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Happy Birthday to Firefox! Mozilla.org today confirmed that November 9, 2004 was when it's popular web browser Firefox, was released at version 1.0 Today, the software is at revision level 1.0.7 (Mac, Windows, Linux), and the company is working on 1.5. The announcement website: [url]http://www.mozilla.org/press/mozilla-2005-11-9.html[/url] mentions a contest to "extend" Firefox by providing updates to popular extensions, and introduce brand new ones.

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Once upon a time, Symantec was a known leader in the computer software industry. They had compilers (Think C/C++), purchased and maintained Peter Norton's DOS / Windows Tools, and developed some products for the Mac. Today, they are well known for their Corporate Antivirus tools, although their reporting and functionality leaves room for improvement. More recently, they have expanded into fighting spyware, and as discovered by Network Computing, the spyware component fails to measure up. Feel free to go over to Network Computing's site, and read the article for yourself. To the general public, anything that causes the computer to …

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Various internet sources are reporting two Microsoft patch concerns -- a failed "real" patch released by Microsoft, and a third party assembling various hot-fixes, and calling them "Windows XP SP3 Preview Pack". There is no official "Windows XP SP3"... the third party preparing them clearly mentions that on their website, but it is very tempting for people to go there, and grab the update, and install it. Windows is a flawed operating system that requires local administrator authority to run all of the software, so not even compaines can protect themselves at the local machine level from having users improperly …

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Akronix, a company that provides IM security and management tools, reports that Q3 2005 attacks on IM networks averaged more than one per day. The report mentions that IM borne viruses were "often mutations of other varients, however in September, we had seven new viruses." The report did not mention which IM networks were under attack, such as AIM, Yahoo!, or MSN. The report suggests that organizations examine the use of IM on their networks, and prepare to defend their systems from attacks. According to Akonix, August's Kelvir.hi worm was the first to ask the client software the local language …

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Security researchers announced a new vulnerability for users of the Firefox 1.0.6 browsers on a Unix or Linux platform. The problem revolves around a security bug that could allow hackers to execute arbitrary shell commands if they can trick the user into accepting a malicious link on a website. The problem has been confirmed with RedHat Linux / Fedora Core 4, and Mozilla Firefox version 1.0.6. Users of Firefox on these systems are encouraged to upgrade to Firefox 1.0.7 Christian

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Symantec released a report comparing Mozilla Firefox vs. Windows Explorer, and found that Firefox had more security flaws, but Explorer's were more severe. The report also disclosed statistics on a number of other concerns involving Internet Security. Using data collected between January and June 2005, Mozilla's browsers suffered 25 vendor-confirmed bugs, and Internet Explorer had 13. 72 percent of Mozilla's bugs (18) were tagged as "high severity", and 8 of IE's bugs were tagged as high. Symantec's report also mentions: * Bot activity continues to rise, to an average level of 10,352 bots per day * Malicious code for mobile …

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association committed acts of browser discrimination by only allowing people with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer 6.0 to file electronic claims in response to Hurricane Katrina. This means that if I was an affected citizen of the US, and had my Mac laptop with me and a valid internet connection, I could not file a claim. Nor could my friend running Linux who uses Firefox, or perhaps Konquerer. According to FEMA's website, at [url]http://www.fema.gov/help/registration_faq.shtm[/url] the minimum computer is a Windows unit with IE 6. No other OS / browser combination will be supported / available. …

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A new virus has been found and it is targetting all you porn purveyors out there! The trojan named Yusufali-A seeks to help, not harm people by interrupting their depraved activity. On an infected system, window titles are scanned for keywords such as: sex teen xx Phallus jegger Priapus Phallic Penis Exhibitionism and others. When a 'trigger' word is detected in the window title, Yusufali-A minimises the window, and display the following message in various languages: "YUSUFALI: Know, therefore, that there is no god but Allah, and ask forgiveness for thy fault, and for the men and women who believe: …

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The Mozilla Foundation ([url]www.mozilla.org[/url]) has announced that Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is due on September 8. Firefox is an alternative web browser to IE developed by the Mozilla foundation, the group of people who brought us Netscape and other fine utilities. Firefox is available for Windows, Macintosh (both OS 9 and OS X), and a variety of linux / unix solutions. Firefox does support RSS feeds, and features controls to block pop-up windows, and other security items. Christian

