Stories by Sam Costello

Sklyarov granted bail, while protests continue

Through an agreement between his attorney and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, jailed Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov was granted bail at a hearing in San Jose Monday and released on a US$50,000 bond paid by his employer in Moscow, according to Robin Gross, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Code Red raises fears for the future

At The Internet Security Conference held at the beginning of June in Los Angeles, Stefan Savage, chief scientist at Asta Networks Inc. and a researcher at the University of California at San Diego, gave a presentation on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks saying he had spoken to a person who controlled a network of 10,000 computers that could be used in a DDoS attack.

Microsoft releases rebranded Content Management Server

After buying NCompass Labs Inc. in April to acquire the company's NCompass Resolution 4.0 software, Microsoft Corp. Wednesday announced the general availability of the re-branded NCompass Resolution, now called Microsoft Content Management Server 2001.

Groups file FTC complaint against XP, .Net

Charging that Microsoft plans to use its forthcoming Windows XP operating system and .Net initiative to "unfairly and deceptively" obtain personal information from consumers, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and other privacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Thursday urging the agency to force Microsoft to change its practices.

Symantec launches integrated antivirus, filter

With Code Red, Sircam, Anna Kournikova and others, viruses and worms are on most everyone's mind these days. Not surprisingly, they're also a source of concern for Symantec Corp., which announced the release Wednesday of a new product aimed at not only stopping viruses, but also filtering the files that may contain worms.

Senator calls for investigation of Windows XP

New York Senator Charles Schumer called Tuesday for an investigation into "anticompetitive" practices in Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows XP operating system and urged the U.S. Department of Justice to make the cessation of such practices a condition of any settlement in the government's antitrust case against the company.

Check Point tallies strong second quarter

After a quarter that saw it introduce next generation products and expand partnerships, VPN (virtual private network) vendor Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. Monday announced revenue of US$142.1 million for the second quarter of 2001, edging just slightly above the figure the company set for itself in an early July forecast.

Network Associates Q2 gets a lift from overseas

Antivirus software vendor Network Associates Inc. reported a loss for its second fiscal quarter but managed to inch ahead of analysts' forecasts thanks partly to growth outside the U.S., the company announced Thursday.

New variant of Code Red worm found

The same company that discovered the original Code Red worm which has been wreaking havoc worldwide this week said late Friday that it has identified a variant of the worm which is harder to track.

Microsoft ships MOM management tool

Microsoft Corp. Wednesday announced the general availability of its new server management package, Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2000.

Russian arrested for alleged DMCA violations

Turns out the Def Con hacker convention wasn't all fun and games; it also produced one high-profile arrest. Dmitry Sklyarov, a Russian programmer at the Moscow firm ElcomSoft Co. Ltd., was arrested by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over the weekend for violating the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by distributing a software tool designed to circumvent copyright protections built into Adobe Systems Inc.'s eBooks.

DEFCON - A Virus to fight viruses?

It flies in the face of most of the conventional wisdom about computer networks and viruses, but "virus writers can save the world," according to Cyrus Peikari. Peikari, a medical doctor and chief technology officer of VirusMD Corp., gave a speech to that effect at the Def Con hacker convention here Saturday.