Stories by Sam Costello

Via sues Intel to block sales of Pentium 4

Via Technologies Inc., and its subsidiary company Centaur Technology, in a lawsuit filed Sept. 10 against Intel Corp. for allegedly infringing their patents, are seeking to stop sales of the Pentium 4 family of microprocessors.

WebMethods unveils OMI with support from HP, CA

WebMethods Inc. Wednesday announced its Open Management Interface (OMI) specification that aims to allow companies to unify and integrate applications and business processes, creating a single system for monitoring and implementing e-business.

Nimda worms slows, some see continued spread

Despite a splashy entrance and a comprehensive set of attacks, the Nimda worm that spread quickly across the Internet Tuesday has slowed its pace Wednesday and is no longer substantially affecting network traffic, according to a number of Internet monitoring firms. Not all groups monitoring Nimda's spread, however, are so ready to write it off.

McAfee ASaP inks two managed security services deals

McAfee ASaP, the managed security services division of Network Associates Inc., said Wednesday that it has added two companies, Watchguard Technologies Inc. and Future Com Ltd., to its partners that resell McAfee ASaP services and products.

Volatile new worm poses serious threat

A new worm that can infect all 32-bit Windows computers and propagates using multiple methods has spread across the world Tuesday morning, according to Roger Thompson, technical director of malicious code at TruSecure Corp.

US ATTACK: Senate OKs use of Carnivore against terrorism

In response to Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the U.S. Senate Thursday approved expanding the permissible uses of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's Carnivore e-mail surveillance system to include investigating acts of terrorism and computer crimes. The measure would also allow broader use of Internet tapping by law enforcement authorities and calls on the government to "make better use of its considerable accomplishments in science and technology" to combat terrorism.

Forrester: Security firms thrive after attacks

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and near Washington, D.C., security companies such as IBM Corp., RSA Security Inc. and Counterpane Internet Security Inc. will have "more business than they can handle," according to a brief written by Forrester Research Inc. analyst Carl D. Howe and posted on Forrester's Web site.

Novell releases new NetWare, Small Biz suite

Novell Inc. made a series of operating system and e-business announcements at Networld+Interop in Atlanta Tuesday, including detailing a new version of the company's flagship NetWare operating system, a new version of its Small Business Suite and deals with both Compaq Computer Corp. and Yahoo Inc.

PGP Security announces new CyberCop, GEMS and more

PGP Security, a division of Network Associates Inc., made a slew of announcements at the Networld+Interop conference in Atlanta Tuesday, including a new version of its CyberCop Scanner for distributed networks, an update to its Global Enterprise Management System (GEMS) software and specialized offerings for the healthcare market.

Symantec unites divisions into Security Response

As security incidents become more likely to break out of easily definable categories like virus or intrusion, customers will increasingly demand a single point of contact to help combat these problems, according to Symantec Corp.'s Sharon Ruckman.

Adobe: No reponsibility to Sklyarov

Though he was arrested after Adobe Systems Inc. complained to the U.S. government about a program he had written and the company has since called for charges against him to be dropped, Adobe has no obligation or responsibility to aid indicted Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, Adobe General Counsel Colleen Pouliot said Friday.

New software lets managers search through inboxes

Managers everywhere will soon have the power to remotely look through employee e-mail boxes, search for common words and even delete employee e-mail without notification, thanks to software from MicroData Software.

Sklyarov pleads not guilty, protests continue

Indicted Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, facing up to 25 years in prison for violating the terms of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, pleaded not guilty to charges in a San Jose, California courtroom Thursday.

Sklyarov case brings more questions, jail time

Things went from bad to worse for recently freed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov Tuesday night when a San Jose, California grand jury indicted him and his employer, Moscow's ElcomSoft, of trafficking in and conspiracy to traffic in copy control circumvention technology.