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Opera Takes On Phishers With Latest Browser Release

With version 9.1, the latest iteration of its free Web browser, Opera joins competitors Microsoft and Mozilla by prominently featuring anti-phishing and anti-fraud measures. In order to bring the new security functionality to its browser, Norway-based Opera partnered with digital certificate provide...

Mozilla Issues ‘Critical’ Security Fixes

Mozilla Foundation this week released patches for its Firefox browser, its Thunderbird e-mail client, and its SeaMonkey Internet application suite, responding to an increase in security issues accompanying the open source software's surging popularity. Firefox has topped the 15 percent mark in brows...

Google Code Search Tool Could Aid Hackers

Google's new Code Search, a developer tool that scours the Internet for software code, is stirring up buzz over what some see as its potential for misuse by computer attackers. Code Search is meant to optimize searches for specific software codes, scripts, licenses and related information. However, ...

Reported Firefox JavaScript Flaws Just a Joke, Hackers Admit

Mozilla's open source software developers quickly jumped on a supposedly critical series of Javascript vulnerabilities in the Firefox browser, only to find that the hack, presented over the weekend at ToorCon in San Diego, was a big joke. "The main purpose of our talk was to be humorous," said Misch...

Home Users Face Growing Risk of Cyber Attack

Hackers are increasingly turning their attention to home users and financial services firms with sneaky cyber attacks designed to cash in on unsuspecting victims, according to a report from Symantec. The security software maker on Monday released its latest Internet Security Threat Report covering n...

Zero-Day Vulnerability Detected in Windows VML

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed reports of a vulnerability in the Windows implementation of Vector Markup Language. It's the latest in a string of zero-day exploits, which are security flaws that software vendors either do not yet know about or are aware of and are working frantically to fix. The SAN...

Microsoft to Repair Flawed IE Patch

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday activity carried on from last week into this week as the software giant promised to issue a fix for its latest Internet Explorer security patch, which apparently carries a security bug of its own. The vulnerability could allow attackers to take complete control over a Windo...

Windows Weathers Attack of the Bots

Security analysts warned Windows users about it -- and now it's happening. Hackers launched an attack against Windows PCs over the weekend. The attack came disguised as one-at-a-time bot pinpricks, instead of the massive worm some had feared. Also known as zombies, a bot is a type of malware that al...

Windows Server Flaw Concerns Homeland Security Department

Microsoft this week announced 23 security vulnerabilities related to various Microsoft products in its monthly Patch Tuesday release. It's the vulnerability in Windows Server Service, however, that has security analysts talking. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday that the Mic...

Black Hat Attendee Hacks Vista With Rootkit Technology

While some applauded Microsoft for displaying its new Vista operating system among some of the world's top software security researchers at the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week, others set out to give the software giant a black eye. Polish researcher Joanna Rutkowska of Singapore-b...

McAfee Cites Open Source for Malware

Antivirus and security giant McAfee stirred up some controversy with the first issue of its security journal Sage, highlighting how hackers and creators of malicious software, or malware, are using open source software development techniques to target computer systems and users. McAfee, which mainly...

Five of Seven Microsoft Patches Listed as ‘Critical’

Microsoft on Tuesday released seven patches, five classified as critical, for July's Patch Tuesday event. The seven patches fix at least 10 vulnerabilities in consumer and enterprise software. Security bulletin MS06-035 addresses a critical vulnerability in Windows Server 2003, as well as Windows XP...

Microsoft Plugs Holes, Predicts Less Pain With Vista

Microsoft made the most of this month's regular Patch Tuesday, putting out a dozen patches highlighted by a fix for the serious, zero-day Word vulnerability that has been the basis for targeted attacks since it was uncovered last month. Microsoft also patched seven other "critical" vulnerabilities, ...

Yahoo Users Stumble Over Yamanner

Yahoo's Web-based e-mail service is the latest target of a malicious attack. A new worm, dubbed Yamanner, has set out to collect addresses from a spam database, Symantec warned Monday. Yamanner exploits a vulnerability in Yahoo's Web-based e-mail program. It spreads itself to the user's Yahoo e-mail...

Sophos Cracks Archiveus Ransomware Code

Sophos has cracked the code to unlock files held hostage by Archiveus ransomware. The security software firm warned users on Thursday about the Trojan horse, which encrypts victims' computer data, and then attempts to force users into making a purchase from an online pharmacy. Archiveus is not the f...

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