A soon to be released University of Michigan study will show that
more than 75% of banking websites have serious security flaws.
According to Atul Prakash, professor of electrical engineering and
computer science, these flaws are design issues that cannot be quickly
solved with a simple patch or upgrade.
Mozilla updated both Firefox 2 and 3 in order to plug security critical
security holes, squash some annoying bugs and deliver a few
user-centric tweaks. Although users are recommended to update their
browser, TG Daily noticed that some popular add-ons for Firefox 3 are
not yet compatible with the patched browser.
Chicago (IL) – A new study by anti-spam provider MessageLabs shows that Illinois is the most spammed state (by ratio) in the USA. If you’re surprised, so are we, because we expected this dubious honor to belong to either New York or California as the most populous areas of the nation. Interestingly enough, the other states in the top ten are also surprises.
Google is adding two important security
features to Gmail that lets users monitor their accounts and log out
all their sessions. In a Google blog post, Gmail engineer Erwin
D’Souza says users can now see login details for current and previous
sessions. Dates, Times, access types and even IP addresses for recent
sessions can be displayed along with the user’s current IP address.
You may be complaining about the number of spam emails finding their
way to your email account every day, but it may come as a surprise to
you that the U.S. is actually not the most targeted country by
spammers: According to a report released to today, Swiss users receive
10% more of spam than the average Internet user – and 23% more than
Spam emails are the scourge of any Internet user,
but chances are your email inbox isn’t bombarded with nearly as many
emails as one British man. Colin Wells, a workshop foreman, has been
named England’s most spammed person by anti-spam provider ClearMyMail.
Wells receives 44001 spam emails a day and that works out to about 16
million messages a year, but thankfully, he doesn’t have to worry about
clearing the spam messages because ClearMyMail does that task for him –
a task that used to take almost two hours a day for Mr. Wells.
Microsoft is beefing up its upcoming Internet
Explorer 8 browser with several security improvements against hackers
and phishers. Eric Lawrence, Microsoft’s program manager of Internet
Explorer security, says IE 8 Beta 1 will have more defenses against
cross-site scripting, malware protection and URL highlighting. File
upload paths will also be changed to read only. This will prevent
hackers from reading direct paths to important files.
A woman accused of stealing Motorola corporate secrets denies that
she is a spy. In a federal indictment, former Motorola software
engineer Huanjuan Jin is accused of copying hundreds of documents from Motorola’s
internal servers and then trying to board a plane to China. She claims
that her supervisor overloaded her with work and that she was merely
taking the documents to keep up, but prosecutors say her motives were
much more sinister.
Most people apparently ignore security updates and turn off their
firewalls, according to a new survey by the anti-malware company
Sophos. Using its free Endpoint Assessment Test, Sophos scanned 583
computers for 40 days and found that the majority of users refuse to
take basic measures to protect themselves against viruses and other
attacks. In all, 81% of the computers surveyed failed one or more
basic security checks.
Redmond (WA) – A Microsoft automatic update has eradicated password stealing programs from more than two million computers. Writing on the TechNet blog, Matt McCormack says the company’s Malicious Software Removal Tool detected and erased Trojan horse programs designed to steal passwords from popular online games like World of Warcraft, Valve’s Steam Client and Lineage Online. Back on June 10, Microsoft sent an automatic update which upgraded the tool to fight against the password stealers and 700,000 machines were restored in just the first day.