180Solutions Dismisses Zone Labs Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 30, 2006 – Zone Labs®, a Check Point company, today announced that online advertising software purveyor 180Solutions has voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit filed in November 2005 against the Internet security company.

The suit sought to force Zone Labs to alter the way its ZoneAlarm software labeled technologies utilized by the Zango and 180Search Assistant programs. 180Solutions did not offer any reason for dismissing the suit in paperwork filed to the court, and there was no negotiated settlement. No changes were made to ZoneAlarm’s software, its log ranking of the Global Windows Hook or the OSFirewall alert language as a result of the suit or specifically with regards to 180Solutions software.

“From the inception of the suit, we believed it had no merit,” said John Slavitt, general counsel for Check Point Software Technologies, parent company of Zone Labs. “ZoneAlarm alerts are triggered by the behavior of a program, not its name. If the 180Solutions software exhibits suspicious behavior, we alert our customers accordingly. We did not make any concessions or reach a settlement after the suit was filed.”

More at Zone Labs: http://download.zonelabs.com/bin/free/pressReleases/2006/pr_1.html

Microsoft Security Advisory (904420)

Microsoft Security Advisory (904420)
Published or Last Updated: 1/30/2006

Microsoft wants to make customers aware of the Mywife mass mailing malware variant named Win32/Mywife.E@mm. The mass mailing malware tries to entice users through social engineering efforts into opening an attached file in an e-mail message. If the recipient opens the file, the malware sends itself to all the contacts that are contained in the system’s address book. The malware may also spread over writeable network shares on systems that have blank administrator passwords.

Please read the complete advisory at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/904420.mspx

Websense Alert: Yahoo! Account Compromise through Yahoo! Messenger

Websense Security Labs has received several reports of a new phishing attack that targets Yahoo! customers. Users receive a message through Yahoo! Instant Messenger, enticing them to access a website with “click on this website.”

Upon clicking on the website, users are forwarded to a fraudulent website, which is hosted in the United States and was up at the time of this alert. It requests their Yahoo! Photos username and password. Once users have entered their username and password, they receive an error message that their email account was incorrect, at which time the account information is forwarded to a third party and the end-users’ account information could then be compromised.

Read more at Websense

Federal Officials Announce Workshop in Cleveland To Fight Fraud Targeting Hispanics

The Federal Trade Commission and the United States Postal Inspection Service will hold a media availability, following a one-day workshop for law enforcement, government, and community groups, to promote education and awareness of fraud aimed at Spanish-speaking consumers and to develop law enforcement response.


Websense Security Labs Launches Global Phishing, Crimeware Threat Map and Security Blog

Websense, Inc. announced an interactive Global Phishing and Crimeware Threat Map from Websense Security Labs.  The Phishing and Crimeware map displays the most recent data collected by Websense Security Labs and provides a historical look into where phishing and crimeware related websites are hosted on the internet.  Upon discovery, each site is looked up via its IP address to track the country of origin through the appropriate IP registrars and plotted on the map.

The Global Phishing and Crimeware Threat Map enables visitors to view the location of phishing and crimeware sites on an interactive map of the world.  The data is updated by Websense Security Labs approximately 15 minutes after discovery.  Visitors may search threats around the globe by geographic region, date and threat types.

In addition to highlighting trends and security events, Websense Security Labs has also begun publishing a security blog available to visitors. 



The Next Big Thing … Dual-Core Processors

National Survey Examines Ways that Multi-Taskers’ Challenge Computer Performance

In the link below are some of the results of The 2005 Technology Report: Hot Issues Facing the Industry, a study conducted quarterly by Harris Interactive. The most recent study was conducted online from December 2 to 8, 2005 among 1,039 U.S. adults, of whom 1,012 are computer owners.


Laplink created PCdefense

Software provider Laplink, which has been providing PC utility software for over 23 years, has used its expertise to create PCdefense. Laplink’s leadership in providing secure file transfer, synchronization, migration, remote control, and other software has now prompted the company to address the dangers facing consumers and businesses alike due to current online PC security gaps.

PCdefense takes a new approach to protecting PC users and their computers. The product addresses deficiencies in conventional and popular security products that are leaving millions of Internet users vulnerable to privacy violations, identity theft, and catastrophic attack.


Oracle no longer a ‘bastion of security’: Gartner

Analyst group Gartner has warned administrators to be “more aggressive” when protecting their Oracle applications because they are not getting enough help from the database giant.

Gartner published an advisory on its Web site just days after Oracle’s latest quarterly patch cycle, which included a total of 103 fixes with 37 related to flaws in the company’s database products. Some of the flaws carry Oracle’s most serious rating, which means they’re easy to exploit and an attack can have a wide impact.

According to the advisory, which was posted by Gartner analyst Rich Mogull on Monday, “the range and seriousness of the vulnerabilities patched in this update cause us great concern.… Oracle has not yet experienced a mass security exploit, but this does not mean that one will never occur.”

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