Stories by Paul Roberts

Answering critics, Microsoft patches XP

Microsoft Corp. has responded to criticism from users and issued a software patch for a major security vulnerability in the Windows XP operating system, reversing an earlier decision to require users to upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 1 to remove the vulnerability.

Major Net backbone attack could be first of many

The distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack launched Monday against all 13 of the Internet domain name system (DNS) root servers failed to bring down the Internet, but that doesn't mean that more attacks won't follow and succeed where this week's attack failed, according to experts, some of whom feel that the federal government needs to step in to secure the Net infrastructure.

Visa to get behind voice recognition

Visa International Inc. is partnering with a maker of voice recognition software to develop voice authentication technology for use with Visa-brand credit cards. The two companies will be looking at applications of the biometric security in the areas of e-commerce, mobile commerce and risk management, according to a statement released Friday by Vocent Solutions Inc.

NetForensics adds visualization, scores in 3.0

NetForensics Inc. is set to unveil the latest upgrade to its security information management (SIM) software, which will feature security event scoring and categorization features as well as visualization technology from SilentRunner Inc., the company said Monday.

Security hole discovered in Symantec firewalls

A flaw discovered in a common component of Symantec's firewall technology leaves a number of that company's products vulnerable to denial of service (DoS) attacks, according to a bulletin released by the company and by Advanced IT Security AS, a security services firm with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Network Associates opens consulting group

Network security company Network Associates (NAI) has created a new professional services group to offer consulting and educational services to its customers, the company said Tuesday.

MSN Messenger worm steals game keys

A worm that spreads through Microsoft's MSN Messenger instant messaging program is circulating on the Internet. If released on a computer, the worm opens a back door to the infected machine and e-mails product keys for popular PC games such as Half-Life to an anonymous Web-based e-mail account, according to an alert posted on the Web page of antivirus maker Sophos PLC.

Microsoft warns of 'critical' flaw in Outlook Express

Microsoft released a security alert Thursday acknowledging a serious security hole in its Outlook Express e-mail client. The vulnerability, which was found in Outlook Express versions 5.5 and 6.0, could allow a remote attacker to take control of machines running Outlook Express using malicious code embedded in an e-mail message.

McAfee boosts Network Associates Q3 profit

Boosted by the performance of recently acquired McAfee.com Corp. and a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Network security company Network Associates Inc. Thursday reported a third quarter profit of US$9.1 million, or $0.06 per share.

WorldCom Connection service converges voice, data

WorldCom is offering a new program to sell converged voice and data service to businesses, the company announced Wednesday. The new program, called WorldCom Connection, will consolidate local, long distance and data traffic on WorldCom's global IP (Internet Protocol) network.

Nortel tailors Alteon firewall to company size

Nortel Networks Corp. Tuesday announced the release of three new models of their Alteon Switched Firewall system. The new models -- the Alteon Switched Firewall 5710, 5408 and 5100 -- are currently available from Nortel and are being marketed to customers ranging from service providers down to small and medium-size companies.

New applications sniff out pirated software

File swapping aficionados beware. Those MP3s you've been storing on your office computer could soon catch the attention of your network administrator and may even bring the wrath of the legal department down upon your head.

IDC: Software spending to pick up in 2003

Despite economic difficulties tied to accounting scandals and to the looming prospect of war on Iraq, revenue in the worldwide packaged software market will grow by around 4 percent in 2003, after slower growth of around 1.5 percent in 2002, according to IDC.

Red Hat and Dell to host open source summit

Red Hat Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina, a leading provider of Linux operating systems, announced an Open Source Security Summit to be held October 29 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The summit will be co-hosted by Dell Computer Corp. and will explore how open-source software, such as Linux, can be used to better secure computers and computer networks.