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  • Experts express concern over WMF patch delay

    Security experts agree that a large-scale exploit is possible while users wait for next week's Windows Meta File patch. In the meantime, experts advise managers to educate users about what sites they should and shouldn't visit. 

  • New WMF worm in wild; unofficial fixes circulating

    While Microsoft works on an official patch, independent researchers are releasing their own fixes for a variety of exploits that compromise computers via a hole in the way Windows systems handle images. 

  • Roundup: 2005's 'curious malicious code'

    These viruses, worms and Trojans sometimes escaped our notice. But it didn't get past one antivirus vendor, who rounded up some of the year's stranger offerings from the underground. 

  • Sober strike set for January

    VeriSign's iDefense group has spotted what could be a new Sober variant set to strike early next year. While the warning may thwart the attack, it's clear that mass-mailer worms aren't going away quietly. 

  • A Sobering return from the holiday weekend

    AV firms are eyeing several new threats, including a Sober variant now responsible for one out of every 14 e-mails on the Net. This as many users fire up PCs after a four-day holiday break. 

  • Security Bytes: FTC cracks down on alleged spyware distributors

    Patches fix serious RealPlayer flaws, IM malcode launches phishing attacks; Microsoft warns of Macromedia Flash flaw; Liberty Alliance pushes stronger authentication; FEMA data security is in question; patches fix Veritas flaws and TransUnion suffers... 

  • Group seeks to bolster VoIP security

    An industry coalition has published a lengthy list of guidelines to help identify and deal with threats against Internet voice communications systems. 

  • Updated: Bilingual worm poised to penetrate networks

    A leading antivirus lab is spreading word that the new Sober variant that speaks English and German. An update is available. 

  • Phishers' latest hook: SSL certificates

    A California company warns of a new phishing attack using self-signed SSL certificates to lull victims into a false sense of security. 

  • Cybercrooks going after the desktop

    The antivirus giant's report on threats for the first half of 2005 shows a dramatic increase in the amount of code designed to commit fraud.