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NEWS - June 28, 2006

by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 5:30 PM PDT

IBM Offers Free Security Tools to Developers

IBM is making available a set of enterprise I.T. security tools in an effort to help application developers take a proactive approach in combating the onslaught of hackers, identity thieves, and other digital miscreants.

The primary objective of this free offering -- which includes data-encryption software and a Java-based set of development tools -- is to give developers the ability to integrate better protections within business applications while they are being created rather than after the fact.

More in http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_title=IBM_Offers_Free_Security_Tools_to_Developers&story_id=13000003EREC

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Top 10 network hackers named
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 5:36 PM PDT
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3Com's Asia Pacific CyberThreat Research found the top 10 hackers to target Australian private and public bodies had racked up 1,337 attempts to compromise networks already for the calendar year to 23 June.

The most prominent hacker or hackers, "hackbsd crew" -- named after the BSD operating system -- racked up 369 attempted intrusions from January to June.

Some distance behind was "Hacker1" with 204 attempts, and "TiTHacK" with 142. Other top 10 hackers were aLpTurkTegin (134), coldraider (106), Amfibi-Slayer (104), TC-THC (102), iskorpitx (69), LORD (60) and oldschool (47).

The attempts were reported by security researchers and academies such as those from the SANS Institute, according to 3Com company TippingPoint's Digital Vaccine Team, which conducted the research.

More in http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Top_10_network_hackers_named/0,2000061744,39261489,00.htm

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Symntec announced "Norton Confidential"
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 5:42 PM PDT
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Symantec Corp. today announced Norton Confidential, a comprehensive online transaction security solution that will allow consumers to transact on the Internet with confidence that their personal information will remain safe. Designed to restore consumers' trust in the online world, Norton Confidential protects consumers at the moment they are transacting and provides unprecedented zero-hour protection against fraudulent Web sites and crimeware. Separate versions of Norton Confidential are scheduled to be available for users of the Windows operating system in September and the Macintosh operating system in October.

More in http://symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20060626_01

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Security software slaps IE in "Sandbox"
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 5:53 PM PDT
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GreenBorder Pro uses virtualisation-like technologies to separate IE from the rest of the system, so that if malicious software does execute, it doesn't actually touch the computer.

A California company better known for "sandbox"-style security aimed at enterprises on Tuesday launched consumer software that puts Internet Explorer in a protected virtual machine. The approach blocks some malware from reaching the operating system and lets users "wipe" the browser slate clean to return IE to a pristine state.

Continue reading at http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=34163

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Anti-virus market hits $4bn
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 5:56 PM PDT
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Worldwide anti-virus software revenues hit $4bn last year, 13.6 per cent up on sales from 2004. According to analyst firm Gartner, the market is almost evenly split between enterprise and consumer sales, with shares of 51.5 per cent and 48.5 per cent respectively.

Gartner reckons the consumer market for anti-virus software is becoming commoditised, a development it reckons will spur product changes that will impact on enterprise software products. Chief among developments in the consumer segment is a move towards offering all-in-one security suites, which offer firewall and anti-spyware features as well as defences against computer viruses and Trojans.

The top three vendors - Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro - accounted for 86 per cent of the "mature" anti-virus software market in 2005.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/26/av_market_gartner/

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CDT Issues Spyware Enforcement Report
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 6:20 PM PDT
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Give us open access to Whois data, says US gov't
by Donna Buenaventura / June 27, 2006 6:25 PM PDT
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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made a pitch for open access to Whois, saying the databases are a key weapon in its fight against spyware and other internet fraud.

The agency on Tuesday called access to the Whois databases, which contain contact information for website operators, "critical to the agency's consumer protection laws". It was responding to a recommendation from an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) committee to restrict use of the data to strictly "technical purposes".

More in http://management.silicon.com/government/0,39024677,39159942,00.htm

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OneCare Firewall: a light-weight approach to a heavy-duty
by Donna Buenaventura / June 28, 2006 4:05 AM PDT
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problem

Agnitum, the maker of Outpost Firewall reviewed Microsoft's OneCare Firewall

''Although the program is very intuitive, nice to look at, and easy to use - which is good for the program's target audience of inexperienced users - its functionality is a big let-down and does not serve that inexperienced user audience well. It reminds us of those a colorful and feature-rich Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) with nothing behind them that you sometimes see at exhibitions, because the vendors couldn't finish the whole program in time. Microsoft OneCare needs a serious overhaul before it can be considered anything more than just a fancy interface with no real security under the hood.

- The OneCare firewall failed all but the simplest leak tests and does not offer even the most basic intrusion detection capability, leaving users' PCs wide open to being hijacked into a botnet
- The OneCare firewall database of pre-approved applications is very small, and adding each new application requires several user interactions and a reboot
- Application access rules are limited to 'allowed' and 'not allowed'-users cannot configure different rules for different types or times of usage, such as allowing IE to connect with some but not all websites
- Similar limitations apply to network file access and remote desktop operations
- The Windows Defender anti-spyware component of OneCare imposes significant delays on program execution, and is updated on a separate schedule than other OneCare components''
http://www.agnitum.com/news/securityinsight/issues/june2006

via Sunbelt Blog

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Maybe Firefox doesn't have a security edge after all
by Donna Buenaventura / June 28, 2006 4:16 AM PDT
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Ed Bott put into test the claim "Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware, and phishing." by Mozilla.org

Read about it (screenshots provided) at http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=85

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