Stories by Héctor Calabia

New virus spreads using Acrobat files

A worm that infects PDF (Portable Document Format) files, used by Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat software, was identified Tuesday, according to two security organizations.

Smart social engineering helps virus spread

As of this writing, my computer's trash can contains 18 e-mail messages received since July 17 from 13 people containing the Sircam worm, in its various guises, both in English and Spanish. As I have written previously, I am not particularly fond of antivirus software and, although I realize its importance and usefulness, I do not have such software permanently active on my system. It wouldn't have been useful in this case as the virus spread more rapidly than the antivirus countermeasures, as so often happens. What I do rely on is this rule: I do not open messages from unknown senders or those that have unexpected attachments.

Smart social engineering helps virus spread

As of this writing, my computer's trash can contains 18 e-mail messages received since July 17 from 13 people containing the Sircam worm, in its various guises, both in English and Spanish. As I have written previously, I am not particularly fond of antivirus software and, although I realize its importance and usefulness, I do not have such software permanently active on my system. It wouldn't have been useful in this case as the virus spread more rapidly than the antivirus countermeasures, as so often happens. What I do rely on is this rule: I do not open messages from unknown senders or those that have unexpected attachments.

Gartner: Network convergence still has a long way to go

The convergence of voice and data networks with various services holds promise, but it is still far from being universally deployed, said Gartner Inc. Senior Analyst Juan Ignacio Fernández, at a meeting here on Monday.

Economy affects telecom sector, especially in LatAm

The global telecommunication industry has been significantly hit by an economic slowdown, causing a significant increase in debt levels and in capital constraints, and Latin America is being especially hard hit, according to panelists at the eVolution Argentina 2001 conference held here last week.

How to avoid using antivirus software and survive

All right, I confess. I don't like antivirus software and I have none installed on my computer. I have found that most software of that sort is a pain, especially when resident and working in the background.

Web Audit Company Expands in LatAm

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (07/20/2000) - Certifica.com S.A., which monitors Web
traffic, has expanded to Argentina, and plans to cover the rest of Latin
America within eight months and the U.S. Hispanic market within a year.

AutoCAD Virus Detected

What seems to be the first virus affecting the popular CAD (computer-aided design) software program, AutoCAD, has been discovered, according to Hispasec, a Spanish security company.

High Level of Mortality Expected for New Dot-coms

Most dot-com businesses have just enough money to finance approximately two months of operations. That chilling statistic comes from a recent compilation by Prince & Cooke (Argentina) of forecasts made by several international consultants about the "mortality rate" of dot-coms.

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