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  • Microsoft opens Sender ID, announces plans to share virus samples

    The software giant releases the email verification plan under its Open Specification Promise program, drawing praise from security experts. 

  • New phishing threat outpaces Netsky-P

    A new phishing threat targeting clients of a German-based bank is surpassing global detections of the prolific Netsky-P malware. 

  • PhishTank casts its net for malicious email

    PhishTank, a new information clearinghose for phishing attack data, not only archives suspected and confirmed phishing emails, but also enables contributors submit and access data. 

  • Security Bytes: Hackers target the Terminator

    In other news, Symantec upgrades its Norton product line and the Anti-Phishing Working Group says phishing activity soared this summer. 

  • Security Blog Log: Word doc scam evades spam filters

    Also this week: A researcher gets a harsh reward after flagging a University of Southern California Web site flaw, and more blogs are keeping an eye on the latest security breaches. 

  • Online crime as ugly as ever

    At this year's Conference on Email and Antispam, one expert said that despite the increasing complexity of online scams and attacks, digital criminals are less about the technology and more about the crime. 

  • Security Bytes: ISS warns of new Microsoft Windows flaw

    Attackers could exploit the latest Microsoft Windows flaw to crash vulnerable machines. Meanwhile, Symantec fixes a Brightmail AntiSpam flaw. 

  • Security Bytes: IKE protocol flaw affects Cisco gear

    Also: Microsoft will push IE7 as a high-priority update to Windows XP and Windows 2003 customers and MessageLabs releases new spam data as an analyst ponders the vendor's future. 

  • Image spam paints a troubling picture

    Vendors say as many as one in four spam messages are now image-based, as attackers more commonly use hard-to-detect .jpg and .gif image files to bypass spam filters. 

  • Security Bytes: Spam that glitters isn't gold

    Also: Some adult Web site operators may have a new threat to worry about and McAfee warns that not everyone on MySpace wants to be your friend.