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Windows 10 will build in standards-based two-factor authentication to every device, effectively neutering most phishing attacks and password database breaches. The company also announced new features aimed at securing corporate machines from malware attacks and data leaks.
A new round of emails tries to dupe unsuspecting users to "update" to Windows 8 for free.
Here are today’s notable headlines. You can get News To Know via email alert and RSS daily:Jason Perlow: The bell tolls for your magnetic mediaRobin Harris: Long-term personal data storageAdrian Kingsley-Hughes: First reactions to Windows 7Windows 7 beta performance: How it compares to Vista, XPJason Perlow: Windows 7?
Sometime in August, Microsoft plans to release Beta 2 of Internet Explorer 8. Yesterday, I spoke with Austin Wilson, Director of Windows Client Product Management at Microsoft, about some of the security-related changes due in this milestone, and got a preview of the changes announced today. Here are some details about what you can expect IE8 to do to block phishing attacks and minimize the risk from ActiveX controls, among other changes.
Notable headlines:Dancho Danchev: HSBC sites vulnerable to XSS flaws, could aid phishing attacksTechRepublic: Most report their IT career has been better than they expectedMary Jo Foley: J Allard gets a new jobMystery explained: Why you have to reboot Windows so often Would Microsoft ever split itself up?
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Microsoft has issued an updated Internet Explorer (IE) 7 release that no longer requires Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation in order to download. The company has refreshed versions of IE 7 for Windows XP Service Pack (SP)2, Windows 64 client/server, and Windows Server 2003 SP1/SP2. It also posted an update to IE 7 for Windows XP that resolves a phishing-filter problem with the browser.
If you (or someone you know) receives an e-mail about a zero-day exploit affecting Microsoft Outlook do not, under any circumstances, click on the links embedded in the message. It's a phishing scam folks. The Security Bulletin (MS07-0065) it points to doesn't exist. And just because it can never be said too often, I'll say it again here. Microsoft does not alert users to security issues via e-mail. Ever. That's what Windows Update is for.Details from Sophos are available here.
CNET News.com's Joris Evers and CNET's Robert Vamosi discuss Windows pests coming to Macs, the endless stream of IE flaws, McAfee's purchase of SiteAdvisor, why phishing works and Microsoft's upcoming Patch Tuesday.
In an evolution of the phishing phenomenon, cyber-criminals are using the recently patched Windows WMF vulnerability to hook victims without needing the user to visit a bogus Web site.Around two years ago phishing attacks generally consisted of a badly worded e-mail that contained a link to an obviously fake Web site.
Microsoft says it's investigating a flaw in Internet Explorer that exposes even users of its most-protected Windows, SP2, to phishing attacks.
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