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Trove of Hotmail Passwords Posted Online

If you use Microsoft's free Hotmail service, it may be time to change your password: Microsoft said Monday that several thousand Hotmail account credentials were posted online over the weekend.

In a statement posted to its Windows Live Spaces blog, Microsoft said the company has determined that the data spill was not the result of a breach of internal Microsoft data, but rather was likely the haul from a phishing scheme.


Go Virtual for Safer Online Shopping

Even if you're diligent in protecting your PC from every online hazard imaginable, you may not be able to do much about the biggest threat to your data--and to your finances. Thieves can tap into millions of financial records belonging to companies that charge or process credit cards.

The good news is that you can make your recorded credit card number worthless to any thief. Virtual credit card numbers--which you can get from some banks, PayPal, and a new online service--allow for additional fraud protections.


The ultimate guide to scareware protection

Throughout the last two years, scareware (fake security software), quickly emerged as the single most profitable monetization strategy for cybercriminals to take advantage of. Due to the aggressive advertising practices applied by the cybercrime gangs, thousands of users fall victim to the scam on a daily basis, with the gangs themselves earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Why This Twitter Outage Matters

For the early adopters of Twitter who have been around for a while, Twitter's two-hour outage this morning may not seem unusual. What makes this morning's outage different from past failures is that this time Twitter fell prey to a denial-of-service attack. Twitter has expanded its capacity to accommodate the normal volume of users and tweets, but there is still a maximum that it is capable of managing.

Fake Microsoft patch malware campaign makes a comeback

During the last couple of hours, a fake Microsoft patch themed malware campaign was restarted by its botnet masters, once again spamming a non-existent Update for Microsoft Outlook / Outlook Express (KB910721) as officexp-KB910721-FullFile-ENU.exe detected as VirTool:Win32/Obfuscator.FO.

Some of the subjects used in the campaign include Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Outlook; Install Critical Update for Microsoft Outlook; and Microsoft Outlook Critical Update.


OPINION / License plates for the Internet?

In a Web 2.0 world, should identity be part of the Obama administration's "new New Deal"?

Infrastructure is a favored investment when federal spending is needed to prime the economic pump. In the ‘30s, under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), we built highways so people and commerce could flow through our country quickly. And we issued license plates to know who owned the vehicles driving on those highways.


Security Watch: Spreading a virus

As cell phones become more like portable computers, they are also becoming vulnerable to the same threats that affect computers, including viruses.

Many computer viruses are designed to propagate themselves by making an infected machine forward the malicious software to other computers by e-mail.

Security vendors have recently spotted viruses that target mobile phones and are designed to spread through text messages instead of e-mail, according to an article Computerworld published July 16.



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