Windows 8

Fake Windows 8 Key Generators Found Tricking Users

Attackers continue to exploit the buzz behind the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system. The latest attack attempts to trick users into using fake key generators that claim they’ll install the software to computers free of charge.

New malware targeting Windows 8 appears to be using Google Docs as a proxy server instead of directly connecting to a command and control (C&C) server. According to research done by Symantec and discussed in the company’s Security Response blog late last week, a Trojan, Backdoor.Makadocs, targets Windows 8 – along with Windows Server 2012 – yet doesn’t use any of the software’s particular functions as an exploit vector.

Microsoft announced Wednesday it will tweak the release of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system to comply with the European Commission, which argues that in its current state, the software fails to offer customers a browser choice screen to let them “easily choose their preferred web browser.”

While Windows 8 won’t officially be released until Oct. 26, according to reports over the weekend, the operating system already has a handful of Flash holes that could open the system up to exploits by attackers. The problem stems from the system’s browser, Internet Explorer 10, that’s coming with its own integrated version of Adobe’s Flash Player which hasn’t been updated since it was initially shipped.

A scheduled talk at the Black Hat Briefings security conference in Las Vegas later this month may have dealt a fatal blow to the once ballyhooed Windows Sidebar and Windows Gadgets. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, on Tuesday, issued a software “fix” that disables gadgets and the Windows sidebar on Vista and Windows 7 entirely.

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