Stories by Ann Harrison

HP Offers New NT Security Tools

A tool designed to be a single means of securing Windows NT Web servers was among those recently introduced by Hewlett-Packard Co. at the RSA 2000 security conference in San Jose.

Microsoft revamps software design for security

Microsoft changed its software engineering processes for the forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system to design a more secure product, a top Windows executive told attendees at the RSA 2000 conference Tuesday.

Civil-rights Group Blasts DVD Suit

Legal actions filed by eight motion-picture companies seeking injunctions against Web site operators for posting a controversial software program have drawn fire from an online civil rights group that contends the move is unconstitutional.

Teens Crack PacBell ISP

A group of teen-age computer crackers allegedly used thousands of stolen Internet accounts to probe the networks of two national nuclear weapons laboratories, according to law enforcement authorities in California last week.

Teens Steal Thousands of Net Accounts

A group of teen-age computer crackers allegedly used thousands of stolen Internet accounts to probe the networks of two national nuclear weapons laboratories, according to law enforcement authorities in California.

Teens steal thousands of Internet accounts

A group of teen-age computer crackers allegedly used thousands of stolen Internet accounts in various countries including Australia to probe the networks of two national nuclear weapons laboratories, according to law enforcement authorities in California.

No Major Alarms for Y2K Security

Despite concerns that computer crackers and virus creators might use the Y2K date change as a trigger to launch online attacks, those monitoring corporate security systems around the world say there is little evidence that such intrusions have occurred and only two new viruses have been detected so far.

Netscape vulnerable to password theft

A flaw discovered in the encryption system used by the Netscape Navigator browser to protect e-mail passwords could seriously impact businesses using older versions of the browser, which are vulnerable to remote password theft. The current 4.7 version of Navigator has plugged the security hole, but potential password decoders might still be able to read passwords if they have physical access to a machine.

Worm highlights weak defenses

MiniZip, a compressed version of the ExploreZip worm, infected thousands of companies around the world last week. The episode highlighted the weakness of products that must identify the fingerprint of the malicious code in order to block it.

Virus threatens NT file system

A computer virus that uses a new strategy to attack the Windows NT file security system and potentially expose it to intruders recently spread swiftly through a US corporation, which reported it to an antivirus software vendor November 9.

Activist defends DVD hack

The co-founder of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation said that what was learned in the reverse engineering and cracking of a DVD copy-protection scheme will be used to make future intellectual-property protection methods stronger.

U.S. May Soften Source-Code Export Policy

A U.S. Department of Commerce official last week said the Clinton administration may reconsider its restriction on exporting source code for programs using strong encryption.

Interview: Don't Blame Back Orifice For Security Problems

BackOrifice is a remote administration tool for Microsoft Windows and, as Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at San Jose-based managed security services firm Counterpane Internet Security Inc. points out, "one of the coolest hacking tools ever developed."

Appliances Target Security

Securing electronic business at a lower cost is the aim of a collection of integrated software and hardware appliances announced last week by Network Associates Inc. in Santa Clara, California.
The WebShield E-ppliance collection of products offers Web-enabled, remotely manageable versions of the company's antivirus, firewall and virtual private network (VPN) software in the form of plug-and-play hardware appliances.

Feature: Internet Protocol Security

While the Internet is inherently insecure, businesses still need to preserve the privacy of data as it travels over the network. To help do that, the Internet Engineering Task Force an international group of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the evolution of Internet architecture has developed a suite of protocols called Internet Protocol Security (IPsec).