Microsoft have published a Security Bulletin Summary for October 2011. Eight updates have been released including two "critical" and six "important" severity updates.

The patches address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities within Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Forefront United Access Gateway and Microsoft Host Integration Server.

Virus Bulletin 2011

by Andy on October 11th, 2011 in Industry and Security News.

Lavasoft attended the 21st Virus Bulletin conference in Barcelona from 5-7 October.

Virus Bulletin is a leading security industry publication who's annual conference presents the latest research, defensive procedures and the chance to discuss future developments and countermeasures. It also provides an opportunity for experts in the anti-malware arena to share their research interests, discuss technologies, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put their technologies into practice in the real world.

We are very proud to announce that Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Pro has been awarded the prestigious VB100 award.

In a comparative test published in Virus Bulletin’s August issue, Ad-Aware achieved one of the top results for malware detection. Virus Bulletin independently tests anti-virus products and those products which pass the tests are awarded the VB100. The test review covers a range of criteria, including detection rates, design and usability, and performance.

Are you, a friend, or a family member planning to make a trip to the United States in the near future? If so, keep these words in mind: ESTA is FREE.

The period between the mid-1940's and the early 1990's came to be called the Cold War, a time characterized by conflict between the Soviet Union and the Western world. That period was paved with an arms race, and military muscles were flexed to their rupture limit. The superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States, threw themselves into a "tech-race" that took the rocketeers and humanoids to where no man had gone before - to space. The Cold War period also encompassed concepts such as the "proxy-wars" which account for the fact that the main combatants never came to face each other in direct battles. So what has changed since then?

Currently 52,000 thousand applications have gone live at Facebook. When such high amount of apps are released to the public, it’s important to verify that they are trustworthy and meaningful. Facebook have now decided to launch a new application directory for this purpose. In a nearby future users have to submit their applications to the “Application Verification Program to get “green light”.

As reported previously, Google Street View was launched in Sweden on April 21. Yesterday, BBC News reported that Greece has put "Hellenic-power-assisted brakes" on the Google camera fitted "surveillance" units while the privacy issues of the Google Street View service are debated.

Google Street View has now - starting Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - been launched in Sweden. Google's 360 degrees horizontal and 290 degrees vertical filming may catch you in action when you are taking your daily walk on the boulevard! Google Street View, a feature associated with Google Earth and Google Maps, was first launched in May 2007, when Google´s Chevy Cobalt units with roof-mounted cameras became part of the city images.

You may have seen the headlines last week about a series of worm attacks on Twitter. As we know that many of you use the site (and maybe even follow the team here at Lavasoft on it) we’d like to take a moment to clarify what it was and how you can stay safe.


The men behind The Pirate Bay were today found guilty of aiding and abetting illegal downloads of copyrighted materials via their BitTorrent Tracker site. The accused were all sentenced to one year's imprisonment by the Stockholm District Court.


Strasbourg is not only the capital principal city and the capital of the Alsace region in France - it’s also the seat of the European Parliament. Yesterday, March 26, it was the place where the privacy of Internet users and the fundamental freedoms on the Internet was subjected to voting.

If you follow online security news, there’s little chance that you haven’t heard about Conficker – a new worm that has received extensive media coverage in the past weeks, due in part to Microsoft’s offer of a $250,000 bounty in return for information leading to the arrest of the malware’s perpetrators.


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