Stories by Sam Costello

Japanese researcher gums up biometrics scanners

A Japanese researcher has demonstrated that some biometric fingerprint readers can often be fooled into granting access to unauthorized users with a few dollars of household supplies and a little ingenuity.

Judge denies second Microsoft motion in Lindows case

A U.S. federal judge has denied Microsoft Corp.'s request for reconsideration on a ruling that, if granted, would have barred upstart Linux vendor Lindows.com Inc. from using the name Lindows, citing Microsoft's own evidence as a reason for his decision.

Sun to help with patch management in Solaris 9

Difficulties in determining which security patches should be applied to a system and how to apply them are often cited for the kind of lax security that leads to unpatched vulnerabilities. Those problems may be eliminated for users of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris 9 operating system when it's released next month thanks to a feature called Patch Manager.

OASIS creates new security standards body

Looking to create a common set of terms and components that could help speed the adoption of security standards in Web services, OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) will announce the formation of the Security Standards Joint Committee (SSJC) on Tuesday, a body that will include members of many of OASIS' existing security committees.

VeriSign, AOL team on encrypted Instant Messaging

America Online and VeriSign will be rolling out a beta test of software from the two companies in June that will secure communication through AOL Instant Messenger by encrypting it, according to an AOL spokesman.

Good Technology looks to make BlackBerry sweeter

The legions of Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry users addicted to wireless e-mail will soon have a new set of both hardware and software options to get their fix from, thanks to a trio of announcements made Thursday by Good Technology.

AOLTW taps new international chief

A security hole deemed "critical" by Microsoft Corp. could allow an attacker to run code of their choice on a vulnerable PC by exploiting a problem in Microsoft's MSN Chat, MSN Messenger and Exchange Instant Messenger products, Microsoft said in a security alert Wednesday. The company has patched the vulnerability.

Security hole in MSN Chat, Messenger, could run code

A security hole deemed "critical" by Microsoft Corp. could allow an attacker to run code of their choice on a vulnerable PC by exploiting a problem in Microsoft's MSN Chat, MSN Messenger and Exchange Instant Messenger products, Microsoft said in a security alert Wednesday. The company has patched the vulnerability.

CERT: DHCP bug could give attackers control

A vulnerability in the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server provided by the Internet Software Consortium (ISC) could allow attackers to take over affected servers, according to a security alert released by the CERT Coordination Center Wednesday.

Symantec unveils new VelociRaptor firewalls

Symantec has unveiled three new models of its VelociRaptor firewall appliance line, adding better performance and scalability, expanded protocol proxies and more to the devices.

VeriSign teams with eBay to verify users

Worrying about whether the US$250 you sent to an eBay Inc. user will ever be transformed into that promised rare baseball card could soon be less of a concern, after VeriSign and eBay announced plans Wednesday to partner on an authentication system for eBay users.

VeriSign expands managed security services

VeriSign Inc. will announce an expansion of its managed security services offerings Tuesday at the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas, adding a full complement of services, including managed firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection and more.

McAfee upgrades WebShield, changes virus alerts

McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates Inc., made a pair of announcements at the Networld+Interop conference in Las Vegas Monday detailing an upgrade to the software that powers the company's WebShield line of security appliances, as well as changes to the way the company describes virus threats.

Sniffer adds PDAs, VoIP to products

Sniffer Technologies, a division of Network Associates Inc., announced a new product designed to sniff wireless networks using a PDA (personal digital assistant), as well as upgrades to a pair of its products Monday at the Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas.

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