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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft late Monday responded to reports of a critical zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer with a security advisory that promised a fix but not a timeline.

Initially, the vulnerability was thought to only crash the browser, but new information, said researchers, point to a greater risk: that an attacker could run malicious code remotely on a compromised PC by luring users to a malicious Web site. The bug was labeled "extremely critical" by one security vendor Monday.

IE 5.01, 5.5,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new variation of the long-running Sober worm uses extremely effective tactics to trick users into infecting their PCs, security companies said Tuesday, including posing as messages from the FBI and CIA.

Sober.w -- called Sober.x by Symantec, and Sober.z by Sophos and F-Secure -- is spreading rapidly, said security experts, fast enough for vendors to have amplified their threat levels Tuesday. Symantec raised its warning to a "3" in its 1 through 5 scale, the first time since the Zotob outbreak

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

A unpatched flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that first surfaced in late May was upgraded Monday by a security firm to "extremely critical" status after proof-of-concept code for a working exploit hit the Web.

Originally, vulnerability researcher Benjamin Tobias Franz detailed a bug in IE 5.01 and 6.0 editions could result in a denial-of-service (DoS) attack; now, however, security vendor Computer Terrorism Ltd. said that the flaw could be used by an attacker to install and remotely run his own code

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sony BMG Music's controversial copy-protection scheme can be defeated with a small piece of tape, a research firm said Monday in a demonstration of the futility of digital rights management (DRM).

According to Gartner analysts Martin Reynolds and Mike McGuire, Sony's XCP technology is stymied by sticking a fingernail-size piece of opaque tape on the outer edge of the CD.

That, the pair said in a brief posted online, renders "session 2 -- which contains the self-loading DRM software —

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-22       Article Source : CRN

SMB security vendor SonicWall is expanding its portfolio to include backup and recovery with the acquisition of Lasso Logic.

San Francisco-based startup Lasso Logic’s continuous data protection appliance is billed as a “hands-free” solution to backup for small businesses. The product starts at about $2,000.

SonicWall CEO Matt Medeiros told CRN that the two technologies will be integrated with SonicWall’s multifunction security gateway appliances to create a complete data protection and recovery solution that is affordable for small business customers.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-20       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sony's controversial copy-protection scheme had been in use for seven months before its cloaking rootkit was discovered, leading one analyst to question the effectiveness of the security industry.

"[For] at least for seven months, Sony BMG Music CD buyers have been installing rootkits on their PCs. Why then did no security software vendor detect a problem and alert customers?" asked Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch.

"Where the failure is, that's the question mark. Is it an indictment of how

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-20       Article Source : InternetWeek

A man dubbed the "Timeshare Spammer" was sentenced Thursday to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay $120,000.

The sentencing of Peter Moshu of Florida stemmed from his conviction in June on a federal charge of violating the federal CAN-SPAM Act. Moshu was arrested by federal officials after he was named in a lawsuit filed in January by Earthlink Inc., based in Atlanta.

The suit accused Moshu of sending millions of unsolicited commercial e-mails in 2004 and 2005.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : InformationWeek

Six more people pleaded guilty Thursday to operating a Web site that investigators claimed was one of the largest online centers for trafficking in stolen identity information and credit cards.

With others who pleaded guilty in recent weeks, that brings to 12 people who acknowledged roles with the site, www.shadowcrew.com, which had about 4,000 members who dealt with at least 1.5 million stolen credit card numbers and caused more than $4 million in losses, federal prosecutors said.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft late Wednesday warned Windows users that proof-of-concept code was in circulation that could be remotely and anonymously exploited on Windows 2000 machines. Windows XP SP1 is somewhat less vulnerable, said Microsoft.

The security advisory gave out few details of the vulnerability, only saying that it was a flaw in the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) component, and could result in a denial-of-service attack that would crash affected computers.

"On Windows XP Service Pack 1, an attacker must have valid logon

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-19       Article Source : Messaging Pipeline

Survey shows at-work e-mail usage may be exposing businesses to legal problems.

Before you hit send, you may want to think twice about the content of your e-mail.

A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Fortiva, shows a substantial discrepancy between employees’ perceived and actual risks. Results of the survey show that 68 percent of U.S. employees who use e-mail at work have sent or received e-mail via their work e-mail account that could place their company at risk.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-18   

New Sentinel Mainframe Connect is an add-on module for e-Security's enterprise compliance monitoring system.

e-Security, the Vienna, VA supplier of security information management and compliance monitoring software, today unveiled Sentinel Mainframe Connect, an add-on module to its flagship Sentinel 5 enterprise compliance monitoring system.
Sentinel Mainframe Connect captures security and compliance events directly from mainframe computers and, used with Sentinel 5, correlates the information with other IT security and compliance events across the organization to provide an enterprise-wide view of

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

A group of Internet heavyweights, including Yahoo and AOL, are backing a plan that would certify software as adware and spyware free in an attempt to stymie the flood of unwanted software plaguing users' computers.

Dubbed the Truste Download Program and administered by the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Truste, it essentially would be a white list of voluntarily-submitted software that meets a number of anti-adware, anti-spyware criteria. The companies sponsoring the plan -- Yahoo!, America Online, Computer Associates, CNET Networks (which hosts the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-17       Article Source : VARBusiness

Betting that intrusion prevention will be the nexus around which security technologies evolve, this week 3Com will unveil the TippingPoint X505, an integrated security platform built on Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) technology.

Scheduled to ship next month, the X505 comes from the company's TippingPoint security division that 3Com bought earlier this year. The platform features an inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, bandwidth management, Web content filtering and dynamic routing.

The solution is flexible enough to be targeted at both large enterprises whose

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Instant-messaging threats are mutating at an alarming rate, as virus writers attempt to bypass security-system updates that corporations use for protection, a security vendor said Tuesday.

A record number of IM threat mutations have been recorded by IMlogic Inc., which has found that 88 percent of all worms tracked by its threat center also have mutations. The worst chameleon is the Kelvir worm, which has mutated 123 times during the last 11 months, the Waltham, Mass., vendor said.

Kelvir accounts

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-16       Article Source : CRN

Network Appliance this week is set to launch a new enterprise Web security appliance, the latest move in the vendor’s massive effort to build security into its entire storage product line.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based storage vendor is taking its first steps to add security to its product line with its new NetCache C1300 enterprise Web security appliance, said Thomas Savage, senior manager of NetApp’s content delivery business unit.

The C1300 lets customers with Internet-enabled solutions distribute security services such as

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