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Seventh Edition
Welcome.
Thankyou for your continuing support. The CYBERCLIPS INDEX thread seems to be proving useful ! The INDEX will be updated every two days...hopefully !
Security is still the emphasis of the thread with some related and varied topics.
Please note....the most recent posts are those at the end of a downward scroll !!
I should reiterate that no entry/post should be taken as a personal recommendation, unless otherwise stated.
Please continue to keep CYBERCLIPS free of junk and unattractive to any contentious individuals; whilst, at the same time feeling disposed towards posting suitable content, and one-off helpful comment, yourself.
* Keep patching : up to date : be Cybersafe ! *


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Automatically Restore Personal Files after a Windows 7 Custom Installation

By Marius Oiaga

Microsoft is making it extremely easy for customers that performed a custom installation of Windows 7 to restore their personal files from the previous Windows client.

The Redmond company has been offering a Knowledge Base article describing the process for quite some time now, but the resource was also updated with a Fix It solution.

By leveraging the Fix It tool, users will be able to automatically restore personal files after a custom installation of Windows 7. According to the software giant, the solution will also work in the case of Vista custom deployments.

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Chrome Dev Channel Update
Monday, January 31, 2011 | 20:08
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The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.648.11 for all platforms. This build contains stability fixes and refinements to the new settings pages. Full details about the Chrome changes are available in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.

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What Microsoft didn't say about the latest Windows zero day flaw
On Friday Microsoft issued a Security Advisory warning about a previously unreported hole in the way all versions of Windows handle MHTML. Here's the rest of the story
By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld

Microsoft's Security Advisory 2501696 warns about a zero-day security breach in "all supported versions of Microsoft Windows." The affected software, per Microsoft's advisory, includes XP SP3, Vista, 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, and Windows Server 2003 SP2 and 2008 SP2. But Microsoft fails to mention that only IE users -- including users of the latest IE 9 beta -- are vulnerable.

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SourceForge speeds move to new security model after attack
Open source site SourceForge is scanning all its development projects to ensure code wasn't tampered with during a targeted attack last week
By Jeremy Kirk | IDG News Service

The open-source software development site SourceForge is speeding up its move to a new a security model following a targeted attack that may have compromised the passwords of its large user base.

SourceForge, which hosts more than 260,000 projects, discovered the attack last Wednesday. It believes the attack was aimed at capturing passwords.

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VLC Media Player Hit by New Critical Vulnerability
February 1st, 2011, 08:37 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new critical vulnerability has been identified in the popular VLC media player and can potentially be used by attackers to execute arbitrary code remotely.

The vulnerability affects VLC 1.1.6, the lastest stable version of the player, and is located in the MKV demuxer, the component used to parse Matroska or WebM video files.

The flaw is the result of insufficient input validation and was reported by Dan Rosenberg of VSR (Virtual Security Research).

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Fake Failed Package Delivery Notifications Spread SpyEye
February 1st, 2011, 07:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn of a SpyEye distribution campaign which generates failed delivery notifications that purport to originate from a package delivery service.

According to Belgian email security provider MX Lab the rogue emails bear a subject of "Post Express Service. Package is available for pickup! NR1535" and come from a spoofed address.

The message contained within is consistent with traditional package delivery failure alerts that have been used by malware distributors before.

"Your package has been returned to the Post Express office. The reason of the return is 'Incorrect delivery address of the package'.

"Attached to the letter mailing label contains the details of the package delivery. You have to print mailing label, and come in the Post Express office in order to receive the packages."

The emails are signed by "Post Express Service," but the only service with that name that we could identify is located in Serbia.

It wouldn't be far fetched for cybercriminals to target Serbian users, especially with Trend Micro recently reporting that the highest number of SpyEye infections are located in Poland and not US or UK, as one would expect.

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IE9 Blows Beta Records Away with 23 Million Downloads
February 1st, 2011, 09:36 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

Internet Explorer 9 has managed to blow all records related to Microsoft Beta download programs, now accounting for in excess of 23 million downloads since it was introduced less than 5 months ago.

And in fact, IE9 is bound to have outpaced more than a few other products both in Beta or even finalized, rival browsers included when it comes down to the staggering number of downloads.

By comparison, the public Beta of Office 2010 was downloaded only 9 million times. In addition, the testing Builds of Windows 7 only made it to 8 million downloads.

So to have Internet Explorer 9 Beta downloads explode past the 23 million milestone, speaks clearly about the huge leap in evolution that IE9 is in the line of IE releases.

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BT Customers Targeted by Phishers
February 1st, 2011, 16:08 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from GFI Software warn that BT customers are currently targeted by phishers in attacks spoofing the company's website and trying to steal their financial details.

The researchers only analyzed the phishing page, which mimics the BT customer login site and takes users to a fake form to update their billing information.

The form asks for a wealth of financial information, including full credit card details, billing address and bank account number.

After submitting the information users are told the data will be verified by BT's Billing Department within 24 hours, which of course is just a method of buying time until the victim realizes what happened.

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Chrome Beta Channel Update
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 19:43
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The Beta channel has been updated to 9.0.597.86 for Windows and Chrome Frame.

