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NEWS - March 26, 2006

by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2006 3:17 AM PST
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Hotmail-targeted computer viruses could attack China next
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2006 12:10 PM PST
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week

"Experts on Sunday warned Chinese computer users to be wary of a worm virus designed for the Hotmaile-mail system, which is likely to break out next week.

It is the first time that China has detected a worm virus targeting Hotmail during Internet supervision, and the damage caused by this virus will be increased as the number of Hotmail users grows quickly, announced the Tianjin-based National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-03/27/content_4348042.htm

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Hacked: 33 .nz websites per month
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2006 12:15 PM PST
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There is a need for intrusion prevention, says secure network vendor

On average 33 .nz websites are hacked every month, says Ken Low, senior security manager of 3Com Asia Pacific, secure networks vendor.

From December 2000 to March 2006, 2,123 .nz websites were hacked, he says. Of these, 1,641 had a .co.nz address, but .net.nz, .org.nz, .govt.nz and others have been hit as well. Low says there is no particular area of the .nz domain that is more secure or safe.

Compared to other OECD-countries, 33 websites hacked a month is at the mid to low level. Australia is much worse off, says Low. Nearly 200 government websites were hacked in Australia over a couple of years, while in New Zealand the equivalent number would be closer to 15, according to Low.

http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/7243E0AF730DA0A9CC25713B00003AD1

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Microsoft security chief to step down
by Donna Buenaventura / March 26, 2006 12:48 PM PST
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"After four years at the helm of Microsoft's security group, Mike Nash is taking a break. This June he will go on sabbatical after handing over responsibilities to his replacement, Ben Fathi.

Nash led Microsoft's Security Technology Unit during a period in which the security of Microsoft's products was increasingly scrutinized following a number of worldwide worm attacks, including Slammer and MyDoom.

The 15-year Microsoft veteran was responsible for directing Microsoft's response to these threats as well as for setting its overall security strategy as the software vendor struggled against a public perception that its products were insecure.

Nash's departure was announced Thursday as part of a sweeping reorganization of the company's Platforms & Services Division."

http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/03/24/76801_HNmssecuritychiefstepsdown_1.html

Microsoft Realigns Platforms & Services Division for Greater Growth and Agility
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/mar06/03-23PSDReorgPR.mspx

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