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The loss of life and destruction of property wrought by Hurricane Katrina has been utterly devastating. Unfortunately, now there is another after-effect to worry about, says the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA): online criminals are already taking advantage of generous individuals who are looking to donate online to disaster relief efforts. The FBI is currently investigating hundreds of Web sites posing as online charities to lure in potential donors and obtain their financial information. In addition, there are reports of phony e-mails from fake charities being used to spread worms and viruses. In an effort to help prevent online exploitation of Hurricane Katrina and help ensure that donations get to the people in need, the NCSA – a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization – offers the following tips to help consumers avoid becoming a victim of an on... (more)

"Security is a Process," Says Symantec CEO Thompson

Symantec CEO John Thompson, speaking at an event in the UK, recently made a handful of memorable statements: 1. On Windows as a target for virus writers "The Windows environment will be target rich for a long, long time." 2. On why Windows attracts most viruses "If somebody writes graffiti they're not going to write it on a wall at the end of a dead-end alley. They're going to write it on a train that travels right through the city center." 3. On the need to educate staff about security "Security is a process, not a bunch of products." 4. On Symantec "The market will acknowledge t... (more)

Barracuda Networks Launches Barracuda Spam Firewall

Barracuda Networks, Inc., the leading provider of spam firewall solutions, today announced the Barracuda Spam Firewall Outbound Edition, a new version of the award-winning Barracuda Spam Firewall. The Barracuda Spam Firewall Outbound Edition enables organizations to enforce corporate and regulatory policies, and to ensure outgoing email is legitimate and virus-free. "No organization wants to be the source of spam or viruses," said Dean Drako, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks. "Likewise companies want to make sure that the content of email, especially when concerning confiden... (more)

HP Accused of Spying on Dell

According to ex-HP VP of business development and strategy Karl Kamb, a guy HP fired in 2005 and is suing, HP paid the former president of Dell Japan Katsumi Iizuka for Dell's printer plans - product configurations, specifications, target costs, pricing estimates, third-party manufacturers and suppliers and introduction dates. This was allegedly in 2002 before Dell started peddling its own printers and threatening HP's very profitable corner on that marketplace. It was also seven or eight years after Iizuka left Dell. Iizuka didn't take the money directly but had it handled by a ... (more)

EMC To Monetize VMware

EMC is going to IPO 10% of VMware this summer. It'll give VMware a recruiting and retention incentive and money that's not EMC's to grow on. It's also supposed to increase the visibility into VMware's performance and signal that the company is committed to its open platform strategy EMC will keep the other 90% and says it has no intention of spinning VMware out or otherwise divesting itself of the rest of this "precious" asset, which it called "one of the fast-growing businesses in the history of the software industry." VMware sales last year were up 83% to $709 million. It ended ... (more)