New virus disguised as PayPal e-mail

Do not open the attachement!

The virus appears as an attachment--"www.paypal.com.scr"--to an e-mail that claims to be from PayPal.

"PayPal would like to inform you about some important information regarding your PayPal account," the message reads. "This account, which is associated with the email address will be expiring within five business days. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but this is occurring because all of our customers are required to update their account settings with their personal information. We are taking these actions because we are implementing a new security policy on our website to insure everyone's absolute privacy."

When you open the e-mail attachment, a window appears bearing the PayPal logo and asking for credit card information. The virus stores any information provided by the victim in a file called "ppinfo.sys" and the file is sent to four e-mail addresses stored in the program.

Bug Fixes for Flash MX 2004 available

Macromedia have released a free bug fix updater for Flash MX 2004 which has "34 crash bugs found and fixed! ". The cynical might wonder why it was ever shipped with that many bugs; the pragmatic will install the patch and breathe a sigh of relief.

Let's hope there's one for Dreamweaver soon .....

Run multiple versions of IE/ Win for testing

The big trouble with testing your web sites for backwards compatibility has always been that you can't install multiple versions of Internet Explorer on Windows. Until now! Joe Maddalone has discovered how to run different versions of IE on the same windows box in order to test. And here's downloadable Internet Explorer versions 3, 4 and 5.

Hooray for clever people!

It's not just Windows with security flaws..
An unknown intruder attempted to insert a Trojan horse program into the code of the next version of the Linux kernel, stored at a publicly accessible database, reports ZDNet. Meanwhile, security research firm @stake is warning Macintosh users about three security problems with the Mac OS X 10.2.8 and previous versions, reports Security Pipeline magazine.
Microsoft offer bounty of $500K for arrest of virus writers

Bill "Sheriff" Gates has put a bounty on the writers of MSBlast and the Sobig viruses - half a million dollars for information leading to the arrest of those varmints, ZDNet reports

New Windows virus - and Microsoft kill Windows Messenger
A virus which pretends to be a security patch from an Anti-Virus firm is going round. The Sober virus has attachments called  anti_virusdoc.pif, check-patch.bat, playme.exe and others. More at The Register which also reports that Microsoft are discontinuing the Windows Messenger Service in Win XP (this is different from the Microsoft messenger which allows you to waste hours chatting to friends. Microsoft are also going to turn on the firewall by default in XP. Like, duh!
Dreamweaver and Flash for Linux

Codeweavers have announced support for Dreamweaver and Flash to Linux in  the CrossOver Office 2.1 product that already has support for Photoshop. CrossOver Office 2.1 is priced at $59.95 per user.

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This email will self-destruct in 5 seconds...

The BBC reports that Microsoft Office 2003 has a new feature, the lemming email, which can be set by the sender to delete itself after a specified time period - and which can be prevented from being forwarded or even printed. A free Office Viewer will be available for those who don't run Office but receive a lemming mail.

The big question is: will anyone use it? Many companies have a policy or regulatory requirement to retain emails for a certain time period. I bet some of these people will love it, though...

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