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Microsoft fails to use own security product

NetScreen Technologies Inc., a company that makes firewall and virtual private network hardware and software, announced this week that it had gained a major customer: Microsoft Corp.

Network Associates tries again for McAfee.com

No doubt taking to heart the motto that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, security software firm Network Associates Inc. (NAI) Monday said that it would try for a third time to acquire the 25 percent of McAfee.com Corp. that it does not ...

Xerox reduces 1997-2001 income by $1.4 billion

The wildfire of accounting controversies engulfing Enron Corp. and tech-sector companies such as WorldCom Inc. is scorching another company Friday as Xerox Corp. announced that it would have to restate its 1997 to 2001 earnings due to accounting irre...

Palladium concerns Microsoft's competitors, not lawyers

Microsoft's Palladium security system has sparked concern among some of the company's competitors in the operating system market, as well as with consumer and digital-rights advocates, but lawyers and security companies are less troubled.

Users question JPEG virus, McAfee stands firm

Users and antivirus vendors are questioning the seriousness of a virus announced recently by McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates, as well as the manner in which McAfee doled out details about the virus.

MIT project shows new interface technologies

Imagine a future in which you could tell your computer to move a folder inside another, and just by pointing with your finger, it would happen. Or being able to command your computer to print your vacation pictures on the nearest color printer, and n...

Apache exploit circulating, users urged to patch

If users have put off patching their Apache Web servers against the vulnerability discovered Monday, they should wait no longer, as an exploit to attack the security hole is now circulating on the Internet, according to Oliver Friedrichs, director of...

Will Aussie teleportation news improve cryptography?

Earlier this week researchers at the Australian National University said they had successfully teleported a laser beam, a development which the researchers said in press reports would have deep implications for computing and cryptography. But not so ...

McAfee: New virus is first to infect image files

A new virus can, for the first time, infect image files, according to antivirus software company McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates. This means that the virus could be spread through Web sites containing infected image files, and force...

Microsoft patches patch, moves to fill Gopher hole

Microsoft released two security bulletins late Tuesday, the first updating a patch the company released for a handful of its chat software clients in May and the second detailing a work-around to a flaw in its Internet Explorer Web browser that comes...

Yahoo patches instant message hole

Yahoo offered fixes for two security holes in its Yahoo Messenger (YM) application late last week, holes that could have allowed an attacker to run code of their choice or modify content within YM on a vulnerable PC.

Microsoft announces security bug in its debugger

A security hole in the application used by Microsoft operating systems to debug programs while they are in use could allow an attacker to take control of applications running on affected systems, Microsoft said in a security bulletin Wednesday.

Toshiba flexes its LCD might with new display

The flat world of traditional LCD (liquid crystal display) panels had a curve thrown its way Tuesday when Toshiba America Electronic Components announced a flexible LCD at the Society for Information Display show in Boston.

Toshiba, Kodak, DuPont fire up OLED displays

Toshiba America Electronic Components and the Eastman Kodak were among the companies who announced developments and displayed new wares in the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) field Monday and Tuesday at the Society for Information Display confere...

Trend Micro upgrades products, unveils strategy

Antivirus firm Trend Micro Tuesday announced a new suite of services designed to help users block viruses from entering their networks after an outbreak but before virus definitions are available, as well as clean up after outbreaks. To accommodate t...

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