Security Bytes

August 2007

Emerging cyberattacks and threats

  • Storm malware’s latest trick involves YouTube

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 28 Aug 2007
  • The bad guys have been using the Storm malware quite successfully all year through a variety of social engineering tricks. Researchers say the latest example involves YouTube. Researcher Vinoo ...

  • Researchers eye more post-Patch Tuesday malware

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 22 Aug 2007
  • It's starting to look like a typical August for Windows administrators, with increasing reports of exploit code being cooked up for flaws addressed in Microsoft's most recent batch of security ...

  • Check Point update fixes ZoneAlarm security flaws

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 21 Aug 2007
  • If you're a Check Point's ZoneAlarm user, it's time to upgrade. The vendor has released version 7.0.362 to address flaws local attackers could exploit to gain extra user privileges or bypass ...

  • Phishing attack targets users

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 20 Aug 2007
  • If you're using to search for a job, think twice before opening emails from the company. According to Symantec and SecureWorks, legitimate-looking Monster messages are infecting ...

  • WLID is in the wild

    David Schneier - R.I.S.C. Associates 17 Aug 2007
  • Microsoft has released to the public two SDKs for its Windows Live ID authentication technology, enabling third parties to use the system for their own applications. In case you missed it, Windows ...

  • Ubuntu servers hacked

    David Schneier - R.I.S.C. Associates 15 Aug 2007
  • A number of Ubuntu servers maintained by so-called Local Community teams around the world have been compromised and had to be shut down over the weekend to prevent them from attacking other ...

  • Opera updates browser to fix highly critical security flaw

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 15 Aug 2007
  • Opera Software has updated its browser to fix a "highly critical" flaw attackers could exploit to run malicious code on targeted machines. Like Firefox, many use Opera as an alternative to ...

  • Symantec investigating malicious Web sites

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 15 Aug 2007
  • In an email to customers of its DeepSight threat management service, Symantec warned that its ThreatCon is at Level 2 as it tracks some malicious Web site activity. The heightened alert is also in ...

  • ‘Storm’ of spam attacks continue, ISC warns

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 13 Aug 2007
  • Friday, I reported on a wave of pump-and-dump spam. According to the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC), reports of massive spamming runs continued through the weekend. Handler Tony Carothers wrote ...

  • Big pump-and-dump spam run underway

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 10 Aug 2007
  • You may have noticed an uptick in spam in your email inbox recently. I certainly have. Security firm Postini sent me an email last night to say it is currently tracking one of the biggest ...

  • Symantec fixes Norton ActiveX flaw

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 10 Aug 2007
  • Symantec has released security update SYM07- 021 to fix an input validation error in two ActiveX controls used by Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and Norton System Works. Attackers ...

  • Researcher unveils BotHunter

    Leigha Cardwell - TechTarget 09 Aug 2007
  • At the Usenix Security Symposium in Boston Thursday morning, researcher Guofei Gu from the Georgia Institute of Technology unveiled a new application IT security pros can use to blunt the threat of ...