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Posted by inet on 2005-10-29       Article Source : AP

Antivirus software maker McAfee Inc. on Thursday said third-quarter profit fell sharply from the year before, when a gain from selling assets boosted results.

But the company lifted its full-year earnings and revenue outlook. Shares fell 94 cents to close at $30.66 on the New York Stock Exchange, and lost an additional 6 cents during after-hours activity.

Net income dropped to $22.6 million, or 13 cents per share, from $118.1 million, or 70 cents, in the year-ago period, which included

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Spammers and scammers have already used the public's fear and curiosity about the avian flu to spread their schemes, but now hackers have turned to the trick, a security company warned Thursday.

A new Trojan horse, dubbed "Navia.a" by Panda Software, uses subject heads of "Outbreak in North America" and "What is avian influenza (bird flu)?" to dupe recipients into opening an attached Microsoft Word document.

That's when Navia.a goes old school: the Word document is infected with malicious macros.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-28       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft is investigating 13 spam operations it believes sent millions of junk mail messages through a single PC that the Redmond, Wash.-based developer purposefully set up as a "zombie," the company said Thursday.

Microsoft's action, which was done in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Action, a San Francisco-based advocacy group, was part of a call to arms against zombies, compromised computers that are used without their owners' permission to send spam, launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, and spread worms

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-28       Article Source : eWEEK

Anti-virus vendor McAfee Inc. on Wednesday clinched a deal with PC maker Gateway Inc. to preinstall its Internet Security Suite on all Gateway and eMachines computers.

The exclusive two-year agreement gives the Santa Clara, Calif.-based McAfee a key outlet to sell its anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-phishing software and a key ally to help stave off expected competition from Microsoft Corp.

As part of the deal, the McAfee Internet Security Suite will be pre-loaded on all PCs sold by Gateway worldwide,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

The August attack of the Zotob bot worm was milder than other major events, but still cost victims an average of nearly $100,000 to clean up, a security company said Wednesday.
Virginia-based Cybertrust surveyed 700 enterprises on the impact of Zotob, a bot worm that exploited a vulnerability in Windows 2000 during August, 2005. Although Zotob wasn't as widespread as other notable malware, such as Sasser, MSBlast, or Slammer, it raised a ruckus in media companies and briefly slowed overall Internet

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-27       Article Source : InformationWeek

A Pentagon review would involve security checks on key investors, an analysis of the impact of a management change on existing contracts, and a check on the deal's antitrust implications.

Any sale of outsourcing giant Computer Sciences Corp. to private investors would have to pass muster with the Department of Defense, a DOD spokesman says. "We have a process to review transactions [involving major contractors] for national security ramifications," the spokesman says.
Such a review would involve

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

Spammers are playing off avian flu fears to shill pharmaceuticals and pitch stocks, a security firm said Wednesday.
U.K.-based Sophos warned users that its honeypots -- purposefully unprotected PCs set up to trap spam samples -- have been capturing a rising number of messages peddling Tamiflu, the Roche-made drug that reduces symptoms of the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus.

One spam example that Sophos cited starts out "Bird flu case discovered in the USA" to stoke fears and

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-27       Article Source : CRN

Microsoft and Nokia, archrivals in the mobile phone operating-system space, are partnering on a Unified Threat Management security appliance, sources familiar with the companies' plans said.

According to documents viewed by CRN, the companies plan to offer a UTM appliance that would act as a gateway for secure VPN access to network-based applications from remote locations or mobile devices such as smart phones, according to source familiar with the vendors’ plans.

For example, the appliance would monitor e-mail, Web and

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-27       Article Source : CRN

Research In Motion suffered another setback today in a legal fight that could force it to stop North American sales of its popular Blackberry wireless e-mail service. But despite the ongoing turmoil, wireless solution providers seem mostly unconcerned that the legal squabbling will lead to a shutdown of the Blackberry service.

The U.S. Supreme Court's declined to stop all lower-court proceedings while it decides whether to consider an earlier patent infringement ruling against the Waterloo-Ontario based wireless device maker. It is the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

State Department final regulations issued Tuesday said all U.S. passports issued after October 2006 will have embedded radio frequency identification chips that carry the holder's personal data and digital photo.

The department will begin the program in December 2005 with a pilot, issuing these passports to U.S. Government employees who use Official or Diplomatic passports for government travel. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency, has developed international specifications for electronic passports meant to keep information such as name,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-26   

Skype acknowledged Tuesday that all its VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) clients suffer from bugs that leave machines susceptible to crashes and/or open them to attacks that could take control of the computers. But even as it patched the software, one analyst questioned how the popular service carried out the fix.

The flaws, which were reported by Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia and judged a "Highly critical" problem, involve the Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC versions of the Skype client.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft will dump SSL 2.0 encryption in the upcoming Internet Explorer 7 for a stronger security protocol, TLS 1.0, the IE 7 development team has revealed.

The default settings for the HTTPS protocol in IE 7 will be for TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.0. In the current Internet Explorer, TLS must be enabled by the user, via the Tools/Internet Options/Advanced menu.

IE 7 will also block access to Web sites that offer up a problematical digital certificate. If a certificate's

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

Security firm iDefense recently awarded $39,000 to researchers as part of its Vulnerability Contributor Program that rewards bounties for bugs.
The payouts, the first since the Reston, Va.-based security intelligence firm announced larger awards and a loyalty program in July, gave $9,000 to three vulnerability contributors for the third quarter, and $30,000 for the top five bug hunters during the past 12 months.

iDefense is one of the few security firms to pay cash for vulnerabilities. Another is TippingPoint, owned

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

The Voice over IP Security Alliance (VoIPSA) today announced its much anticipated VoIP Security Threat Taxonomy, a classification and description of the types of security threats that affect IP telephony.

Identified as the alliance's first major task when VoIPSA was formed last February, alliance secretary and taxonomy project head Jonathan Zar, who is also SonicWALL Senior Director, say that the taxonomy is the first step in dealing with VoIP security. "When we were asked by the press and the regulatory community about

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-24       Article Source : CRN

Fortinet is expected Monday to announce new antivirus technology it claims will put the shadow of recent Trend Micro patent litigation behind the security upstart.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in August ordered Fortinet to stop selling products that contain its antivirus software. The ITC’s order stems from an earlier ruling that Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Fortinet's antivirus software violates a Trend Micro patent dealing with scanning for viruses at the gateway.

That ruling stirred the channel, leaving VARs with FortiGate in

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