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NEWS - May 16, 2005

New phishing attack uses real ID hooks
Published: May 15, 2005, 9:00 PM PDT
By Matt Hines
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Security researchers are reporting a new brand of phishing attack that attempts to use stolen consumer data to rip off individual account holders at specific banks.

Workers at hosted security services company Cyota are sharing the details of this more sophisticated form of phishing threat, which forsakes the mass-targeting approach traditionally used in the fraud schemes in favor of taking aim at individual consumers. The security company would not disclose the names of the banks involved in the attacks, but said that its list includes some of the largest financial-services companies in the nation.

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Check Point on the defensive

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By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: May 16, 2005, 4:00 AM PT

For Check Point Software Technologies, the best defense may be a reinvigorated offense.

The company on Monday plans to unveil a major upgrade across a number of product lines, moving to unify its perimeter, internal and Web security offerings with a common code base. The new NGX platform upgrades the core technology in its VPN, firewall and management software products.

But Check Point, a pioneer in firewalls and virtual private networks, faces vulnerabilities of its own. It has been slow to roll out new products, analysts say, and only recently has started to show signs of a willingness to change. The competitive landscape is looking harsher, too, with the looming presence of networking heavyweights such as Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks and software giants like Microsoft.

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Pentium 4 loophole could let in hackers

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Published: May 16, 2005, 10:08 AM PDT
By Peter Judge
Special to CNET News.com

Intel is acting to calm fears that technology in its Pentium 4 processors will enable hackers to steal passwords by reading "footprints" in the cache.

Hyperthreading, introduced in Intel's Pentium 4, could allow hackers to access secure information, according to Colin Percival, a 23-year-old Ph.D. student from Vancouver, British Columbia. The technology makes software run faster by letting two threads run on the same processor at the same time.

The attack, revealed Friday in a paper delivered at the BDSCan conference in Ottawa, relies on a spy process installed on the server and sharing the L2 cache with an OpenSSL cryptographic process. The spy process observes the time taken for certain cache operations and deduces what the other process is doing (which Percival refers to as "footprints in the cache"), gathering information that could help crack the desired password.

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Symantec buys in antipiracy tools

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Published: May 16, 2005, 10:34 AM PDT
By Kristyn Maslog-Levis
Special to CNET News.com

Symantec is beefing up its antipiracy efforts with the acquisition of Brisbane, Australia-based software licensing company XtreamLok. The 30-strong company develops advanced antipiracy and activation technologies that enable the licensing of software applications. Both companies refused to reveal details of the acquisition, which closed on Friday.

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