10/24/2006

Vista’s First Launch Expected In Canada

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft’s Canadian operation will apparently lead the way in rolling out the software giant’s new operating system, with a Vista launch scheduled for on Nov. 23 in Edmonton and later events to take place in other Canadian cities.

Microsoft’s Canadian operation leaked Vista pricing information on its Web site briefly last summer, before removing the data.

Source: InformationWeek

Microsoft: Bot, Trojan Infections High; Rootkits Low

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

New statistics from Microsoft’s anti-malware engineering team have confirmed fears that backdoor Trojans and bots present a “significant” threat to Windows users.

However, according to data culled from the software maker’s security tools, stealth rootkit infections are on the decrease, perhaps due to the addition of anti-rootkit capabilities in security applications.

Source: eWeek

eEye Launches Blink Pro Endpoint Security Suite

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

eEye Digital Security on Monday unveiled Blink Professional, an enterprise endpoint security suite that includes intrusion prevention, policy-based hardware access to lock out iPods and flash drives, and control over which processes are launched on the client.

At the same time, the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based security company also released Blink Personal, a stripped-down, free-of-charge edition for consumers.

Source: informationweek

U.S. students make politics a fantasy game

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Politics has become a game for a group of California college students who have launched an online video game, “Fantasy Congress,” in the lead-up to next month’s U.S. congressional elections.

The game, officially launched on Monday, is a new spin on the popular online fantasy sports games where players chose a team of real-life players and tally points based on their statistical performance.

In “Fantasy Congress” a player drafts a team of actual U.S. lawmakers and then competes against other teams.

Source: Yahoo

Intel follows AMD with CPU price cuts

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Intel this weekend pruned its processor prices, making a series of cuts to its Celeron lines and a handful of other CPUs, according to its public price list, which was updated yesterday - the same day in which arch-rival AMD also tweaked what it charges for chips.

Source: Reg Hardware

Fedora Core 6 released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Released this morning, Fedora Core 6 (FC6) includes many new features and performance enhancements that could potentially improve the desktop computing experience and simplify system management and administration. FC6 ships with GNOME 2.16 and KDE 3.5.4, X.org 7.1, and the 2.6.18 kernel.

Source: arstechnica

Microsoft Launches Completed Version Of Windows Defender

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft on Monday shifted Windows Defender from beta to final, and added limited free phone support to the no-cost anti-spyware software.

Defender — which launched as Windows AntiSpyware almost two years ago after Microsoft acquired New York-based GIANT Company Software in 2004 — had been most recently pegged as Beta 2. According to Microsoft, changes in the final include additional scanning performance improvements, support for the 64-bit edition of Windows XP, and automated spyware cleaning during scheduled scans.

Microsoft also announced free phone support for Defender, but limited the support to two calls per user.

Source: InformationWeek

Windows Defender Goes Gold, Removes Win2K Support

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Windows Defender, the free anti-spyware tool born out of Microsoft’s December 2004 acquisition of Giant Co., has hit the gold milestone, but Windows 2000 users might want to start looking for alternative protection.

At the RSA Europe conference in Nice, France, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Defender for Windows XP users and made it clear that the software will no longer support Windows 2000, which will be out of mainstream life cycle support in October 2006.

The final release is available Oct. 24 for Windows XP users, and Microsoft plans to ship it to other Windows-supported localized languages within a few weeks. Windows Defender will also be included as part of Windows Vista, which is scheduled for release in January 2007.

Source: eWeek

Open-source Java coming in ‘07

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sun Microsystems’ executive vice president of software, Rich Green, says that the company is “on plan” to release significant pieces of the open-source Java platform in the fourth quarter of this year and complete the process in 2007. Sun also intends to eventually release its Java Enterprise System, its Java server software suite, to open source

Source: techrepublic

SanDisk to secure online sales with USB Flash drives

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

SanDisk will next year bring secure computing to its USB Flash drives in a bid to persuade online banks, auction houses and retailers to use them to minimise unauthorised and fraudulent transactions.

The technology is called TrustedSignins and essentially embeds a “high performance” encryption engine into the Flash drive. SanDisk’s pitch to financial and retail institutions is that they will be able to provide customers with drives containing log-in software and highly-secure keys that provides a level of protection above and beyond the user’s own password and log-in name.

Source: Reg Hardware

Hacking contactless credit cards made easy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

US security researchers have demonstrated how easy it might be for crooks to read sensitive personal information from RFID-based credit and debit cards.

Tom Heydt-Benjamin and Kevin Fu, a University of Massachusetts professor from the RFID Consortium for Security and Privacy (RFID-CUSP), have shown how crooks might be able to skim sensitive information from cards - including card number, expiration and issue dates, and a cardholder’s name - without actually physically stealing the latest generation of credit cards.

The attack uses off-the-shelf radio and card reader equipment that could cost as little as $150. Although the attack fails to yield verification codes normally needed to make online purchases, it would still be potentially possible for crooks to use the data to order goods and services from online stores that don’t request this information.

Source: The Register

Microsoft Opens Up Sender ID

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft’s Sender ID e-mail authentication technology can now be used without fear of the software giant’s intellectual property lawyers.

The Redmond, Wash., company said Monday it is making the “Sender ID Framework” available under its Open Specification Promise program. That means Microsoft will not sue anyone who creates products or services based on the e-mail technology.

The move is part of an effort to promote interoperability among commercial and open-source software products, and among Internet access providers that utilize e-mail authentication, Microsoft said in a statement.

Sender ID is a caller ID-like system for e-mail meant to help fight spam and related cyberscams such as phishing. Microsoft has been pushing the technology for a couple of years as a partial solution to junk e-mail. Intellectual property issues around the technology have flared up in the past as a roadblock to adoption.

Source: News.com

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