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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-19       Article Source : VARBusiness

Following the path of Symantec, Microsoft and 3Com, SonicWall has become the latest security vendor to add e-mail security to its portfolio. VARs catering to the security needs of SMB customers should pay special attention.

To wit, recent research reports from vendor Trend Micro, market researcher Ferris Research and others have said that e-mail-related problems such as spam and spyware are worse than ever. They also disproportionately affect the SMB space, whose companies often lack the budgets and IT manpower to keep

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Adobe on Tuesday warned that multiple critical vulnerabilities in its Flash media player put users at risk, possibly from drive-by downloads, and urged all to update immediately to the patched 8.0.24.0 edition.

Microsoft also issued a security advisory Tuesday to tell customers of its Windows XP, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium operating systems -- all of which are bundled with a flawed edition of Flash -- to also update their players.

Security vendors quickly chimed in Wednesday. Danish vulnerability tracker

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-16       Article Source : TechWeb News

Fraudsters are using a new technique to keep their spoofed Web sites up and running even as authorities pull the plug, a security expert said this week.

According to RSA Security's Naftali Bennett, the senior vice president of its Cyota anti-fraud division, some phishers have started using a tactic called "smart site redirection" to stay a step ahead of the law.

"The goal of the phisher is to keep his spoofed site alive as long as possible," said Bennett. The

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

NEC Europe Ltd. Friday unveiled a combination biometric user ID product for authentication between a NEC laptop PC with a built-in fingerprint reader and a NEC 3G mobile phone.

Demonstrated at the CeBIT trade show in Germany, the authentication system also relies on a mobile SIM card.

"The benefits for users are secure access to the office LAN from anywhere with no tokens or passwords," the NEC announcement read. "This solution works with a vast number of off-the-shelf applications like

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Bit9 Inc. on Monday will launch a free search engine to identify unfamiliar software applications and executables found on any computer running the Windows operating system.

Users will be able to download a utility at Bit9's Web site to tap into the firm's 4-terabyte database at http://fileadvisor.bit9.com. The database holds approximately 25 million unique files and 250 million records to source and identify the software. Bit9 expects to triple the data the end of the year.

To keep

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

The unfolding debit card scam that rocked Citibank this week is far from over, an analyst said Thursday as she called this first-time-ever mass theft of PINs "the worst consumer scam to date."

Wednesday, Citibank confirmed that an ongoing fraud had forced it to reissue debit cards and block PIN-based transactions for users in Canada, Russia, and the U.K.

But Citibank is only the tip of the iceberg, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner research vice president. The scam -- and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema division has opened a digital cinema research and equipment test lab, supporting the entertainment industry's move to shed celluloid for bits and bytes.

Originally built for Disney Animation, the Technicolor Digital Cinema building now houses two projection rooms and digital cinema technology center with networked projectors and servers.

Upstairs in the control room, projectors from Sony Electronics, Christi Digital Systems, Barco Digital Cinema and NEC undergo a series of 144 compatibility and performance tests. About 34

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-11       Article Source : InformationWeek

Citibank, the consumer and corporate banking arm of Citigroup Inc., confirmed Wednesday that the bank and its customers were the victims of a third-party company information breach that has forced the bank to block PIN-based transactions for customers in Canada, Russia, and the U.K.

The bank did not disclose when the breach occurred. Once alerted to the breach, the company "began enhanced monitoring of the affected accounts for fraud" and in mid-February detected several hundred fraudulent cash withdrawals in the three countries,

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

An anti-virus vendor warned Tuesday that two new worms spreading on Microsoft's and America Online's instant messaging networks delete files and leave systems open to hijacking.

Symantec posted alerts for the "Hotmatom" and "Maniccum" worms, and ranked both as a level "2" threat. The Cupertino, Calif.-based security company uses a 1 through 5 scale to label worms, viruses, and Trojans.

Hotmatom, said Symantec, is a Spanish-language worm transmitted over Microsoft's MSN instant messaging network. A message arrives, seemingly from a

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-09       Article Source : InformationWeek

In a move to promote a convergence between IT security and surveillance cameras that act as the eyes of security professionals who defend physical perimeters and corridors, Cisco Systems Tuesday said it was planning a $51 million acquisition of SyPixx Networks Inc., a privately held maker of video surveillance software and hardware that lets existing analog video systems operate as part of an open IP network.

Cisco is looking to add intelligence to video security systems so that they do more than

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Symantec's out-of-court settlement with an adware maker is a loss for users, an anti-spyware researcher said this week.

Friday, Feb. 24, the Cupertino, Calif. security company announced that it had dismissed its lawsuit against browser and e-mail toolbar maker Hotbar.com, Inc. Last June, Symantec filed a zero-dollar suit against the New York company, saying then that it was seeking a legal ruling that would affirm the position that Hotbar's programs "are indeed adware and can be treated as computer security risks." Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2006-03-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sixty years after the end of World War II, a network of several thousand PCs has cracked a message enciphered with the famous Enigma machine.
The M4 Message Breaking Project, started by Stefan Krah, a German amateur cryptographer, in January, took on three messages intercepted by British code-breakers during WWII, but never cracked by the famous cryptology facility at Bletchley Park.

The code breakers at Bletchley included computing pioneer Alan Turing and used a combination of human intelligence, guesswork, and

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-06       Article Source : TechWeb News

Another bullying Bagle worm appeared Friday, security companies warned, although this one threatens to bring on the lawyers, not the police.
Bagle.do, said U.K.-based Sophos, spreads in e-mails with subject lines such as "Call to your lawer [sic] immidiately [sic]" and "Lawsuit against you." The text of the worm-carrying message varies, but all versions cite some legal beef, ranging from identity theft to "spamming" faxes to the sender's machine.

The attached file, with names like "lawsuit.exe" and "explanation.exe," purport to

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-04       Article Source : Compliance Pipeline

IntelliReach Corp. has partnered with instant messaging security provider Akonix Systems to integrate their technologies in order to provide a single index for archived e-mail and instant messages as part of IntelliReach’s mx2020 essage management system.

The integration of Akonix with IntelliReach mx2020 was propelled by customer demand, predominantly among financial services organizations that use Akonix’s L7 Enterprise IM management system for securing, controlling, and logging instant messaging, according to Akonix.

IntelliReach mx2020 integrates archiving, compliance, discovery, filtering, and secure

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-04   

Proofpoint Inc., Cupertino, has brought out version 4.0 of its Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway appliance and Proofpoint Protection Server 4.0 software, featuring enhanced directory harvest attack prevention and an optional Zero-Hour Anti-Virus module for protection against emerging virus attacks.

The new Zero-Hour Anti-Virus module, available as an optional component guards against new forms of malicious code during the critical first hours after new viruses are released, before most anti-virus signatures have been updated. It identifies new virus activity and takes preventive action

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