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Remember Melissa the malware stripper? She’s back

You probably don’t need too great a memory to remember the Melissa virus.

But what many people don’t remember is that David L Smith, the author of Melissa, named his virus after an exotic dancer he encountered in Miami, Florida. And guess what? Melissa is back!


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Mac OS X RSPlug Trojan horse: in pictures

The OSX/RSPlug-A Trojan horse changes DNS server entries on Apple Macintosh computers to direct surfers unwittingly to other websites. This could be for the purposes of phishing, identity theft or simply to drive traffic to alternative websites.


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BBC Watchdog steals Facebook identities, and Sophos’s idea!

Last night, BBC TV in the UK broadcast an investigation into Facebook security on their flagship consumer affairs program, Watchdog. Their findings have been reported in news stories worldwide.

BBC investigators set up a fake Facebook id called “Amba Friend”, contacted 100 people at random with friend requests, and reported how many accepted the invitation from a total stranger.


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