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Microsoft Fixes Issue Discovered in Pwn2Own Contest

This month's Patch Tuesday included a fix for an Internet Explorer exploit found by Steven Fewer. Plus: Anonymous releases personal information of San Francisco public transit users; Facebook, Twitter and Research in Motion discuss possible actions to dissuade rioting in London; AOL attacked by a server-side incursion.

IE 9 Best Defense Against Social Malware, Says Study

Microsoft's newest browser topped the list of ones that provides the best protection against socially engineered threats.

Best Practices for Applying Microsoft Security Patches

Microsoft released a report updating the progress of the Microsoft Security Response Center in ensuring software security.

Microsoft's August Patch Comes with 13 Fixes

The August patch cycle's 13 fixes target 22 flaws in various Microsoft technologies.

Data from 76 Sherriff's Offices Exposed by Anonymous

The hacker group Anonymous exploited a hole in a third-party provider's site and exposed 10G of data from rural sheriff's offices.

Security in the Mobile App World Takes Patience

Developing secure mobile applications is doable if developers are willing to apply the proper testing and auditing techniques.



User Access Control Center of Security Concerns

Microsoft researcher says the threat to systems is raised when the UAC feature is disabled. Plus: Large-scale hacking scam is thrown into the spotlight; Two different hacking groups take credit for Syrian Government Web site hack.

Microsoft Readies 13 Security Bulletins for August Patch Cycle

The August patch from Microsoft will be thick with security fixes.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011 R2 Released

Microsoft rolled out a second release of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2011.

Microsoft: Security is a Two-Way Street

Partners and users are equally responsible for making a secure Microsoft experience; Plus: IE lacks the security chops of rival browsers; HTML 5 may not be as secure as Microsoft points out; More.

Windows IT Pros Watching OS X Lion

New Apple OS playing catch-up to Microsoft's security practices. Plus: A huge 78 vulnerabilities fixed in newest Oracle update; Federal government focuses on security; Cloud insurance on the way?

Cloud Security Debate Continues

A strong focus of this year's BlackHat conference will be on the growing adoption of the cloud, and what enterprises can do to stay safe. Plus: Researcher warns that Skype may be a large target for hackers; Symantec reports that mobile hackers are becoming more sophisticated.

Microsoft Offering Quarter of a Million Dollars for Rustock Info

According to a blog post, a cash reward of $250,000 was announced today by Microsoft for any information that leads to the conviction of the Rustock botnet perpetrators.

A Light Load of 4 Land for July Patch Tuesday

One "critical" and three "important" security bulletins are on tap from Microsoft this month, marking a rather light Patch Tuesday compared to previous months.

Hackers Overload Search Results with Porn

A search engine optimization tactic is believed the cause of skewed Internet search results. Plus: Google+ gets slammed by spam; Secure Pocket Drive allows for safe PC repair of systems infested with malware.

Microsoft Readies a Light 4 for July Patch Tuesday

Windows IT pros may be breathing a sigh of relief that the only fireworks in July occurred on a day off for U.S. workers.

Official Support for Office XP and Vista SP1 Ends July 12

No more free support or security updates for those products. Those who still need the support will have to pay extra to continue getting non-security updates.

No Reinstall Needed for Trojan Popureb

Microsoft advises using the recovery console to remove the malware. Plus: Twitter's recent security rating; malware disguises itself as Windows Vulnerabilities Rescuer; debate over mandatory implementation of E-Verify.

Rustock Botnet Infections Drastically Lower

Today Microsoft released data on the decreased infection rates of the Rustock botnet ring since law enforcement cracked down on the operation.

OS Reinstall Not Necessary To Remove 'Popureb' Rootkit, Says Microsoft

Windows has retracted previous advice for removing 'Popureb' rootkit; now, infected systems can be fixed via a Windows recovery tool.

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