Network Security Roundup for September 15, 2003

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Washington Post: Companies Scramble To Patch Software Holes15-Sep-03 07:16 ET

Story Highlights:“A series of major software security alerts issued by Microsoft Corp. over the past two months is causing headaches for corporate system administrators worldwide. Testing new Microsoft patches and rolling them out to affected systems is taking weeks or months at many companies, stretching overworked IT departments and delaying other technology projects.”

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MSNBC: Should Microsoft Be Liable for Bugs?12-Sep-03 19:32 ET

Story Highlights:“A defect is found in one of the world’s most popular products. Less than a month later, its consequences emerge — idling workers around the globe, causing huge losses for businesses and generally inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of people. Under different circumstances, this scenario might be a class-action lawyer’s dream. But the product in question is software, and the companies that make it claim special protections from liability through the licensing deals that come as a condition of using their programs.”

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CNN: Virus Writers Hard To Track on Net13-Sep-03 09:05 ET

Story Highlights:“In the murky underworld of computer crime, this was as close as investigators ever get to a smoking gun. The hacker accused of releasing a variant of the Blaster worm that shut down computers around the world in August left a calling card — his online alias stitched into the code of the malicious program itself.”

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Computerworld: Attacks on New Windows Flaws Expected Soon15-Sep-03 12:08 ET

Story Highlights:“Companies will have even less time than usual to properly protect themselves against attackers attempting to take advantage of three critical flaws in Windows software that were revealed last week by Microsoft Corp. Because the flaws are nearly identical to the one that the Blaster worm exploited last month, users can expect to see copycat attacks in the very near future.”

Full Story on Computerworld

The Register: PGP Makes Email Encryption Easier15-Sep-03 14:06 ET

Story Highlights:“PGP Corporation today introduced simpler email encryption in which the burden of securing email messages is shifted from the client to the network. PGP Universal software suite, launched today, represents a new architecture for the company. The complexity of email encryption systems has long been a factor holding back deployment. Some vendors have responded to by repackaging encrypted email as a Web-based service.”

Full Story on The Register

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