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CERT, ISS urge users to patch Internet Explorer

Two prominent security groups urged Microsoft Internet Explorer users to apply the latest cumulative security patch for their browsers early this week, calling the flaws "serious" and the need to apply the patch "imperative."

CERT: Flaws in SNMP could threaten 'Net

Flaws in how SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is implemented in a raft of products could allow attackers to stage denial of service attacks, take over systems and threaten the Internet, according to a new alert from the federally funded comp...

McAfee Visual Trace to merge with firewall

In an attempt to add a new layer of features to its Personal Firewall service, McAfee.com will integrate the Visual Trace traceroute application with its firewall in March, according to Sam Curry, McAfee.com security architect.

ISS patches hole in BlackICE firewall

A week after first issuing an alert about the problem, firewall and intrusion-detection system vendor Internet Security Systems (ISS) released a patch to fix a security flaw in its BlackICE security products that could have led to a denial-of-service...

MSN Messenger flaw can disclose user data

Microsoft confirmed Friday that its instant messaging programs MSN Messenger and the Windows Messenger included with the company's Windows XP operating system can allow users' names and e-mail addresses, as well as those of all their chat buddies, to...

Investor service ponders downgrading CA's credit rating

Microsoft confirmed Friday that its instant messaging programs MSN Messenger and the Windows Messenger included with the company's Windows XP operating system can allow users' names and e-mail addresses, as well as those of all their chat buddies, to...

Telnet flaw in Windows 2000 could mean denial of service

If you don't succeed the first seven times, try, try (and try some more) again. That seems to be the lesson Friday as Microsoft acknowledged new vulnerabilities in the Telnet code included in Windows 2000, eight months after issuing a patch that fixe...

New York sues Network Associates over license terms

New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Thursday filed suit against Network Associates Inc. seeking to end restrictions that he charges Network Associates places on what its customers may say about the company.

Antipiracy tool leads to DoS in Office for Mac

A security vulnerability in an antipiracy tool included in Microsoft Corp.'s Office v. X for the Macintosh can allow an attacker to crash applications in Office, Microsoft said in a bug alert Thursday. The company has released a patch to fix the prob...

New partnership promotes PC user security

The US National Cyber Security Alliance, a new partnership of government agencies and private organizations and companies, announced its presence Thursday with a campaign aimed at helping home users and small businesses secure their computers and "do...

US authorities nab alleged Russian hacker

In mid-January, Russian law enforcement, with help from the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested a computer hacker who had attempted to extort US$10,000 from a U.S. bank, according to a Secret Service agent.

Netscape flaw leaves cookies unsecure

A security flaw in Netscape Communications Corp.'s Navigator Web browser can let malicious Web site operators view the information stored in cookies on a user's computer, according to a security note published on Netscape's Web site.

Check Point appliances target small businesses

With an eye toward extending its reach to the lower-end of the security market, leading firewall and VPN (virtual private network) vendor Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Monday announced Small Office NG, a new firewall/VPN package for small bu...

CERT: AOL's ICQ chat app has security flaw

A security hole in America Online Inc.'s ICQ chat program could allow attackers to run the code of their choice on a computer using the program, the federally-funded computer security organization Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center ...

Wozniak turns the Wheels of Zeus

One half of the team that helped launch the personal computer revolution -- the man who co-founded Apple Computer Inc. -- is bringing a new company to the high-tech world.

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