Tech News

2003 December

      2003/12/07 –

Multimedia 802.11e standard speeds up

TheRegister

          The Wi-Fi Alliance says it will skip an interim certification for multimedia and voice over IP extensions to 802.11x, since it seems that the IEEE standards body will fast track the full standard, 802.11e, to be approved by June.

2003/12/05 –

Spam-Virus Marriage Seen As Leading Internet Threat Next Year

Informationweek

          E-mail security vendor MessageLabs says the use of viruses to commandeer PCs for sending spam is expected to accelerate in 2004.

2003/12/05 –

Security fears push users to open source

VNUnet

          Security concerns are prompting chief information officers (CIOs) to consider moving from Microsoft to open source on the desktop, according to a report from investment house Merrill Lynch.

2003/12/05 –

What To Look For in WLAN Switches

NetworkWorld

          Thin (some say dumb) access points are the way to go because they are less complex and will ease management, which is a vote of confidence for Airespace and Aruba Wireless Networks and flies in the face of the approach Cisco backs.

2003/12/05 –

F5 Networks Holds Top Position in SSL

TheWHIR

          F5 Networks announced this week that it has maintained its worlwide market share lead in the Layer 4-7 Switch/Load Balancer with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) category, according to a recent survey conducted by Infonetics Research. According to the survey, F5 led the market with a 50 percent share based on revenue, maintaining its top ranking in the category for the eleventh consecutive quarter.

2003/12/04 –

Organizing the resistance against spam

NetworkWorld

          Continuing our series on the spam problem, I’d like to highlight several organizations dedicated to fighting spam.

2003/12/04 –

IDC predicts top trends in 2004

NetworkWorld

        IDC Thursday announced its annual IT predictions for the coming year, and according to the research firm’s worldwide analysis, spending will increase and infrastructure will evolve to better support business-driven initiatives. (관련기사 :

Infoworld: IDC predicts ‘tech resurrection’ in ’04

        ,

ZDnet: Tech spending to rise in 2004, says IDC

          )

2003/12/04 –

IT security pros confident of defenses

Computerworld

        Despite a significant increase in reported security incidents over the past year, a survey released this week by two industry groups reveals a high level of confidence on the part of IT security professionals. (관련기사 :

TheRegister: The growing problem of identity theft

          )

2003/12/04 –

Trojans on the Rise, Say Computer-Security Experts

Newsfactor

          What Belthoff found most disturbing were signs of a coalition between spammers and Trojan programmers. Recent Trojans like Regate-A and Dmomize-A infect and essentially hijack computers, using them as bases from which to launch reams and reams of spam.

2003/12/04 –

Bugwatch: One size does not fit all

VNUnet

          E-security is a broad computing category with a diverse range of technologies providing different levels of assurance and protection. In common with standard real-world security, the level of protection employed should be commensurate with the environment, parties, and overall risk involved.

2003/12/04 –

Linux Security Expert Defends Debian

InternetNews

          A Linux expert is defending the way Debian Project leaders handled a recent security breach that took down the servers of the 10-year-old open source effort.

2003/12/04 –

What’s in store for Wi-Fi standards?

ZDnet

        Representatives from key industry groups gave an update on upcoming Wi-Fi standards that lay the groundwork for determining what tools manufacturers will have to work with as they develop new products in the coming years. (관련기사 :

eWeek: Wi-Fi to Face Interoperability Challenges

          )

2003/12/04 –

IBM submits privacy spec to W3C

NetworkWorld

          IBM has submitted a draft of its Enterprise Privacy Authorization Language (EPAL) to the World Wide Web Consortium to develop, the company announced this week.

2003/12/03 –

Securities Industry to Increase Reliance On Technology in ’04

CIOupdate

          After four down years for the capital markets, the second half of 2003 may signal the return of a market upswing with technology playing an increasing role.

