Windows 7 almost five times more secure than XP

CNET: Windows 7 almost five times more secure than XPThose are the findings of Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report, which detailed in depth the state of software vulnerabilities, exploits, security breaches, and malware in 2010.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20063220-83.html#ixzz1MXpezMKz Microsoft SIR Report – Volume 10Direct download (PDF) or Microsoft webpage:http://www.microsoft.com/security/sir/ What is SIR: The Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is…

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Germany provides a secure way to deal with spam

“In theory, stopping spam is easy: just make it uneconomic to send millions of messages by charging for each one sent, or make senders authenticate their identity to stop address spoofing and simplify blocking. In practice, that would involve building a secure, parallel email infrastructure linking electronic authentication with real-world identities: a daunting task. Yet…

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Hold on to Your Keys!

There have been a few recent incidents of what we previously thought was extremely rare — malware authors using code signing certificates that were issued to companies with good reputations. The high-profile Stuxnet incident included validly signed malware with misappropriated Authenticode certificates from two Taiwanese companies. More recently, it appears a U.S. credit union lost…

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Microsoft Malware Protection Center - The Stuxnet Sting

For the past week or so, MSRC has been closely tracking a new family of threats called Stuxnet (a name derived from some of the filename/strings in the malware — mrxcls.sys, mrxnet.sys).  In the past few days, it has become a  popular topic of discussion amongst security researchers and in the media. First and foremost, MSRC…

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How the Microsoft Azure appliance changes the cloud computing skyscape

Microsoft executive Bob Muglia said he was meeting with a chief information officer last year when the man grabbed him and said, “You don’t get it. We never want another update from Microsoft again.” The man was frustrated by the software updates a corporate customer has to install if it uses Microsoft software — security…

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3.7 Billion Phishing Emails were sent in the last 12 Months

[Network World] Cyber criminals sent 3.7 billion phishing emails over the last year, in a bid to steal money from unsuspecting web users, says CPP.  Research by the life assistance company revealed that 55 percent of phishing scams are fake bank emails, which try and dupe web users into giving hackers their credit card number…

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New Microsoft Windows cloud service for managing and securing PCs: Intune (Beta)

Windows Intune Beta Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance, from virtually anywhere. Windows Intune is a comprehensive solution that includes PC management, malware protection, Windows upgrades, and more. Use the Windows Intune cloud service beta to:…

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What your users don't know about vulnerabilities can hurt you

DarkReading: If your security strategy relies on end users to perform updates or avoid risky behavior, then it’s time to ask yourself a question: How much do end users really know about security vulnerabilities? “Non-IT folks are often only aware of security vulnerabilities that are covered in mainstream publications and media or hit close to…

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The Biggest Cloud on the Planet is Owned by ... the Crooks!

Network World: Who’s got the biggest cloud in the tech universe? Google? Pretty big, but no. Amazon? Lots and lots of servers, but not even close. Microsoft? They’re just getting started. Household names all, but their capacity pales to that of the biggest cloud on the planet, the network of computers controlled by the Conficker…

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Newest Security Reports Show Changing Threats

Scott Hogg, Core Networking and Security: “I find it useful to seek out new perspectives on the ever-changing security realm. By reviewing these [security] reports, we can gain a greater understanding of the emerging Internet threats our organizations are facing.” Includes links to various security reports:http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/58241 -Urs  

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