Valentine's Day Viruses On The Rise

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| In an email to WebProNews, a Kaspersky Lab spokesperson wrote, "Kaspersky Lab
| has detected a large-scale, global mass mailing of Valentine's Day spam. The
| spam was first identified by Kaspersky Lab on the morning of February 12, and
| as of the morning of February 13, the number of spam messages of this type
| have still not decreased. The message currently accounts for about 5% of all
| mail traffic checked by Kaspersky Hosted Security Services."

Google Says Malware Is a Growing Problem

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| Research by Google's anti-malware team found more than three million unique
| URLs on more than 180,000 Web sites that automatically install malware.

Use of rogue DNS servers on rise

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| The paper estimates roughly 68,000 servers on the Internet are returning
| malicious Domain Name System results, which means people with compromised
| computers are sometimes being directed to the wrong Web sites — and often
| have no idea.


Microsoft preps 133 patches for Windows DNS hole

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| Microsoft is working on 133 separate updates for the problem, Budd wrote.

Microsoft DNS Server Attacks Continue

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| The concept enables malicious users to run code remotely under the
| system privileges generally granted to the DNS service itself.

Microsoft: Patch for critical DNS flaw may be ready by 8 May

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| The cmopany has been under pressure to address the flaw, reported
| last week, since software that exploits it has now been widely
| disseminated, and criminals are beginning to use it in attacks.

Attack code raises Windows DNS zero-day risk

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| At least four exploits for the vulnerability in the Windows domain
| name system, or DNS, service were published on the Internet over the
| weekend, Symantec said in an alert Monday.

Cybercrooks exploiting new Windows DNS flaw

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| Cybercrooks are using a yet-to-be-patched security flaw in certain
| Windows versions to attack computers running the operating systems,
| Microsoft warned late Thursday.

Microsoft's advisories giving clues to hackers

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| How's this for a new twist on the old responsible disclosure debate:
| Hackers are taking advantage of information released in Microsoft's
| pre-patch security advisories to create exploits for zero-day
| vulnerabilities.

DNS security improves as firms tool up to tackle spam

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| Infoblox's survey found that the number of internet-facing DNS servers
| increased from 9m in 2006 to 11.5m in 2007, indicative of the overall growth
| of the internet. Percentage usage of the most recent and secure version of
| open-source domain name server software - BIND 9 - increased from 61 per cent
| to 65 per cent over the last year. Use of BIND 8, by contrast, dropped from
| 14 per cent in 2006 to 5.6 per cent this year. Usage of the Microsoft DNS
| Server on web-facing systems also fell, decreasing to to 2.7 per cent in 2007
| from five per cent last year.