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Holiday greeting e-mail hides nasty worm

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The Zafi.D worm, which disguises itself as an e-mail holiday greeting, is currently the most frequently detected worldwide virus, software security company Panda Software said this week.

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Only takes 4 Minutes online before your Microsoft PC is infected

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USA Today has a story outlining how long ones' fresh PC might last connected to the Internet before it's infected. If you're running Microsoft XP with SP1, you may have approximately four minutes of time before your PC is infected and compromised. This is an indication of the overwhelming amount of virus/worm traffic randomly hitting Internet machines that the top-level ISPs adn the enforcement authorities seem to not give a damn about addressing.

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New screen saver fights back against spammers

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[Spam]
"Make Love Not Spam": Lycos has announced a clever new free screen saver that targets known spam servers and when your computer is idle, drains a bit of bandwidth from them, supposedly to cost spammers more money in bandwidth costs. Seems like a cool idea to me.

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Bofra worm spreading - even via well known sites

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Reason # 34,871,190 to switch to Firefox. Yet another worm is spreading across the net and your computer can be infected by merely clicking on an otherwise innocuous link. This affects anyone running Windows and using Internet Explorer without SP2 installed. This new virus attaches your computer to various IRC channels and allows the public to have completely control of it remotely. Bad stuff.

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As many as 10 vulnerabilities found in Windows SP2

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I know you're not going to believe this, but a San Jose software firm has identified as many as 10 new serious security flaws in Microsoft's new major security update to Windows XP. Since Microsoft doesn't have any patches yet, their official position on the issue is one of skepticism that the vulnerabilities are legit.

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AOL's "loose cannon"

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Rolling Stone has an interesting story about Justin Frankel, the young guy who created the Winamp player and his trials and tribulations with AOL.

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Surprise! Another major IE flaw

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There's a new variant of the MyDoom virus that exploits yet another flaw in the latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. By now, nobody in their right mind should be using IE, but if you still have some bonehead friend or employers stupid enough to use IE, you should get them to upgrade to Firefox.

In another touch of irony, The Computer Emergency Response Team of Carnagie Mellon University issued an after-the-fact advisory claiming, "Due to the dynamic nature of the heap, it is usually difficult for attackers to execute arbitrary code using this type of vulnerability."

Unfortunately this arrived hours after I saw my first successful variant of the exploit originating from a PC at the University of Kansas. CERT seems to be more docile and corporate-friendly in the wake of these issues.

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10x10 - A new perspective on news

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A new site has sprung up in the last week called "10x10". The idea behind the site is that it scans the news feeds from various online networks and uses linguistic analysis to identify the 100 most active words, displaying them and corresponding pictures in a 10x10 grid. A kind of futuristic interface to news stories ranked by their permutation in the wire services. Innovative? Or much ado about nothing? You decide.

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Microsoft-based web sites have major vulnerability

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An advisory has been released regarding a vulnerability in Microsoft's ASP .NET technology which apparently allows people to bypass password security on web sites. You might want to worry if you're doing business with a company who uses some of this insecure Microsoft technology for their e-commerce systems. Your personal information may be at risk.

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Longhorn Bullshit! Or is that Billshit?

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Don't have a cow! Some real bullshit about a Longhorn that's not a bull!

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Asian Firm Develops "Cyber Girlfriend"

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[Psychology]
A Hong Kong company has developed a new cell phone application that emulates a "virtual girlfriend" that requires your time, attention and money in return for what can only be characterized as perverse, pathetic, inanimate validation.

If you previously thought you weren't paying enough to get attention or respect from your cellular provider, think again!

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