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  • Hackers spread Windows exploit via web host

    Attackers are exploiting the zero-day VML vulnerability on Windows-based machines by targeting a separate hole in cpanel, an application that’s popular with web hosting services.

  • Tech Ed: Security to the fore in Vista

    One of Vista’s main security improvements is BitLocker Drive Encryption, which protects confidential data if computers are lost or stolen, says Wole Moses, a security expert at Microsoft’s regional Windows client solutions division in Turkey.

  • Malware’s commercialisation drives security

    As long as there’s money to be made, computer security will be an issue, said panellists at Microsoft’s Tech Ed 2006 conference in Boston in June. Security remains a problem because of commercial incentives to build malicious software, but progress is being made and the fight will continue, Microsoft says. “The biggest trend I think we hear talked about is the move towards kinds of commercial malicious software,” such as spyware and software to harvest passwords, says Adam Overton, a group manager on the Microsoft Anti-Malware Team. The chance for monetary gain means there will be a lot more of this software, he said at the panel session.

  • Malware found on about one in 47 PCs: Microsoft

    A major report on security trends released by Microsoft at Tech Ed conference in Boston is remarkable because it comes from such a large sample group: the more than 270 million users of the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, which ships with Windows.

  • Bot masters fool with Paris Hilton

    Paris Hilton being exploited? It's hard to believe, but virus writers are becoming more sophisticated in their use of celebrities such as Paris Hilton to entice users to unknowingly install malware.