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Intel Ethernet controller vulnerable to 'packet of death'

Sending a specially crafted packet to an Intel 82574L Ethernet controller can cause the hardware to hang, and the 'packet of death' could be put to malicious use and crash systems even when protected by a firewall.

February 7, 2013

If your PC picks up a virus, whose fault is it?

Want to avoid being attacked by viruses and other malware? Two recent studies reveal the secret: regular patching. A fully patched system with a firewall enabled offers almost complete protection against drive-by attacks and outside intruders.

October 6, 2011 by

Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview

The IE9 Platform Preview isn't a beta release of the next Internet Explorer browser; in many ways it's not a full browser and you certainly wouldn't want to use it for your day to day browsing (and Microsoft doesn't want you to). There's no address bar, no back button, no tabs, no favourites, no error messages if pages don't load and none of the usual browser tools, including no malware protection.

March 17, 2010

Confessions of a Windows 7 pirate

I've been hanging out with a bad crowd lately, trying out popular hacking tools and utilities to see if I could install Windows 7 without paying for it. Unfortunately, I succeeded. In this post, I'll share my experiences, including close encounters with some very nasty malware and some analysis on how the latest showdown between Microsoft and the pirates is likely to play out.

March 2, 2010 by

Conficker worm's copycat Neeris spreading over IM

Imitation has always been a form of flattery, and that's particularly true for the cybercrime ecosystem. From the lone Chinese cybercriminals releasing DIY tools for generating malware actively exploiting the MS08-067 flaw, followed by the original Conficker worm, Microsoft's MMPC (Malware Protection Center) is reporting on a currently spreading Conficker copycat detected as Worm:Win32/Neeris.

April 7, 2009 by

Developer guidance on “unsafe” cryptographic algorithms

With the UK’s Infosecurity Europe show little more than a month away now, the security vendor community is busily polishing up its latest batch of cure-alls and wonder-tools to aid developers and security specialists in the good fight against ‘rouge’ code.There will be talk of firewalls, new detection techniques and possibly even self-learning apps that use social networking threads to gauge threat status as viral malware starts to evidence itself across the web.

March 20, 2009 by

Extranet collaboration platforms - coming soon, but many-to-many problem remains

In our conversations with many information and knowledge management professionals, it's clear that their distributed and multicompany teams need better extranet collaboration tools.And they feel the problem is only getting worse as companies go virtual, global, distributed, outsourced, green, travel-less, and partnered, thus driving the need for ever-better collaboration tools that work outside the firewall.

December 3, 2008 by

Microsoft's Live launches malware detection service for webmasters

Playing catch-up with Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic, Google's warnings for potentially hackable sites, and Yahoo's SearchScan introduced through their partnership with McAfee, Microsoft's Live Search has updated their Webmaster tools to offer detection for embedded malware. Moreover, as a late entrant they simply had to differentiate, and they did it in the form of providing outbound links check for whether or not the ongoing links have also been embedded with malware.

November 26, 2008 by

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