Security


Windows 8 Will Decrease Patch Restarts

Windows 8 will arrive with a promise to minimize the amount of mandatory restarts needed after the installation of monthly and out-of-band Windows updates.

Online Privacy Tools Found Difficult To Use

An academic study found that various tools designed to provide users with online privacy protections, including Microsoft's, were too difficult to use.

FBI Shuts Down $14 Million Malware Ring

U.S. federal authorities have taken down a malware operation that has been responsible for infecting millions of computers worldwide. 

Duqu Workaround Causing Graphics Driver Error

A workaround released by Microsoft to block a vulnerability that could lead to the Duqu worm installing itself is causing issues with graphics driver managing font displays.

4 Security Bulletins Released by Microsoft in Light November Update

Microsoft released its security update for November today with only four bulletins -- one item deemed "critical," two "important" and one "moderate."

Inside Windows 8: What You Need To Know

Redmond doubles down on its emerging client OS, which promises to support legacy and "Metro style" applications on two different hardware platforms.

Microsoft Releases Temporary Workaround for Duqu Zero-Day Kernel Issue

Microsoft today released a workaround, documented in Security Advisory 2639658, that will prevent the Duqu malware from entering a targeted system through a Windows kernel issue.

Automated Socialbots Invade Facebook

University of British Columbia researchers were able to gain access to Facebook with a herd of automated "socialbots."

Duqu Flaw Looks To Go Unpatched in November's Light Patch Tuesday Release

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is looking somewhat light for next week.

Windows Zero-Day Exploit Linked to Duqu Worm

A zero-day vulnerability discovered on Tuesday by Microsoft is being targeted by attackers as an open door to spread the Duqu malware.

The 2011 Redmond Readers Choice Awards

Your picks for 2011's best Windows IT products in a wide variety of categories.

'Nitro' Botnet Targeted More Than 48 Companies

Close to 50 industrial companies were attacked in recent months by a readily available Trojan designed for information gathering.

Linux Community Offers Secure Boot Ideas

The Linux Foundation, along with Red Hat and Canonical, has staked out positions on the secure boot procedure.

China Asserts No Involvement in US Satellite Hacks

A congressional report claiming that the Chinese military may have hacked into two U.S. satellites was denied by Chinese officials and said the U.S. government had unspecified "ulterior motives"in blaming the country.

Microsoft Settles with Alleged Malware Culprit

Lawyers for Microsoft have come to an out-of-court settlement with Czech Republic-based Dotfree Group and its owner over involvement in the Kelihos botnet ring.

Security Experts Place Blame on China for RSA Hack

According to a report presented to Congress, China was the origin of an attack that targeted RSA security and 760 government agencies and companies in March.

Researchers Demo XML Encryption Hack

Researchers last week described a cipher-block chaining (CBC) attack via the XML Encryption standard that could compromise secure online transactions

Google Downplays 'Sandbox' Vulnerability Flaw

A newly discovered hole in Google Chrome's built-in sandbox protection could lead to a remote code execution, according to Acros Security.

Trojan Relative of Stuxnet Hits Web

A Trojan apparently being used to gather information for a future Stuxnet-style attack, was found in European industrial systems, according to Symantec.

Researchers Outline Hurdles for Mobile Security

According to a newly released security advisory report out of Georgia Tech, attacks against smartphone applications and browsers will continue to rise as the adoption of tablets and smartphones increase.

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