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Windows, PowerPoint Attacks Expected

Some of the bugs Microsoft patched today will be exploited by hackers almost immediately, security researchers predicted. Microsoft’s massive update — a record-tying 13 separate security bulletins that patched 26 vulnerabilities — gives attackers all kinds of ways to compromise machines and hijack PCs. Read the full article. [Computerworld]

Gaming Botnet Bleeds Over To The Enterprise

Guest editorial by Gunter OllmannBotnets come in all shapes and sizes and if you can’t find one that fits your unique purposes off-the-rack, it’s trivial to create a custom one using a do-it-yourself construction kit – which helps to explain the diversity we’re seeing within the enterprise. In general though, enterprise-targeted botnets tend to be a different breed – make use of enterprise-specific functionality (e.g. being proxy aware and exploiting vulnerabilities over the network that would be blocked by perimeter firewalls) – and their objectives tend to be more “refined” and clearly criminal.

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