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NEWS - November 16, 2005

by Donna Buenaventura / November 15, 2005 10:52 PM PST

Adobe unaware of tracking claims

Two Adobe officials -- John Hogerland, the technical marketing director for Adobe's Intelligent Document Business Unit and Mark Phibbs, marketing director for the Asia-Pacific -- claim they have no knowledge of the document tracking capability of Acrobat Reader. In June 2005, Remote Approach began offering a service to track PDF documents; authors could upload a PDF, which would then be tagged and centrally distributed by Remote Approach. Acrobat Reader 7.0 supports Javascript, enabling the tracking. Adobe is marketing its PDF file format as a document transaction standard to reduce manual work and increase security. PDFs are starting to gain ground against Microsoft Word documents as the favored format.


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Employee gadgets pose security risk to companies
by roddy32 / November 15, 2005 11:07 PM PST

By Joris Evers, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 15, 2005, 8:30 PM PT

WASHINGTON--The many gadgets carried around by workers today pose a real security risk to organizations and require action, session attendees at a security conference agreed Tuesday.

Smart phones, handheld computers, thumb drives, digital cameras, iPods and other MP3 players can all connect to computers. That's fine when used at home, but when connected to a work PC, the devices can pose a serious risk, said Norm Laudermilch, chief security officer at Trust Digital, a McLean, Va., mobile security vendor.

Connecting the gadgets to work PCs could lead to a number of unwanted scenarios, Laudermilch said. For example, malicious code that crept onto the device at home could enter the corporate network unseen by the firewall or intrusion detection software, he said.

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Group backs program to certify downloads
by roddy32 / November 15, 2005 11:09 PM PST

By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: November 15, 2005, 10:15 PM PST

WASHINGTON--A group of Internet companies plans to announce on Wednesday a new program to certify downloads so consumers can get friendly and non-invasive software.

The Trusted Download Program is backed by America Online, Yahoo, CNET Networks, Verizon and Computer Associates. The program is set to begin early next year in a trial version, when the Internet partners will get access to a list of applications certified by online privacy watchdog group Truste, according to a statement from the companies. (CNET Networks is the parent company of CNET News.com.)

"With consumers downloading more and more software, it's vital to give people real control over what they will allow on their computers," Fran Maier, executive director of Truste, said in the statement. The official announcement of the initiative is scheduled for Wednesday morning at an event here.

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U.S. reaches Net detente with U.N.
by roddy32 / November 15, 2005 11:12 PM PST

By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: November 16, 2005, 5:40 AM PST

TUNIS, Tunisia--The Bush administration and its critics at a United Nations summit here have inked a broad agreement on global Internet management that will preclude any dramatic showdown this week.

By signing the statement (PDF), the Bush administration formally endorsed the creation of an "Internet Governance Forum" that will meet for the first time in 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations. The forum is meant to be a central point for global discussions of everything from computer security and online crime to spam and other "misuses of the Internet."

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HP adds 60-day Symantec protection to PC lineup
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 2:19 AM PST

By Dinesh C. Sharma, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 16, 2005, 8:28 AM PT

Antivirus software from Symantec will be offered in business computers sold by Hewlett-Packard, the companies announced Wednesday. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus or Norton Internet Security AntiSpyware Edition will be bundled with HP's commercial notebooks, desktops and tablet PCs. After a free 60-day protection period, users can renew the service.

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Sun, Lucent team up on secure e-mail service
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 2:21 AM PST

By Alorie Gilbert, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 16, 2005, 9:29 AM PT

Sun Microsystems on Wednesday introduced an e-mail security service that enables Internet service providers to offer e-mail encryption to their subscribers.

Sun teamed with communications networker Lucent Technologies and encryption software company Echoworx to offer the subscription service, called Sun Secure Mail. Lucent has agreed to host the service while Echoworx will provide software. Sun will manage the provision of digital identities and message delivery.

The hosted service gives consumers the ability to encrypt e-mail at their desktops without changing their e-mail applications, said the companies, which are targeting ISPs and cable companies as potential customers.

"Service providers can immediately re-brand Sun Secure Mail and offer it as an instant-on service to their e-mail subscribers for a premium," Sun said in a statement.

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CA set to deliver defensive packages
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 3:47 AM PST

By Karen Said, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 17, 2005, 4:11 PM PT

Computer Associates International is set to unveil on Monday five Protection Suite bundles aimed at small and midsized businesses. The packages pull together CA's eTrust Antivirus, eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and BrightStor ARCServe Backup products. They also contain Desktop DNA Migrator, a system restore and recovery tool not included in an earlier version of Protection Suite.

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Deal aims to stamp out piracy on cell phones
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 4:15 AM PST

Published on ZDNet News: November 16, 2005, 12:05 PM PT

Antipiracy technology companies said on Wednesday they were hopeful that within months they would sign a license deal with mobile operators and handset makers for a common digital rights management system.

The licensing deal is expected to kick start a long-anticipated open standard for the protection of digital entertainment such as music, film and video on cell phones, offering more choice to consumers without the lock-in of a proprietary system.

"The beginning of 2006, that's what we're expecting," said Larry Horn, vice president of licensing at MPEG LA. The industry group represents the key patent holders of digital rights management, or DRM, software used in the open standard proposed by the Open Mobile Alliance.

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Bots slim down to get tough
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 4:17 AM PST

By Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 16, 2005, 11:53 AM PT

Malicious makers of bots are finding big is not always better, a security expert said during a security roundtable discussion Tuesday.

Over the past two years, the average bot network has dropped from more than 100,000 commandeered computers to an average of 20,000, said MessageLabs chief technology officer Mark Sunner during Tuesday's annual Security Roundtable Webcast.

The move to pint-sized bots come as malicious attackers find they have more success in delaying detection of their elicit zombie network.

"When a larger botnet is spreading a virus, it lights up the switchboard of (antivirus) vendors and they'll respond in a few hours with a signature to contain the outbreak," said Sunner, a roundtable panelist.

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Attack targets Sony 'rootkit' fix
by roddy32 / November 16, 2005 9:20 AM PST

By Alorie Gilbert, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: November 16, 2005, 3:52 PM PT

Sony BMG took another blow Wednesday, when a security company said it has found malicious attacks based on software designed to defuse the record label's "rootkit" problems.

Websense's security labs reported that it has discovered several Web sites designed to exploit security flaws in a rootkit uninstaller program issued by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. As reported earlier, some Sony CDs deposit rootkit-like code onto people's computers that leave them open to attacks.

Websense has uncovered only a couple of Web sites set up to attack flaws in the initial uninstall program, and the damage they cause appears to be minimal so far. One of them, hosted in the United States, simply restarts infected computers.

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