Bagle Displaces Warezov As Competition Hots Up Among Spam Spawning Zombies
Published 1st February 2007
1 February 2007 ? The Bagle worm has made a triumphant return to top of the virus top 20, according to information security software vendor, Kaspersky Lab. Bagle.gt accounted for 28 per cent of all mail traffic in January, and is likely to be a response to the steady evolution of the Warezov worm, which has more than 300 variants. Warezov and Bagle are in direct competition with each other, as they both harvest databases containing email addresses, and make it possible to send spam via the infected machines.
Currently, all Warezov variants are being beaten back by Bagle and other malicious programs, with only Warezov.do remaining in the top 20 from December. February will reveal whether or not Warezov has been dealt a mortal blow.
Microsoft dabbles in Office rental
Not a real estate deal
Thursday 1st February 2007 01:09 GMT
By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco
Days after foisting another generously priced version of Office on users, Microsoft is reportedly flirting with a pay-as-you go version of its desktop productivity suite.
According to veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley, lucky customers in South Africa, Mexico and Romania are testing Office 2003, charged at $15 per month. The company will decide in coming months whether to extend trials to Office 2007.
The trial follows a similar scheme for Windows last year, called FlexGo.
The news comes days after Microsoft updated its desktop productivity franchise by launching Office 2007, which costs almost $700 at list price.