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Adobe details planned changes to prevent clipboard hijacking

Ryan Naraine provides some details about the way Adobe plans to fix the clipboard hijacking that is plaguing many users; the windowsxp-privacy.net example is still circulating weeks after it first appeard (for those of you that missed this: it keeps overwriting the contents of your clipboard with a link to http://windowsxp-privacy.net/?id=198760099) The change boils down to this: In […]

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Shutting of “bad” parts of the internet: good or bad idea?

There has been a heated discussion about this Washington Post article on the nanog mailinglist about a fundamental issue that underpins the entire internet: the ability of every network on the internet to reach every other network. Or at least most of the time; read this excellent summary from Renesys for more on how the […]

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Newest malware truly cross-platform

It seems that the Javascript-based malware that I mentioned last week has been spotted on Linux systems as well. Welcome to the future of cross-platform malware!  Around the time I posted the original update, there were some funny posts in the Ubuntu forums about this. Read them yourself or enjoy this snippet:  <question>: i can not […]

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BitDefender: advertisers are major source of malware

According to this report from BitDefender, 12% of all malware spreads via “malicious advertising”. While I’ve seen my share of suspicous banners, this still seems like a pretty large percentage.  While the report is very thin on details about this particular issue, my experience is that these are largely “normal” banner ads with some additional flash or […]

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