Flash player sandboxing has been re-enabled in this release.

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

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The rumored combination of two pieces of advanced online banking malware appears to be fully underway after several months of speculation.

What appears to be a beta version of a piece of malware that has bits of both Zeus and SpyEye is now in circulation, albeit among just a few people, said Aviv Raff, CTO and cofounder of Seculert.

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Microsoft plan 22 fixes for Patch Tuesday
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Three are 'critical'
Microsoft said that it will issue fixes for 22 vulnerabilities on Patch Tuesday, classifying three as critical.
Writing on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing representative Angela Gunn said that the patches would address issues in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Visual Studio and the IIS web server.
The patch will also address a vulnerability in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine and the previously noted critical CSS flaw in Internet Explorer.
An updated version of the Windows Maliciouos Software Removal Tool is also planned.

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Adobe Prepares Critical Reader and Acrobat Security Updates for Next Tuesday
February 4th, 2011, 16:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe is preparing to release the first security updates for the new Adobe and Acrobat X product line next Tuesday, which will address critical vulnerabilities.

The announcement was made by the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) and a prenotification security advisory was published.

"Adobe is planning to release updates for Adobe Reader X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat X (10.0) for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh to resolve critical security issues," the advisory notes.

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Number of Malicious PDFs on the Rise
February 4th, 2011, 17:47 GMT| By Lucian Constantin


Security vendor GFI Software warns that the number of malicious PDF files detected in the wild has significantly increased last month with two detections making it into the top ten.

According to data gathered by the company's ThreatNet system, two PDF exploits detected as Exploit.AbobeReader.Gen and Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen, finished the month on the eight and ninth places as far as malware detections go.

This is even more interesting, as no Java exploit made its presence felt in the GFI's top.

Starting with mid-2010, the number of Java exploits exploded and they are still the primary components of drive-by download kits.

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Moving to IPv6: Now for the hard part (FAQ)

Today is the beginning of the end of the Internet as we know it.
That's because the rules that govern how data is sent across the Net, a standard called Internet Protocol version 4, just became significantly more obsolete. The central Net authorities just handed out the last batches of IPv4 addresses at a ceremony today in Florida, beginning the cascade of scarcity that eventually will mean the computing industry must make the painful transition to the newer but incompatible IPv6.
It's not an urgent problem for average consumers with broadband or even for many businesses with lots of servers. But it is a problem of unprecedented magnitude since ultimately it involves anything that touches the Internet, from the lowliest smartphone to the most powerful router shuttling data packets.


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Adobe's 'Sandbox' Security Beats a Hack Attack
By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Adobe's Reader X, last year's upgrade that features a "sandbox" designed to protect users from PDF exploits, stymied a recent attack campaign, researchers said Thursday.

But they're not sure why.

"I don't want to take anything away from Adobe -- after all, a win is a win -- but this particular exploit appears to be designed with previous versions of Reader in mind," said Chris Greamo, who heads the research lab at security company Invincea of Fairfax, Va. "What appears to have happened is that the exploit breaks, but we don't have a good sense if the sandbox was able to contain it."

Meanwhile, engineers at U.K.-based Sophos poked into the malware -- a malicious PDF document that's attached to spam -- and found that Reader X stops its execution. The same malware, which first was noticed by security firms last October, runs correctly when aimed at Adobe Reader 8, however.

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A simple piece of software that runs alongside an existing antivirus


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Security Experts Warn of Super Sunday Scams
February 6th, 2011, 13:00 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers warn that cybercriminals are trying to capitalize on the Super Bowl buzz and a lot of scams and spam campaigns are to be expected.

Antivirus vendor PC Tools quotes a comScore report from last year, according to which, as much as two thirds of people intended to go online on Super Sunday to gather information about the players, teams and other aspects of the game.

"Whenever there is a major event, like Super Sunday, we see this kind of increased activity," says Stephanie Edwards, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing of PC Tools.

The increase in malicious activity is similar to that on other important days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday, as well as pretty much any large holiday.

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MHTML 0-Day Vulnerability Won't be Patched Tomorrow

February 7th, 2011, 06:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Microsoft is expected to provide fixes for two zero-day vulnerabilities tomorrow, but they don't include the MHTML remote code execution flaw revealed at the end of January.

In it's advance notification for the upcoming security bulletins, Microsoft announced that it will release two patches postponed last month.

They will cover a use-after-free vulnerability in Internet Explorer, identified as CVE-2010-3971, and originally disclosed at the beginning of December as a denial of service condition.

The flaw later proved exploitable for remote code execution and proof-of-concept attack code that bypasses DEP and ASLR protection was developed.

The second zero-day vulnerability to be patched tomorrow is located in the Windows Graphics Rendering Engine and affects all Windows versions, except Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

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One third of EU surfers hit by malware
Latest EU report highlights growing threats despite the widespread use of security software
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Around a third of European internet users picked up a virus or other computer-related infection in 2010, according to the latest statistics from the EU released ahead of Safer Internet Day on 8 February.

The figures place UK users at the EU average, with 31 per cent having suffered a virus leading to loss of information or time.

