Security Watch: The Fake Internet Lottery Jackpot is... All Your Money!

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2006-05-02 Print this article Print

A new but unsurprising angle on Internet scams: vendor lotteries. Plus: Another week, another trio of browser bugs.

The Watch Theres another zero-day attack on Internet Explorer. There are conflicting claims about how serious it is, but read about how serious it could be in the Zero-Day IE Attack section.

Everyones got their own names for malware attacks, but AV-Test keeps track of them all. Get a cross-reference list of names for attacks on the famous "WildList" in the Malware Cross-Reference section.

A new crash bug has also been found in Apples Safari browser. Theres no evidence it does anything more than crash the browser, but its impressive for its simplicity. See the details in the Safari Crash section.

Some phishing attacks excel in some areas and fail in others, like this weeks Top Phish: A lottery is a clever idea, but this one has bad execution.

And we have another fake lottery for you, this one supposedly a Microsoft lottery. Sign up and youre a loser. Read more in the Fake Microsoft Lottery section.

Has your identity been stolen? If it has, the damage will show up on your credit report, and you can check your report for free to look for irregularities. Find out how in this weeks Security Tip.

Not wanting to be left out, Firefox got its own crash bug this week, also not yet proven to be remote-code-exploitable. See what it can do in the Firefox Crash section.

Read the full story on Security Watch: The Fake Internet Lottery Jackpot is... All Your Money!
Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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