Network Security Roundup for October 29, 2003

TechNewsWorld: Microsoft, Security and the Road Ahead29-Oct-03 7:21 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft officials are promising to provide more help in solving security threats that have plagued users of the company’s best-known products. But Microsoft will rely on third-party vendors to provide at least some of the solutions. Also, users won’t get improved security without rolling up their sleeves and taking a more active role in learning about security issues.”

Full Story on TechNewsWorld

The New York Times: Big Companies Add to Spam28-Oct-03 12:26 ET

Story Highlights:“Ever wonder how a certain company sending unsolicited e-mail messages got your address? Michael Rathbun, the director of policy enforcement at Allegiance Telecom, an Internet service provider in Dallas, says he thinks he has much of the answer. Some five years ago, Mr. Rathbun bought a Palm hand-held organizer and, in registering it on Palm’s Web site, gave the company an e-mail address he never used for anything else. Lately, that one address alone has been receiving dozens of e-mails a month offering everything from travel clubs to acne remedies.”

Full Story on The New York Times

The Register: Suspected Paedophile Cleared by Computer Forensics28-Oct-03 11:56 ET

Story Highlights:“IT forensics firm Vogon has explained how its work helped clear a man accused of storing child pornography on his computer by proving his PC was contaminated by Trojan horse infection capable of downloading illicit images onto his machine.”

Full Story on The Register

ZDNet: No Pirates North of the Border29-Oct-03 9:26 ET

Story Highlights:“The Recording Industry Association of America is suing hundreds of Americans for allegedly sharing copyrighted music on peer-to-peer networks. But so far, their Canadian neighbors have not been targeted for file swapping, even though networks such as Kazaa, Grokster and Morpheus appear to be just as popular north of the border.”

Full Story on ZDNet

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