By Graeme Wearden, ZDNet (UK)
Published on ZDNet News: February 1, 2006, 12:19 PM PT
The Kama Sutra virus has started wiping crucial files from some infected PCs several days earlier than expected.
The worm, also known as Nyxem.E, MyWife and Blackworm, is programmed to delete Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files on Feb. 3, meaning people should still have about two days to clean up compromised systems. But F-Secure said Tuesday that because the clock time on their PC was wrong, some people had lost important files soon after their systems became infected.
"If you're infected and your clock is not set right, things could start to happen at any time, even though the official activation time is Feb. 3. We've already received first reports from users who've had files on their system overwritten by the worm," Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's antivirus research director, warned in a blog posting.
Sorry, some of these news items are a couple of days old. I have not had time to post the news.
Microsoft's OneCare firewall draws fire
By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 31, 2006, 5:35 PM PT
The firewall component in Microsoft's Windows OneCare security bundle has holes, experts have warned.
The security software, available in a public beta version, by default allows applications that use the Java Virtual Machine or have a digital signature to connect to the Internet.
Like any blanket security-bypass rule, these default settings are a bad idea, said Mark Curphey, vice president at vulnerability management specialist Foundstone, a part of McAfee.
"Any firewall, any security device should have a default deny," Curphey said in an interview Tuesday. "Any door should always be closed."