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Microsoft links with VitalPay for payment processing

Microsoft has made an unspecified agreement with a payment processing company, in what could be another step toward establishing its own online payment system.

Microsoft: CardSpace attack works but was too rigged

Microsoft is disputing that its CardSpace authentication management technology can be hacked despite a research paper that outlines a proof-of-concept attack.

Without Microsoft, British Library keeps on digitizing

The British Library's ongoing projects to make thousands of books and other resources available digitally won't slow down significantly, despite the ending last week of a partnership with Microsoft, a senior library official said Friday.

Researchers breach Microsoft's CardSpace ID technology

A trio of computer security researchers say they've successfully compromised Microsoft's CardSpace, a technology intended to strengthen the security of personal information on the Internet.

Researcher: Ad software maker likely violates copyright

Some videos offered by advertising software maker Zango are likely being distributed without permission from the copyright holders, according to a spyware researcher.

Yahoo files lawsuit against lottery scammers

Yahoo is suing a group of unidentified companies and individuals loosely called the "Yahoo Lottery Spammers" for running e-mail scams that sought victim's personal information and extorted money from purported winners.

Speed is of essence for next-generation Symantec products

Symantec is setting a high bar for performance for the new versions of its security products due in 2009.

Microsoft's embrace of ODF cautiously welcomed

Microsoft's support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF) could mean greater opportunities for software makers already using the format, observers said Thursday.

Researcher finds new flaw in QuickTime for Windows

A security think tank says it has found a vulnerability in Apple's QuickTime multimedia player that can be exploited remotely to compromise Windows Vista PCs upgraded to Service Pack 1, as well as XP SP2.

Spammers ramp up siege on Google's Blogger via bots

Spammers are using an automated method to create bogus pages on Google's Blogger service, again highlighting the diminishing effectiveness of a security system intended to stop mass account registrations, according to security vendor Websense.

INFOSEC - Microsoft figures show some users may like adware

It would seem logical to think most Internet users are annoyed by software that causes pop-up advertisements to appear on their screens.

INFOSEC - Schneier: Lots of security software is 'snake oil'

Bruce Schneier is one of the foremost experts on cryptography and is a well-known security author and commentator. He is the founder of the managed security services company Counterpane, which was acquired in October 2006 by BT. Schneier sat down with IDG News Service at the Infosec security show in London to talk about the effectiveness of security products and the psychology of security.

Rock Phish gang adds second punch to phishing attacks

A notorious online gang known for its prolific phishing operations has expanded its means of attack, potentially putting more PC users at risk of losing personal data.

PayPal to block users with old browsers to cut back phishing

PayPal, eBay's electronic payment service, plans to take the dramatic step of locking out people using older versions of Web browsers in order to stem phishing attacks.

Chinese blogs detail zero-day flaw in Microsoft Works

Chinese-language blogs are detailing a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Works, the company's lower-end office productivity suite, according to security vendor McAfee.