Thursday, August 13, 2009

Office, Windows get critical patches

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August 13, 2009
In this issue
redarrow Office, Windows get critical patches
redarrow Targeted Twitter user blames Russia
redarrow FAQ: The ins and outs of DoS attacks
redarrow Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user
redarrow Symantec: Phishing activity up in July

The software maker releases nine patches in this month's Patch Tuesday, many of them related to ActiveX controls.

Georgian blogger blames KGB in attack that downed Twitter and affected his accounts on Facebook, Blogger, and LiveJournal.

Twitter was offline for hours after suffering a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that targeted one user. Facebook and some Google sites also were hit. What happened and why?

Accounts of pro-Georgian blogger were targeted in denial-of-service attack that led to outage at Twitter and problems at Facebook, Blogger, and LiveJournal, Facebook CSO says.
Phishing levels rose 52 percent while spam as a percentage of all e-mail stayed about the same compared with the previous month, according to reports out from Symantec.

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