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NEWS - June 2, 2005

by roddy32 / June 1, 2005 9:53 PM PDT
Panel paints grim picture of cybercrime battle
By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 1, 2005, 10:45 PM PT

SAN JOSE, Calif.--Consumers, government and technology companies have to step up to the plate to thwart increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, experts on a security panel said Wednesday.

In a discussion before a group of Silicon Valley business people organized by the Churchill Club, a panel including representatives from Cisco Systems, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security discussed recent changes in cybercrime and what can be done to fight it.

A grim picture was painted of reality. Hackers were once perceived to be teenagers testing computer security for fun. But over the past year-and-a-half or so criminals, spammers and the teens who know how to hack have joined forces in online crime rings, said Marcus Sachs, deputy director of the Cyber Security R&D Center for Homeland Security.

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McAfee to buy Wireless Security Corp.
by roddy32 / June 1, 2005 9:55 PM PDT
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By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 1, 2005, 6:45 PM PT

Security software maker McAfee is expected to announce as early as Thursday that it plans to acquire Wireless Security Corp., which would give it a greater presence in the consumer Wi-Fi security market, CNET News.com has learned.

With the acquisition of the privately held company, McAfee will receive additional security software in the consumer space, increase the number of security services it can provide and approach additional service providers such as America Online with services they can in turn offer to its customers, said a source familiar with the companies.

Representatives for two companies were not immediately available for comment.

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Apple plugs QuickTime security hole
by roddy32 / June 1, 2005 9:57 PM PDT
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By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 1, 2005, 5:43 PM PT

Apple Computer on Tuesday released QuickTime 7.0.1, an update to its media player software that promises several enhancements, but also fixes a security flaw, the Mac maker said in an advisory. A QuickTime movie containing a maliciously crafted Quartz Composer object could give an attacker access to local data and send it to an arbitrary Web location, the Apple posting said. The QuickTime update modifies the Quartz Composer plug-in to fix the issue, the company said.

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Microsoft agrees to antitrust tweaks of XP
by roddy32 / June 1, 2005 11:18 PM PDT
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by Declan McCullagh , Staff Writer, CNET News.com | Published: 6/1/05

Internet Explorer's icon will become less visible. Meanwhile, Microsoft and the Justice Department discuss Longhorn. Microsoft has agreed to make modest changes to Windows XP in response to criticism from an antitrust compliance committee.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department and some states charged that Web-related resources, such as saved HTML files, continued to be denoted by an Internet Explorer icon, even when it was not the default browser. Also, the filing said, disabling Internet Explorer in XP does not automatically delete user-created shortcuts pointing at the application.

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Bagle variants hit with three-stage punch
by roddy32 / June 2, 2005 12:59 AM PDT
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Published: June 2, 2005, 7:46 AM PDT
By Matt Loney
Special to CNET News.com

The latest variants of the Bagle worm have alarmed antivirus companies because of the multiple-stage process they use to attack PCs.

The variants, which Computer Associates has given a new name--Glieder--because it says they are so different from previous Bagle worms, combine several elements in a way not seen before. In this staged approached, viruses seed their victims, then disarm them, and then finally exploit them.

"We've seen blended threats before where a virus uses several methods to spread, but not like this" said Chris Thomas, a Computer Associates Australia security architect.

The Win32.Glieder worm spreads using a common mass-mailing method, relying on people to click on an attachment so it e-mails itself on to names in the address book. "This is the beachhead," said Thomas. "The whole point is to get to as many victims as fast as possible with a lightweight piece of malware." On Tuesday, CA saw eight variants released.

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Commwarrior cell phone virus marches on
by roddy32 / June 2, 2005 4:35 AM PDT
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Published: June 2, 2005, 11:07 AM PDT
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Network security experts F-Secure say there's a relatively simple reason why even the savviest cell phone owners are falling prey to a new virus.

Phone owners are duped because the virus, known as Commwarrior, is attached to premium cell-phone e-mail known as MMS, which makes incoming e-mail look as if it was sent by someone the victim knows, according to F-Secure's analysis of an interview conducted with a Commwarrior victim in Finland.

"People just are unwilling to mistrust something coming from a friend," F-Secure representative Marie Clark wrote in an e-mail.

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CA launches antispam for home PCs
by roddy32 / June 2, 2005 6:33 AM PDT
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