Network Security Roundup for October 6, 2003

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The Register: NetScreen Nets Neoteris for $265m06-Oct-03 9:55 ET

Story Highlights:“NetScreen Technologies today announced an agreement to acquire SSL VPN company Neoteris in a deal valued at $265 million. The acquisition, for approximately $245 million in stock and $20 million in cash, represents the security industry’s largest acquisition of a private company since May 2001.”

Full Story on The Register

Wired News: Students Toil as Spyware Hunters06-Oct-03 5:00 ET

Story Highlights:“Outraged by the damage inflicted by a fast-spreading spyware application, a pair of high school students have teamed up to fight back. Jay Cross Jr. and Christopher Carlino, two high school seniors from Stamford, Connecticut, are determined to track down the creators of Xupiter spyware software and take them to court.”

Full Story on Wired News Four U.S. Men Plead Guilty to Software Piracy06-Oct-03 4:54 ET

Story Highlights:“Four men in the U.S. have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. The criminal prosecutions are the first cases to be brought as a result of a 15-month software piracy investigation known as Operation Safehaven, which has resulted in the seizure of thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs. Dozens of computers and servers, including the largest “warez” site in the U.S. to date, were also seized.”

Full Story on IM Menace Quadruples06-Oct-03 10:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Attacks on instant messaging (IM) systems have increased by 400 percent within a year, according to the latest Internet Threat Report from security specialist Symantec. Experts predicted the growth would continue in line with the increasing use of IM as a business tool.”

Full Story on VNUnet

SecurityFocus: Linux vs. Windows Viruses02-Oct-03 13:59 ET

Story Highlights:“We’ve all heard it many times when a new Microsoft virus comes out. Someone on a mailing list or discussion forum complains about the latest in a long line of Microsoft email viruses or worms and recommends others consider Mac OS X or Linux as a somewhat safer computing platform. In response, another person named, oh, let’s call him ‘Bill,’ says, basically, ‘How ridiculous! The only reason Microsoft software is the target of so many viruses is because it is so widely used!'”

Full Story on SecurityFocus

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