However, more worryingly, the figures come despite 84 per cent of European internet users employing some form of security software to protect their machine.



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TippingPoint names and shames poorest patchers
Companies getting the message, finds first Zero Day Initiative
Iain Thomson in San Francisco
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Security firm TippingPoint has announced the results of its first Zero Day Initiative, which names and shames vendors with vulnerabilities that go unpatched for more than six months.

IBM was the biggest offender with nine vulnerabilities, followed by Microsoft with five and HP with four. Vendor-specific bug reports are now being posted on the TippingPoint blog.

Aaron Portnoy, manager of security research at TippingPoint, told V3.co.uk that the results of the first six months had been very encouraging.

The company had initially compiled 186 vulnerabilities for the list, but only 22 remained unpatched at the end of the first six months.

"Surprisingly, a lot of companies got onboard. It's been phenomenal getting the message across. Researchers are also supportive, although some said we were giving the software vendors too much time to fix flaws," Portnoy said.



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Avast Readies Web Reputation Service

February 8th, 2011, 07:55 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

AVAST Software announces the upcoming version of its security products will have a Web reputation feature that allows users to rate websites based on trustworthiness.

Dubbed WebRep, the feature will be installed as a browser plug-in by the new avast! 6.0 products which have already entered a public beta testing phase.

The Czech antivirus vendor hopes to make WebRep the most accurate Web reputation service on the Internet with help from its community of over 146 million registered users.

However, the feature will not rely just on user input for ranking. Malware intelligence gathered from the avast! installation base will also play a role in a website's final reputation.

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Firefox 4.0 Beta 11 Available for Download [UPDATE]

February 8th, 2011, 14:00 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

UPDATE: Firefox 4.0 Beta 11 is now available for download.
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New Eleonore Exploit Kit Version Adds 0-Day Exploit

February 8th, 2011, 18:27 GMT| By Alexandru Pintilie

Security researchers warn that a new version of the Eleonore exploit kit has been released and it features a new exploit for a 0-day vulnerability.

Eleonore is one of the most popular and advanced exploit kits used by cybercriminals to launch drive-by download attacks.

Like most tools of its kind, the kit features advanced obfuscation, multiple exploits - usually grabbed from the Internet and modified - and a control panel providing statistics about successful infections and victims.

Drive-by attacks have become one of the primary methods of distributing malware on the Internet.

Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in legit websites to insert rogue code that loads exploits for the most popular applications in the background.

According to Threatpost, the new version of Eleonore has been released sometime on Monday and costs around $2,000, which is a high price for an exploit kit.

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Security Update Released for Google Chrome 9

February 8th, 2011, 18:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Less then a week after releasing the first Chrome 9 stable version, Google just pushed out a security update in order to address several security vulnerabilities and update the Flash Player plugin.

The new 9.0.597.94 build has been released to the stable channel for all platforms and contains Flash Player 10.2.

Starting with Chrome 9, the bundled Flash Player plug-in runs under the browser's sandbox, making it much more resilient to remote exploitation attacks.

So far, an update of the Flash plug-in in Chrome, was usually a sign that an update for the stand-alone Flash Player from Adobe is also coming.

In addition to the Flash plug-in change, the new Chrome version addresses three high and two medium risk vulnerabilities, of which three have been rewarded.

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Critical Security Update Released for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
February 9th, 2011, 07:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released its scheduled quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, addressing a large number of critical vulnerabilities.

In total, the updates provide fixes for 29 vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0), 9.4.1 and 8.2.5 on Windows and Mac. Updates for the UNIX platform are expected around February 28.

A number of 23 security issues could be exploited to execute arbitrary code, while an additional three might have the same impact, but it hasn't been demonstrated yet.

Two of the remaining vulnerabilities stem from input validation weaknesses that could trigger cross-site scripting conditions, while the last one is a file permissions issue that could be exploited to elevate privileges.

Two remote code execution flaws affect only Mac flavor of the products, while the file privilege escalation one is an Windows-only problem.

The impact of the vulnerabilities is lower for Adobe Reader and Acrobat X than for older versions, because of the new Protected Mode sandboxing technology.

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Flash Player Security Update Fixes Critical Vulnerabilities
February 9th, 2011, 09:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Adobe has released a major Flash Player update, which, in addition to several new features, patches critical security vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to compromise computers.

The new Flash Player 10.2.152.26 version fixes a total of thirteen flaws, all of which could be exploited to crash the application and execute arbitrary code.

"Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris update to Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.26," the company writes in the newly published security bulletin.

Ten of the security issues fixed are described as memory corruption vulnerabilities, one as an integer overflow, another as a font-parsing bug and the last as a library-loading weakness.

This new Flash Player release was timed to coincide with the Adobe Reader and Acrobat quarterly patches, for the Flash interpreter bundled in those programs to also be updated.

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Oracle issues emergency Java patch
By Chris Kanaracus
February 9, 2011 09:31 AM
IDG News Service - Oracle has issued an emergency patch for a Java vulnerability that can cause systems to hang and that can be exploited by remote attackers without authentication.

