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NEWS - October 10, 2005

by roddy32 / October 9, 2005 11:09 PM PDT
Microsoft takes stand on 'virtual' licensing
By Martin LaMonica, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: October 10, 2005, 6:00 AM PT

Microsoft is taking a stand on an emerging technology that threatens to reshape software pricing models.

The company on Monday is expected to detail changes to its server product licensing to better accommodate virtualization software, an emerging technology that big companies are eyeing as a way to consolidate servers and cut costs.

Advocates argue that virtualization lets companies reduce the number of servers they need by letting jobs run more efficiency on a smaller number of machines. Virtualization software such as Microsoft's Virtual Server, EMC's VMware and XenSource's Xen lets a server simultaneously run multiple operating systems, or multiple instances of the same operating system. Each instance essentially behaves as a self-contained computer.

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Why phishing isn't just a crime against individual users
by roddy32 / October 9, 2005 11:12 PM PDT

by John McCormick Published: 10/10/05

Phishing scams are on the rise, and some are even beginning to target businesses rather than individual users. But regardless of the target, phishing takes a toll on more than the actual individual victim. John McCormick discusses the long-range effects of these scams and analyzes a pioneering new anti-phishing law.

We're still waiting for those Microsoft security bulletins, which Redmond has promised to release this week, and there's still a nice lull in new vulnerabilities and viruses. However, we can't say the same for phishing scams, which are still on the rise.

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U.S. cybersecurity due for FEMA-like calamity?
by roddy32 / October 10, 2005 12:34 AM PDT

By Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: October 10, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been fending off charges of responding sluggishly to a disaster.

Is the cybersecurity division next?

Like FEMA, the U.S. government's cybersecurity functions were centralized under the Department of Homeland Security during the vast reshuffling that cobbled together 22 federal agencies three years ago.

Auditors had warned months before Hurricane Katrina that FEMA's internal procedures for handling people and equipment dispatched to disasters were lacking. In an unsettling parallel, government auditors have been saying that Homeland Security has failed to live up to its cybersecurity responsibilities and may be "unprepared" for emergencies.

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Symantec wants to secure your memories
by roddy32 / October 10, 2005 1:19 AM PDT

By Munir Kotadia, ZDNet Australia
Published on ZDNet News: October 10, 2005, 7:59 AM PT

SYDNEY--Symantec is looking to exploit technologies acquired from Veritas Software to provide an Internet-based service through which consumers can automatically back up and remotely access important files, such as their digital photographs.

At a conference here Monday, Symantec's chief technology officer, Mark Bregman, said the security giant is looking at how it would be able to combine the technologies gained from its merger with Veritas to provide new services for consumers, small businesses and large enterprises.

According to Bregman, much of the information stored on consumer PCs is unimportant or can be retrieved from other sources, but the driver behind online backup systems is ensuring that in case of disaster, consumers do not lose valued items such as digital photographs.

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Google fixes Web site security bug
by roddy32 / October 10, 2005 5:29 AM PDT

By Joris Evers
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: October 10, 2005, 12:05 PM PDT

Google has fixed a security flaw on its Web site that opened the door to phishing scams, account hijacks and other attacks, security researchers said Monday.

The flaw, known as a cross-site scripting vulnerability, existed on the Web site for Google's AdWords advertising program and a customer training site, according to security company Finjan Software, which discovered the problem.

Attackers could have exploited the flaw to hijack Google accounts, launch phishing scams or even download malicious code onto users' computers, according to Finjan. Phishing scams are designed to trick people into giving up sensitive information such as user names, passwords, credit card details and Social Security numbers.

Finjan informed Google of the bug late last month and the problem was fixed within 30 hours, said Limor Elbaz, a vice president at Finjan, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. "Google's responsiveness was very good," she said.

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