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

Symantec said Tuesday that it will acquire privately-held IMlogic to beef up its security and management of instant messaging. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two have a history of cooperation, ranging from Symantec's participation in IMlogic's IM Threat Center to already-integrated products.

"In a lot of ways, our research teams were have been working together for some time, especially on blended threats," said Francis deSouza, chief executive of Waltham, Mass.-based IMlogic.

"Our customers have

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Fraudsters stayed a step ahead of gullible Internet users in 2005 by fine-tuning their tactics and turning to more sophisticated strategies, a U.K.-based Web monitoring firm said Friday.

Open redirects were one of favorite tactics of phishers in 2005, said Web tracking and anti-phishing company Netcraft, and a good example of fraudsters' increasing proficiency.

Redirects, essentially scripts on the Web server, are used by legitimate domains to redirect users to other parts of a large site from, for instance, the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-01   

Unbeknownst to the Bush administration, an outside contractor has been using Internet tracking technologies that may be prohibited to analyze usage and traffic patterns at the White House's Web site, an official said Thursday.

David Almacy, the White House's Internet director, promised an investigation into whether the practice is consistent with a 2003 policy from the White House's Office of Management and Budget banning the use of most such technologies at government sites.

"No one even knew it was happening,"

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-30       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows and an in-the-wild exploit appeared Wednesday as security firms raised their alarms to Critical.
The bug is in Windows' rendering of Windows Metafile (WMF) images, a component that's been patched three times in the last two years, most recently in November by the bulletin MS05-053. The newest flaw, however, is different enough from November's that fully-patched Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 machines can be compromised.

"This exploit is doing something a

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

McAfee will provide its top-of-the-line consumer anti-virus and firewall software to subscribers of MSN's dial-up service in early 2006, the security company said Wednesday.

Currently, MSN Dial-up, the slowest-speed Internet service offered by Microsoft, ships with free versions of McAfee's VirusScan Online, but sans firewall. Beginning in the first quarter of next year, subscribers can download McAfee's VirusScan and Personal Firewall Plus.

Microsoft's broadband service, dubbed MSN Premium, already offers VirusScan and Personal Firewall Plus, software that was added in

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-28       Article Source : TechWeb News

Helsinki-based F-Secure told users to ignore instant messages with the subject head "MSN Messenger 8 Working BETA" that go on to claim that "Messenger 8 BETA has been leaked!"

The message, which refers to an alternate name for the upcoming Live Messenger, also sports a link. Users who click on the link, then download and run the executable, are in reality installing the Virkel.f Trojan.

Virkel.f adds the compromised machine to a botnet, from which the hacker can update the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-28       Article Source : TechWeb News

A Trojan horse that arrives via MSN Messenger tries to swipe Spanish speakers' online banking usernames and passwords, said Bilbao, Spain-based Panda Software Tuesday.

Panda has bumped up the Nabload.u Trojan horse infection to an "Orange" alert, which is the company's mid-level ranking.

Nabload.u is downloaded when unsuspecting users click on the URL within an instant message that arrives from an MSN Messenger contact; the Trojan downloads a second piece of malware, dubbed "Banker.bsx," to the compromised PC.
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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

The vulnerability in Symantec's anti-virus line disclosed earlier this week isn't a big risk, a rival security firm said Friday.

Internet Security Systems' X-force research group said in an online alert that although the vulnerability is serious, the "likelihood of this vulnerability being leveraged by a worm is low."

The bug in Symantec's AntiVirus Library, a component shared among more than 60 titles in the Cupertino, Calif.-based company's security line-up, was made public earlier this week. The Library can be

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-25       Article Source : InformationWeek

Is there nothing sacred in the world of IT security? For years, McAfee Inc., Symantec Corp., and other antivirus software makers have helped companies keep their systems free of worms, Trojans, and other prickly pieces of code that can wreak havoc. Now these very same PC guardians are exposed for selling products that also are vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Vulnerabilities found recently in McAfee, Symantec, and Trend Micro software could let hackers compromise and even control computers running certain versions of their

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Symantec on Wednesday named more than 60 of its products as affected by the critical vulnerability disclosed earlier this week, and said it was pushing out a "heuristic detection that would spot potential exploits. However, no patches have yet been released.

The number of impacted products was among the largest ever for a single vulnerability, and demonstrated the risk of reusing code in a large group of programs.

The bug, which was made public Tuesday by researcher Alex Wheeler, is

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-24   

A security research firm said Wednesday that McAfee's anti-virus line is vulnerable to attack, the second such warning issued about anti-virus software in two days.

Reston, Va.-based iDefense said that a flaw within a DLL used by a number of McAfee products could be exploited by attackers to write data to the victimized PC. In other words, the very software that was supposed to protect a PC could be turned against its user.

"There is some irony there," said Michael

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-23   

BANGALORE, India — Sanra Software Ltd., a Chennai-based firm, has unveiled what it claims is a breakthrough anti-virus technology based on the intention of malicious codes, protecting PCs from not only known viruses but also from unknown malicious codes including viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, keyloggers and hackers.

"Our path-breaking technology takes a snapshot of PCs in complete detail in its malware-free state and continuously monitors system and file change," said N.S. Baskar, managing director of Sanra Software.

New files, configuration changes,

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Symantec's line of anti-virus software is vulnerable to attack, a prominent security researcher revealed Tuesday. The bug is currently unpatched, although Symantec has issued an advisory.

The vulnerability, which was discovered and reported by Alex Wheeler, is in how Symantec's AntiVirus Library, part of all the Cupertino, Calif.-based security giant's anti-virus products, handles RAR compressed files. RAR files are created by the WinRAR compression utility, developed and sold by RarLab.

The bug, labeled as "Highly critical" by Danish vulnerability tracker

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

Oracle Corp. on Tuesday released the Identity and Access Management Suite, an integrated set of products for protecting IT systems from hackers.
The suite spans a number of Oracle homegrown and acquired technologies that include Web access control, identity administration, user provisioning, federated identity management and directory services. Customers have the option of deploying the entire suite or individual components.

Specific products include the COREid Access and Identity, which provides Web single sign-on, policy-based authentication, password administration and other features.

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new worm posing as a come-on to a Santa Claus site is traveling across all the major instant messaging networks, a security firm warned Tuesday, and when recipients visit the bogus site, they're infected with a file hidden from sight by a rootkit.

IMlogic said that the worm, dubbed "M.GiftCom.All," is circulating on the MSN, AOL, ICQ, and Yahoo instant messaging services, is a "Medium" threat, a relatively rare classification for the Waltham, Mass.-based company. Most IM worms and Trojans listed

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