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Google's new Gmail service has been outfitted with a number of security features designed to thwart phishing con artists. Its new anti-phishing security measures are designed to alert users of suspected e-mail scams. The anti-phishing security feature disables hypertext links inside e-mails. Phishing scams typically involve redirecting users onto fraudulent sites once they have been lured by a cleverly disguised e-mail from a familiar company or service provider. Gmail has also provided a prominent "Report Spam" button to its users. Any messages reported as spam get sent to a separate folder and Google's antispam software is notified. The company's help pages say that "the more spam you mark, the better our system will get at weeding out those annoying messages." This is the latest in a series of innovations Google has made to hamper hackers and the like. In October ... (more)

IBM Disk Storage Systems Achieve Double Digit Growth Rate Worldwide

IBM announced that it has gained share and achieved double digit revenue growth worldwide in overall disk storage systems, according to the latest quarterly storage tracker results from IDC. Led by 13.4 percent year-over-year growth in worldwide external disk storage systems revenue for the second quarter of 2005, IBM's disk storage systems year-over-year growth in revenue was higher than that of three of the top six storage vendors. Additionally, IBM was one of only three of the top five storage vendors to achieve double digit growth and gain share overall in disk storage systems.... (more)

Imation Outlines Storage Strategy at Analyst and Investor Forum

Imation, a worldwide leader in removable data storage media, laid out its competitive strengths across the four pillars of storage before financial analysts and investors in New York City. "Imation has the broadest product portfolio of removable data storage media," said Bruce Henderson, Imation's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our offerings span magnetic, optical, solid state flash and removable hard drives -- the four pillars of storage. No other company has such a broad offering of media across major market sectors, technology platforms, and applications. In addition, ... (more)

Sasser: Microsoft Offers Removal Tool, Seeks Worm Source

A recent increase in malicious activity on the Internet, including the development of attack tools and exploit code, has resulted in an automated attack against computer users in the form of a worm identified as "W32.Sasser.worm" ("Sasser"). Through this worm, the attacker is attempting to exploit systems that are not protected against the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) vulnerability, which is mitigated by the use of a firewall and fixed in Microsoft Security Update MS04-011 on April 13, 2004. There is additional malicious activity in the form of variants of a... (more)

"Google's Down!?!?!?!?" - Google Search Performance Flubbed by MyDoom

Google confirmed yesterday that it experienced "slowness" for a short period of time because of the MyDoom virus. Google users experienced problems whether their own computer was infected or not. This is because the virus struck at the Google's own servers, potentially slowing it down for non-infected computers using it by bombarding the search engine with requests until its servers couldn't cope. The attack was directed at Lycos, Altavista, and Yahoo too. In Google's case, the attack received most publicity since it coincided with the company's long-awaited announcement on the va... (more)