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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-06       Article Source : InformationWeek

Quantum Corp. introduces a new security scheme this week that it says will help prevent the kind of lost backup-tape incidents that have exposed sensitive data on millions of consumers this year.

The centerpiece of the Quantum Security Framework is a set of data-access controls that will be included with Quantum's line of digital linear tape drives. Those controls will include what Bob Abraham, principal analyst at Freeman Reports, says will be the first instance of encryption that's native to tape drives.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-05       Article Source : CRN

Symantec’s latest plunge into the security market comes in the form of a new line of all-in-one security appliances.

The Symantec Gateway Security 5600 Series combines almost every conceivable security feature into a single appliance, which is designed to scale up to high-throughput situations, making the unit suitable for businesses of any size.

Out of the box, the 5600 Series appliances include a full-inspection firewall; antivirus protection; intrusion detection/prevention (with antiadware and antispyware capabilities); antispam; content filtering with Dynamic Document

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

Bomb detection portals will increase by nine times at the nation's airports as part of the aviation security enhancements announced Friday by the Transportation Security Administration.

Though most public attention focused on renewed permission for passengers to carry small scissors and other tools onto airplanes, TSA Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley told reporters at a Washington news conference that technology accounts for a significant portion of the latest changes in airline security. His speech is posted on the TSA Web site.
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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-04       Article Source : COMPUTERWORLD

Two security firms today issued new warnings about two separate threats affecting Microsoft Corp. products.

Sophos PLC reported evidence of new malware planted on Web sites that exploits a previously announced -- and as-yet-unpatched -- Internet Explorer security vulnerability. The Clunky-B Trojan horse allows hackers to install and run malicious software on users' machines when they visit sites containing the malware, said Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at Sophos.

The code is only the latest of several Trojan horses

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

An "extremely critical" threat may cause Microsoft to release a patch before its next scheduled round of software patches.

The unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer is bad enough, said the company which reported the Trojan drive-by download exploit to Redmond, that Microsoft will probably fix the problem before this month's scheduled patch day, December 13th.

"This is an extremely critical threat," said Alex Eckleberry, president of anti-spyware developer Sunbelt Software. "It's not widespread, it's not like a Sober or a

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new phishing attack posing as a tax refund from the Internal Revenue Service is using a configuration problem on the GovBenefits.gov Web site to fool users into thinking they're safe in offering up personal information such as Social Security and credit card numbers.

The fraud begins with an e-mail supposedly from the IRS, which claims the recipient is owed a tax refund. In the message from "taxrefunds@irs.gov," a link is embedded to a site where recipients can supposedly collect

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

Panda Software is developing a service expected to launch early next year to protect enterprises against an emerging network security threat it calls "espionage," where professional hackers will target one specific company instead of many with tailor-made code.

To test the waters, Panda rolled out Wednesday TruPrevent Personal 2006 for individual users that is designed to run alongside normal security software such as Norton Antivirus from Symantec Inc. It protects against new attacks from code unknown to the security software.
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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft acknowledged Tuesday that malicious software targeting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer is on the loose, and urged users to run a complete system scan on its new Windows Live Safety Center -- which has a quirk of its own -- to detect and delete the code.

In an update of a security advisory issued Nov. 21, Microsoft noted that both proof-of-concept code and an exploit are in circulation. The exploit can compromise PCs running IE on a host of the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

Exploits and proof-of-concept samples for two recently disclosed critical Microsoft vulnerabilities are circulating among hackers, security experts warned Tuesday. Users who have not yet patched their systems should do so immediately, several security organizations recommended.

Microsoft is aware of both exploits, but doesn't see a threat. "[We are] not currently aware of active attacks utilizing the exploit code," Microsoft spokesperson Kjersti Gunderson said. According to Microsoft's security research center, neither exploit can be used to install or execute code remotely.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-30       Article Source : InformationWeek

Unmasked E-mail addresses received over 6,400 spam messages, while only one spam message reached masked E-mail addresses. Masking is the practice of altering an E-mail address so that it's readable by people but not by machines.
Trickery and technology both play key roles in managing spam, according to a study released yesterday by the Federal Trade Commission.
The agency looked at three aspects of spamming and efforts to control it: the automated harvesting of E-mail addresses on public

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sober.x, the year's biggest worm outbreak, showed little signs of slowing Monday, a security company reported.

One in every 14 e-mail messages passing through the filters of U.K.-based Sophos carried the Sober payload, with the worm accounting for 85 percent of all malicious code detected.

The sheer rate at which this worm is spreading proves that the devious tricks work," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, in a statement.

Sober.x -- which has also been tagged

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

The Sober worm outbreak that began in earnest Tuesday has been dubbed the world's largest mass-mailed malware attack of 2005 by a Finnish security firm.

"The numbers we're seeing [with Sober] are just huge. This is the largest e-mail worm outbreak of the year so far," wrote Miko Hyppönen, chief research officer of F-Secure, in an online alert.

Meanwhile, Denver-based MX Logic said that Sober was accounting for one in every eight e-mails.

The newest member of the

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

Representatives from the most prominent browser makers -- including Microsoft and Mozilla -- recently gathered to discuss ways to make it clearer to users which Web sites are safe and which are fake.

Developers speaking for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, and Konqueror met in Toronto last week to hash over ideas on how their browsers could better identify trusted and suspicious Web sites. Additionally, they talked about changes to browser pop-ups that would make it more difficult for scammers to spoof sites

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that it has sued a Florida company for sending almost 100,000 unsolicited text messages.

The company said it filed the suit in federal court against Passport Holidays of Ormond Beach, Florida. The messages supposedly told Verizon's customers they had won a cruise and that they should call a provided number to claim their prize.

In addition, Verizon said in a statement that it sued "currently unknown individuals" who helped Passport Holidays send the spam. The cellular

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-24       Article Source : VARBusiness

The Senate approved the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act this week, which requires businesses holding the personal data of more than 10,000 U.S. residents to conduct risk assessments and implement data-protection policies. The bill would create big opportunity for VARs able to help corporations assess their own infrastructures and implement compliant solutions.

Chances are a bill in some form will pass in 2006 to become law. "There is a real win/win/win that's possible," says Kevin Brown, vice president at Decru, a Network

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