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Sun, Jun 08, 2008 9:47 pm

Microsoft Releasing Seven Patches This Month

Microsoft is releasing 7 patches for Windows this month. Some of the patches plug remote code execution vulnerabilities. One is a critical patch for Internet Explorer (IE) that address a vulnerability in versions of IE from 5.01 through 7. This patch applies to Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SP2, Vista SP1, and all versions of Windows Server 2008. Further information on the patches is available at " Microsoft To Issue 7 Patches This Month.

References:

  1. Microsoft To Issue 7 Patches This Month
    By Jabulani Leffall
    June 5, 2008
    Redmond | The Independent Voice of the Microsoft IT Community

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Sun, Jun 08, 2008 9:43 pm

Spam Accounts for Three-quarters of Email

MessageLabs, an online security company, which provides antispam and antivirus services, reported that three-quarters of the email messages it scanned during May 2008 were spam, an increase of 3.3% from the prior month. MessageLabs also reported that one out of every 170 messages it scanned contained some kind of malicious code with 90% of that malicious code being botware, which can turn a computer into a "zombie" that can be remotely controlled by a "bot herder".

Mark Sunner, MessageLabs MessageLabs' chief security analyst, reported that spammers are now also using Google Docs and Microsoft's SkyDrive free online storage to host the contents of their spam messages. The spammers put a link into the messages they send pointing to online documents hosted on those services, which have the advantage of providing large amounts of bandwidth.

References:

  1. Report: Cyberspace Becoming More Malicious
    By William Jackson
    June 4, 2008
    Redmond Developer News

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