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Another option is you can run the Recovery Console directly from your original Windows XP installation disc. See Option 2: Starting the Windows Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD-ROM -

Security Alerts & Briefings / Re: MS08-067 Worm Dangers
« on: January 23, 2009, 10:45:40 AM »
January 22, 2009: MS08-067 Conficker Worm Update

Microsoft Malware Protection Center has published a Threat Research and Response Blog that centralizes Microsoft’s guidance.

Centralized Information About The Conficker Worm

Since the time Microsoft released security update MS08-067, we have released information about MS08-067 exploits and specifically about the Conficker worm in our malware encyclopedia and in multiple blog posts for example here. This blog provides a summary of the available information Microsoft has provided on the Conficker worm and the vulnerability it exploits, which Microsoft addressed with MS08-067.

First, we outline the various attack vectors because it’s important for customers to understand that the Conficker worm utilizes a variety of attack vectors to infect machines. Based on this analysis we follow up with guidance for what customers can do to protect themselves. The first and most important piece of guidance is to immediately deploy the security update associated with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067, if you haven’t already. However, because this worm utilizes a number of additional vectors of attack we provide additional information and guidance to help you build a defense in depth approach. Finally, we close with information and pointers to how to clean up your machine using the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes / HMRC Phishing Email and Web site
« on: January 08, 2009, 05:38:15 PM »

Threat Type: Phishing Alert

Websense® Security Labs™ ThreatSeeker™ Network has discovered a phishing site emulating the Web site belonging to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK government's taxation authority. The fake site is hosted in Denmark and uses the same stylesheet and graphics as the real HMRC Web site.

Recipients first receive an email advising them that they are due a tax refund. This email contains a link to the phishing Web site. The phishing site aims to collect personal information such as name, address, and credit card information. Upon submitting the data, the user is redirected to the real HMRC site.

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