According to US attorney John McKay, the 19-year-old Minneapolis man who
pleaded guilty yesterday to being the author of the MSBlast-B worm infected
more than 48,000 PCs last summer.
The attorneys defending the man, Jeffrey L. Parson, dispute that figure -
but McKay will press for as serious a sentence as he can, saying that since
the damage to individual computer users is very real, the penalties should
also be very real.
Parson, who was arrested last August, is scheduled to be sentenced in Seattle
before U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman on November 12. He faces 18 - 37
months in prison for "intentionally causing damage to a networked computer"
and could in addition face a stiff monetary penalty.
"Google's Down!?!?!?!?" - Google Search Performance Flubbed by MyDoom
According to the Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure, yesterday's MyDoom.O (or
MyDoom.M) attacks on Google, Yahoo!, Altavista, and Lycos are part of a
double whammy involving a new worm called Zindos. And the target of Zindos
appears to be the Microsoft.com Web site.
"Zindos and Mydoom.M work together," F-Secure reports this morning. "Mydoom.M
laid out the path by infecting a large number of systems and preparing a list
of them. Zindos hitches a ride on the Mydoom highway. It uses the lists and
the backdors, prepare... (more)
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)
Small businesses, corporate workgroups, and branch offices with increasing
data storage needs are the target market for Dell's recently announced
PowerVault 745N network attached storage (NAS) server. The PowerVault 745N
provides up to 4 TB of external SCSI-attached storage along with ease-of-use
features that are critical to the entry-level market.
In addition to new levels of expandability, the system's management features
and performance capabilities deliver advanced functionality for business
tasks such as data consolidation and backup. Powered by Microsoft Windows
Storage Se... (more)
"There's really not that many Linux viruses to scan for yet", says Mikko
Hypponen, director of antivirus research at F-Secure, "but in mixed
environments, most administrators will want to be able to scan for Windows
viruses under Linux. On the other hand with Linux's growing popularity it is
also becoming critical to implement native Linux security with real-time
This also creates scenarios where other systems can become contaminated, says
Hypponen, thus further entrenching malicious code or viruses. Accordingly
F-Secure has introduced the first integrated security sy... (more)