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Crackdown on phishing and worm writers…

August 27th, 2005 by Patrick S

I am real happy because I got a new toy (Motorbike) so I guess I will be busy playing around with that over the next few days ๐Ÿ˜› (A Road bike is just what you need with the high fuel prices! You should get one Patrick ๐Ÿ˜› )
To tell you the truth I found lots of information on Microsoft and their security successes today but…I donโ€™t have the energy to type all of it out…So i got it from Neowin (Ill try harder next time I promise!!) Anyway without further ado heres the news…

Microsoft Corp. will soon make available to the general public a tool for warning users about “phishing” scams that could lead to identity theft. Currently, such a tool comes only with the Internet Explorer 7 browser, which is available in tests only to a select group of developers.

But within a few weeks, Microsoft will incorporate it into a toolbar for older versions of IE. While still officially a test, the anti-phishing tool will be available to anyone running the Windows XP operating system with the Service Pack 2 security upgrade from last summer. The company will eventually make it available to older Windows systems, too.

The tool was built to address scammers who try to trick people into revealing passwords by posing as legitimate banking or e-commerce site. When an unfamiliar site is encountered, users have the option of passing that address to Microsoft to check against a database of known phishing sites. A “red” warning page appears when there’s a match. Even when there isn’t a match, the tool will display a pop-up “yellow” warning when it sees telltale signs of phishing, such as the lack of SSL encryption when submitting passwords.


Local police have arrested several people in Turkey and Morocco under suspicion of involvement in last week’s spate of computer worms, according to Microsoft. The worms known as Zotob, Rbot and Mytob, targeted the software giant’s Windows 2000 operating system.

Microsoft worked in conjunction with the Turkish and Moroccan authorities and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to a release from the company. The software vendor provided the FBI with technical information and analytical support that was then shared with Turkish and Moroccan police.

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