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Microsoft Security Advisory 2416728 - Workaround Update

MSRC: We've updated Microsoft Security Advisory 2416728 to include a step in the workaround requiring the blocking of requests that specify the application error path on the querystring.  This can be done using URLScan, a free tool for Internet Information Services (IIS) that can selectively block requests based on rules defined by the administrator. If your system is running Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2, you can alternatively use the Request Filtering feature...

Q&A: Microsoft's botnet wrangler on the fight against Internet crime

Richard Boscovich -- better known "Bosco" to his friends and colleagues -- is a senior attorney in Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, a group inside the company that investigates a wide range of questionable online activities and tech-related crimes.

A former federal prosecutor who was hired by Microsoft in May 2008, Boscovich has been in the news most recently for orchestrating a novel legal approach to take down a large botnet, a complex system of compromised computers used for illegal or nefarious purposes. Continue reading for edited excerpts from our conversation...