2 arrested over Yahoo! BB leak

Tokyo police arrested two men on Sunday for allegedly obtaining client data from Internet service provider Softbank BB Corp, in a massive leakage of such data that came to light in January, investigative sources said.


The two men – Yutaka Tomiyasu, 24, and Takuya Mori, 35 – were arrested on charges of attempted extortion in connection with the leakage of data on about 4.6 million subscribers to the company’s Internet connection service Yahoo! BB.


http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=2&id=300419

Hackers racing even faster to beat latest security patches

A new patch can act as a trigger for hackers as both sides use more sophisticated techniques


Computer hackers and spammers are making use of new software tools that let them quickly analyze software patches to determine the vulnerability they are designed to fix. With that knowledge in hand, they quickly set about breaking into computer systems before IT staffs have had time to test and install the patches.


“When Microsoft releases a patch, it’s like a starting gun going off,” says Steven Hofmeyr, chief scientist and founder of Sana Security in San Mateo. “This process used to favor the defender, but now it takes only a few hours for hackers to analyze and strike.”


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Belkin to Offer Free STOPzilla Subscriptions to Customers

STOPzilla, the leading developer in Adware/Spyware suppression technology, announced Belkin Corp. will include free STOPzilla subscriptions to buyers of select wireless networking products.


Belkin will offer a free, six-month STOPzilla subscription to customers who purchase its new High-Speed Mode (HSM) Wireless G Router, HSM Wireless G Desktop Network Card and HSM Wireless G Notebook Network Card. The HSM Wireless G line will begin shipping on June 30, 2004.


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Microsoft To Spend $300 Million on Mega Patch

Microsoft says it will spend around US$300 million to support the launch of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (XP SP2).


The security-centric Windows XP update, which had star billing at this week’s TechEd conference, will be available as a “critical” download via Microsoft’s Windows Update Web site and will ship with all new PCs as part of an agreement with OEMs and computer retailers.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nf/20040528/tc_nf/24271

Class Action Settlement for VirusScan version 3 and 4 users – Free software

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over McAfee VirusScan versions 3 and 4. If you are a U.S. resident and you bought a retail version of McAfee VirusScan version 3 or version 4, then you are a member of the class. As a member of the class, you may receive a free download version of your choice of one of the three McAfee perpetual products: (1) VirusScan version 8, (2) AntiSpyware version 1.0, or (3) QuickClean version 4.01 (collectively “Software”).


In order to receive your free Software download, you must do the following:
Complete the certification form below. Then select Submit.
Once you have agreed to the class certification requirements, we will send you an email with a link to download your software.


NOTE: ALL RIGHTS WILL EXPIRE ON JULY 16, 2004. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE CLASS CERTIFICATION FORM AND DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE ON OR BEFORE JULY 16, 2004, OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO RECEIVE THE SOFTWARE.


http://software.mcafee.com/lcas/

Affiliates claim adware is ‘hijacking’ click-throughs

A war of words has broken out within the affiliate marketing community over the growing problem of spyware/adware products, which affiliates claim are threatening the model and impacting ROI.


Affiliates are reporting that an increasing number of adware companies are joining networks as affiliates and ‘hijacking’ their click-throughs. This is done at the point of sale, either through software that places an ad of a competitor in front of an affiliate’s own Web site or overwrites the affiliate’s links and takes the commission.


Eight UK networks, including Dealgroupmedia, Buy.at, Affiliate Window and Affiliate Future, have already banned these products from being used on their networks. But the two biggest networks, Commission Junction and TradeDoubler, are refusing to bow to pressure to follow suit.


http://www.newmediazero.com/lo-fi/story.asp?id=248002

Symantec eyes Thais with cut-rate antivirus software

Security software maker Symantec has launched a Thai version of its antivirus software costing half as much as its English counterpart.


The English edition of Symantec’s Norton family of products has been available in the country for many years, but Norton Antivirus 2004 is the first to be localized in the Thai language, said Norm Kohlberger, senior regional product manager for Symantec Asia-Pacific.


http://news.com.com/Symantec+eyes+Thais+with+cut-rate+antivirus+software/2100-1012_3-5222240.html

Sunbelt Software Announces New Server Monitoring Tool

New ‘ServerVision’ Provides Powerful and Affordable Server Monitoring to the SMB Market


Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of enterprise system infrastructure and security software, today announced the release of ServerVision(TM).  Targeted at server downtime and security issues, ServerVision provides affordable and powerful monitoring of local and remote servers, with automated actions and alerts based on pre-defined events and thresholds. Importantly, ServerVision is designed to be extremely easy to configure and use.


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