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NEWS - April 21, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 1:20 AM PDT

(OT) AOL opens its doors on e-mail

America Online this week is expected to announce a new feature that will let subscribers access their e-mail through third-party applications such as Eudora and Microsoft's Outlook, the company confirmed Tuesday.

Called Open Mail Access, the feature can be used on any e-mail software that supports Internet Message Access Protocol, which lets applications access e-mail off other servers.

http://news.com.com/2100-1038_3-5195957.html

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TCP flaw threatens Net data transmissions
by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 1:23 AM PDT
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A flaw in the most popular communications protocol for sending data on the Net could let attackers shut down connections between servers and routers, according to an advisory released Tuesday by Britain's national emergency response team.

TCP--the Transmission Control Protocol--contains a flaw that "varies by vendor and application, but in some deployment scenarios...is rated critical," said the advisory, published by the United Kingdom's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre. Networking-hardware maker Juniper Networks has determined that its products are vulnerable. Cisco Systems, Hitachi, NEC, and others are studying the issue, according to the advisory.

http://news.com.com/2100-1002_3-5195909.html

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Cash Cow or Spam Sow?
by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 1:33 AM PDT
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A marketing firm that offers people cash in exchange for letting their computers be commandeered to distribute bulk e-mails has come under fire from antispam activists, who say the program is just a cover for a high-tech spamming operation.

The program, operated by Sendmails Corp., offers members $5 for downloading and installing the company's VirtualMDA (mail delivery agent) software. The New Hampshire company promises to pay an additional $1 for every hour of computing time that the VirtualMDA software spends blasting out e-mails on behalf of Sendmails and its clients.

http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,63146,00.html

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New tool designed to block song swaps
by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 3:32 AM PDT
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Network security company Palisade Systems this week will launch software designed to identify and block copyrighted songs as they are being traded online.

Created by software firm Audible Magic, the song-filtering software is backed strongly by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The software has also triggered interest in Washington, D.C., and skepticism in the peer-to-peer world and among some students and universities.

http://news.com.com/2100-1027_3-5196218.html

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Microsoft Presents Antispyware Strategy
by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 2:18 PM PDT
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Microsoft's new antispyware tools include features in the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and offerings from MSN. The new SP2 features include a pop-up ad blocker for Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), a new IE toolbar that will suppress unsolicited software downloads, a redesigned download experience that will make software identification easier, and improved security tools for viewing and controlling browser add-on programs. "These enhancements help put you in control," Jeffrey Friedberg, director of Microsoft's Windows Privacy Group, said. The company's MSN Premium service includes McAfee Security's Virus Guard, which detects and removes deceptive software.

Microsoft also recently launched a Web site that provides information about how to avoid and remove deceptive software. The site lists the following five tips you can take to avoid spyware:
- choose an appropriate Web browser security setting
- don't accept downloads from strangers
- look for signs of deceptive software on your computer
- detect and remove unwanted software
- keep Windows up-to-date

http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/42432/42432.html

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IBM: We'll take your spam, viruses, patch management
by Donna Buenaventura / April 21, 2004 2:20 PM PDT
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IBM Wednesday unveiled services designed to take the strain of keeping up with patch management, anti-spam and anti-virus solutions off the desktop and into Big Blue's server centres.

IBM's desktop management services are an enhancement

of the Express portfolio of products and services targeting the marketplace for smaller companies announced a year ago, said Beth Feeney, director of small and medium business offerings, IBM global services, in Armonk, NY.

IBM won't disclose the number of customers using its desktop management services, but among them are Toronto-based Gay Lea Foods Co-op. Ltd., UK-based Randstad Employment Bureau and Ros Casares, a Spanish iron and steel distributor, said Dale Moegling, director of desktop services for IBM global services.

http://www.itbusiness.ca/index.asp?theaction=61&lid=1&sid=55410

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