This week in security has been a fairly quiet one. Adobe's latest revelation of a zero-day flaw in Reader, Acrobat and Flash was probably the pick of the stories, while a TechNet conference hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association also provided some outspoken views on cyber crime.
First to Adobe, though, and its zero-day problems. The firm has not yet released a patch, but has issued a workaround for IT administrators to ward off intruders.
Danish security analysts Secunia rated the flaw as 'extremely critical' as it could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system
Elsewhere it emerged that the notorious Koobface social networking malware is now targeting Mac OS X systems. Security firms reported that variants of the malware have been targeting Mac users on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
There was more gloomy news earlier in the week as spam monitoring firm Spam Ratings found that one in 10 UK web firms is sending unsolicited email to customers, contributing to a spam landscape that is spiralling out of control.
The firm's 12-month study of 10,000 web sites and 150,000 emails found that spam has increased dramatically, and that the main source of the messages is web sites.
However, better news came from Russia, as police were reported to have filed a criminal case against a man accused of being one of the world's most prolific spammers.
Igor Gusev and his company Despmedia are accused of running a huge pharmaceutical spam operation that police estimate generated $120m (£75m) in three and a half years, primarily by selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals such as Viagra
Elsewhere, the Internet Crime Complaint Center issued two fraud alerts warning of attacks targeting enterprises and individual users.
The attacks range from malware-laden emails and phishing attempts, to social engineering scams that attempt to trick people into handing over account information.
Finally, there was some tough talking to come out of the TechNet conference in London this week. First a senior director from the US Department of Energy US said the country is bracing for an attack on its national energy grid computing systems involving Stuxnet-like malware.
Then the former CIO for the FBI, Zalmai Azmi, argued during a keynote speech that current laws are outdated and ill-designed for the digital age, and actively prevent law enforcers effectively fighting cyber crime.
Azmi also warned the crowd of military technologists that the current cyber security workforce is woefully undermanned to deal with the scale and level of modern threats, and that greater co-operation between the intelligence community and the private sector is necessary.
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