ET could hack the Internet

It is time for some weird messages: A top scientist warns from a possible hack by aliens: Therefore: Do not open e-mails from unkown extraterrestrials Roger


Practical Guide to Alternative Data Streams in NTFS

Alternative Data Stream support was added to NTFS (Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP) to help support Macintosh Hierarchical File System (HFS) which uses resource forks to store icons and other information for a file. While this is the intended use (as well as a few Windows internal functions) there or other uses for…


Microsoft Goes Outside For Phishing Help

Microsoft on Thursday announced it would pull data on phishing sites from three new partners in an attempt to boost the effectiveness of its anti-fraud technology. The three firms New York based Cyota, Tacoma, Wash. based Internet Identity, and San Francisco based MarkMonitor will provide data to Microsoft on phishing threats and confirmed phishing Web…


Exchange Server 2003 Common Criteria Certification

Microsoft is deeply committed to optimizing the security of its products and services. As part of that commitment, Microsoft strongly supports the Common Criteria certification program¡a commitment that is directly reflected in its successful effort to design Exchange Server 2003 to meet and exceed the security requirements specified for commercially available systems. The efforts by…


VoIP Security Whitepaper

Nothing extremely urgent but extremely interesting: The BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, Germany) published a study about VoIP security: (I appologize – in German only). It is about 11MB and 146 pages but interesting to read Roger


Sony’s DRM to be removed by Microsoft Anti-Spyware

We haven been asked frequently whether our Anti-Spyware solution will detect and remove the Sony DRM-Rootkit. To make it short, yes we will. You will find the corresponding blog-entry by Jason Grams: Roger


First backdoor (bot) uses Sony DRM software to hide

Breplibot.b is a backdoor with bot capabilities. It connects to several IRC servers and waits for commands from the backdoor author. The backdoor tries to utilize Sony DRM software for hiding its process, file and registry keys. An AV vendor discuses this in even more detail. Sony BMG will temporarily suspend the manufacture of copy-protected…


Microsoft Security Advisory: Macromedia Flash Player Vulnerabilities

Microsoft released a security Advisory on recent security vulnerabilities in Macromedia Flash Player, a third party software application that also was redistributed with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows Millennium Edition. The Microsoft Security Response Center is in communication with Macromedia and is…


Hidden Administrator Accounts with No Passwords on Sony Vaio?

If this article is actually true, then the Sony setup creates under certain circumstances a hidden Adminsitrator account with empty passwords. You would better check out your installation if you have such a notebook. You find more information on: Roger


Announcing Windows Defender!

From the product team directly:  Every week seems like a big week for us in the engineering team working on our anti-malware technology. However, last week was especially important in a sentimental way. We got the final name for the cool technology our team has been developing for Windows. The name, after long consideration by…