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NEWS - January 17, 2007

by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2007 2:50 PM PST

IMSafer Brings New Protection for Online Kids and Teens on Windows Vista & Macs

HOUSTON, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/

IMSafer, today announced the support of both the Windows Vista and Mac OS X platforms by IMSafer's flagship product aimed at providing greater levels of protection to children and teens who chat online via instant messenger services.
"Our customer base has grown dramatically since our launch, and we want to make sure we are supporting as many operating systems as we can," said David Giffin, IMSafer's Chief Architect and co-founder. "Protecting kids is too important to put off and given the expected rapid adoption of Windows Vista, and the growth of the Mac platform along with its huge installed base in schools, we worked hard to get these updates done as soon as possible."

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/01-17-2007/0004507287&EDATE=

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Symantec to launch behaviour-based tool
by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2007 2:57 PM PST

Symantec is set to introduce a new tool to help them avoid unpatched software flaws.

The Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR), will look at the behaviour of programs running on the computer in order to decide whether they are malicious. This is a departure from Symantec's traditional signature-based anti-virus protection techniques, which compare the program's code to a database of known malware.

SONAR will be a free add-on to Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 products, said Ed Kim, director of product management with Symantec's consumer business unit.

http://www.techworld.com/security/news/index.cfm?newsID=7779&pagtype=samechan

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Also: Symantec to use SONAR to find zero-day attacks
by Donna Buenaventura / January 16, 2007 2:59 PM PST

Starting next month, users of Symantec Corp.'s Norton products will have a new tool to help them avoid unpatched software flaws.

Called the Symantec Online Network for Advanced Response (SONAR), the new security software will look at the behavior of programs running on the computer in order to decide whether they are malicious. This is a departure from Symantec's traditional signature-based antivirus protection techniques, which compare the program's code to a database of known malware.

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9008198&taxonomyId=17&intsrc=kc_top

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Worms own Symantec users
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 12:03 AM PST

Punishes sys admins too lazy to apply patch

By Dan Goodin

Corporate users of some Symantec antivirus product are facing persistent attacks that target a vulnerability that the security provider patched more than seven months ago.

The attacks are yet more proof that IT professionals, not just mom and pops running their first PC, are dangerously lax about installing crucial security patches. The exploits turn user PCs into zombies that spew spam and carry out nefarious acts, such as denial of service attacks. The attack targets unpatched versions of Symantec Client Security and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, according to CNET.

Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/17/symantec_worm/

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CheckPoint Releases ZoneAlarm Suite 7
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 12:17 AM PST

January 17, 2007

By Neil J. Rubenking

CheckPoint software today released version 7 of the popular ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite. The biggest change from earlier versions is that the antivirus protection is now licensed from Kaspersky Labs where previous versions have relied on Computer Associates. It retains and enhances the identity-theft protection features introduced last year in version 6.5. In addition to a number of other security enhancements, the product's user interface has been updated and modified to reflect CheckPoint's retiring the "Zone Labs" name.

Read more: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2084800,00.asp

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Tiscali bolts down email
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 12:48 AM PST

Secure Mail service scheduled for early UK launch

Clement James, vnunet.com 17 Jan 2007

Internet service provider Tiscali has beefed up its email security with the launch of an encrypted email service dubbed Secure Mail.

Available from this week in Italy and "coming soon" to the UK, Secure Mail is being pitched at customers who want to ensure the privacy of their email messages and attachments.

Anyone can purchase Secure Mail from Tiscali, and existing customers can simply add the service to their bill.

Read more: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2172730/tiscali-bolts-email

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Dutch botnet gang facing jail
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 12:49 AM PST

Network of zombie PCs accrued

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Gator adware tops 2006 spyware chart
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 12:51 AM PST

PandaLabs releases spyware top 10

Tom Young, Computing 17 Jan 2007

Gator, a type of adware that offers free use of an application if users agree to view a series of pop-up messages tops the list of spyware most frequently detected by PandaLabs in 2006.

Some versions of this spyware replace banners on web pages visited with those created by the malicious code itself.

Second and third place in the top 10 are occupied by Wupd and Ncase respectively. Both offer free use of an application in exchange for displaying advertising messages.

Read more: http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2172720/top-viruses-2006

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MS07-004 code in the WILD
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 1:06 AM PST

January 17th, 2007 by Jhoevine Capicio

It?s only been a few days since Microsoft released its first update for 2007 and already, the code for MS07-004 exploit has been introduced to the malicious community and is now being exploited in the wild.


MS07-004 is the vulnerability update affecting Vector Markup Language (VML) which replaced the old MS06-055 update. For more information about the said vulnerability click here.


As of now our engineers are creating patterns to detect the vulnerability and we?ll update you with it soon.

REad more: http://blog.trendmicro.com/ms07-004-code-in-the-wild/

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Vista and OneCare v1.5 – Defense in Depth
by Donna Buenaventura / January 17, 2007 4:26 AM PST
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MySpace developing parental-notification software
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 10:17 AM PST

By Caroline McCarthy, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: January 17, 2007,

Under fire from both the U.S. government and parental organizations, MySpace.com has announced that it is creating software to give parents a window into what their children are putting on their online profiles.

Once the monitoring software is finished and distributed, parents can install it on a home computer to see what any MySpace user who logs on from that computer lists as his or her profile name, age and location. It will also track updates made to those profiles. The software doesn't give parents access to the content of the MySpace profiles in question, and the members whose profiles are being monitored will be notified that the software is keeping tabs on them.

The development of the software, which is code-named "Zephyr," was reported in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday morning. There is no word yet on a release date.

Read more: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6150824.html

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Online attacks continue to rise
by Marianna Schmudlach / January 17, 2007 10:25 AM PST

McAfee white paper points to increase in keyloggers and phishing alerts

Phil Muncaster, IT Week, 17 Jan 2007

Online identity theft and phishing attacks have again jumped significantly according to a new white paper report by web security specialist McAfee, prompting some experts to warn that e-commerce could be harmed if consumer confidence is knocked.

The research has found the number of keyloggers increased 250 percent between January 2004 and May 2006, while phishing attacks increased by 100 times over the same period, according to figures from the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

Online retailers' and service providers' profits may be at risk if consumers become too fearful to shop or transact online, according to McAfee security analyst Greg Day.

Read more:http://www.snpx.com/cgi-bin/news55.cgi?target=182402279?-14215

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