Google's Blogger Plagued By Storm Worm

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| Stay away from links wishing you New Year's happiness on Blogger sites. There
| is a good chance these links go to a dangerous destination.
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http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/20...-by-storm-worm

Bhutto murder used to spread malware

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| ...malware posing as video clips that attempts to trick users into running
| malign ActiveX controls.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12...urder_malware/

US.gov paints gloomy picture of overseas threats

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| Targeted computer attacks in Europe, intellectual property thefts in Asia,
| natural disasters in Latin America, and terrorism just about everywhere were
| among the varied threats faced by US firms in 2007, according to a year-end
| analysis by the US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council
| (OSAC).
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12...threat_review/

Good news for Microsoft, which relies on so-called 'piracy' for its 'success'
on desktops:

Antigua and Barbuda can ignore US copyrights

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| THE WORLD Trade Organisation has decided that the Caribbean nation of Antigua
| and Barbuda can ignore the US copyrights in films, television and music.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...barbuda-ignore

Quote for the day:

"The threat to cancel Mac Office 97 is certainly the strongest bargaining point
we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately. I also
believe that Apple is taking this threat pretty seriously."

--Ben Waldman, Microsoft manager


Related:

In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised. * * *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=661


Over 50% of corporate desktops infected with malware: IronPort

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| The report also reveals that more than 50% of corporate desktops
| worldwide are infected with some type of spyware with the rate of
| infection as high as 70% in the United States. Trojans or malicious
| system monitors represented over 7% of the infections. Rootkits and
| trick loaders, which reinstall spyware and other obfuscation techniques,
| make remediation very difficult thus prevention is the key to stopping
| these threats.
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http://www.crn-india.com/breakingnew...ies/66870.html


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/