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Microsoft Unveils Apps for Crime-Fighting Data Mining

Once again, software is fighting crime. Microsoft unveiled a suite of tools and initiatives for law-enforcement groups “specifically designed to improve public security and safety,” the company said.
It’s also the latest example of law enforcement officials arming themselves with better technology to help fight crime. The FBI, for instance, said that new database and data-sharing efforts have resulted in solving a number of difficult highway serial killings.

Gathering that data is key. That’s why Microsoft this week said it is giving a free tool to INTERPOL called the Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE), an application that “uses common digital forensics tool to help officers at the scene of the crime.”

The company is working on a mobile version for future release, said Richard Domingues Boscovich, senior attorney for Microsoft’s Internet security program, told in an e-mail.

A larger tool set for large-scale crimes is Microsoft Intelligence Framework, which is aimed at helping intelligence and law enforcement agencies coordinate information to detect and prevent terrorism, and to solve organized and major crime cases. The framework offers tools for storing and analyzing evidence and information across a variety of sources

From EarthWeb article.

Cross-Site Scripting takes over Twitter


Cross site scripting is getting to be a common security vulnerability for online services. And Twitter that allows 140 characters per tweet wasn’t an exception.

The worms exploit a common vulnerability in Web applications called cross-site scripting, which allows someone to inject code into Web pages others are viewing.

In this instance, Twitter users who clicked on the name or image of anyone sending the worm messages would get infected and then send the message on to all that person’s followers. Anyone viewing an infected user’s profile would also get infected and pass the worm on.

“What we’re seeing was it was possible for codes to be embedded, small pieces of JavaScript, into people’s profiles. This should be fairly elemental to filter out,” he said.

While the attacks were mostly a nuisance, they could have been dangerous if spyware or other malware had been downloaded onto Twitter users’ computers, Cluley said.

To avoid such JavaScript-based attacks, you can turn off JavaScript in your browser. Instructions for doing this are here. You can also use utilities such as NoScript, an open-source Firefox extension, Hayter recommended.