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Zero-Day Remote Code Execution Flaw Disclosed by Microsoft; Workarounds Issued

Microsoft has disclosed on Tuesday in a Security Advisory a Windows OLE zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability  in PowerPoint and released a quick fix. The vulnerability impacts all Windows versions, except Windows Server 2003 and it is currently being exploited via malicious Office files that contain OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) objects. "The vulnerability could allow remote code executio...

ComputerCOP: The most dangerous way to spy on your kids’ online activity?

It's perfectly understandable that many parents are concerned about what their children might be doing on the internet. Are they the victims of cyberbullying? Discussing drugs or joining criminal gangs? Visiting adult websites? Being groomed by paedophiles or sharing inappropriate photographs online? The list goes on... But one thing you need to be very careful about is what technology - if any - you use to...

Some Windows 7 PCs bricked by Microsoft after faulty Patch Tuesday update

Has your Windows computer been stuck in an endless Blue Screen of Death hell since last week? Chances are it may be connected to the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft issued last week. As ComputerWorld reports, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's support forums reveal that many users have been hit by a so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) 0x50 Stop error message. The dodgy update which appears to have cau...

Computer cops strike at the heart of Shylock malware

Computer crime fighters have today announced that they have seized essential infrastructure used by the highly advanced Shylock banking malware, effectively neutralising an attack which has already infected at least 30,000 Windows computers. Shylock, which gains its name because its code includes random excerpts from "The Merchant of Venice", has been used by its criminal overlords to raid the online bank a...

Microsoft Issues Security Updates for Critical Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal

Microsoft issued new update packages to patch critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Windows Journal, according to Microsoft's July Security Bulletin. Two updates have been rated  `critical,’ three as `important’ and one `moderate,’ by the company, which addressed 29 vulnerabilities in six update packages, from MS14-037 to MS14-042. Photo credit: Microsoft’s Blog "The ongoing diligent work from o...

Top 3 PC User Peeves: System Slowdown, Sluggish Startup and Browser Lag

PC slowdowns, lengthy startups and sluggish browsing are the most common peeves of computer users, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. To pinpoint the causes of common gripes, the security company outlined the top 10 technical problems that users face with their computers. Most users complain their PCs are aging and can no longer cope with newly installed software because of poor processor...

Hackers Grab Opera Certificate, 1,000 Users Infected with Password-Stealing Malware

Over a thousand Windows users were infected with password-stealing malware after hackers stole a software-signing certificate from Opera and used it to write malicious code. Users affected by the cyber-attack automatically installed the Trojan, which posed as coming from Opera’s legitimate software. In the last week, following the attack, Bitdefender detected the malware mostly in the US. The Oslo-based com...

Chinese PCs with Pirated Windows Have Security Bugs, Says Microsoft

Chinese PCs running pirated Windows still have security vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft. The software giant launched a new campaign against piracy and warned users of security dangers they face when installing counterfeit products. "What we are finding is that increasingly cybercriminals are targeting both businesses and consumers right here in China," said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president of Microsof...

Ready, Set, Go! First Worldwide Windows Hackathon

Microsoft launched a hackathon for Windows in more than 30 locations around the world to encourage developer interest in creating programs and applications for the operating system, according to a media release. This is the first time the Redmond-based company organizes a hacking competition worldwide. WOWZAPP 2012 is aimed at students, developers and entrepreneurs interested in developing apps using Window...

Microsoft Readies Cumulative Fix for Critical Bugs in Office 2007, 2010

Microsoft announced it will patch 20 security flaws in its product line-up next week. According to the Redmond-based vendor, the upcoming update will deliver security fixes for Office, SharePoint Server, SQL Server and Windows products and close significant holes that could allow attackers discretionary access to the vulnerable systems.   Particularly important in the upcoming Patch Tuesday is the delivery...

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