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Microsoft to Ship Mandatory Live Messenger Security Patch

Microsoft plans to force a mandatory Windows Live Messenger upgrade later this month to fix a security vulnerability that could lead to remote code execution attacks.
The vulnerability, caused by an extra character in the Microsoft Active Template Library (ATL),  affects users of Windows Live Messenger 8.1 and 8.5.

Microsoft Sues Alleged IM Spammers, Phishers

From CNet News (Josh Lowensohn)
Microsoft is bringing out the big guns to combat instant message spam and phishing attacks done to users of its Live Messenger network. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in King County Superior Court in Seattle against Funmobile, Mobilefunster, and several individuals, who Microsoft says is responsible for the intentional misuse of the service to gain the personal information of its users.
In the suit (which is embedded below), Microsoft cites a multitude of attacks including IMs that appear to be coming from users they know, as well as phishing attacks that mimic the look and feel of an outside service, or an official Microsoft support page. Read the full story [cnet.com]  Also see Microsoft’s explanation [microsoft.com]

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