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Quest Software Inc, a leading provider of application, database and infrastructure management solutions, announced a beta version of Quest Toad for DB2, a full-featured database development solution that increases user productivity for SQL development and database object management. This product complements Quest Software's heterogeneous database management family of products designed to improve database performance, availability and manageability from initial design through production. Quest, an IBM Business Partner, will preview the beta version of Toad for DB2 at the IBM DB2 Information Management Technical Conference in Orlando. Toad for DB2 is designed to address the needs of the DB2 community of developers so they can rapidly create and execute queries and develop SQL code more efficiently. It also provides utilities for users to import/export data, manage pro... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either ex... (more)

Cabir Virus Attempts to Jump from Phone to Phone Using Bluetooth

The "proof-of-concept worm" known variously as Worm.Symbian.Cabir.a, Cabir, and EPOC.Cabir replicates on Nokia Series 60 phones, says a security alert posted by Symantec yesterday. The French unit of the Russian security software developer Kaspersky Labs said that that virus appears to have been developed by an international group called "29a" - based in the Czech Republic and Slovakia - which specializes in creating viruses that try to show that no technology is reliable and safe from their attacks. "This worm repeatedly sends itself to the first Bluetooth-enabled device that i... (more)

500 GB Hard Disk - World's Largest Ever - Being Launched By Hitachi in Q1

How would you like to be able to store 500 movies on your hard disk? Reuters is reporting that Hitachi - the first company in the world to deliver a 400-gigabyte, or billion byte, disk drive - is going to help you do just that, it says, with a new disk for storing massive quantities of data captured by personal video recorders. The new drive, said the company at the CES show in Las Vegas, the world's largest consumer electronics techfest, can hold 200 hours - half a terabyte, or more than 500 billion bits of data. Deskstar 7K500 will be the world's highest capacity 3.5-inch SATA h... (more)

Google Puts New Anti-Phishing Measures Into Gmail

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 sep... (more)