2003/12/03 –

Firms fight 500 internet attacks a month

VNUnet

        Small companies are fighting off an average of 500 attacks each month from viruses, worms and denial of service attempts. Research commissioned by application switching provider Radware found that 70 per cent of the 50 small businesses it monitored experienced more than 1,500 attacks over a two-week period in August – largely because of the outbreak of the SoBig virus. (관련기사 :

TheRegister: A plague on all our networks

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Internetweek: Security Pros Fear Major Cyberattacks

          )

2003/12/03 –

Step-By-Step: Configure the Internet Connection Firewall to allow Remote Desktop

TechRepublic

          Remote Desktop and Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) are two new features in Windows XP. Remote Desktop allows you to connect to a remote computer and see its screen as if you were working on it directly. ICF prevents TCP/IP traffic from accessing your network and computer.

2003/12/03 –

Best Practices: Avoiding Computer Worms

ESJ

          Despite the stories pervading headlines about computer criminals, a disproportionate number of security incidents occur because that age-old problem: user error. For example, the simplest and least expensive form of attack is often social engineering’s retending to be someone to get access to business passwords, network information or the like.

2003/12/03 –

Yahoo Instant Messenger contains security flaw

NetworkWorld

        Security researchers are warning of a security hole in Yahoo’s Messenger that could allow attackers to run their own code on computers using the instant messaging program. (관련기사 :

ZDnet: Yahoo plugs IM security hole

          )

2003/12/03 –

Cisco warns of wireless security hole

NetworkWorld

        Cisco is warning customers using its Aironet wireless access points (AP) about a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to obtain keys used to secure communications on wireless networks. (관련기사 :

NetworkWorld: Cisco exec-Wi-Fi ready for the enterprise

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TheRegister: Cisco Wi-Fi kit in minor security flap ZDnet: Cisco airs out Wi-Fi vulnerability VNUnet: Cisco issues wireless Lan security alert

          )

2003/12/03 –

The end of the Wireless access point?

TheRegister

        Despite today’s Wi-Fi Planet show hype, the Pctel plan to turn all wireless PCs into access points isn’t the only way of doing this: Cirond’s SoftAP bundle was announced in May, and that let you do it yourself. (관련기사 :

Wi-Fi_Planet: 802.11b Finds Second Life

          )

2003/12/03 –

Expert: One-third of spam is homemade

ZDnet

          One-third of all spam circulating the Web is relayed through PCs that have been compromised by Remote Access Trojans (RATs), according to corporate spam and antivirus company, Sophos.

2003/12/03 –

Sobig virus tops charts for 2003

NetworkWorld

        The Sobig e-mail worm that clogged in-boxes in August was the most prolific virus of 2003, according to a top 10 list of viruses published by anti-virus software vendor Sophos. (관련기사 :

NetworkWorld: SoBig.F Continues To Pose a Threat

        ,

HelpNet-Security: Sobig-F Wins 2003 War Of The Worms

          )

2003/12/02 –

Firewall Market Expected To Soar

Newsfactor

        “There’s a push to drive the intelligence of the firewalls up the computing stack,” says Meta Group analyst Mark Bouchard, “and have more application awareness — and, therefore, more application control.” (관련기사 :

ZDnet: Study-Firewall sales to spread

        ,

Silicon: Firewall sales to skyrocket, say analysts

          )

2003/12/02 –

2004 Will Be the Year of Wireless (Really)

Ecommercetimes

          There are plenty of reasons why next year will likely be different (advancements in handset technology toward the multimedia ideal, network evolution toward 3G, data applications that appeal to consumer and enterprise customers alike, Wi-Fi), but local number portability is the most significant.

2003/12/02 –

Windows ATMs raise security concerns

Infoworld

          Last week’s revelation by Diebold that its automated teller machines (ATMs) operated by two financial services customers were struck by the W32/Nachi worm raises the specter of even wider disruptions from virus and worm outbreaks and highlights a growing security concern that cash machines running Windows XP and interacting with other Windows systems are vulnerable to attack.

