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by roddy32 / November 8, 2004 7:35 AM PST

I apologise if this is a repeat but I never saw this until today. It is in the PC World Magazine December 2004 issue and was posted on the web November 3, 2004. The link was just posted today on Spybot S&D's web site. It compares some of these scam paid versions of Spyware/Adware removers to free applications such as Spybot S&D and is a good read.

Poor Defenders

Some anti-spyware companies use confusing ads, and our tests show their $20-$60 products are less effective than free competitors.
Andrew Brandt
From the December 2004 issue of PC World magazine
Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The article is on this link.,aid,118362,pg,1,00.asp

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What Threat Is Posed by Stolen Cisco Code?
by Donna Buenaventura / November 8, 2004 3:44 PM PST
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An opinion by Sean Gallagher published for eWeeks Labs:

The Source Code Club's offer to sell stolen source code for Cisco's PIX firewall might pose some security risks to Cisco's customers. But the real damage is more likely to be to Cisco's reputation and bottom line.

Once again, hackers are trying to sell what they purport to be the source code for Cisco's PIX firewall. But it isn't clear that there's any threat posed to customers by the code. In fact, the only people who might benefit from the code are Cisco's competitors.

The "Source Code Club" is offering to sell the PIX code for $24,000. But it's not certain that anybody buying the code would be able to use it to find holes in the firewall software any more effectively than they could without it—unless they have significant software development and computing resources to examine the 37 MB of uncompiled code.

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Vendors issue an application security challenge
by Donna Buenaventura / November 8, 2004 3:47 PM PST
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A trio of Web application security companies has challenged competing vendors to evaluate products against a set of test criteria developed by the three.

The companies - Imperva Inc. of Foster City, Calif., NetContinuum Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., and Teros Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.-announced what they said are minimum standards for application security products today at the Computer Security Institute's annual conference in Washington.

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Czech virus writer joins anti-virus firm
by Donna Buenaventura / November 8, 2004 3:52 PM PST
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A prominent former virus writer has secured a job developing anti-virus software. Benny, one-time member of the 29A virus writing group, has begun work as the main developer of Zoner Anti-Virus (ZAV), according to an entry on his home page.

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