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Fireshark plugin decodes the malicious Web

A computer security researcher has released a plugin for Firefox that provides a wealth of data on Web sites that may have been compromised with malicious code.

Researchers find bugs in archive file formats

Researchers have found ways to hide malicious software in commonly used archival formats that went undetected until recently by most antivirus programs.

Facebook beefs up site against hackers

Facebook is employing aggressive legal means in combination with technical measures in order to stop hackers from abusing its social-networking site, according to its chief security officer, Max Kelly.

Researcher shows new clickjacking methods

A computer security researcher has released a new browser-based tool that can be used to experiment with next-generation "clickjacking" attacks along with details of the four new techniques.

Malicious Facebook ad redirected to fake antivirus software

A malicious advertisement has been found within an application for Facebook that redirected users to fake antivirus software, according to a security researcher.

Hacker conference to address emerging Web threats

The Black Hat security conference will kick off next week in Barcelona, with training sessions and briefings from some of the most talented security researchers in the industry.

Adobe considers changes to mitigate PDF attack

Adobe Systems is considering modifying its PDF applications to counter a way to run arbitrary code on Windows computers by embedding it in a malicious PDF file.

Malicious PDF file doesn't need a software vulnerability

A security researcher has found a way to run arbitrary code on Windows computers by embedding it in a malicious PDF file.

Microsoft will not change China operations, official says

Microsoft has noted Google's recent move to stop censoring its search engine in China, but will continue to do business there, a senior company official said Wednesday.

Council of Europe pushes for only one cybercrime treaty

A European intergovernmental body that oversees the only international cybercrime treaty is advocating that the U.N. supports its efforts to get wider ratification of the treaty.

Law enforcement lobbies hard for ICANN changes

U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials are trying to marshal support for changes that would make it more difficult for criminals to register domain names under false details.

E-crime reporting format draws closer to a standard

The Internet Engineering Task Force is close to approving a specification for a common format for reporting e-crime, a step taken to allow security experts to react faster to cybercrime.

Google launches 3D graphics driver project for Chrome

Google has launched a new project for Chrome that will let the browser run a wider range of 3D graphics content without downloading additional drivers.

Malware infected memory cards of 3,000 Vodafone mobiles

Malware-tainted memory cards may have ended up on as many as 3,000 HTC Magic phones, a greater number than first suspected, Vodafone said Friday.

Facebook users targeted in massive spam run

Facebook's 400 million users have been targeted by a spam run that could infect their computers with malicious software designed to steals passwords and other data, according to security researchers at McAfee.