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Posted by inet on 2006-05-05   

McAfee, Inc., best known as a provider of anti-virus and other security software, said late Monday that it has received a U.S. patent for technology that it claims can wirelessly update files on mobile devices while minimizing bandwidth usage.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said that the patent, which covers the ability to update files on one device with more recent versions of the same file residing on another device, is tuned specifically for wireless.

"This technology caters to

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

The movie and record industries have sent letters to 40 universities, asking them to take immediate action to stop piracy of films and music on campus networks.

The Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America said they sent the letters to college presidents in 25 states, alerting them of the illegal activity on campus local area networks.

The majority of illegal file sharing occurs through peer-to-peer networks on the public Internet. Students, however, are increasingly

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Posted by inet on 2006-05-03       Article Source : TechWeb News

A start-up security company on Friday unveiled a beta of zero-day exploit protection software that it claims will protect users' PCs until they can apply patches from the likes of Microsoft.

SocketShield, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from the Web site of Exploit Prevention Labs, is a signature-based monitor that detects and blocks vulnerability exploits, not the worm or virus or spyware or Trojan horse payloads that traditional anti-virus software sniffs out.

"We actually recognize and kill the exploits as

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Posted by iNext on 2006-05-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

The price paid for a high ranking Google's search list, can be counterproductive, because the often-deceptive methods to generate hits don't reflect real Web site content, according to a speaker at this week's Search Engine Meeting in Boston.

"You can try to trick Web sites by embedding tag spam," said Steve Arnold, a speaker at the meeting. "It can work when the robot comes to the page, but it's misleading. Why not just put the content up and let the content speak

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-30       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new Trojan horse demands a $10.99 ransom payment to stop erasing files on the infected PC's hard drive, a security firm said Thursday.
According to U.K.-based Sophos, the Ransom.a Trojan freezes the computer, then puts up a message saying it will delete files every half hour until the user sends $10.99 via Western Union to a designated account.

In the message, the blackmailer claims that anti-virus software cannot retrieve the deleted files, that the traditional Ctrl-Alt-Del key combination won't

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-30       Article Source : TechWeb News

Unisys Corporation reported Wednesday that it has opened a Biometrics Centre of Excellence in Brussels to serve the European Union and, at the same time, announced the results of a survey that found that nearly 70 percent of consumers favor the use of biometrics to verify identity.

Unisys said the Brussels facility will share technologies, solutions and functional features with its existing Centre of Excellence in Reston, Va., which also has a major commitment to developing biometric identity solutions.


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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-29   

A security firm on Tuesday reported discovering a phishing scheme in which the scammers used Internet telephony to copy a bank's automated voice system in order to steal customers' passwords, account numbers and other personal information.

In the attack that occurred last week, con artists sent spam disguised as coming from a small bank in a large East Coast city, Cloudmark Inc., a messaging security firm, said. The message asked the recipient to dial a telephone number to talk with a bank

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-28       Article Source : TechWeb News

As promised, Microsoft Tuesday released an updated edition of its April 11 MS06-016 security bulletin to eliminate a host of bad behaviors that the original fix caused on systems running older Hewlett-Packard software or NVIDIA graphics drivers.
The 2.0 patch, which is still dubbed MS06-015, will be offered to users only if it detects the conflicting HP or NVIDIA software, Microsoft has said.

"For customers who have already applied the update and are experiencing problems, the revised update will be

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

A dirt-cheap, do-it-yourself hacking kit sold by a Russian Web site is being used by more than 1,000 malicious Web sites, a security company said Monday.

Those sites have confiscated hundreds of thousands of computers using the "smartbomb" kit, which sniffs for seven unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Firefox, then attacks the easiest-to-exploit weakness.

For $15 to $20, hackers can buy the "Web Attacker Toolkit," said San Diego-based Websense in an online alert. The tool, which uses a point-and-click

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Rootkits that hide malicious software from anti-virus and anti-spyware tools are growing in number and sophistication, and will pose an unprecedented risk to users by 2008, security company McAfee said this week.

In the opening quarter of 2006, said McAfee in the first of a trilogy of reports on rootkits, its Avert Labs spotted more rootkit components in worms, Trojan horses, and spyware than in all of 2005. During the past three years, the use of rootkits in malicious code has soared

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

At least six zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac OS X were disclosed earlier this week by an independent researcher, who noted that all can crash applications or the operating system, and some may let attackers hijack systems.

Four of the bugs relate to how the Mac's OS parses various image file formats -- including BMP, TIFF, and GIF, one to how OS X decompresses malformed ZIP archives, and "several" affect Apple's Safari browser, said researcher Tom Ferris in numerous advisories

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-22       Article Source : CRN

Microsoft plans to re-release a patch ithat caused some snags and Internet Explorer lockups with older Hewlett-Packard devices and NVIDIA drivers.

On April 25th, Microsoft will issue a targeted re-release of the MS06-015 update. The fix will be available though Microsoft Update or automatically delivered to affected computers through Automatic Update, the company said.

"Microsoft has completed its initial investigation into issues involving older third party software that customers may have experienced after the installation of MS06-015," a spokesman said

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-20       Article Source : CRN

SonicWall spent 2005 expanding its technology portfolio, and this year the security vendor aims to help partners address the needs of small and midsize businesses.

John DiLullo, vice president of worldwide sales at SonicWall, said in a keynote Tuesday at the vendor's Peak Performance conference in Las Vegas that 2005 was a big year for SonicWall on the acquisition front, including deals for Enkoo, Lasso Logic and MailFrontier. He told partners they could expect more of the same types of acquisitions in

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-17       Article Source : TechWeb News

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a minor refresh of its anti-spyware Microsoft Defender software with improvements to the user interface and signature updating.

Other changes include a tweak that modifies alerts according to the severity of a threat to make them less, improvements in the real-time protection to better watch key parts of the OS for potential infection, and support for 64-bit systems.

Still officially in beta, Windows Defender Beta 2 is an add-on to Windows XP, 2000, and Server 2003,

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-16   

As companies rush to take advantage of the increasing amount of time users spend on the Web to sell them everything from cars to carpeting, malicious hackers are likewise rushing to take advantage of the flawed Web applications that deliver these online services.

Web site hacks are on the rise and pose a greater threat than the broad-based network attacks that have been giving IT departments fits. Whereas attacks against networks disrupt Internet service and negatively impact companies trying to do business

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