Bill Gates's e-mail last week - "Microsoft Progress Report: Security" - began
by noting that, while malicious code is nothing new, "only in the last few
years have the Internet, high-speed connections and millions of new computing
devices converged to create a truly global computing network in which a virus
or worm can circle the world in a matter of minutes."
"Meanwhile," Gates continued, "criminal hackers have become more
sophisticated, creating and distributing digital epidemics like Slammer,
Blaster, Sobig and Mydoom that spread almost instantaneously, threatening the
potential of technology to advance business productivity, commerce and
His e-mail then goes offer some insights into what he describes as
"Microsoft's significant investments in four areas of security," namely:
Isolation and Resiliency Updating Quality Authentication and Access Contr... (more)
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)
Sophos' global network of virus and spam analysis centers have warned of a
spam campaign that claims that Michael Jackson has attempted suicide in an
attempt to lure innocent computer users into being infected by a Trojan
The email claims that Michael Jackson has attempted to commit suicide. But
clicking on the link will cause infection.
Sophos has identified hundreds of the spam messages being sent, preying on
intense media interest in the trial of the controversial popstar. The spam
emails have the following characteristics:
Subject: Re: Suicidal aattempt
Message text:... (more)
It may not be certain any longer whether or not Google will complete an IPO
this year, but it now looks certain to be entering the free e-mail market.
Offering better anti-spam software than Yahoo Mail and Hotmail and other
rivals, and throwing in 1GB of storage, Google is aiming - once the preview
has been tweaked - to launch "Gmail" later this year.
"Unlike other free webmail services, Gmail is built on the idea that users
should never have to file or delete a message, or struggle to find an email
they've sent or received," Larry Page, Google co-founder and president, told
the Fi... (more)
On April 22 Microsoft became aware of code available on the Internet that
seeks to exploit vulnerabilities already addressed as part of its April 13
security updates, code that attempts to use the IIS PCT/SSL vulnerability on
servers running Internet Information Services with the Secure Socket Layer
authentication enabled. The vulnerability was addressed by bulletin
MS04-011 (www.windowsupdate.com) and Microsoft urged all customers to
immediately install the MS4-011 update as well as the other critical updates
provided on April 13.
In addition, Microsoft published a knowledge b... (more)