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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Security Failures Lead to Utter Fiasco

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Conficker worm has become a PR problem

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| In other words, bad man make worm, good company willing to spend tons of 
| money to catch bad man. Naughty man must go to jail. Plays wonderfully well 
| with the public, especially in the US of A. If you leave your front door wide 
| open, the man who steals from you is the one to be blamed. You are certainly 
| not responsible.    
| Add to this a conga line of self-serving anti-virus vendors, who love to use 
| the worm to drum up fear (and, incidentally, sales) by externalising the 
| fault.  


Does Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Need Fixing?

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| In December, for example, Microsoft was forced to release an emergency, 
| out-of-cycle patch for Internet Explorer (IE) to close a security hole that 
| allowed attackers to infect more than 2 million machines. The malware allowed 
| the bad guys to steal such personal data as passwords when the user visited 
| one of at least 10,000 compromised websites.    


Microsoft's CAPTCHA revolutions busted by spammers - again and again

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| Spammers have once again ramped up the siege on Microsoft's Live Hotmail 
| services, by busting Microsoft's latest, redesigned CAPTCHA system. 


Many Brits Too Scared to Shop Online

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| Over 40 percent of Brits refuse to shop online because they are concerned 
| about security, says CyberSource. 



Virus strikes 15 million PCs

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| A virulent computer virus has infected as many as 15 million computers around
| the world so far, according to various estimates.
| The virus -- a self-replicating computer worm known as Downadup, Conficker or
| Kido -- spreads across computer networks using Microsoft Windows software
| which have not been patched or updated properly. Microsoft issued a patch
| that fixes the vulnerability the virus exploits last October.


Windows worm: Security experts waiting for activation of 'botnet'

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| Computer experts are preparing to respond to further virus outbreaks and
| security threats posed by the Windows worm, known as Conficker, Kido and
| Downadup, which has infected more than 15 million PCs worldwide.


Microsoft May Accelerate Buybacks

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| Given the recent weakness in Microsoft's stock, we have
| assumed the company will likely accelerate its pace of
| buyback from the September quarter of $6.6 billion to
| roughly $8 billion for the next several quarters, resulting
| in a net reduction in fully diluted shares outstanding of
| 300 million per quarter.

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