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25 years of PC viruses and copy protection

In January 1986, the first virus that infected IBM-compatible PCs was discovered. “Brain” immortalised itself in the boot sector of floppy disks in DOS format. According to Wikipedia, quoting an interview in Time magazine, the Brain virus was written by two brothers in Pakistan to protect their medical software from piracy. Almost 20 years later, …

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Cyber Criminals Attack A Hundred Online Casino Sites

A South Korean web hosting company that allegedly hosted an illegal gambling site is in trouble with authorities for organising a series of “cyber attacks” on competing illegal online casinos in order to grab gambling business from rival gangsters. Between November 21st and December 15th, 2010, Lee, 32, head of the computer server company along …

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DDoS Attacks Continue to Plague Human Rights Sites

WikiLeaks and Operation Payback have put distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the news recently, but independent media and human rights Web sites have been battling these attacks on a consistent basis with no easy solution in sight, according to a Wednesday study. While major sites can fend off a DDoS or recover quickly, …

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Microsoft releases Regex Fuzzer tool

Microsoft has released a free tool to help programmers test their regular expressions for vulnerability to denial of service attacks. The SDL Regex Fuzzer, released by the software giant earlier this week, is designed to test programmers’ regular expressions – a ubiquitous formal language for matching strings of text – for clauses that execute in …

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Microsoft: Your Computer Could be One of 2.2 Million Infected Botnet PCs

U.S. leads the world in botnet virus infection rates According to a new 240-page security report from Microsoft dubbed the Security Intelligence Report, America is among the most infected countries in the world when it comes to botnets. The report uses information collected in the first half of 2010 via the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal …

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