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  • Spammers hijack authentication mechanisms to send malware

    Content filtering provider AppRiver reports an attack gaining momentum by using trusted systems to push malware before anyone notices. 

  • Security Bytes: Phishing scheme targets American Express customers

    Meanwhile: Personal data on 66,000 newspaper subscribers is leaked online, and a Trojan horse hijacks data and demands ransom. 

  • Zero-day flaws target 'safe' programs

    The SANS Institute says many critical flaws are appearing in programs long considered to be safe alternatives to Windows. Apple's reputation, in particular, "is in tatters." 

  • Research shows smarter phishing

    Recent threat reports all suggest a steady increase in the aggressiveness and sophistication of phishing attacks, and bank customers are still a top target. 

  • Mozilla fixes nearly two dozen Firefox flaws

    The digital underground could exploit the vulnerabilities to bypass security restrictions, tamper with sensitive data or conduct cross-site scripting and phishing attacks. 

  • Opinion: It's time to fix AV warning messages

    Warning messages from antivirus filters are becoming nearly as burdensome as unsolicited and malicious e-mails. What can be done? Ferris Research analyst Richi Jennings says the answer is to pressure vendors and apply existing standards. 

  • Security Blog Log: Yahoo's click-fraud problem

    This week, security bloggers examined Yahoo's relationship with adware vendors, and the price Verizon paid for aggressive spam blocking. Also: Oracle's CSO starts a blog. 

  • Security Bytes: New IE flaw could enable phishing attacks

    In other news, Cisco patches a variety of flaws and attackers could access Windows file through a security hole in HP's printer software. 

  • Scam artists flocking to MySpace

    The Internet's most popular social networking site is all the rage in phishing circles, as crooks are using MySpace profiles to figure out users' enterprise passwords. 

  • Product Review: MailGate 5500 solid, not perfect

    Tumbleweed offers a solid e-mail security solution. But there are some unresolved issues and trade-offs in control that enterprises will have to accept.