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NEWS - September 1, 2004

Spam volume keeps rising

Rising tides of spam are drowning the usefulness of e-mail, according to a new report from IDC.

Spam has accounted for 38 percent of the 31 billion e-mails sent each day in North America in 2004, up from 24 percent in 2002, the market researcher said.

Improved content filtering and antispam tools will help fight the problem, as will the growing use of alternative communications means, such as video conferencing and instant messaging software.

More in http://news.com.com/Spam+volume+keeps+rising/2100-1032_3-5339257.html

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Oracle Patch Set Plugs Widespread Server Holes

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Oracle issued a security alert and downloadable patch release Tuesday to plug multiple vulnerabilities scattered across its database server products. The patches are designed to lock down exploits affecting a variety of Oracle's Database, Application Server, Collaboration Suite and Enterprise Manager products.

According to the alert, the new patches eliminate security flaws in the Database Server and the Listener offerings. Officials at Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle Corp. listed its Database Server exposure risk as "high" if unpatched, and they noted that exploiting some of the vulnerabilities requires network access but no valid user account.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1641525,00.asp

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Spammers use sender authentication too, study says

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New WiFi security adds strong encryption

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A new security specification for wireless networking incorporates the Advanced Encryption Standard, opening the door for certification under the Federal Information Processing Standard.

WiFi Protected Access 2 is a technical specification from the Wi-Fi Alliance based on the recently approved 802.11i standard.

The combination of AES and dynamic key sequencing should help satisfy government concerns about wireless networking, said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

"A lot of users have been waiting on the sidelines for 802.11i," Hanzlik said.

http://www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/security/27135-1.html

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Symantec joins antiphishing group

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Antivirus software company Symantec Corp. said on Wednesday that it joined a group devoted to fighting online identity theft attacks known as "phishing scams."

The company announced that it was joining the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), an association of Internet service providers, technology vendors and law enforcement officials dedicated to identifying and thwarting phishing attacks.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/09/01/HNsymantec_1.html

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MessageLabs, Symantec team on antispam service

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MessageLabs, a provider of e-mail security services, will use Symantec's Brightmail filtering technology as part of its own antispam service, the company said Wednesday.

The company said the Brightmail technology will help it create a more multilayered defense against spam.

Mark Sunner, chief technology officer of MessageLabs, told Silicon.com that making use of third-party, best-of-breed technology has always been at the heart of MessageLabs' plans. This latest development is something the company has been thinking about "for years," he said.

http://news.com.com/MessageLabs%2C+Symantec+to+partner+on+antispam/2100-7355_3-5340237.html

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Mozilla.org Relaunched

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mpeach writes "Mozilla Organization has launched its new Web site and it's looking a fair bit sleeker than it used to. No new product releases to go with the new look unfortunately, but, according to the Firefox 1.0 Roadmap, release candidates of the latest browser are getting closer by the day."

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/01/2130211

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