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2006.10.30 Daily Security Reading

by on Oct.30, 2006, under Security

IE 7 Breaks Juniper SSL VPN

and from what I hear, just about every other SSL VPN. This would not be so bad if M$ was not planning to push out IE7 as an automatic update on November 1st. Current advice: Don’t update/use IE7. Fortunately, M$ released a tool that will automatically block the IE7 auto update.

Anti-scam website hit by DDOS attacks

Help needed… A website set up to help spread information about alleged scammers is suffering so many denial of service attacks that its current host has asked the site to find a new home.

Bot nets likely behind jump in spam

Bots and bot nets have rapidly emerged as one of the major threats on the Internet.

The Ten Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online

End users — god bless ‘em. You can’t live with ‘em — but without them, you wouldn’t have a job. They’re the reason you have an IT infrastructure; they’re also the single greatest threat to the security of that infrastructure. Because, in the end, most users have no idea how dangerous their online behavior is.

MySpace Accounts Compromised By Phishers

Netcraft has discovered that the social networking site MySpace appears to have been compromised by phishers who have presented a spoof login form on the main site. This modified login form submits the victim’s username and password to a remote server hosted in France.

Mac OS X Cracked For PCs Again

Ars Technica and The Register are reporting the Apple Kernel 10.4.8 has been cracked using Apple’s publicly available source trees. This is the first time Apple was hit by hackers again since Maxxuss silently left the scene. The funny thing about this is the hacker who cracked OSx has released his sources according to APSL. He told Ars Technica in an interview that he did this because he believes in freedom of information, but will this now harm Apple’s opensourceness?

Spammers Fined A$5.5 million

A Perth company and it’s director have been issued a A$5.5 million (approx. US$4 million) fine for breaching anti-spam laws. Australian IT watchers may be familiar with the director, Robert Mansfield — he’s been personally fined A$1 million for the offenses. The Company, Clarity1, sent 280 million unsolicited emails of which 74 million hit mailboxes between 4/2004 and 4/2006.

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