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Say hello to Vista SP1

After lots of hemming and hawing, obfuscation and obdurate executive attitudes, Microsoft came clean today, sort of, about Vista's first service pack. The company confirmed a three-month launch window and said it would shortly move Service Pack 1 int...

Microsoft blames WGA meltdown on human error

Microsoft said late yesterday that last weekend's failure of the anti-piracy process it requires of Windows XP and Vista was due to "human error," shouldn't be called an "outage" since the servers didn't go offline and promised changes have been made...

Latest Vista SP1 build leaks out

Microsoft distributed a new build of Windows Vista's first service pack last week to its invitation-only list of testers, according to bloggers armed with copies. But as is the norm, the version also leaked to BitTorrent networks.

Vista, XP owners considered pirates after WGA meltdown

Microsoft has blamed an unspecified server problem for a 19-hour stretch during which paying users of Windows XP and Vista were accused by the company's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation system of running pirated software. Any Vista system f...

Deja vu: Sony uses rootkits, charges F-Secure

A line of USB drives sold by Sony Electronics installs files in a hidden folder that can be accessed and used by hackers, a Finnish security company charged Monday, raising the specter of a replay of the fiasco that hit Sony's music arm two years ago...

WGA meltdown raises doubts about Microsoft reliability

The 19-hour blackout of the Microsoft servers that identify copies of Windows XP and Vista as legitimate or counterfeit shows that serious flaws exist in the process and raises questions about the reliability of Microsoft's services, analysts said Mo...

The Monster.com mess

The last thing you need when you're unemployed is a bank account that's suddenly emptied. But that's exactly what some unwary users of US employment search site Monster.com faced after identity thieves made off with the personal information of more t...

Monster.com data may have been looted weeks ago

The phishing attacks and Trojan infections that rely on personal information stolen from Monster.com to dupe recipients have been going on for weeks, perhaps months, according to reports by security researchers.

AOL phisher faces seven years in jail

A 23-year-old man who Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a phishing scam that targeted AOL users now faces up to seven years in prison.

Yahoo patches Messenger video bug

Yahoo Thursday updated its Messenger instant messaging software to flush a bug that hackers could exploit by sending video chat invitations to unwary users.

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