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  • Thwarting spam from the inside and the outside

    After discovering that stopping email threats takes more than a layer of spam filtering and two layers of virus protection, one law firm added hosted defense to the mix. 

  • Security Bytes: Data breach affects 100,000 military personnel

    Meanwhile: Phishers use a phone trick to dupe PayPal users; the PCI security standard will get more teeth and a survey illustrates an increase in security breaches. 

  • Vendor takes aim at toolbar taboo

    Security experts discourage the use of toolbars because they're often bundled with adware and spyware. Yet one security firm is hoping to remove toolbar from security's list of dirty words. 

  • Security Blog Log: Confessions of a spam gangsta

    Ryan Pitylak explains why he went from sending spam to fighting it. Meanwhile, bloggers react to news that active duty personnel were also affected by the VA data theft. 

  • Security Bytes: Major spammer offers an allocution

    Meanwhile, McAfee acquires Preventsys; a new Snort fix is released; Microsoft launches Web-based security services; and a group forms to tackle health industry flaws. 

  • Security Bytes: Symantec fixes software flaw

    Meanwhile: Microsoft prepares to roll out OneCare Live, McAfee hopes Falcon will soar and malicious email poses as a Microsoft security notice. 

  • Okopipi leaps in where Blue Security left off

    The new user group is building an open source P2P application that sends spammers automated "unsubscribe" messages. Some call it feasible, but others believe counterattack strategies are doomed to fail. 

  • Blue Security's demise evokes mixed emotions

    In this week's Security Blog Log, there's no shortage of opinions on Blue Security's decision to fold after its antispam crusade put its customers at risk. 

  • Zero-day threat targets Microsoft Word

    Update: Symantec says a targeted exploit uses Microsoft Word to open a backdoor in users' systems. It recommends blocking .doc files at the network perimeter. Microsoft is working on a fix. 

  • Antispam crusade backfires; Blue Security shuts down

    The move comes on the heels of a massive counterattack spammers launched against the company, knocking millions of Web sites offline in the process.