The bug causes the Java runtime environment to hang when converting "2.2250738585072012e-308" to a binary floating-point number, according to the alert. "Successful attack of this vulnerability can result in unauthorized ability to cause a hang or frequently repeatable crash (complete Denial of Service) of the Java Runtime Environment," Oracle said. "Java based application and web servers are especially at risk from this vulnerability."

A number of products are affected by the bug, including Java SE and Java for Business. A full list and links to recommended patches has been posted on Oracle's website.

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Microsoft ships IE9 RC with tracking opt-out
But Windows XP users need not apply


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Computerworld - Microsoft today launched the release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), saying that the browser is now feature complete and that the final build would ship shortly.

IE9's release candidate, or RC, features faster performance, a small memory footprint, new support for additional Web standards and the opt-in Tracking Protection that Microsoft has touted as its answer to calls for a Do Not Track feature in all browsers.
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Chrome Stable Channel Update
Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 19:26
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The stable channel has been updated to 9.0.597.98 for Windows. This release fixes a regression where IME clients could not attach to Flash (Issue 66605). Many thanks to everyone for the reports!

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.

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Google Deploys Two-Factor Authentication to Everyone

February 10th, 2011, 17:28 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google proves again that it is the leader when it comes down to mainstream account security by making 2-step authentication available to all Google Account owners.

Multi-factor authentication that combines a traditional password with additional identification methods, such as one-time use codes, has long been used in the financial sector, particularly for online banking security.

Security experts have warned for years that simply using one password is no longer secure enough, especially in a time when password reuse is an extremely common practice.

According to a report from BitDefender, 67% of users have more than five password-protected online accounts and 73% of them reuse access codes.

Furthermore, 63% use single-case alphabetic characters in their passwords, making them vulnerable to brute force attacks.

Two-factor authentication solves all of thses problems, because even if attackers somewhow obtain the password, they still need an unique access code which they can't easily get.

Google has enabled 2-step verification for Google Apps back in September and now it made good on its promise to expand the feature to all accounts.

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Google extensions could aid Java security
By Joab Jackson
February 10, 2011 02:35 PM ETComments (1)Recommended (3)
IDG News Service - Google is developing a set of extensions for Java that should aid in better securing Java programs against buffer overflow attacks.

Last Friday, Google announced that it open sourced a project that its engineers were working on to add a new functionality into Java called Contracts, or Design-By-Contract (DBC).

Google's implementation, called Contracts For Java, or Cofoja for short, is based off of Modern Jass, a set of Java annotations developed by Johannes Rieken.

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Anti-virus software is losing the battle, and the war

Secure USB keys are not so secure
By Asavin Wattanajantra
Thu Feb 10 2011, 08:07
ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE is fighting a losing battle against malware, and there's nothing that can be done to turn the tide, according to a security testing firm.
NSS Labs, an independent security product and certification test lab, looked at 10 anti-virus products on the market. It found that the effectiveness of the software was variable, to say the least, with some products more effective at protecting against malware on USB keys than in email, and vice versa.
"It tells us that the anti-virus engine is not applied uniformly across all the attack vectors," said Rick Moy, president of NSS Labs. "That's generally a flaw in the product architecture. There's not one product which gets malware the same across different vectors. Anti-virus is losing the battle. It's losing the war."
He added, "I know the bad guys are doing their own testing on anti-virus products. Every AV product can be circumvented. Hackers can get in easily, because you can download them for free for 30 days, and create your own test lab."


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Nominet opens up domain closure consultation
Nominet puts a deadline on when it will organise an issue group to discuss cutting off websites doing naughty things.
By Tom Brewster, 11 Feb 2011 at 16:07

Nominet has opened up a debate on whether it should be obliged to cut off websites connected with illegal activity.

Under current terms and conditions, Nominet has no such obligation but the registrar is looking for input on whether it should be forced to suspend illicit websites.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) put in a request to Nominet last year to bring about the change.

Nominet subsequently announced an issue group to discuss a possible change to its terms and conditions, and stakeholders showed plenty of interest in taking part.

Anyone wanting to participate now has until 23 February to apply and it is expected that the issue group will be selected by 2 March.
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Navigate Captcha codes to access protected areas of the internet
Confused by those little distorted puzzles displayed by many websites? We explain how they work and why they are so important
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Thought the Internet was a place for anonymity? Ask Christopher Lee, who resigned as a US congressman this week.
The married Republican must have thought the famous dating section of Craigslist the perfect vehicle for organizing trysts.
The next thing he knew his cheesy self-portrait photo of his muscular torso had been shipped by his would-be date to Gawker.com, a gossip website, and from there into career-killing infamy.
In the early days, the Web resembled a virtual, parallel world, where anything went. Now it is not only perhaps less private than the real world -- but far less forgiving.
"The microscope is coming to a theater near you and everyone is going to live under a microscope," says Michael Fertik, CEO of Reputation.com, which helps people worried about their online presence.
That "microscope" is astonishing in power, drawing on everything from blog entries and Facebook postings to food orders and search histories.

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ImageShack Replaces Spam Images with Scam Warnings

February 14th, 2011, 06:21 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Popular image hosting service ImageShack has decided to fight spam by replacing abusive images detected on its servers with ones that alert users about scams.

