Age of the cyber rifle

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Perhaps a little too much of a reminder of the film Die Hard 4 for many readers - the BBC Technology page is reporting that the age of Cyber Warfare may be nearly upon us,...

Attacks exploiting RealPlayer zero-day in progress

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Symantec Corporation has issued an alert that rated a threat with its highest possible score after finding attackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in RealPlayer that infects Windows machines running Internet Explorer. An ActiveX control installed...

After attacks, US government sending team to Estonia

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Two months after much of Estonia's online infrastructure was targeted by an online attack, the U.S government is sending a representative from the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team to help analyze...

DDoS attacks 'no longer paying off'

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Economics are playing a part in the decline of denial-of-service attacks, according to a Symantec security expert. In the second half of 2006, Symantec noted a sharp decline in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks,...

Researcher to Demonstrate Vista Attacks

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During a training session called "Understanding Stealth Malware" at the Black Hat event in Las Vegas, Joanna Rutkowska, a security researcher known for picking apart the security mechanisms built into Windows, is to demonstrate new...

Toshiba attacks alleged infringement of DVD patents

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Toshiba Corporation has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to block imports of DVDs and related technology into the U.S. from 17 companies breaching its patents on DVD technology. The Tokyo-based...

One Hacker Kit Accounts For 71% Of Attacks

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According to Atlanta, Gerogia-based Exploit Prevention Labs, a multi-exploit hack pack was behind 70.9% of all Web-based attacks throughout December 2006. The kit includes up to a dozen different exploits, including several derived from the...

Symantec Unveils SONAR to Find Zero-Day Attacks

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The Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR) is a new security software that will analyze the behaviour of programs running on the computer and decide whether they are malicious. Although other software applications offer...

Zero-day attacks continue to hit Microsoft

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Microsoft issued a rare, out-of-cycle Windows patch on Tuesday that fixed one flaw, but attacks through other known, yet-to-be-plugged holes continue. Microsoft on Wednesday warned of "limited zero-day attacks" that exploit a new flaw in...

'Image Spam' and VoIP Scam Attacks on Rise

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So-called "image spam" is on the rise once again -- as clever hackers try to sneak by spam screening software that tests messages for spam based on keywords. After declining steadily throughout 2005 -- from...

BlackBerrys at Risk from Newly Discovered Hack Attacks

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A security Relevant Products/Services from Microsoft flaw in the ubiquitous BlackBerry devices might make some users think twice before opening attachments. The newly revealed vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain access to the device...

Hackers Admit to Wave of Attacks

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An Ohio computer hacker who served as a digital button man for a shady internet hosting company faces prison time after admitting he carried out one of a series of crippling denial-of-service attacks ordered by...

Java flaw could lead to Windows, Linux attacks

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A flaw in Sun Microsystems's plug-in for running Java on a variety of browsers and operating systems could allow a virus to spread through Microsoft Windows and Linux PCs. The vulnerability, found by Finnish...

IBM pledges no patent attacks against Linux

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IBM on Wednesday promised not to use its formidable collection of technology patents against Linux and challenged other companies to do the same, working to dispel one cloud that hangs over the open-source programming movement....

MyDoom Attacks Microsoft.com Through Back Door

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As many security researchers feared after analyzing the code for MyDoom.O, a second, related attack began in earnest Tuesday with a new piece of code using the back door installed by MyDoom.O to spread itself...

Gartner attacks Microsoft over Longhorn

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THE GROWTH OF PCs will slow over the next two years because of a lack of a 'killer app'. According to analysts Gartner although PC sales are booming at the moment as company's replace ancient...

Windows Flaw Draws Attacks and False Alarm

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Antivirus company Symantec has backtracked after claiming it captured an example of a new Internet worm that takes advantage of a recently-disclosed hole in Windows machines running Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). On Tuesday, the company...

Flaw Leaves Internet Open to Attacks

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A security researcher has developed a new attack for a well-known flaw in the TCP protocol that allows an attacker to effectively shut down targeted routers and terminate existing TCP sessions at will. The scenario...

Browser based attacks increase

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A COMPUTER TRADE organisation has warned that browser based attacks are on the increase. According to the Computing Technology Industry Association's annual survey on IT security, the number of attacks conducted by attackers by enticing...

Bizex Worm Attacks ICQ

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A new instant messaging worm, dubbed Bizex, is making the rounds, targeting ICQ users with invitations to visit a site that can install malicious code on the target computer. Russian antivirus company Kaspersky Labs issued...

Spending To Fend Off Online Attacks Grows In 2004

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More than half of companies surveyed say they will increase their security budgets over the next three years. The information-security spending focus next year will be on hackers and viruses, according to research...

Developers take Linux attacks to heart

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A handful of recent online attacks on free and open-source software servers has open-source developers looking over their shoulders. During the last four months, unknown intruders have breached the security around servers...

Sobig worm linked to DDoS attacks on anti-spam sites

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senior anti-spam activist is calling on law enforcement authorities to track down the perpetrators behind a widespread and sustained attack on anti-spam sites. The call, from Steve Linford of Spamhaus, comes along with fresh evidence...

Microsoft Browser Holes Lead to AIM, Dial-Up Attacks

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Security holes in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser have been exploited by hackers to hijack AOL instant messaging accounts and force unsuspecting Web surfers to run up massive phone bills, computer experts cautioned on Friday. Some...

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