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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Storm Worm Erupts Into Worst Virus Attack In 2 Years

Date:  25 Setptember 2010


"We are basically in the midst of an incredibly large attack," said Adam Swidler, a senior manager with security company Postini. "It's the most sustained attack that we've seen. There's been nine to 10 days straight days of attack at this level."
Swidler said in an interview with InformationWeek that the attack started a little more than a week ago, and Postini since then has recorded 200 million spam e-mails luring users to malicious Web sites. Before this attack, an average day sees about 1 million virus-laden e-mails, according to Postini. Last Thursday, however, the company tracked 42 million Storm-related messages in that day alone. As of Tuesday afternoon, Postini researchers were predicting they would see that day between 4 million and 6 million virus e-mails -- 99% of them associated with the Storm worm.
While the number of spam e-mails has dropped significantly, it's still far above normal levels, so Swidler isn't ready to say the attack is over.
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Facebook faces technical error, access blocked to 500million users

Dated: 25 September 2010
By Asim Shahzad
Facebook faced a technical error yesterday blocking off access to over 500 million users. User unrest was created due to the glitch in the most happening social networking site Facebook.

A separate Facebook feature integrated into other websites, allowing visitors to "like" particular articles or videos was recently introduced. Facebook did not reveal the cause of disruption but fixed it eventually. Facebook is the most surfed site. Social networking has been given a whole new meaning by Facebook. Maximum traffic rests on Facebook daily as reported.

The issue was finally resolved and the large user base of over 500 million users was back to smooth browsing and connecting.

Google wins YouTube case over copyright issues

Date: 25 September 2010
By:    Asim Shahzad

Youtube, the videos portal owned by Google won the case filed by by Telecinco television contending that the publication of its content on the web violated intellectual property protections. The court accepted Youtube’s verdict that since it is not a content provider, it has no control over the illegality of videos/content posted on the site.

The court accepted the claims made by Youtube calling itself a mere intermediary service of content accommodation. Moreover, Youtube stated that its only responsibility is precisely to collaborate with copyright owners. Telecinco filed the suit two years ago against YouTube for distributing the network's content. A note has been issued by Youtube which says that the site offers a free technological tool called Content ID to copyright holders. This tool allows them to protect their content automatically and avoid having it uploaded to the portal if that is against their wishes as reported.

More than 1,000 media entities in the world use this tool effectively

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hackers exploit latest Microsoft zero-day bug

                                                  Date: September 23, 2010
By:    Gregg Keizer

Microsoft has warned users that hackers are exploiting the unpatched bug in ASP.Net to hijack encrypted Web sessions.
In a Monday update to a previously-published security advisory, Microsoft said that it was seeing "limited, active attacks at this time."
Symantec, which has a massive global network of sensors and honey trap-like systems to detect and capture exploits, said it had not seen any attacks, however.
The vulnerability exists in all versions of ASP.Net, the company's Web application framework used to craft millions of sites and applications, and lets attackers access Web applications with full administrator rights; decrypt session cookies or other encrypted data on a remote server; and access and snatch files from a site or Web application that relies on ASP.Net.
Microsoft acknowledged the flaw last Friday, the same day that a pair of researchers demonstrated how the "oracle padding" bug can be exploited by force-feeding cipher text to an ASP.Net application and noting the returned error messages it returns.
The company again promised to patch the vulnerability, but like last week, did not set a delivery date for the fix.

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