Network Security Roundup for November 17, 2003 Microsoft Builds Spam Filters into Exchange17-Nov-03 6:58 ETStory Highlights:“Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates used his keynote address yesterday at the annual Comdex 2003 trade show in Las Vegas to announce plans to make the company’s Exchange e-mail server better at stopping spam. The company is adding heuristics-based antispam capabilities to future releases of Exchange Server 2003, which will enable Exchange Server to stop spam e-mail messages before they reach users’ e-mail inboxes.”

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The Register: Bluetooth Is Attack Vector for Mobile Phones14-Nov-03 13:16 ET

Story Highlights:“Security researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in the authentication or data transfer mechanisms in some Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Data including a user’s entire phonebook and calendar could be nicked from a range of Nokia and Ericsson phones using what researchers Adam and Ben Laurie of A.L. Digital describe as a ‘SNARF’ attack.”

Full Story on The Register Keeping Watch for Interstellar Computer Viruses14-Nov-03 8:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft may have to fork up big bounty bucks trying to unearth future hackers, particularly when they are light years away on distant worlds. Add one more worry to the computerized world of the 21st century. Could a signal from the stars broadcast by an alien intelligence also carry harmful information, in the spirit of a computer virus?”

Full Story on B&Q Left Door Open for DIY Hackers14-Nov-03 6:52 ET

Story Highlights:“A major security flaw was exposed this afternoon on the website of UK retailer B&Q, It allowed a potential hacker relatively easy access to customers’ personal details, potentially including credit card numbers.”

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