Network Security Roundup for August 29, 2003

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E-Commerce Times: Fight Against Viruses May Move to Servers28-Aug-03 19:27 ET

Story Highlights:“Computer viruses are becoming so aggressive and sophisticated that they may soon be able to elude anti-virus programs installed on individual computers, according to many in the security industry.”

Full Story on the E-Commerce Times

CNN: Teen Arrested in Internet ‘Blaster’ Attack29-Aug-03 10:50 ET

Story Highlights:“Cyber investigators on Friday arrested a teenager suspected of authoring a damaging virus-like infection unleashed weeks ago on the Internet, U.S. officials said. The unidentified 18-year-old was expected to appear before a federal magistrate in St. Paul, Minnesota around noon and then be transferred to Seattle to face charges.”

Full Story on CNN

CNN: Gates Speaks About Worms29-Aug-03 10:41 ET

Story Highlights:“Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, known for helping to make the computer a common tool, said Thursday that new breakthroughs in information technology are on the horizon despite the economic difficulties facing the industry.”

Full Story on CNN

InformationWeek: IBM Squashes Worms29-Aug-03 12:12 ET

Story Highlights:“IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland, have developed novel worm-squashing software the company says it wants to turn into a product to help guard against computer-network attacks such as those that slowed Internet traffic earlier this month.”

Full Story on InformationWeek

Fairfax I.T.: Anti-virus Software ‘Causing More Headaches Than Sobig Worm’01-Aug-03 HH:MM ET

Story Highlights:“Anti-virus software is causing users more headaches than the Sobig.F worm itself, according to a posting to the Full-disclosure vulnerability mailing list. Fabio Gomes de Souza, a sysadmin in Brazil, said that in its propagation loop, the Sobig worm composed a message, chose two random items in the Address Book, and put the first in the ‘From:’ and the second in the ‘To:’ header. Then all virus messages were spoofed.”

Full Story on Fairfax I.T.

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