ImageShack is one of the largest providers of free media hosting and is used by hundreds of thousands of websites. The service runs on some 450 Linux servers, organized in a cluster which is website is serving over 2.5 million images on a daily basis.

Like all popular services, ImageShack is constantly abused by cybercriminals to host images which are then used as part of scam or spam campaigns

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Plextor's Website Hacked
February 14th, 2011, 17:58 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The American website of Plextor, a well known brand of optical disc drives, network storage solutions, portable hard disks and other devices, has been defaced by a hacker on Sunday.

The hacker, who calls himself "ViciOuS," replaced the site's homepage with a message in Turkish which Google had a hard time translating.

However, it does seem it contained the words "disaster" and "revenge," so it might well be political in nature.

The usual "greetz" posted by defacers were present and the hacker seems to be part of a crew called "SaBoTaJ."

According to CdrInfo.com, the website that spotted the hack, Plextor has been notified and the problem was fixed.

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Chrome users can block unwanted websites

Google on Monday gave users of its Chrome Web browser the ability to block search results from low-quality websites known as content farms.
Google's principal engineer Matt Cutts said Chrome users can download and install an extension for Chrome that blocks sites which provide "shallow or low-quality content" from their search results.
"When you block a site with the extension, you won't see results from that domain again in your Google search results," Cutts said in a blog post.
"If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results."

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HTML5 will not be ready until 2014

Still doing make up
By Spencer Dalziel
Tue Feb 15 2011, 12:59
THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C) reckons that the full-fat flavour of HTML5 won't be ready until 2014.
While tech giants are either shouting support or denouncing the marmite splitting properties of HTML5, the W3C reckons it's a waste of breath until the interoperability has been standardised. The standards body has said that could take sometime as it will be another three years before the full specification of HTML5 will be released into the wild.


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Google Leads the Way to SSL-Protected Mainstream Services

February 15th, 2011, 16:51 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Google has enabled default HTTPS connections for Picasa Web Albums, proving yet again that complex mainstream services used by millions around the world can be secured with SSL/TLS without major problems.

For years, online service providers have used SSL for the authentication process in order to protect clear text passwords from being sniffed from network traffic.

However, while this does mitigate an attack vector, it does not also protect session cookies from being stolen.

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Oracle Updates Java for 21 Vulnerabilities
February 16, 2011
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Java users (and yes that's likely you) it's time to update.

Oracle has released the February Critical Patch Update (CPU) for Java, fixing at least 21 vulnerabilities. The CPU is accompanied with Java Runtime Environment 6 update 24 for the client side issues.

Of particular note is the fact that nearly all of the vulnerabilities can be remotely exploited by an attacker.

According to Oracle, 19 of the Java flaws can be remotely exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. Going a level deeper, eight issues carry the highest rating of 10.0 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

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Dev Channel Update
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The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.648.82 for all platforms. This release primarily contains stability fixes from the last dev channel. Full details about the Chrome changes are available in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.

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Bulk of browsers found to be at risk of attack
About 80% of browsers and their plug-ins need updating, says researcher

By Gregg Keizer
February 17, 2011 06:00 AM
Computerworld - About eight out of every 10 Web browsers run by consumers are vulnerable to attack by exploits of already-patched bugs, a security expert said today

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Microsoft downplays threat of new Windows zero-day
Hasn't found a way to hijack PCs using SMB bug

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Computerworld - Microsoft yesterday downplayed the threat posed to Windows users by a recently-revealed vulnerability, saying that it was unlikely the bug could be exploited to compromise a computer.

The flaw in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) network and file-sharing protocol was disclosed Monday by someone identified only as " Cupidon-3005" on the Full Disclosure security mailing list. Cupidon-3005 posted proof-of-concept code to the list.

French and Danish researchers later said hackers might be able to exploit the bug to hijack Windows PCs.

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SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft claims that its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Release Candidate (RC) has been downloaded two million times.
Microsoft recently announced the public availability of the IE9 RC and claims to be "humbled by the enthusiasm and uptake of IE9". That enthusiasm has resulted in two million downloads of the Vole's latest web browser, the firm reports.
It is likely that Microsoft will see another surge in IE9 RC downloads when it starts notifying IE9 beta users to upgrade to the RC version.
The IE9 RC download figures are pretty impressive and unsurprisingly, Microsoft is pleased, saying that the two million downloads were user initiated, rather than forced.


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Chrome Beta Release
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 15:17
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The Chrome team is happy to announce the arrival of Chrome 10.0.648.82 to the Beta channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Chrome 10 contains some really great improvements including:
New version of V8 - Crankshaft - which greatly improves javascript performance
New settings pages that open in a tab, rather than a dialog box
Improved security with malware reporting and disabling outdated plugins by default
Password sync as part of Chrome Sync now enabled by default
GPU Accelerated Video
Background WebApps
webNavigation extension API
More on what's new at the Official Chrome Blog. You can find full details about the changes that are in Chrome 10 in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.

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Computerworld - Google yesterday released the first beta of Chrome 10, touting the new version's faster JavaScript engine.

According to tests run by Computerworld, Chrome 10 is 64% faster than its predecessor on Google's own V8 JavaScript benchmarks. Google shipped the stable version of Chrome 9 earlier this month.

