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News - August 19, 2004

Symantec upgrades Norton security products

Symantec has unveiled new versions of its Norton security products - beefing up some of the real-time and automated features--and will release them in the next few weeks.
Being updated are Norton AntiVirus, Personal Firewall, and AntiSpam, all of which will be bundled in the upcoming Norton Internet Security 2005. Norton AntiVirus will ship separately in August, with the remaining applications and the suite to follow in mid-September.

Norton AntiVirus 2005 now includes a 30-second QuickScan, which runs during AntiVirus's LiveUpdate automatic software update and checks for active viruses in system memory and other critical areas. More significantly, perhaps, Norton AntiVirus 2005 supplements traditional e-mail virus protection with new Internet Worm Protection to combat threats that automatically scan IP addresses for open ports.

"It's a very targeted solution to stop the Blasters and Code Reds," says Kelly Martin, senior product manager of the Norton AntiVirus product line, of the port-locking technology that Norton AntiVirus adopts from Symantec's major security suite, Norton Personal Firewall.


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Thanks Brent!

In reply to: News - August 19, 2004

You consistently come up interesting and informative news updates.

Thanks for sharing. Happy


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Microsoft downplays XP SP2 flaw claims

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Microsoft has won the first round against security researchers digging for flaws in its Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), dismissing claims by German consultants to have identified vulnerabilities.

Heise Security said that flaws in the configuration of XP after implementing SP2 could allow files to be downloaded onto a client PC without the user's consent by bypassing the new warning procedure for downloading files.

But the researchers admitted these holes were mainly theoretical and that no code yet exists to exploit them anyway. Microsoft has said it does not consider the areas identified as issues that it would develop patches or workarounds to address.

In a statement to the researchers the company said that it had investigated the report, but added: "We don't see these issues as being in conflict with the design goals of the new protections."


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Online fraudsters target UK users

In reply to: News - August 19, 2004

Extent of crime could damage public confidence in safety of ecommerce.

More than 100,000 people in the UK have been targeted by a virus designed to steal sensitive information from computer users.

The outbreak was considered serious enough for the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to issue a warning last week.

Criminals, believed to be operating out of North America and China, send emails containing an invoice claiming recipients have purchased electronic goods.

When users click through to the fake billing information website, a 'trojan' virus is downloaded, containing malicious code that records keystrokes, allowing fraudsters to access secret passwords and PINs when victims next visit secure web sites.


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