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NEWS - January 18, 2007

Microsoft Plans Downloadable Versions of Windows Vista, Office

Microsoft plans for the first time to make its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite available for downloading by PC users over the Internet.

By Aaron Ricadela
InformationWeek

Jan 18, 2007 09:30 AM

Downloadable software has become a standard way for PC users to get Web browsers, anti-spyware apps, file-sharing software and more. But so far, two of the most widely used products in the PC world -- Microsoft's Windows and Office -- have eluded electronic distribution. That's about to change.

Microsoft said Wednesday it plans for the first time to make its new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite available for downloading by PC users over the Internet on Jan. 30, the day it releases those products to the retail market and computer manufacturers. Microsoft and Circuit City Stores plan to sell what the software company expects to be the most popular versions of Windows and Office for consumers and small business customers on Microsoft's Windows Marketplace site. A Microsoft executive says that while downloading Windows from the Web won't appeal to the majority of PC users, it lets the world's largest software company establish an online beachhead for future sales.

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196901658&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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Microsoft, Nortel Roll Out Unified Communications Products A

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Microsoft, Nortel Roll Out Unified Communications Products And Services

The two companies made three new communications product announcements and rolled out 11 new services and a road map toward a jointly developed communications platform.

By J. Nicholas Hoover
InformationWeek

Jan 18, 2007 09:30 AM

Microsoft and Nortel Networks on Wednesday showed off the first fruits of a relationship made public last July with three new communications product announcements, 11 new services, and a road map toward a jointly developed communications platform that aims to unify the management and use of disparate IP communications applications and servers.

"For many, many years, both companies have really been in the business of communications," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a crowd of more than 100 customers, analysts, and members of the press. "It was inevitable that you started to see the convergence of communications. We're really trying to accelerate that transition in a way that drives new scenarios and drives cost and complexity out of the infrastructure."

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196901663&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_winsecurity

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Trend Micro preps Vista security suite

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Internet Security 2007 for Vista to ship on 30 January

Robert Jaques, vnunet.com 18 Jan 2007

Trend Micro will begin shipping its Certified for Windows Vista internet security suite on 30 January.

The security firm's Internet Security 2007 has been available for Windows XP and older versions since September 2006. But the full suite will shortly be made available for Vista users.

For Windows Vista consumers just wanting antivirus and anti-spyware, the company announced that the Certified for Windows Vista Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware 2007 will be available on the same day.

Read more: http://www.snpx.com/cgi-bin/news55.cgi?target=182631616?-11434

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TJX Says System Breached, Customer Data Stolen

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By Reuters
January 18, 2007

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)?TJX Cos Inc., which operates the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls chains, said on Wednesday that the computer systems that process its customer transactions had been breached and customer information had been stolen.

The off-price retailer said it discovered the intrusion in mid-December, but it does not yet know the full extent of the theft or the number of customers affected.


"The company is committed to providing its customers with more information when it becomes available," Framingham, Massachusetts-based TJX said in a prepared statement.

Read more: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2085244,00.asp

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Commercial-grade redundant client-server backend systems - f

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Commercial-grade redundant client-server backend systems - for SPAM

The Warezov gang is using variants of Warezov and Medbot/Horst to send out medication and replica spam. The Rustock gang is using Mailbot.AZ and variants to send out stock spam. The Warezov gang is apparently operating from China and the Rustock boys from Russia.

For more background info, read the "Connecting the Warezov domain dots" entry posted two months ago.

Read more: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/

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Mule Farming

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Fake web sites have been used to recruit money mules for quite a while. When cops investigate phishing or carding cases, the trail usually ends with the mule who might not have realized at all that he's actually laundering money for crime gangs.

Here's one site mule recruitment site which is offline by now:

Read more: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/

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Port 20000/TCP Activity

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If you have more information or corrections regarding our diary, click here to contact us.

http://isc.sans.org/port.html?port=20000

This port has been reported as the default port for Usermin servers and the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) at NIST does show several Usermin issues in the last year, but nothing obviously related to the current activity.

CVE-2006-4246
Published: 9/19/2006 CVSS Severity: 3.3 (Low)
CVE-2006-4542
Published: 9/5/2006 CVSS Severity: 7.0 (High)
CVE-2006-3392 (VU#999601)
Published: 7/6/2006 CVSS Severity: 2.3 (Low)

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Microsoft Fixes Flawed Excel Patches

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The download covers problems found in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean editions.

By Gregg Keizer
InformationWeek

Jan 18, 2007 02:13 PM

Microsoft on Thursday issued a revised set of patches for multiple flaws in its popular Excel spreadsheet program that were first fixed more than a week ago.

The re-release was necessary, said Microsoft, to quash a problem that cropped up in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean editions.

Version 2.0 of MS07-002, the security bulletin released Jan. 9 that patched five Excel bugs, all of them pegged as "critical" for Excel 2000 and "important" for later editions, has been posted to the Microsoft support site.

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196901868&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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Microsoft Lines Up Vista Security Partners

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Eleven security vendors promise to have Vista-ready products when Microsoft's new operating system is availavle to consumers at the end of the month.

By Gregg Keizer
InformationWeek

Jan 18, 2007 01:54 PM

Microsoft on Wednesday simultaneously touted the security prowess of Windows Vista and bragged about the number of third-party products that stand ready to defend users from online criminals.

The 11 vendors that Microsoft highlighted include two -- Symantec and McAfee -- that have repeatedly crossed swords with the Redmond, Wash., developer over security provisions of Vista. Microsoft, however, seemed to put that all behind, at least temporarily, for the Jan. 30 consumer launch of the new operating system.

Read more: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196901862&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_Security

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Sophos slams "irresponsible" whistleblowers

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By Stephen Withers
Thursday, 18 January 2007
Sophos security analyst Ron O'Brien has criticised the disclosure of information collected by a phishing scan aimed at MySpace users.

Instead of notifying the relevant organisations about the browser flaws being exploited and the phishing site, "The whistleblowers took their act a step further by publicly directing others to the stolen information online. By exposing the logins and passwords, thousands of innocent people, many of whom are young adults, are now at risk for identity theft or worse," according to a statement issued by Sophos.

Read more: http://www.snpx.com/cgi-bin/news55.cgi?target=182559173?-14215

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