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Senator calls for investigation of Windows XP

New York Senator Charles Schumer called Tuesday for an investigation into "anticompetitive" practices in Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows XP operating system and urged the U.S. Department of Justice to make the cessation of such practices a cond...

New variant of Code Red worm found

The same company that discovered the original Code Red worm which has been wreaking havoc worldwide this week said late Friday that it has identified a variant of the worm which is harder to track.

With new IIS worm, security practices questioned

A new Internet worm has been spotted that attacks Microsoft Corp. Internet Information Server (IIS) systems that are vulnerable to a month-old security flaw. The worm could lead to denial of service attacks against affected sites, according to the re...

Russian arrested for alleged DMCA violations

Turns out the Def Con hacker convention wasn't all fun and games; it also produced one high-profile arrest. Dmitry Sklyarov, a Russian programmer at the Moscow firm ElcomSoft Co. Ltd., was arrested by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Mo... dispenses advice on defacements

When nonprofit security site decided in late May to stop mirroring Web site defacements, the group blamed the volume of defacements and said their hobby had become a "thankless chore." On Thursday, members of Attrition gave a talk at th...

Worms will become dynamic, smarter

As if they aren't enough trouble already, Internet worms are going to take an evolutionary leap, worm researcher Jose Nazario said here Wednesday at the fifth annual Black Hat Briefings conference.

Developer previews new Nessus security tool

A developer of the open-source network scanning tool Nessus gave attendees of the Black Hat Briefings conference here a sneak peak of the upcoming version of the software Wednesday, touting better and faster scans, improved reporting features and red...

Mazu unveils TrafficManager to stop DDoS attacks

In the battle to stop Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, a flood of new products have been offered recently. Many of these products offer a faster response to DoS attacks, but few promise to actually stop them. Newcomer Mazu Networks, howe...

Flaw in Front Page on MS IIS can lead to trouble

A flaw in Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) versions 4 and 5 - software used to run an estimated 6 million Web servers worldwide - can let an attacker execute code of his choice on the server, the company said Friday. The security hole is...

VeriSign begins taking applications for .biz

VeriSign, the company which oversees the .com, .org and .net domain names and will do the same for a number of soon-to-be-added domains, said Tuesday that it would begin taking applications for the upcoming .biz Top Level Domain (TLD) immediately.

Another serious security hole in Microsoft IIS

Due to a "serious" flaw in Microsoft's Index Server 2.0 and Indexing Service -- software that enables full-text searches and indexing in Windows NT 4.x and Windows 2000 -- an attacker may be able to take full control of Web servers running on those o...

Security hole in SQL lets attackers take over

A security flaw in Microsoft's SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 2000 Gold can allow an attacker to take control of a targeted server, the company said in a security bulletin late Tuesday night. Microsoft issued a patch for the flaw at the same time it r...

Virus hoax warns people to delete AOL

Perhaps the greatest thrill for any prankster is to have his hoax taken as truth. Just such a thing has happened to Ray Owens, who runs a Web site called Joke A Day.

SDMI loses 27 members, gains 9

The Secure Digital Music Initiative, a multi-industry attempt to create a standard for secure, copyright-friendly digital music files, has lost 27 members, but gained nine new ones, according to a filing made by the body to the US Department of Justi...

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