2003/12/02 –

Virus damage costs increase fourfold

ZDnetUK

        Either enterprises are spending four times more cleaning up after virus and worm attacks this year, or they significantly underestimated their costs last year, according to new research. (관련기사 :

Silicon: Virus clean up costs four times higher than predicted

          )

2003/12/02 –

New Mimail Worm Targets Anti-Spam Sites

Internetweek

        The Mimail family of worms — which dominated most anti-virus firms’ lists during November — spawned a new member Tuesday. And it’s not one you want to invite home. (관련기사 :

Wired: Worm Aims to Disarm Spam Fighters ITweb: Mimail family rampages across Internet Computerworld: Spammers unleash e-mail worm to disable critics ZDnet: Antispammers again targeted by worm

          )

2003/12/02 –

Trust Issues Loom Over E-Commerce

EsecurityPlanet

          Thanks to constant phishing expeditions in which evil-doers spoof the e-commerce sites of major retailers, consumers have become much more aware about the dangers of offering up personal information online. That’s a good thing for consumers, but it may be bad for online merchants, especially those who haven’t become household words.

2003/12/02 –

China implements new Wi-Fi security standard

Cnet

          Chinese government agencies are prohibiting the import, manufacture and sale of Wi-Fi gear that does not use China’s new security specification, which is incompatible with standards technology industry groups developed.

2003/12/02 –

QuickStudy: WiMax

Computerworld

          Since the turn of the millennium, wireless networks have proliferated. Wi-Fi, the popular term for the capabilities created by a group of standards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., has freed us to move around our offices and many public places with our laptops and handhelds, yet still have instant, unencumbered access to our companies’ intranets and the Internet.

2003/12/02 –

Cooperative computing finds top prime number

ZDnet

          An effort in which thousands of people donate their computers’ unused processing power has uncovered the largest prime number so far known.

2003/12/02 –

Questions to ask when considering SSL remote access

NetworkWorld

          Whenever you buy technology that is new to you there can be surprises, and Secure Sockets Layer remote access technology is no exception. It’s easy to get the concept of what it does – enabling secure remote access over the Internet using a standard Web browser as the client software for the remote machine – but there are hosts of subtleties that you might not think to ask about.

2003/12/01 –

Balancing the benefits and risks of mobility

Computerworld

          There’s a wide spectrum of company policies governing the use of handhelds. On one end of the spectrum: Everyone from the CEO to the file clerk is purchasing handheld devices on his own and connecting them to the corporate network. There are no security measures, no management of user access controls.

2003/12/01 –

A better VPN on the way?

NetworkWorld

          There might soon be a new standard that makes IP Security VPNs more secure and easier to configure. After two years of deliberations, a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force is just about ready with a proposal to replace Internet Key Exchange (IKE), the protocol that manages encryption keys under the IPSec standards.

2003/12/01 –

Anti-spam market braces for shakeout

NetworkWorld

        With the onslaught of vendors jumping on the spam-fighting bandwagon, choosing the right anti-spam product can be almost as tedious as wading through an in-box of junk mail. But signs are pointing to a shakeout in the anti-spam market over the next year or two that will eliminate many of today’s players. (관련기사 :

NetworkWorld: How to-Fighting spam

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Internetweek: Fighting Spam Pays Better Than Sending It

          )

2003/12/01 –

Bad Policy Makes for Weak Passwords

Computerworld

          It’s unprofessional to break down and sob during a meeting, but I came pretty close a few times this week as I finally began to understand the details of the IT security systems and processes my new company uses to protect itself.

2003/12/01 –

Flaw in Linux kernel allows attack

ZDnet

        The Debian Project warned on Monday that a flaw in the Linux kernel helped attackers compromise four of the open-source software project’s development servers. (관련기사 :

eWeek: Researchers Find Serious Vulnerability in Linux Kernel

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PCworld: Serious Linux Security Flaw Found

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NetworkWorld: Linux kernel vulnerability behind Debian attack

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SecurityFocus: Debian’s Response

          )

2003/12/01 –

Red Hat Linux to gain security stamp of approval

Computerworld

        Red Hat is pushing to have its commercial Enterprise Linux software certified under the Common Criteria (CC) Scheme worldwide, and has anticipated the OS solution will gain accreditation by the end of this year. (관련기사 :

Cnet: Red Hat Linux nears security clearance

          )

2003/12/01 –

Using RADIUS For WLAN Authentication, Part 1

Wi-Fi_Planet

          As described in my last primer, WLAN security can be significantly strengthened by using 802.1X to control access point (AP) “port” access and deliver dynamic keys to authenticated users. Authentication Servers based on the RADIUS protocol play a key role in 802.1X.

