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Security UPDATE -- Security Information on the Web -- August




Security UPDATE -- Security Information on the Web -- August
Security UPDATE -- Security Information on the Web -- August



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1. In Focus: Security Information on the Web

2. Security News and Features
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities
   - F-Secure Reports First Viruses for Microsoft Command Shell
   - Bluetooth Security Essentials

3. Security Toolkit
   - Security Matters Blog
   - FAQ

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==== 1. In Focus: Security Information on the Web ===   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

Recently I did a little poking around the Internet for security 
information sources that I don't already regularly read. Over the past 
few days, I've discovered a few sites that you might find useful. 

When I heard that Mozilla Foundation was starting Mozilla Corporation, 
I went to read about that and subsequently came across a huge list of 
Mozilla-related blogs. Many of them are written by developers and 
contain some information related to security or are written by people 
involved directly with Mozilla product security. So if you use Mozilla 
software, take time to go through the extensive list at MozillaZine, 
where you'll find dozens of useful blogs. 
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Another place you can find a huge list of blogs is at Microsoft's Web 
site. The company hosts some blogs on the Microsoft Developer Network 
(MSDN). I didn't count how many are listed there, but I can tell you 
there are a lot! The first URL lists the most recent posts; the second 
URL lists the blogs by blog name.
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You can also visit the Microsoft Community Blog site, where you can find 
even more blogs, all of which are written by Microsoft employees. If 
you use the search facility at that site to search for "security," 
you'll find that 25 blogs contain that word in either their title or 
description. I subscribe to the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds 
of many of them, and they usually contain interesting information, 
although I will warn you that you might have to endure the occasional 
post about somebody's weekend or vacation adventures. 
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Another blog you might be interested in is written by the Microsoft 
Internet Explorer (IE) development team. Keep an eye on that one if 
you're interested in the upcoming IE 7.0 (at the first URL below). 
Likewise you can keep tabs on the development of Windows Vista and its 
RSS features by reading the blog of the developers on Microsoft's RSS 
team (at the second URL below).
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http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=107B5:4FB69 

You probably know who Mark Russinovich is, but did you know he has a 
blog? I didn't realize that until last week. So now I subscribe to his 
RSS feed. It's a very interesting blog, and as you probably suspect, it 
does contain very technical discussion and information. Be sure to 
check it out. 
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Another interesting site I recently found is Spamfo.co.uk, which offers 
information pertaining to spam, including a lot of recent news items. 
If spam is a real bother to you, you might want to check in on the site 
once in a while. 
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Last, but certainly not least, is Risks Digest, which has information 
about security problems and a wide variety of other risks. You might 
already know about it because it's been around for 20 years. In 
essence, Risks Digest is a moderated discussion forum on Usenet 
(comp.risks) that's republished on various Web sites and can be 
obtained via email as well as in a Resource Description Framework (RDF) 
feed, which should work in most popular RSS feed reader applications. 
You can preview recent digests at the Web site below. 
http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=107B9:4FB69 

When you take time to review these sites, you'll find that not only do 
they contain useful information but that there are probably far more 
interesting information sources than you can possibly read in a 
reasonable period of time. Nevertheless, you could at least bookmark 
the sites that interest you and refer to them when the need arises. 

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==== 2. Security News and Features ===
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Identity Theft Ring Discovered
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F-Secure Reports First Viruses for Microsoft Command Shell
   Microsoft released a beta of its new command-line shell MSH (code-
named Monad) in June, and already viruses have been developed that take 
advantage of the new technology. According to security solutions 
provider F-Secure, a virus writer published five sample viruses in a 
Web-based "magazine" dedicated to writers of computer viruses. 
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Bluetooth Security Essentials
   As with its better-known cousin Wi-Fi, security questions have 
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potential risks, and walks through the process of securing a Bluetooth 
implementation.
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==== 3. Security Toolkit ==== 

Security Matters Blog: Shortsighted Bankers Add to the Fraud Problem
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=107AF:4FB69 

A friend received a surprising email message that demonstrates just how 
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