Yahoo Works with McAfee
While its partnership/acquisition/dangerous dance with Microsoft may have been
doomed from the start, that doesn't mean Yahoo doesn't want to dance with anyone.
It just couldn't
dance with Microsoft
It is, however, taking a few steps with security
hotshot McAfee, to send out alerts about potentially dangerous sites. When
you Yahoo -- or, more specifically, when you run a search with Yahoo -- it will
return your results with any suspect sites flagged with a red exclamation point.
The McAfee/Yahoo alerts will flag sites that are likely serving up malicious
downloads, adware and spyware, or usurping your e-mail address to sell to spammers.
Proceed at your peril.
The filtering technology driving the alerts is based on McAfee's SiteAdvisor.
Like the red exclamation points, SiteAdvisor uses red, yellow and green labels
to indicate whether a site is safe, suspect or completely dangerous.
How do you keep your Web surfing users from stumbling into any Web-borne minefields?
What combination of technologies and policies keep your people safe? Send me
a green-labeled message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft Makes Zune Move
In a direct shot at Apple and its global dominance with the iPod, Microsoft
up the Zune to let it play movies.
iPod users can get at movies, television shows, videos, podcasts and, of course,
tunes. Previously, Zunes were limited to only music videos. Now, Microsoft will
sell episodes of popular television shows, mostly from NBC, for $1.99. It will
also carry shows from premium channels like Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi channel.
Carrying NBC shows is one thing the Zune has over the iPod, as NBC and Apple
couldn't agree on a pricing structure for individual episodes.
Another benefit for the Zune is that it can sync up with the mothership PC
over a wireless connection. iPods still have to connect to a PC desktop or laptop
with a USB cable.
As a recent iPod convert, I love having 300 CDs worth of music in my shirt
pocket, but watch a movie in a two-by-two screen? Not likely. Are you a Zune
or iPod user? Market dominance aside (let's face it, it's clearly an iWorld),
which one do you think has the cooler feature set? Tune me in and let me know
Research Identifies SQL Hacks
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the United Nations and the Civil
Service office in the United Kingdom have all recently fallen victim to a series
of relatively sophisticated SQL
This type of attack, in which hackers commandeer the sites to launch malware
attacks on unsuspecting visitors, is becoming more common, according to Web
application security vendor Acunetix. The company recently released a research
report that highlights widespread vulnerability to this type of attack.
"Research conducted on 3,200 Web sites showed that as many as 70 percent
of Web sites have vulnerabilities that could lead to the theft of sensitive
corporate data such as credit card information and customer lists," said
Acunetix operations manager Sarah Tabone in a published report. "Attacks
like the one recently seen on the DHS can convert any Web site into an attack
weapon directed at unknowing visitors."
You can download a free version of the vulnerability scanner here.
You can also read more about Acunetix's research here
How do you scan and clear potentially malicious Web sites? Has this been a
problem among your users? It's safe to log on and let me know at email@example.com.
And, as always, read more about these stories and catch up on all the latest
Microsoft news at our news Web site RedmondReport.com.
Lafe Low is the editorial liaison for ECG Events.