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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-31       Article Source : InformationWeek

SAS Institute announced a new SAS Fair Banking system aimed at helping banks stay within regulations in their lending practices at its SAS user group conference Monday.

SAS Fair Banking is meant to help lenders ensure there are no hidden patterns of discrimination in their lending business, patterns that could lead them into legal disputes if found and aired by customers or applicants who felt discriminated against.

"Banks are now under regulations that require them to disclose their lending data.

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Police want to surround the Big Apple with a "ring of steel," while the New York Civil Liberties Union claims that the plan infringes on civil liberties.

The New York City Police Department plans to install more than 500 surveillance cameras, expected to cost nearly $10 million. City officials said during a news conference last week that they are trying to recoup some of the costs through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. At the same time, the NYCLU is trying to

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-29   

Microsoft Corp. has launched a public bug database for Internet Explorer 7, which is currently in beta.

Access to the Internet Explorer Feedback site requires a Passport account and signup is through Microsoft Connect. The new site is similar to Bugzilla, a bug-reporting site set up for Firefox by Mozilla Corp.

"The intent of this work is to give everyone a better place to give IE7 feedback and to prepare the ground for future versions of IE," Microsoft said in

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-28       Article Source : VARBusiness

The communiques coming out of Check Point Software Technologies are optimistic. Despite withdrawing from its purchase of intrusion-prevention innovator Sourcefire, the Israel-based firewall company says it will look for other ways to collaborate with its former acquisition target.

The Bush administration last week indicated it had national security concerns about the $225 million deal between Check Point, the arguably the world's leading firewall company, and Sourcefire, a U.S.-based start-up that developed advanced technology for improving the accuracy of IPS systems.
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Posted by inet on 2006-03-27       Article Source : VARBusiness

The rise of robust, affordable networks has made it easier and cheaper for software vendors to deliver some of their applications across the Internet as third-party hosted or outsourced services, and most people agree that the number and variety of these services will only increase.

But the Symantec Global Security Consulting division recently has spent much of its time cautioning its clients about the security risks associated with third-party services. The group's message isn't meant to discourage their adoption, but rather to educate

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

A security program manager at Microsoft Corp. has scolded rival Apple Computer for claiming that its security updates are just as transparent, informative, and detailed as those that come out of the Redmond, Wash. developer every month.

Stephen Toulouse, a program manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center and often the MSRC's spokesman, has used several entries in his personal blog to take Apple to the woodshed.

Although cynics may wonder by what right Microsoft -- which has seen its

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-24   

Sun's new on-demand grid computing service got smacked with a denial-of-service (DOS) attack on its first day of operation, prompting unease amongst potential users.

The new service is the latest part of the Sun Grid Compute Utility, which offers users access to CPU resources on a $1 per hour basis. Whereas Sun's earlier utility offerings were aimed at the enterprise market, the new service is targeted at smaller firms and individuals seeking access to grid resources via the Internet.

But yesterday, a

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-24       Article Source : VARBusiness

Security software maker Trend Micro plans to challenge larger rivals Microsoft and Symantec with its own subscription-based service aimed at the fast-growing consumer anti-virus market, company executives said on Tuesday.

Both Microsoft and Symantec have recently announced plans to offer a one-stop service delivered over the Web that includes anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware software amid a rising tide of cyber threats.

Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen and the company's North American President Lane Bess told Reuters that the software maker would likely

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

VeriSign on Tuesday launched a new service that pinpoints vulnerable parts of a business's digital infrastructure.
The Security Risk Profiling Service delves down to the device level -- looking at firewalls, routers, and vulnerability management systems -- and fingers the threats to the network and its vulnerabilities, then cranks out a risk score at the device-, business unit-, or enterprise-level.

Using technology from Skybox Security, a privately-held San Jose, Calif. company, the profiling service provides a complete map of all

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-23   

More than 75% have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a recent survey of data center managers.

Business technology managers are facing tough challenges as data centers grow larger and more complex. More than 75% of all companies have experienced a business disruption in the past five years, including 20% who say the disruption had a serious impact on the business, according to a

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Botnet controllers may be planning a large-scale attack against message forums, TechWeb has learned.

The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC) noted that a bot going by the name "FuntKlakow" has registered on thousands of phpBB forums. Speculating, ISC analyst Marcus Sachs noted that the bot's owner(s) may be preparing to exploit a zero-day vulnerability against the popular php bulletin board software.

"We might be chasing a ghost here but it's always good to be on the lookout for something

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Two large botnets that control 150,000 compromised computers are hacking into users' online shopping carts to steal credit card numbers, bank account details, and log-on passwords, a security company said Friday.

The botnets, said Foster City, Calif.-based FaceTime, were discovered, probed, and disclosed to authorities with the help of an insider who tipped off the company's security researchers and showed them the inner workings of the bot underground.

According to Chris Boyd, the security research manager for FaceTime, the bots,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-20   

Hosted messaging service provider USA.NET, Denver, said it is now offering its subscribers the ability to encrypt and digitally sign all outgoing messages by simply clicking a button in their existing e-mail application.

USA.NET encrypted emailSM is aimed at small- and medium-size businesses as a way to ensure the confidentiality of all outgoing e-mail, be it highly sensitive business data or regulatory data subject to mandated security.

The encryption feature works with Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express clients and is

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-20       Article Source : InformationWeek

To fight smut peddlers, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, financial services companies, and child protection groups has launched a campaign to stem the flow of cash to the criminals behind the problem.

Internet technology and E-commerce helped transform the small, seamy back-alley business of peddling child pornography into a global, $20 billion-a-year criminal enterprise. To fight smut peddlers, a coalition of law enforcement agencies, financial services companies, and child protection groups last week launched a campaign to stem the flow of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-19       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — The trade association for automatic identification and mobility, AIM Global, attempted to refute key findings of an IEEE conference paper presented this week that suggested RFID tags could be used to corrupt databases and even spread computer viruses.

The paper, by Melanie Rieback, a third-year PhD student at Amsterdam's Vrije University, was presented at the IEEE conference in Pisa, Italy, on Wednesday (March 15), sent shock waves through the RFID industry.

Titled "Is Your Cat Infected with a

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