog box and a user pressed the F1 key, arbitrary code could be executed…”


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