Stories by Ellen Messmer

FBI starts to track hack attacks

The FBI says it is investigating the string of attacks that knocked out several e-commerce and news Websites in the past few days, but warns the investigation may take time as law enforcement agents gather high-tech evidence.

FBI Opens Investigation to Track Attacks

The FBI says it is investigating the string of attacks that knocked out several e-commerce and news Web sites in the past few days, but warns the investigation may take time as law enforcement agents gather high-tech evidence.

Firm Taps B2B E-comm to Boost Customer Service

Weidmuller's warehouse on the outskirts of Richmond is packed neatly to the ceiling with row after row of the manufacturer's terminal-block connectors, wiring gadgetry that goes into everything from washing machines to industrial-control equipment.

WatchGuard to Safeguard DSL, Cable Modem Links

Digital subscriber line (DSL) and cable modem services have been high-speed blessings for telecommuters and workers in small offices. But there also exists a danger - because these services are always "on," they give hackers a better chance of probing and breaking into computers, and perhaps even gaining access to corporate networks.

Hackers Are Your Friends

Security start-up @Stake has caused quite a sensation since its recent launch as a professional services firm employing members of the hacker nether world as hired guns sent out to test corporate networks for vulnerabilities.

Software Decides What Customers Do on Your Site

How would you like to give premium customers access to fancy electronic commerce, but need to limit what newcomers can do? Then startup Indigo Security Technologies may have the software for you.

RSA - Clock Ticking on Key Encryption Patent

RSA Data Security's patent for the most important encryption technology used in corporate networks is set to expire in September - an event that could lead to lower prices for software incorporating RSA public-key technology and new challenges to RSA Security's encryption industry leadership.

Net Security Firms Baltimore, CyberTrust Unite

Baltimore Technologies Inc. last week announced it will purchase competing digital certificate software vendor CyberTrust in a $150 million stock transaction and indicated that CyberTrust's software will eventually be phased out in favor of Balitmore's.

Clock Ticking on Key Encryption Patent

RSA Data Security Inc.'s patent for the most important encryption technology used in corporate networks is set to expire in September - an event that could lead to lower prices for software incorporating RSA public-key technology and new challenges to RSA Security's encryption industry leadership.

EDS, Ariba Join Forces on E-Commerce Network

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) last week formed a subsidiary that will manage a private Web-based network designed to help groups of companies use their combined purchasing power to buy a variety of goods.

Security Vendors Plan Product Blitz at Conference

The RSA Security conference next week will be a launch pad for new products, including cryptographic processors, firewalls, intrusion-detection software and public-key infrastructure (PKI) tool kits.

Win 2000 VPN technology causes stir

When it ships next month, Microsoft 's Windows 2000 will come with technology for setting up an IP Security-based virtual private network (VPN). The question is: Will established VPN products from other vendors work with Microsoft's technology?

Microsoft's Taiwan Web site hacked

On Wednesday, an unknown attacker broke into Microsoft's Web server for public information in Taiwan, leaving the message: "Hi, Bill, welcome to the real Y2K bug."

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