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Sophos: 'Microsoft is comparing apples to … nothing'

According to Chester Wisniewski, Senior Security Advisor at Sophos, Microsoft's statistics relating to the SmartScreen technology built into Internet Explorer (IE) 7, 8 and 9 'just don't really add up.'

May 19, 2011

Spammers break Microsoft Live Hotmail CAPTCHA...again

The latest version of Microsoft Live Hotmail's CAPTCHA authentication system has been broken, reports InfoWorld via security company Websense.According to a detailed analysis of the latest hack by Websense, spammers have come up with a new scheme to fool the CAPTCHA:The process starts in the same way as did previous CAPTCHA-breaking attacks, using bot-controlled zombie PCs under remote control to fill in the main fields - name, password, country - asked for by Hotmail during signup.

February 17, 2009 by

Microsoft is 5th most spam-friendly ISP

Spammers are abusing Microsoft's online services at such an alarming rate that a non-profit spam fighting group now lists Microsoft as the world's 5th most spam-friendly ISP (Internet Service Provider).The latest update of Spamhaus.

November 21, 2008 by

Microsoft's CAPTCHA successfully broken

UPDATE: Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail's CAPTCHA broken by spammers. Jeff Yan and Ahmad Salah El Ahmad, at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, England recently published a research paper entitled "A Low-cost Attack on a Microsoft CAPTCHA", demonstrating how they've managed to attack the Microsoft's CAPTCHA used on several of their online services such as Hotmail and Windows Live, with over 92% recognition rate.

May 31, 2008 by

Fake Microsoft security bulletin in the wild

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.

June 27, 2007 by

Beware of bogus Microsoft security bulletins

Organisations are being warned to be on the lookout for fake Microsoft security bulletins which spammers sent out yesterday to thousands of companies in the US and the UK.Security vendor Sophos said the bogus bulletins were sent via e-mails with the subject line "Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-0065".

June 27, 2007 by

Hats-off to Microsoft for finally freeing Sender ID! Spammers, take cover

Although it didn't open source the technology and there's no word on whether the open community will embrace it (after originally turning tail and running from it years ago), Microsoft has taken a bold and welcome step by changing the terms of availability for its Sender ID anti-spam technology to something that's less encumbered than the prior terms and that's more developer-friendly.

October 23, 2006 by

Sophos: Buncha crybabies (those other security firms bitching about Microsoft)

In a press release, Sophos, a competitor to companies like Symantec and McAfee that have been crying over Microsoft's spilt milk, says:Symantec and McAfee should have prepared better for Microsoft Windows Vista. IT security firm Sophos is recommending that system administrators ask their security vendors if they are capable of properly protecting them on the forthcoming 64-bit version of Vista, as arguments continue regarding access to Microsoft's operating system code (kernel).

October 23, 2006 by

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