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NEWS - April 27, 2006

by Donna Buenaventura / April 27, 2006 3:45 AM PDT

Agnitum will release Outpost Pro 4.0 to deliver superior proactive security with the new functionality:

* Anti-Leak Features
* Spyware Signature Analyzer
* Exclusive Application Verification
* 64-bit support
* Additional Improvement

More on their newsletter at: http://www.agnitum.com/news/agnitumnewsletter/index.php

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Anti-Spyware Experts To Convene In Ottawa
by Donna Buenaventura / April 27, 2006 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 27, 2006

Anti-Spyware Experts To Convene In Ottawa: Top Canadian and US Officials Slated to Address Second-Ever Anti-Spyware Coalition Workshop

Many of the world's top spyware experts will gather in Ottawa May 16 to discuss legal, legislative and technological responses to the scourge of unwanted spyware and adware flooding the Internet.

Michael Binder, Canada's Assistant Deputy Minister for Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications will address the Anti-Spyware Coalition's second-ever public meeting and the first to be held outside of the United States. Lydia Parnes, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the US Federal Trade Commission, will also speak at the event.

Binder and Parnes join experts from academia, the public interest community and the high-tech industry to discuss the state of international anti-spyware efforts, emerging challenges and likely solutions. The full agenda is available online http://www.antispywarecoalition.org/events/may2006agenda.htm


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Trojan Freezes Computer, Demands Ransom
by Marianna Schmudlach / April 27, 2006 6:35 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 27, 2006

Malware threatens to delete files unless payment is sent via Western Union.

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
Thursday, April 27, 2006
A new kind of malware circulating on the Internet freezes a computer and then asks for a ransom paid through the Western Union Holdings money transfer service.

A sample of the Trojan horse virus was sent to Sophos, a security vendor, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant. The malware, which Sophos named Troj/Ransom-A, is one of only a few viruses so far that have asked for a ransom in exchange for releasing control of a computer, Cluley said.

More: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,125569,tk,dn042706X,00.asp

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Bugs Put Widely Used DNS Software at Risk
by Marianna Schmudlach / April 27, 2006 6:38 AM PDT
In reply to: NEWS - April 27, 2006

Researchers point to vulnerabilities in software that runs the Net's domain name servers.

Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Researchers at Finland's University of Oulu have discovered multiple flaws in the software used for administering the Internet's DNS (domain name system).

Exploiting the vulnerabilities could "cause a variety of outcomes," including crashing the DNS server or possibly enabling attackers to run unauthorized software, according to an advisory that the U.K.'s National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre posted today.

Oulu researchers have created a DNS test suite to use in testing for these vulnerabilities; and a number of DNS software providers, including Juniper Networks and the Internet Software Consortium, have confirmed that some of their products are vulnerable.

More: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,125554,tk,dn042706X,00.asp

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