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StopBadware.org adds to its hall of shame list

StopBadware.org (<a href="http://www.stopbadware.com">http://www.stopbadware.com</a>), the organization dedicated to highlighting software that consumers might prefer to avoid, Wednesday added another round of software programs to its "Badware Watch ...

StopBadware.org names first hall of shame inductees

The StopBadware.org group, which was launched in January with the goal of becoming an online "hall of shame" for spyware and questionable adware, has begun naming software applications it recommends users think twice about before installing.

Symantec sees future in online protection services

Though the technology may still be in the lab, Symantec says its plans for the future include the delivery of online protection services that prevent phishing and identity theft while also warning about spyware-infested Web sites.

McAfee releases beta of Policy Enforcer

McAfee Monday announced it is making available the beta version of its desktop-based policy enforcement software that can provide over 400 different security checks before allowing a LAN connection or remote VPN access.

Los Angeles division of FBI makes botnet-related arrest

The Los Angeles division of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday arrested a 20-year-old man on charges that he illegally made thousands of dollars by setting up a botnet of compromised computers to sell them for hacking and spam purposes...

Botnets turning into spyware enemy No. 1

The security industry has had a hard time defining spyware, much less eliminating it. But according to many, there's one type of spyware that's among the most dangerous: the botnet.

Symantec hooks up security firm

Symantec Thursday announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire start-up WholeSecurity, maker of behavior-based security and anti-phishing products. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

McAfee unveils security gateways

McAfee this week unveiled a line of multi-purpose Internet security appliances intended for content filtering, taking its first step into gateway-based anti-spyware protection.

Trend Micro to buy anti-spyware firm InterMute

Trend Micro Tuesday announced its intent to acquire privately held anti-spyware software provider InterMute, which makes both consumer and enterprise SpySubtract products, for US$15 million.

Axalto unveils smart card powered by .Net

Axalto this week offered up a smart card based on Microsoft's .Net technology, which could make it easier for corporations adopting .Net for Web services to develop card-based security.

Microsoft's new patch raises questions about its tools

Questions are being raised about how well Microsoft's own tools for scanning and patching are working to apply its most recent patch, MS04-003, to correct security vulnerabilities associated with what's called the Microsoft Data Access Component.

Microsoft to buy Romanian antivirus company

Microsoft has announced it is buying Bucharest, Romania-based antivirus software vendor GeCAD Software Srl for an undisclosed price, triggering speculation from analysts that Microsoft has its eye on competing directly in the antivirus market.

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