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Computer hackers sought to create havoc on the Web last week by launching two attacks targeting Microsoft Windows users -- one circulating a virus disguised as the company's instant messenger client, the other exploiting a previously unknown flaw in its operating system.
The attacks came as computer security experts warned that following a year that saw an unprecedented 150,000 computer viruses emerge, 2006 could be the worst on record for hacker mayhem.
Research In Motion's BlackBerry Enterprise Server product may be vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, according to a group of German hackers, called Phenoelit, that identifies security flaws.
Experts are advising corporations to use an unofficial patch to combat the latest Microsoft Windows Meta File exploit.
Antivirus vendor F-Secure and the Internet Storm Center, a volunteer security group, separately urged businesses on Tuesday to use the unofficial patch, as Microsoft has not yet offered an authorized fix for the problem.
Microsoft, though, has advised businesses not to use third-party updates, even though its own patch won't be available until next Tuesday.
The notorious Filipino hacker “rebarz99" hit several Philippine-based websites, among them the Globe Telecom, Pod central, and the Ateneo University chemistry department’s websites over the past few days, according to Zone-H.org, a Web-based depository of defacements.Rebarz99 has been linked to various web defacements of local and foreign websites. Web defacement is considered hacking, which is illegal and punishable under section 33 of the Philippines' E-commerce Law.
Information theft scammers are increasingly spoofing SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates in a bid to fool Web users, Netcraft reports.
In the last year, the company has uncovered 450 phishing attacks using the bogus https technique.
The spoofing has taken a number of forms, which appear to be becoming highly sophisticated. They vary from exploiting browser flaws, to hacking legitimate sites or even just frames on these sites, as a way of presenting what appears to be a legitimate banking site to visitors.