Google maintains three separate "channels" of Chrome -- stable, beta and dev -- that denote increasingly rougher-edged editions.

But in another JavaScript benchmark -- WebKit's widely-cited SunSpider -- Chrome 10 beta was no faster than Chrome 9. WebKit is the open-source project that develops the browser engine by the same name; both Chrome and Apple's Safari rely on the WebKit engine.

Google debuted a new optimization technology, dubbed "Crankshaft," in December when it added it to Chrome's V8 JavaScript rendering engine. Yesterday's release was the first beta build to feature Crankshaft.

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Paid Avast 6.0 Products to Include Virtualized Desktop for Sensitive Tasks
February 19th, 2011, 09:24 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

AVAST Software's upcoming anti-malware offerings will offer users the option to create a secure virtual desktop that can be used to perform sensitive tasks without worrying about infections on the host system.

AVAST is actively working towards releasing version 6.0 of its product line and since it develops one of the most popular free anti-malware products in the world, with over 140 million registered users, we keep a close eye on the company's new announcements.

At the end of January we reported about the AutoSandbox feature which will allow avast! 6.0 users to open suspicious applications in a controlled environment to determine if they are malicious or not before giving them access to the system.

Last week, the company announced a new website reputation service called WebRep which will combine threat intelligence data gathered from avast! installations with manual user ratings to calculate and display the reputation of links listed in search results.

The newly revealed SafeZone desktop virtualization feature will only be available in the company's paid products, avast! Antivirus Pro and avast! Internet Security.

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The cybernetic organism, or cyborg, has been a staple of science fiction for decades. Recent advancements in computer implants, however, are making the man-machine merger a reality--often with results both fascinating and frightening. In the near future, miniature electronic implants may help blind people see and paraplegics walk. And as crazy as it sounds, your pancreas and liver may soon communicate with your smartphone. What will your vital organs say? Read on to find out.


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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission have released a map of the broadband connections across the United States
The most surprising thing in looking at the map? The reality that much of the country is not connected to broadband at all. But that was rather the point. The NTIA gives grants to projects in every state to increase the reach of broadband.

Areas of intense connection include the Eastern Seaboard, the Pacific Northwest, the Bay Area, the Chicago area and the Southland. The overwhelming majority of the Mountain West and Southwest, as well as inland Northwest and California are a broadband desert.

The map was built from 25 million documents that provided information on what kind of connections are available, who the providers are, where the connections are and what speed they operate at.

The site allows a user to analyze the data, browse the map or enter a specific location to see how connected it is. It also requests that users provide missing information, such as an unlisted broadband provider.

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Avast! 6.0 aims to stop malware once it is installed

This is not a new Matt Damon movie
By Rob Coppinger
Mon Feb 21 2011, 12:10
INSECURITY FIRM Avast Software has declared it can give your computer's hard drive a safe zone and unsurprisingly has called the Avast! 6.0 feature exactly that, Safezone.
Perhaps a safer place than the US military's green zone in the centre of Baghdad and more exciting than Matt Damon's 2009 movie, Avast describes its Safezone as a virtualized desktop. Safezone will come with paid versions of Avast! 6.0 including Avast! Pro and Avast! Internet Security suite.
This virtualised desktop is also described as an "inside out" sandbox that apparently stops malware from sending your personal data out into the big wide world. What is a bit worrying is that Avast seems to accept that computers are already compromised, which makes The INQUIRER wonder about what previous security products actually had to offer.


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Google Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer enabled by default. You can use it to quickly view, zoom, save, print, fill in forms, and find text within PDFs.

Open a PDF
Simply click on the link and and the PDF file will open within the Google Chrome window.
Fit and zoom
When the PDF first opens, four buttons appear in the lower right area of the screen. They will fade after a few seconds, but hovering over that area with your mouse will make the buttons appear again.
and : Make the PDF page fit vertically or horizontally in the window.
and : Zoom in and out on the text.
Save the PDF
Here are a few ways to save your PDF:
Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+S.
Right-click the PDF and select Save as.
Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar and select Save page as.

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Researchers Find Serious RapidShare XSS Vulnerability

February 21st, 2011, 10:21 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Researchers from security vendor M86 Security have identified a serious cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the RapidShare.com website which allowed attackers to potentially scam users.

RapidShare is one of the largest file hosting providers on the Internet and with hundreds of millions of monthly visitors it is among the world's top 50 websites by traffic.

Like any popular free service, RapidShare is constantly being abused by cybercriminals to host malware or copyrighted content.

M86 security experts had the idea of testing a RapidShare error page saying the servers were too busy and found a serious XSS weakness.

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New Session-Stealing Banking Trojan Identified
February 22nd, 2011, 11:56 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Trusteer, a provider of secure browsing solutions, warns that a new banking trojan capable of hijacking online banking sessions in real time has been identified.

Dubbed OddJob, after Goldfinger's henchman in the Bond series, the trojan appeared a few months ago, but it was kept under wraps because of ongoing law enforcement investigations.

It's still very much a work in progress and Trusteer researchers have seen code modifications made as recent as a few days ago.

