10/21/2006

Gartner: Vista PatchGuard Changes Will Take Years

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Research firm Gartner on Thursday said that Microsoft’s proposed changes to Windows Vista security, particularly plans to create APIs that will let security vendors access some aspects of the operating system kernel, will take years to implement.

Source: InformationWeek

Spam Trojan Installs Own Anti-Virus Scanner

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Veteran malware researcher Joe Stewart was fairly sure he’d seen it all until he started poking at the SpamThru Trojan—a piece of malware designed to send spam from an infected computer.

The Trojan, which uses peer-to-peer technology to send commands to hijacked computers, has been fitted with its own anti-virus scanner—a level of complexity and sophistication that rivals some commercial software.

“This the first time I’ve seen this done. [It] gets points for originality,” says Stewart, senior security researcher at SecureWorks, in Atlanta, Ga.

“It is simply to keep all the system resources for themselves—if they have to compete with, say, a mass-mailer virus, it really puts a damper on how much spam they can send,” he added.

Source: eWeek

IBM To Deploy Academia’s Largest Supercomputer

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IBM and Harvard University have announced plans to deploy the largest Blue Gene supercomputer in American academia.

The CrimsonGridBGL, would rank among the 50 fastest supercomputers, according to IBM, which cited statistics from the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites. At its peak, the supercomputer can perform 11 trillion floating point calculations per second (teraflops), according to IBM.

Faculty and researchers from Harvard University ’s Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS), will deploy the computer for a variety of studies, including those focusing on cells, the circulatory system and the heart, computer systems, integrated circuits and the formation of galaxies. It is also likely to help university departments analyze financial risk and epidemiology.

Source: Yahoo

Firefox 2 Will Be Released Oct. 24

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Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s recent release of Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla will release the second major version of its rival Firefox browser on Tuesday, October 24.

According to Mozilla Vice President of Products Christopher Beard, Firefox 2.0, which should be available on Tuesday if all goes according to schedule, includes key new usability features missing in the new IE 7.

Source: PC World

Judge Denies Demand To Shut Down Spamhaus

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A federal judge has rejected an e-mail marketing company’s request that the Internet domain assigned to Spamhaus, a non-profit organization based in the U.K., be suspended, giving the anti-spam group’s blacklist a reprieve and avoiding a clash over U.S. rulings against the Internet.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kocoras denied the proposed motion from e360Insight, an Illinois-based company that sued Spamhaus for adding its domain to the blacklist, a database of spammers and suspected spammers that is widely used by spam filtering services and software. Spamhaus did not contest the case, claiming that the U.S. court had no jurisdiction.

Source: Yahoo

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