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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

Attacks launched over instant messaging and file sharing networks are up dramatically over last year, a security firm said Monday, and exploits are becoming ever more sophisticated.

In the first quarter of 2006, malicious software attacks across instant messaging (IM), chat, and peer-to-peer (P2P) were up more than 700 percent over the same quarter last year, Foster City, Calif. FaceTime Communications said.

Although the growth in threats targeting public IM networks such as Yahoo, MSN, and AOL stabilized in Q1

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-11       Article Source : Reuters

China has ordered its computer makers to install operating software before their goods leave the factory gates, its latest effort to address the thorny issue of piracy before President Hu Jintao visits the United States.

The order came in a notice issued jointly by the Ministry of Information Industry, the State Copyright Bureau and the Ministry of Commerce on March 31 and released to reporters on Monday.

Chinese counterfeiting is a major irritant in U.S.-China trade, and American software firms have said

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-10       Article Source : EE Times

ZICHRON YAACOV, Israel — Senior executives from McAfee Inc spent last week in Israel visiting a number of Israeli start ups in the security field. With $1 billion set aside for mergers and acquisitions, McAfee is positioned to make a few acquisitions in Israel in the near future.

McAfee’s chief technology officer Christopher Colin said the company is interested in establishing an R&D center in Israel, but added any acquisitions made in Israel doesn’t have to incorporate that component.

The company is

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

A Russian security company announced Friday that it had found a cross-over virus that can infect PCs running either the open-source Linux or Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Dubbed "Linux.Bi.a" and "Win32.Bi.a," the split-personality malware doesn't do any damage. Instead, said Moscow-based Kaspersky Labs in an online briefing, it's a proof-of-concept to prove that a cross-platform virus is possible.

"However, our experience shows that once proof-of-concept code is released, virus writers are usually quick to take the code, and adapt it

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-09       Article Source : TechWeb News

Pump-and-dump stock spam works, a pair of German researchers said Thursday as they presented findings at a security conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada.

According to a report posted on the Symantec-owned SecurityFocus Web site, the researchers snared 22,000 stock-related spams between November 2004 and February 2006, then traced prices for 93 of the nearly 400 stocks mentioned in the junk e-mails.

On average, said Thorsten Holz and Rainer Böhme, academics from the University of Mannheim and Dresden Technical University,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-09       Article Source : TechWeb News

Hewlett-Packard acknowledged this week that software used to control two of its color printers could be exploited by attackers to remotely steal files from Windows PCs.

The bug, which Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia dubbed "less critical," affects the Toolbox software included with the Color LaserJet 2500 and Color LaserJet 4600. In its default configuration, the Toolbox -- which lets users remotely monitor the status of a connected printer -- could allow an attacker to hack into jacked-in computers, then read any file

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Information resellers often fail to follow privacy protection guidelines when dealing with the federal government, and many do not believe the guidelines should apply when public records are involved.
That's the conclusion of a report the Government Accountability Office released Tuesday. Resellers' adherence to privacy protections was also the topic of a joint oversight hearing Tuesday.

The issue gained the attention of the GAO and members of Congress, in part because of dozens of high-profile data breaches last year,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Technicolor has developed authentication and authorization prototypes, and has entered into discussions with movie studios and distributors to bring the technology to market, an executive said Tuesday.

The technologies are pieces in a core set of products that will expand consumer choices on how, when and where they can download and watch movies, television shows and other digital content.

Consumers want the ability to watch movies on the road while traveling or in their bedroom and living room. "I can

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

McAfee announced Wednesday that it had acquired Boston-based SiteAdvisor to add complementary defenses for customers surfing the Internet.
Early last month, the privately-held SiteAdvisor launched free Internet Explorer and Firefox plug-ins that reveal dangerous Web sites listed by popular search engines, including Google, MSN, and Yahoo, before users click on a link.

At the time, chief executive Chris Dixon blasted traditional security companies like McAfee as leaving "a big hole in consumers' Web safety armor because they don't know what's

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new twist on the existing exploit of Internet Explorer's zero-day vulnerability has slashed the time it takes to compromise a computer, a security company claimed Friday.
According to Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Fortinet, the exploit -- dubbed "JS/CreateTextRange.B" to differentiate it from the original -- takes much less time to execute.

"In this version, the time to wait before the execution of the payload (aka hacker's code and potentially damaging payload) is minimized," said Fortinet's alert.

The change

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-04   

Microsoft can pull the consumer security software rug out from under its long-time partners and likely avoid antitrust charges by sprinkling security throughout Vista in bits and pieces, an analyst said this week.
Microsoft's move earlier this year to debut Windows Live OneCare at $50 is a shot across the bow, JupiterResearch analyst Joe Wilcox said in an interview Thursday.

"It's clearly chosen to compete with partners," said Wilcox. "If you want one sign that Microsoft is aggressively competing

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-03       Article Source : InformationWeek

Third-party companies are stepping in to offer patches for software from major vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. That's making life more complicated for beleaguered security managers.

Installing the most recent patches on PCs and servers is widely seen as the last line of defense against the swarm of security threats attacking businesses from all angles. Patching seems like a pretty straightforward way to stay on top of the software vulnerabilities endangering important company and customer data. Except that, given the diversity of

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Tens of thousands of Internet Explorer users aren't waiting for Microsoft Corp. to provide a patch for the critical bug in their browser, and have instead installed unsanctioned fixes from security companies.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for eEye Digital Security said that its workaround had been downloaded by more than 94,000 users, while another security vendor warned that attackers were drawing people with a large-scale spam campaign to malicious Web sites which exploit the flaw.

The vulnerability is in IE's

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-02       Article Source : VARBusiness

As managed services continues to dominate the tech scene for 2006, security vendor McAfee joins the fray with the launch of its Global Services Strategy. Under that initiative, the vendor will train and certify its channel partners to provide services around McAfee products.

"Our partners have been asking for more help from us on the services-strategy side," says David Roberts, senior vice president of North America channels at McAfee. "It's a constant request that they need access to more technical resources and other

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

In an unusual form of phishing, hackers cracked the computers hosting the Web sites of three Florida banks, redirecting banking customers to a bogus homepage in order to steal account information and other personal data.

ElectroNet Intermedia Consulting, the Tallahassee, Fla., service provider that hosts the sites of Capital City Bank, Wakulla Bank and Premier Bank, told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that the scam was spotted within an hour after it started March 21, and the sites were shutdown for a short

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