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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More security updates for Windows

Microsoft has warned of four new flaws in the Windows Software. Microsoft will now issue monthly warnings and security patches.

It has promised to rush out an emergency patch midmonth if it determines hackers are actively breaking into computers using a flaw it can repair immediately.

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Verisign removes "SiteFinder"

We reported in our newsletter a week ago that verisign were routeing all browser requests for non-existent .com and .net domain names to their pay-to-list "search engine" that broke spam filters etc. Fortunately, they've now been told to remove it by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). A victory for common sense.

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