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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-09       Article Source : EE Times

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Green Hills Software Inc. described a secure file system that will complement its MILS (multiple independent levels of security) operating system, company officials said here on Tuesday (Nov. 8).

The Green Hills Partitioning, Journaling File System (PJFS) is the newest member of a class of file systems which write to flash or hard disk media with journaling techniques, which employ data and metadata to prevent data loss during system crashes and to allow for fast reboot and recovery,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-09       Article Source : CRN

IBM on Tuesday unveiled the second fruit of its OEM relationship with Network Appliance: a new family of midrange NAS appliances.

Big Blue in April signed an agreement with Network Appliance in which it plans to OEM nearly every NetApp product. The first of those products, the entry-level N3700, was released in August. And starting next month, IBM plans to ship two midrange appliances, the N5500 and the N5200, said Craig Butler, brand manager for disk storage at the Armonk, N.Y.-based vendor.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-09       Article Source : CRN

Check Point Software Technologies Monday ratcheted up end point security for the enterprise -- adding integrated antispyware, secure automatic downloads, IM safeguarding and support for the SUSE Novell Linux Desktop to its Integrity software.

That combination gives enterprises client and server software working together to detect, quarantine and remove spyware with centrally managed policies and treatments.

The updated Integrity 6.5 also gives partners new revenue opportunities, said Phil Lin, product marketing manager for the Redwood City, Calif., security software vendor.

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft has renamed its still-in-beta Windows AntiSpyware as "Microsoft Defender," a company official disclosed Friday, who also said that new spyware definitions would be pushed to users via Windows Update when the product goes final.

The new name, said Jason Garms, the group program manager for Microsoft's anti-malware team, "is about what Windows will do for customers, defending them from spyware and other unwanted software." Garms announced the new brand name on the team's blog.

"We’ve always said we will

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

The security researcher who stirred up a hornet's nest last summer when he went public with a new exploitation tactic against Cisco's popular network routers has been hired by rival Juniper Networks.

Michael Lynn, who prior to the Black Hat conference in July 2005, was employed by Internet Security Systems (ISS), now works for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based network hardware maker in an unknown capacity.

Lynn's controversial presentation at Black Hat -- which offered up new techniques that could be applied

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-08   

Joining the ranks of security-appliance vendors this week is startup Identity Engines, which today is expected to launch a $15,000 box designed to quickly add centrally managed identity-based security to enterprise networks.

Called the Ignition Model 3000E, the first offering from the Mountain View, Calif.-based Identity Engines can support between 500 and 2,000 clients active per device, according to Roy Chua, the company's vice president of marketing. The appliance, Chua said, will use existing directory and authorization client data (including RADIUS and

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

In the first case of its kind in the U.S., federal authorities Thursday arrested a California man and charged him with accumulating a botnet of more than 400,000 machines, including some owned by the Department of Defense, then renting out the purloined PCs or using them himself to pocket tens of thousands in fees from adware vendors.

Jeanson James Ancheta, 20, of Downey, Calif., was arrested by the FBI and charged in a 17-count indictment of, among other things, conspiracy, damaging federal

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-07       Article Source : CRN

Trend Micro is beefing up its security product line with the launch of a stand-alone antispyware product for enterprise customers.

Trend’s Anti-Spyware Enterprise Edition is the latest release that builds on its May acquisition of InterMute. Trend, Tokyo, released a stand-alone antispyware product targeted at SMBs in June. The enterprise edition, originally slated for an August release, is available now and priced at $11.55 per user for a 501-user license.

The antispyware product is integrated with Trend’s antivirus products, but

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday issued a guide to private investors on the dangers that identity thieves pose to online broker accounts.

"We are concerned that many investors aren't taking appropriate precautions when accessing their online brokerage accounts," said Susan Wyderko, the SEC's investor education director, in a statement.

Regulators are concerned, the SEC added, that identity thieves are targeting online investors with spyware, other malicious software, and phishing-style spams to hijack user account names and passwords.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

Noted adware supplier 180solutions said Thursday that it was the target of an alleged denial-of-service (DoS) extortion attempt by one of its own distributors, a Dutchman who, with help from two others, created a botnet of some 1.5 million machines.

The admission not only revealed some of the behind-the-scenes business that goes on in the adware world, but identified the American company that Dutch law enforcement officials said had been victimized by a trio of men arrested last month.


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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft confirmed Thursday that two recent patches for its Internet Explorer browser can break some Web sites by causing problems with ActiveX controls and Java applications.

The trouble starts after users install patches from the MS05-038 and MS05-052 security bulletins, which were released in August and October, respectively.

"MS05-038 and MS05-052 contain a number of defense-in-depth changes to the overall functionality of Internet Explorer," wrote Stephen Toulouse, the head of Microsoft's Security Response Center (MSRC), on the group's official blog.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-05       Article Source : AP

Federal officials are evaluating the results--some 10,000 frequent fliers have signed up so far--before deciding how to proceed.
By Brian Bergstein,

Would you spend $80 a year to be whisked through airport security lines faster than everyone else? The private company that has offered such a service since July in Orlando, Fla., says 10,000 frequent fliers have signed up, which could bode well for a national expansion of such programs.
The Orlando program, known as Clear, is run by

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Reacting to criticism of its CD copy protection, Sony on Wednesday posted a patch that reveals files previously hidden by a rootkit. But that may be closing the barn door after the horses bolted, since hackers are already discussing ways to use the rootkit to conceal their own code.

Wednesday, Sony put a patch on its Web site that "removes the cloaking technology component on SONY BMG content protected CDs," according to a statement on the site. The patch can be downloaded

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-05       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Cisco has fixed a critical security hole in its Internetwork Operating System (IOS) that could have allowed hackers to crash or take control of the routers and switches that form the backbone of the Internet and enterprise networks.

The networking giant only yesterday disclosed the flaw, even though it has know about it since July. The security hole first became known at the Black Hat security conference in July, when security expert Michael Lynn showed how to take control of Cisco routers

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Security researchers have identified a rootkit -- software used by hackers to hide their malicious code from anti-virus and anti-spyware defenses -- within the copy protection scheme Sony BMG Music Entertainment uses to prevent music CDs from being copied to computers.

The digital rights management (DRM) technology that Sony BMG uses limits the number of times a CD can be "ripped" to a computer. To prevent the DRM software from being easily circumvented, the copy protection's creator -- a U.K.-based company called

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