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[News] [Rival] Worm Storm on the Web Bites Microsoft Windows

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Vulnerable Windows Machines Sitting Ducks for the Conficker Worm

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| First Microsoft, and now McAfee is warning Windows users to expedite the 
| process of applying a patch for a Critical vulnerability in Server Service 
| affecting both client and server versions of the operating system.  
| According to the Redmond company, all supported platforms are vulnerable, 
| including Windows 2000, Windows XP (even SP3), Windows Vista RTM/SP1, Windows 
| Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. McAfee has indicated that 
| users not deploying the patch are vulnerable, while Microsoft has already 
| informed that it had detected active attacks and infections in the wild, 
| following a period when exploits were just targeted.     


SMBs Beware: Spam Levels on the Rise

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| The fight against spam rages on after a spike in spam levels following the 
| shut-down of hosting service McColo. SMBs are particularly vulnerable to 
| malware and spam; ensuring secure, spam-free email should be a prominent 
| security interest.   


Windows worm infection accelerates

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| Microsoft is currently observing an increase in the spread of a new Windows 
| worm that exploits the known vulnerability in the RPC functions of the Server 
| service to penetrate systems. The infection rate of Conficker.A worm is 
| reported to be accelerating over company networks in particular. The 
| Microsoft Malware Protection Center says most reports are coming from the 
| USA, but customers in Europe, Asia and South America too are affected, and 
| reports have also been received from several hundred home users.      



Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  

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