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[News] [Rival] Paper Published About Microsoft Windows Zombies Attack on Estonia

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Paper Published About Microsoft Windows Zombies Attack on Estonia
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 08:54:09 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Estonian DDoS attacks "highly organised" but spontaneous

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| Such a confederation was identified in the case of the Dark OwneD Mafia 
| cracker network, 110760 five of whom were recently arrested in Spain. It 
| might indeed explain why only one person has so far been prosecuted in 
| connection with the Estonian attacks.   


More proprietary 'fun' (can't even patch until the vendor gets around it):

Attack code targets new Adobe Flash vuln

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| Security researchers have discovered attack code in the wild that targets a 
| previously unknown vulnerability in the latest version of Adobe Flash. 


And here's why FOSS wins when it comes to security:

Distributed bug tracking

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| It is fair to say that distributed source code management systems are taking 
| over the world. There are plenty of centralized systems still in use, but it 
| is a rare project which would choose to adopt a centralized SCM in 2008. 
| Developers have gotten too used to the idea that they can carry the entire 
| history of their project on their laptop, make their changes, and merge with  
| others at their leisure.    



Gaining System-Level Access To Vista

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| This video shows a method by which a user can use a Linux distro called
| BackTrack to gain system access to Windows Vista without logging into Windows
| or knowing the username or password for any accounts. To accomplish this, the
| user renames cmd.exe to Utilman.exe — this is the program that brings up the
| Accessibility options for users without sight or with limited vision. The
| attack takes advantage of the fact that the Utility Manager can be invoked
| before the user logs into the system. The user gains System access, which is
| a level higher than Administrator. The person who discovered this security
| hole claims that XP, 2000, 2003 and NT are not vulnerable to it; only Windows
| Vista is.


Study Says Linux More Secure

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| More than 70 percent people surveyed said they found Red Hat Linux less
| vulnerable to security issues than Microsoft's operating system.


Study: 70 percent say Red Hat more secure than Windows


Vista security credentials tarnished in malware survey

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| "[Vista]has been hailed by Microsoft as the most secure version of Windows to
| date. However, recent research conducted with statistics from over 1.4
| million computers within the ThreatFire community has shown that Windows
| Vista is more susceptible to malware than the eight year old Windows 2000
| operating system, and only 37 per cent more secure than Windows XP," said
| Simon Clausen, chief exec at PC Tools.


Vista as Insecure as Windows 2000

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