The trojan hooks into Firefox or Internet Explorer functions and monitors browsing activity on a predefined list of websites.

It can log GET and POST requests, grab full HTML pages, inject code and terminate connections.

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Download Windows 7 SP1 RTM

February 22nd, 2011, 15:32 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The first upgrade for Windows 7 is here. At the time of this article, downloads of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 have gone live, available to users worldwide starting today.

February 22, 2011 brings with it the general availability deadline of not only Windows 7 SP1 RTM but also of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM.

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Phishing on the Rise Again After Holiday Decline

February 23rd, 2011, 10:04 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

German antivirus vendor Avira warns that the number of phishing attacks is again on the rise after a significant decline in December.

"While the numbers for Phishing in December were almost all red, showing a dramatic drop for the .org (-151%), .com(-76%) and .net(-24%) domains, we now have seen the exact opposite development in January 2011.

"Phishing was definitely on the rise and even if the malware URLs still show mostly as red numbers, some of them have also increased," says Sorin Mustaca, data security expert at Avira.

PayPal remains the most phished brand on the Internet, having been targeted in almost 37% of attacks last month, an increase of 52.68% since December.

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Computerworld - Mozilla today said that it will ship security updates to Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 next Tuesday, ending a debate about whether to wait for a patch that affects Adobe's software.

Firefox 3.5.17 and Firefox 3.6.14 will now appear Tuesday, March 1, Mozilla disclosed in meeting notes published today.

Originally slated for release on Feb. 14, the security updates were held while Mozilla developers investigated a bug that affected some, though not all, users of the betas. According to Mozilla, the bug caused some copies of the updates to repeatedly crash. Mozilla then backed out a recent bug fix to retest the betas.

Around the same time, a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability surfaced. "Adobe is worried about it being a 0-day and wants us to ship quickly," said Mozilla on its site. The vulnerability is presumably in Firefox, but Mozilla has provided no information on how it may impact Adobe software.

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Chrome Beta Release
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The Beta channel has been updated to 10.0.648.114 for all platforms. This release contains stability improvements and UI tweaks. Full details about the Chrome changes are available in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.


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Update: Firefox update will patch CSRF bug, Mozilla says
Delayed Firefox 3.6.14, 3.5.17 to ship March 1, fix cross-site request forgery bug that can be exploited via Flash

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Computerworld - Mozilla said late Wednesday that it will ship security updates to Firefox 3.5 and Firefox 3.6 next week that will include a patch for a bug that can be exploited using a malicious Adobe Flash file.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story, published before Mozilla responded to a request for comment, said company meeting notes suggested that the Firefox security updates would not include the patch.)

Firefox 3.5.17 and Firefox 3.6.14 will now appear Tuesday, March 1, Mozilla disclosed in meeting notes published today.

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Microsoft fixes a security bug in its virus-scanner
By Robert McMillan
February 23, 2011 09:27 PM
IDG News Service - Microsoft has patched a bug in its malware scanning engine that could be used as a stepping stone for an attacker looking to seize control of a Windows box.

The bug is fixed in an update to the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine that was pushed out to users of Microsoft's security products on Wednesday. It's what's known as an elevation of privilege vulnerability -- something that could be used by an attacker who already has access to the Windows system to gain complete administrative control.

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Fake YouTube Pages Serve Trojan via Malicious Java Applets

February 24th, 2011, 08:52 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Security researchers from Romanian antivirus vendor BitDefender warn of scams that make use of fake YouTube pages to install trojans via a malicious Java applet.

The scammers appear to have put significant effort into making the pages look as close as possible to the real YouTube website.

When visitors land on these rogue sites, a Java applet is launched automatically and they are prompted to run it.

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Google enables silent running of Chrome web apps

Applications lurk in the shadows
By Lawrence Latif
Thu Feb 24 2011, 15:38

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has introduced the ability for Chrome Web apps to run in the background.

Applications downloaded from the Google's Chrome Web Store will be able to run in the background even when the main Chrome web browser window is closed. Background applications will only be stopped when the Chrome process is terminated.

Google says that the background applications will not be interactive, but background processes that can pre-load data. The idea is to speed up browsing by caching data before the user requires it or issue notifications.

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Why Trustworthy Sites Can No Longer Be Trusted
By Joan Goodchild, CIO

Last year, malware became increasingly more common on popular and trusted domains, according to research released this week by security firm Blue Coat Systems. Migration to popular hacked sites with trusted reputations and acceptable-use category ratings was the primary theme for hosting malware delivery infrastructure, researchers claim.

Cybercriminals are hacking trusted sites using stolen access credentials in order to launch attacks that are out in the open, but also veiled from reputation filters and commonly blocked web categories. Here are three reasons researchers say you need to be wary -- even on sites you count as safe:

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New Opera 11.10 Barracuda Alpha Intros Speed Dial Evolution

February 25th, 2011, 09:11 GMT| By Marius Oiaga

The second Alpha development snapshot of Opera 11.10 codenamed Barracuda offers a glimpse of the evolution of Speed Dial, one of the trademark features of the browser.