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Webroot, the makers of Spy Sweeper, are claiming that 8 out of 10 corporate PCs are infected with Spyware. Wow! That's a significant amount of computers. Looking at my personal experience troubleshooting and repairing computers, I have to agree with them. Before we go to deeply, let's define Spyware. According to Spyware Guide, Spyware is: "Spyware covertly gathers user information and activity without the user's knowledge. Spy software can record your keystrokes as you type them, passwords, credit card numbers, sensitive information, where you surf, chat logs, and can even take random screenshots of your activity. Basically whatever you do …

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On August 17, CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) released information about Apple Mac products facing several security Vulnerabilities. Systems affected: Mac OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.2 (both workstation and server) Apps affected: Apple Safari Web browser. Apple has addressed these issues in "Apple Security Update 2005-007" According to CERT's writeup, the most serious vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, and may open the door to bypassing security restrictions and a denial of service. Some of the cited errors and corrections-- * A buffer overflow error in OS X Directory Service * Buffer overflow error in OS …

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Attention Microsoft Users -- As of late Tuesday afternoon Chicago time, major news networks are reporting being affected by a new bug called Zotob. It affects Microsoft systems, as described in a Microsoft Bulliton MS05-039, a document that was released earlier this month. CERT sources say that they have seen several variets of the Zobot [sic] worm. The Worm is reported to scan for vunerable systems on port 445. Port 445 is part of the protocols that Microsoft uses for directory services. Interestingly enough, as I am typing this to you, Microsoft has not made any publications on it's main …

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I love CNN – it’s a great network, and although all Cable News Networks slant their news, it’s still very entertaining to watch. But today, I lost a great deal of respect for the network. Wolf Blitzer’s, “Situation Room

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I never realized how much publicity a handful of software developers could create with the release of one application. But they sure have made waves. [url=http://www.spreadfirefox.com]SpreadFirefox.com[/url], the Mozilla Foundation’s official promotion site for its Firefox web browser, reported today that over 80 million downloads have been made of the browser. Yeah. I know what [i]you’re[/i] thinking. “This is an open source project, there’s just no way to get 80 million downloads in under a year!

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The purpose of Marketing is simple: get your message to a customer, with as little cost as possible, and motivate them to purchase your product. As an engineer / scientist, I thought some of the gizmos such as free pens, the little footballs, the shirts and coffee cups were all neat gestures, and nice subtle advertising. The most useful thing that I ever picked up at a tradeshow was the retractable telephone cord. But these products cost things. What about the marketing team that comes up with free, or renewable forms of advertising? I caught a brief blurb the other …

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As I write this article, there’s no way to know the fate of the seven crew members aboard NASA’s STS-114 space ship, commonly known as Discovery. Will they return alive? Or will their heat-shield clad capsule disintegrate in the atmosphere like their predecessor did, Columbia. The crew is currently planned to return in one piece at 4:46am eastern time Monday morning at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Their mission, which NASA says was a success, was to restock the space station and test out heat-tile repair techniques while in space. When and if Discovery returns in-tact and safely, the mood …

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There’s a lot happening in the offices of Microsoft, the world’s most popular, and universally loved software company. [url=http://www.microsoft.com]Microsoft[/url] said Thursday on its TechNet website, that it will be releasing six new security bulletins that affect its Microsoft Windows operating system – one of which is rated critical. The software company went on to say that the updates will require a computer restart following installation. Microsoft also said it will release an update of its Malicious Software Removal tool. A webcast for IT professionals will be hosted on Wednesday, August 10, a day after the releases are scheduled to be …

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According to Information Week (July 25, 2005), Firefox is facing a release delay. The article mentions that the Mozilla foundation has delayed the release of the next major version of Firefox until September. The current version of Firefox is 1.0.6 Firefox is a major alternative to Internet Explorer, the default web browser for Microsoft Windows, and to Safari, the default web browser of Apple's Macintosh line. Firefox is the default web broswer for RedHat/Fedora Linux (and it may be the default elsewhere -- your author has not installed many other forms of linux to know for sure). I personally enjoy …

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