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Mozilla Urges 27 Million Firefox Users to Download Anti-Phishing Update "One of the most important measures to counter phishing attacks is the use of security certificates," said Christen Krogh, Opera Software's Vice President of Engineering, last week as Opera released the second Beta version of its next browser, which includes an answer to the recent security debate over Web site spoofing. In this beta, the browser displays security information inside the address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the level of security present on a site. The small, yellow security bar appears on secure sites and displays the name of the organization that owns the certificate. By clicking on the bar the user has access to more information about the validity of the certificate. These anti-spoof measures help users make educated decisions about a site's validity and... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either ex... (more)

i-Technology & Katrina: McAfee Teams with American Red Cross

"During a natural disaster of this scale, it is critical for corporations, individuals and governments to join forces to help those affected to overcome the disaster," said George Samenuk (pictured), chairman and CEO of McAfee, Inc, as McAfee announced its immediate support for the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina with an initial company donation of $50,000 and also announced its intention to match funds through a global employee contribution matching program. The McAfee Grant will be used to help support the immediate humanitarian relief efforts and will support the American... (more)

Hurricane Katrina "Cyber-Scams" – National Cyber Security Alliance Issues Warning

The loss of life and destruction of property wrought by Hurricane Katrina has been utterly devastating. Unfortunately, now there is another after-effect to worry about, says the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA): online criminals are already taking advantage of generous individuals who are looking to donate online to disaster relief efforts. The FBI is currently investigating hundreds of Web sites posing as online charities to lure in potential donors and obtain their financial information. In addition, there are reports of phony e-mails from fake charities being used to sp... (more)

IE Flaws Are Helping Drive Record Opera Downloads, Claims CEO

The recent detection of additional, severe security flaws in Internet Explorer is apparently helping drive record downloads of Opera 8.51, the latest version of Opera's award-winning Web browser - which, since its debut less than one week ago, has been downloaded by more than one million people. "It's clear that consumers want a safer online experience, particularly during the busiest online shopping season of the year," said Opera Software's CEO Jon von Tetzchner (pictured).  "We do everything we can to keep our users safe," he continued. "That means introducing innovations such a... (more)