Opera 11.10 Barracuda Alpha Build 2014 is now available for download to testers, and is intended to introduce what Opera Software calls just the first of additional modifications planned for Speed Dial in the Barracuda release.



Speed Dial simplifies common browsing tasks by easing access to a collection of sites that users tend to visit and revisit by placing a set of links on any new opened tab in Opera.

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Thank you for the work you put to give us an insight to what is going on. however is it possible to close the link after so many days as it is taking quite a while to scroll to the bottom. sorry if this is not the right place to post this
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Thanks bobie !
Have you any idea how many times I zip down this thread in a day ?! It's designed to provide some exercise for more fingers than thumbs !!!
Lets not forget that Secunia allowed Cyberclips and the Index.....that another month is nearing an end; so the stresses and strains will be eased somewhat with the advent of March.
The occasional suggestion is welcomed....as you know tho', I don't want it to get overly stretched and cluttered....so no vote for your remarks !!

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Google changes its search algorithm

Demoting content aggregator websites
By Spencer Dalziel
Fri Feb 25 2011, 14:31
SEARCH GIANT Google has made changes to its search algorithms in an attempt to lower the rankings of content aggregator websites.
Google made the algorithmic announcement on its blog yesterday and said that the change is significant. However, it is only designed to target low value websites that copy content from other websites.


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New Banking Trojan Targets All Major Browsers

February 26th, 2011, 08:30 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Spanish security firm S21sec has identified a new banking trojan capable of injecting HTML into all popular browsers which uses a rootkit to hide its components.

Dubbed Tatanga, the trojan is written in C++ and is organized in modules with different functionality which are decrypted in memory as needed.

Like other banking trojans, Tatanga executes Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attacks in order to perform unauthorized transactions from the accounts of its victims.

The trojan currently targets banks from Western European countries, particularly the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

It currently has a very low detection rate. A signature-based Virus Total scan reveals that only 9 in 43 antivirus engines currently detect the infector as malicious and most of them do it under generic names.

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Phishers Experiment with Fake SSL Certificates

February 26th, 2011, 10:10 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

A new mass phishing attack targeting Swiss credit card owners was seen using pages signed with a fake and expired SSL certificate.

According to security researchers from Symantec, the attackers used a large number of domains pointing to the same IP address and server.

The phishing page was signed with a certificate that was issued to a Web hosting company back in 2006, but expired in 2007.

It's not really clear what the phishers tried to achieve with the technique, because trying to open such a page in modern browsers will generate an error.

Users would have to manually add an exception in order load the page and its unlikely they would trust it after the browser displayed the big security warning.

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Must-Have Tools and Tricks
By Rick Broida

PC World - It's time for another grab bag of hassle killers. This week I tell you how to get a disposable e-mail address to use as a spam magnet, how to turn off Windows 7's automatic window resizing, and how to recover data from a crashed drive.

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Google Wants Your Face
Analysis: Google has filed for a patent on technology that uses facial recognition and social networks to identify you. Creeped out yet?
By Dan Tynan, ITworld Feb 26, 2011 5:25 pm

Google wants to get in your face - literally.

As ComputerWorld blogger Darlene ("Security is Sexy") Storm reports, Google has filed for a patent in Europe on technology that could allow it to identify you by your photograph, using clues from social networks to verify your identity.

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MS Web Tracking Protection Proposal Includes Mozilla's Do-Not-Track Header

February 28th, 2011, 05:48 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

The web tracking protection proposal submitted by Microsoft to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardisation includes Mozilla's Do-Not-Track (DNT) HTTP header implementation.

Back in December, the Federal Trade Commission called for browser makers to devise an uniform, persistent and user-friendly setting that would reflect the choice of consumers who don't want their browsing habits tracked.

Such a setting would give the commission an easy way to enforce regulations in an area where consumer choice is currently more of a theory than a practice.

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Do you secure your PC for free?
by Seth Rosenblatt

With Avast 6 fresh out of the gate and CNET's opinion on record, it's time to ask you which of the many free security suites available is your favorite. The big three on Download.com are AVG, Avast, and Avira, although it will be interesting to see if the download counts are reflected in popularity. We aimed to have all the major players represented here, although we left out certain choices like ClamWin Antivirus, technically still in beta.
The poll will remain open until 11 p.m. PT March 3, and we'll look at the results March 4.


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New Firefox Extension Keeps Users Away from Fake Online Stores

February 28th, 2011, 08:35 GMT| By Lucian Constantin

Zscaler, a provider of cloud security services, has released a free Firefox extension that aims to protect users from fake online stores, a category of malicious websites that isn't covered by most blacklists.

Called Zscaler Safe Shopping, the extension is still going through the approval process on the official Mozilla Add-ons Repository, but it can also be installed directly from Zscaler's website.

More at :-
http://news.softpedia.com/news/New-Firefox-Extensi...

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Gmail fail sees accounts wiped
A plethora of Gmail accounts are emptied, but Google assures users it is on the case.
By Tom Brewster, 28 Feb 2011 at 12:41

Thousands of Gmail users have seen their accounts wiped of both messages and contacts, it has been reported today.

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http://www.itpro.co.uk/631435/gmail-fail-sees-acco...

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