Zack Whittaker

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Jennifer Leggio

Jennifer Leggio has been in the security industry for 17 years as a marketer, advisor, and writer. Her focus is on security culture, including disclosure, community issues, equality in security, disruptive trends, and even marketing best practices. PGP Key: 3A708289 | She prefers other contact on Twitter via @mediaphyter.

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Overall spam volume unaffected by 3FN/Pricewert's ISP shutdown

Overall spam volume unaffected by 3FN/Pricewert's ISP shutdown

Following last week's shutdown of 3FN/Pricewert's operations by the FTC, wishful thinkers expected a major decline in the overall spam volume, with botnet masters once again caught off guard just like it happened in November, 2008 with McColo's shutdown.However, according to numerous vendors that doesn't seem to be the case.

June 10, 2009 by in Security

Microsoft patches 31 Windows, IE, Office security holes

Microsoft patches 31 Windows, IE, Office security holes

Microsoft's batch of patches this month is a big one: 10 bulletins covering a total of 31 documented vulnerabilities affecting the Windows OS, the Internet Explorer browser and the Microsoft Office productivity suite (Word, Works and Excel).Five of the 10 bulletins are rated "critical," Microsoft's highest severity rating.

June 9, 2009 by in Windows

Microsoft study debunks profitability of the underground economy

Microsoft study debunks profitability of the underground economy

Cybercrime, what cybercrime and millions of dollars in profits?!A newly released paper presented by Cormac Herley and Dinei Florencio at this year's  Workshop on the Economics of Information Security 2009 entitled "Nobody Sells Gold for the Price of Silver: Dishonesty, Uncertainty and the Underground Economy" debunks the often taken for granted profitability of the underground economy comparing it to that of a Market for Lemons, where the seller knows more about the product than the buyer.

June 5, 2009 by in Security

Adobe piggybacks on Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Adobe piggybacks on Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Adobe's first ever quarterly patch for the Reader and Acrobat product lines is set for June 9, the same day Microsoft is scheduled to deliver its batch of security updates.As previously announced, Adobe plans to deliver security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 7.

June 5, 2009 by in Security

StrongWebmail CEO's mail account hacked via XSS

StrongWebmail CEO's mail account hacked via XSS

A Webmail service that touts itself as hack-proof and offered $10,000 to anyone who could break into the CEO's e-mail has lost the challenge.A trio of hackers successfully compromised the e-mail using persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability and are now claiming the bounty.

June 4, 2009 by in CXO

Typo'd Google domains in Top 10 malware exploit sites

Typo'd Google domains in Top 10 malware exploit sites

Misspelled versions of two popular Google services are among the Top 10 sites hosting exploits for use in drive-by malware download attacks.On the heels of two massive drive-by attacks -- ten of thousands of hijacked sites launching attacks via the browser -- Google released a list showing that malicious hackers are typo-squatting on its domains to evade detection and to keep malware sites alive for long periods.

June 4, 2009 by in Enterprise Software

Email service provider: 'Hack into our CEO's email, win $10k'

Email service provider: 'Hack into our CEO's email, win $10k'

A newly launched startup called StrongWebMail is aiming to add a new layer of secure authentication for its customers - phone verification prior to logging in and alert services for potential email compromises.The company is in fact so confident in its approach that it's currently offering $10,000 reward to the person who breaks into the CEO's email.

June 2, 2009 by in Collaboration

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