2003/12/01 –

LWAPP brings harmony to WLANs

NetworkWorld

        Centralized security and management of wireless LANs is a rapidly growing trend in which a WLAN device such as a switch, appliance, or router is used to create and enforce policies across many streamlined, or lightweight, radio access points. (관련기사 :

NetworkWorld: Alliance to pass WME, go directly to 802.11e

          )

2003/12/01 –

Top 10 viruses and hoaxes reported to Sophos in November 2003

ITweb

      Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has revealed the top 10 viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world.

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Industry News

2003 December

      2003/12/07 –

CA enters Web services management

ZDnet

          Computer Associates on Monday is expected to deliver its first Web services management products and announce an array of related partnerships.

2003/12/05 –

Microsoft aims for a seamless digital world

NetworkWorld

          Microsoft’s “seamless computing” vision is about making software and devices work in sync with consumers’ lives, John O’Rourke, consumer strategy director at Microsoft, said Friday.

2003/12/05 –

Yahoo pitching anti-spam initiative to industry

NetworkWorld

          Yahoo has developed a system it says will go a long way toward curbing spam, but the technology’s success is dependent on its widespread industry adoption beyond the borders of Yahoo’s e-mail servers.

2003/12/04 –

HP to expand Debian Linux support

Infoworld

          In an effort to cater to vertical markets and customers who want customized applications that require changes to the Linux kernel, Hewlett-Packard Co. is planning to expand support offerings to customers who run the Debian Project’s version of the operating system.

2003/12/04 –

Sun looks to lead Linux onto desktop

Infoworld

          Sun Microsystems Inc. has just rolled out its first Linux-based desktop software and is working to secure deals with governments and businesses to deploy it, but the company isn’t targeting Microsoft Corp., a Sun executive said Thursday.

2003/12/03 –

New Arm processor core targets WLAN, Bluetooth chips

NetworkWorld

          Less is more, at least when it comes to Arm’s new processor core design. The company Wednesday said it reduced the size and the number of transistors on its new ARM968E-S core in order to reduce the power consumption of chips used to connect to wireless networks.

2003/12/02 –

Radware claims first high speed security switch to prevent DoS attacks

PCpro

          Security switching specialist, Radware has introduced a new high security switch DefensePro. The product is claimed to be the first such product able to support intrusion prevention and real-time Denial of Service protection to secure applications across high speed networks.

2003/12/02 –

NCipher and Core Street team on crypto

Infoworld

        Cryptographic security company nCipher is teaming up with user credentialing startup CoreStreet Ltd. to sell technology that can supply digital credentials to millions of users over computer networks and disconnected “offline” environments, the companies announced Monday. (관련기사 :

Computerweekly: Crypto firms team on product bundling

          )

2003/12/02 –

Symantec fixes product activation glitch

ZDnet

        Security software maker Symantec has fixed a problem in the company’s product activation technology that was causing its Norton family of security applications to fail. (관련기사 :

Computerworld: Symantec issues patch to fix product activation problems

          )

2003/12/01 –

NetScreen Secure Access Appliance Wins Network Computing Magazine Editor’s Choice Award in Competitive SSL VPN Lab Review

NetScreen

          NetScreen Technologies, Inc., today announced that its NetScreen-SA 5000 Series SSL VPN, formerly the Neoteris® Access 5000 Series, has won the coveted Editor’s Choice Award from CMP Media LLC’s Network Computing magazine in an extensive SSL VPN industry competitive lab review.

2003/12/01 –

Symantec calls for partner teamwork

VNUnet

          Symantec chief executive John Thompson urged vendors and resellers to collaborate on end-to-end security products at the recent Comdex show.

2003/12/01 –

Exchange to receive anti-spam filter

VNUnet

      Microsoft will build anti-spam technology into its Exchange Server from the middle of next year, a move resellers of third-party software say could benefit the whole market.