Emergency Patches for IE

Microsoft has issued patches today for Internet Explorer and Visual Studio.

The flaws in Internet Explorer running on XP, Vista, and 2000 are rated as critical while computer with Windows Server operating systems have a rating of moderate.

Users are advised to patch their machines as soon as possible.

Vulnerable ActiveX controls triggered the IE flaws. The flaws let an attcker run a command or download malware on a vulnerable PC when a user view a malicious webpage.

Source: PCWorld

Firefox 3 RC 2 now available

The blazing Fox is at it again, Mozilla released Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 early.  There is a significant improvement in speed and memory management compared to any other browser that is out.  Firefox 3 is even beating Safari for speed and footprint.

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Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 is available in more than 45 languages as a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback. It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.

DoS (Denial of Service Attack) done to Revision3

Revision3 was dealt a DoS (Denial of Service Attack) this weekend and they were able to find out who it was and are now taking the appropriate steps to counter lost profit, time, resources.  The FBI is involved now and because it was done on US Soil and by a USA based company it is a serious offense.  Denial-of-service attacks are considered violations of the IAB‘s Internet proper use policy.  They also commonly constitute violations of the laws of individual nations.

  • United States

  • ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD. 18 U.S.C. § 1029. Fraud and related activity in connection with access devices.
  • CAN-SPAM ACT. 15 U.S.C. § 7704. Controlling The Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003.
  • EXTORTION AND THREATS. 18 U.S.C. § 875. EXTORTION and THREATS. Interstate communications.
  • IDENTITY THEFT AND ASSUMPTION DETERRENCE ACT of 1998. 18 U.S.C. § 1028. Fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents, authentication features, and information.
  • No Electronic Theft (“NET”) Act. 17 U.S.C. § 506. Criminal Offenses. (criminal copyright infringement)
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) . 17 U.S.C. § 1201. Circumvention of copyright protection systems.
  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2701, et seq. (STORED WIRE AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSACTIONAL RECORDS ACCESS)

Read Jim Louderbacks Blog that details the event