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The Finnish-based antivirus company F-Secure is recommending that systems administrators block access to all WMF files at HTTP proxy and SMTP level, as the Windows Metafile (WMF) vulnerability reported on Monday is confirmed as still applying to all the main versions of Windows: Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003. As of yesterday there had still been no patch issues by Microsoft. The vulnerability was first reported on December 27, says F-Secure, at which time Trojan downloaders were seen to be actively exploiting the vulnerability with fully patched Windows XP SP2 machines. At its "Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability Center," F-Secure reports as follows: "So far WMF exploits have been typically used to install spyware and adware although the threat of virus and worm exploits remain. Users can be infected simply by visiting a web site with an image file ... (more)

Live Webcast: SANs for Better Data Protection

"Beyond Consolidation: Using SANs for Better Data," a live interactive Webcast sponsored by EqualLogic, is slated for Wednesday, June 9th, 2004, at 10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT. Register now, and listen in to learn how SANs can enable better data protection. By centralizing backup environments, SANs can provide efficient disaster protection operations and rapid restores. Topics to be discussed include backup architectures (local, network, and SAN); extending disk-to-disk-to-tape backup configurations to truly optimized backup and recovery operations; and how replication provides both ... (more)

Infosecurity Remains a Top 5 Issue for CIOs, Report Confirms

The average security investment will peak at eight to 12 percent of information technology budgets in the United States by 2006, and in Europe and the Asia Pacific region by 2007, according to META Group, Inc. The market research and advisory firm expects these budgets to stabilize at five to eight percent in the United States by 2008 and in Europe and the Asia Pacific region by 2009. "Information security remains a top-five issue for CIOs, and the debate regarding appropriate investment levels continues to rage," said Tom Scholtz, vice president with META Group's Security & Risk ... (more)

Promise Launches iSCSI "SAN-for-the-Masses" Solution

Promise Technology has just launched the VTrak 15200 RAID storage system for iSCSI SANs. Promise's VTrak 15200 is a compact, 3U rackmount-optimized storage system that can be populated with up to fifteen low cost Serial ATA Drives (SATA) or Parallel ATA (PATA) drives. The VTrak 15200 system combines ATA RAID storage with a dual-port hardware-based iSCSI host interface that delivers up to 200 MB/sec throughput for cost-effective server clustering and SAN storage for mid-range enterprise, medium and small businesses. "By reducing the cost and eliminating many of the challenges tradit... (more)

Hackers May Be Profiling Targets via Internet Scans, Say Experts

According to a report at the Netcraft.com site, Internet scanning for servers running Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) has spiked in the past week, raising suspicions that hackers may be profiling targets for future attacks. Netcraft has a cosmopolitan client list, spread through the UK, the USA, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Scans of port 443, which is used by SSL, have surged since July 15. The report explains that SSL encrypts sensitive information for e-commerce transactions, and that its presence can therefore indicate a high-value target for cra... (more)