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Drive-by espionage attacks target Java, Flash flaws

Hackers are using vulnerabilities in Oracle Java and Adobe Flash to carry out drive-by attacks on visitors to foreign policy, defence, and humanitarian websites, according to security volunteer organisation the Shadowserver Foundation.Drive-by exploits, in which a user visits a website and then is sent to further sites to upload malware, are being used to target users with defence, foreign policy, and humanitarian interests, the Foundation said.

May 16, 2012 by

What Microsoft can teach Apple about security response

Microsoft just released seven security updates to fix 23 vulnerabilities in Windows and other products. In February, Apple released a massive update that covered 51 vulnerabilities and also introduced an embarrassing security flaw. The contrast is striking.

May 8, 2012

Microsoft fixes critical Hotmail password flaw

Microsoft has fixed a critical security flaw in its Hotmail login process that made it possible for hackers to take over accounts on the webmail service.The Microsoft security team said in a tweet on Friday that it had "addressed a reset function incident to help protect Hotmail customers", and that no further action was needed on the customer's part.

April 30, 2012 by

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