Network Security Roundup for November 18, 2003

TechNewsWorld: RFID Tags and the Question of Personal Privacy18-Nov-03 7:21 ETStory Highlights:“Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is an old technology that has been quietly revolutionizing business and industry. Over the past several years, the technology has helped optimize inventory and business systems and has made consumers’ lives more convenient. But some industry watchers say RFID has the potential to become a threat to user identification security.”

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The Register: Cisco Combats Network Worms18-Nov-03 8:22 ET

Story Highlights:“Cisco Systems is to combat the spread of computer worms across internal networks. Cisco’s Network Admission Control program is designed to minimise the threat posed when mobile or guest users connect infected PCs to internal company networks. Infections from worms such as Blaster and Nimda are frequently traced back to mobile or remote workers; their PCs are less likely to have AV protection and up-to-date security. Often, infections from such sources break out long after the initial viral onslaught.”

Full Story on The Register New PayPal Mimail Variant Spreading Rapidly18-Nov-03 6:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Just days after being hit by the Mimail.i worm, PayPal users are now under attack from Mimail.j, which is spreading rapidly. In the past day, around 25,000 users have been infected by Mimail.j, the latest mass-mailing worm designed to target PayPal users. According to security company F-Secure, Mimail.j is almost identical to Mimail.i but seems to be spreading more quickly than its predecessor.”

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NetworkWorldFusion: Red Hat Offers New Security Course18-Nov-03 6:42 ET

Story Highlights:“Red Hat Tuesday said it is offering a new training course, designed to improve the security skills of users. The course, called RH423 Red Hat Enterprise Directory Services and Authentication, will cover directory services, authentication and security configuration for companies running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (RHEL 3), Red Hat said.”

Full Story on NetworkWorldFusion Microsoft Ties with Japan University on Security18-Nov-03 8:33 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft and Waseda University, one of Japan’s top universities, signed a provisional agreement under which the two will co-operate in training of computer software engineers. The training programme will include a course in Windows security, to be offered from April 2004, which will include a series of lectures given by Microsoft Japan engineers.”

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