Microsoft IE 8 Shines in Web Browser Security Test

From Network World (Ellen Messmer)
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 rated tops among five browsers tested by NSS Labs for effectiveness in protecting against malware and phishing attacks — though NSS Labs acknowledges Microsoft paid for the tests.
Nevertheless, the test process, which lasted over a two-week period in July at the NSS Labs in Austin, evaluated the browsers based on access to live Internet sites and in theory could be duplicated elsewhere. Apple Safari 4, Google Chrome 2, Mozilla Firefox 3, and Opera 10 beta were evaluated as being behind Microsoft IE 8 when it comes to browser protection against phishing and malware, mainly because Microsoft was deemed more speedy and comprehensive in delivering updates about known phishing and malware to the user’s desktop browser.  Read the full story []  Here’s a link to the study and results [pdf from]

The Ryan & Roel Show Episode 8

The Kido Worm Attack – Fri, Jan. 23 2009

Ryan and Roel discuss the propagation techniques behind the Kido/Conficker worm attack and make important recommendations around protection and mitigation.

By Mike Rothman

Do you remember that classic game show “To Tell the Truth?” It was great and trying to figure out who was the “real” person was always a challenge.

Unfortunately Visa and MasterCard are making all of us play the same game of late. There have been recent rumors running rampant (alliteration anyone?) about another data breach of a credit card processor (coverage: SCMag, Dark Reading). Allegedly on the scale of Heartland and that is bothersome. Especially when we can’t get any information from the banks or payment card brands. So we are forced to call is “Breach X” for the time being.

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