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  • New Microsoft Word zero-day exploit discovered

    Updated: Trojan.MDropper-Q is exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft's word-processing application that could allow attackers to take control of certain machines. 

  • Attacks against MS06-040 on the rise

    Six pieces of malware are now going after the Windows Server Service flaw outlined in MS06-040, and a spike in attacks has led Symantec to raise its ThreatCon to Level 2. 

  • Malware database access sparks debate

    Should an emerging database of more than 300,000 malware samples remain a walled community for trusted users, or is open access the best way to fight off digital desperados? 

  • Botnets spike in wake of Windows flaw

    Mocbot has hijacked 265,000 machines a day by exploiting the MS06-040 flaw. Meanwhile, a modified Randex worm has set its sights on the flaw. 

  • Twin Trojans use PowerPoint to spread

    Updated: Two new Trojan horse programs are exploiting a vulnerability in PowerPoint, researchers say. But Microsoft denies there's a new flaw. 

  • Mocbot update targets MS06-040 flaw

    Security experts raised the red flag Sunday as new malware targets the Windows flaw addressed in the MS06-040 patch. Attackers are using the flaw to expand IRC-controlled botnets. 

  • Spyware war may be a losing battle, experts say

    Black Hat: Spyware is a top concern among security professionals, but experts say there may be no technology that can stop its spread. Instead, the spyware battle may need to be waged on a different front. 

  • Microsoft plans PowerPoint zero-day patch

    Microsoft will have a patch ready by Aug. 8, if not sooner. Since some PowerPoint flaws have already been attacked, Microsoft strongly discourages opening untrusted attachments. 

  • Trojan targets Microsoft PowerPoint flaw

    Update: The exploit might be tied to an older flaw in Excel. Attackers who exploit the serious flaw could launch arbitrary code. Microsoft says it is investigating. 

  • 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.