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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows is Under Attack by Crackers

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Windows is Under Attack by Crackers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:00:41 +0100
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Hackers exploit Windows XP zero-day, Microsoft confirms

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| Hackers are now exploiting the zero-day 
| Windows vulnerability that a Google 
| engineer took public last week, Microsoft 
| confirmed today.
| Although Microsoft did not share details 
| of the attack, other researchers filled in 
| the blanks.
| A compromised Web site is serving an 
| exploit of the bug in Windows' Help and 
| Support Center to hijack PCs running 
| Windows XP, said Graham Cluley, a senior 
| technology consultant at antivirus vendor 
| Sophos. Cluley declined to identify the 
| site, saying only that it was dedicated to 
| open-source software.


Windows XP Zero-Day Targeted by Hackers in Drive-by Attack

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| Five days after being disclosed publicly 
| by a Google engineer, a zero-day security 
| vulnerability affecting Microsoft Windows 
| XP has come under attack. The 
| controversial bug, which remains 
| unpatched, gave rise to a new round of 
| debate about responsible disclosure.



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.


Botnets Running Rampant

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| How much money is being stolen by cybercriminals? No one knows, and no one
| even knows how to go about coming up with that number, IronPort's Peterson
| said.


Online banking fraud 'up 8,000%'

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| The UK has seen an 8,000% increase in fake internet banking scams
| in the past two years, the government's financial watchdog has warned.
| The Financial Services Authority (FSA) told peers it was "very concerned"
| about the growth in "phishing".

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