Stories by Paul Roberts

Antivirus, e-mail vendors up ante in malware fight

Technology to fight spyware, remotely controlled bots and other threats will dominate news from the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, as antivirus and e-mail security companies offer new products and features to protect companies and Internet users from sophisticated, malicious code.

Microsoft warns customers about exploits for new flaws

Microsoft warned customers about computer code that exploits holes in the company's software and blamed security researchers for publishing proof of concept code to trigger the vulnerabilities, which was then turned into working attacks.

Sophos joins Cisco's NAC program

Antivirus software company Sophos said on Thursday that it is joining Cisco Systems's Network Admission Control (NAC) program, according to a statement.

Microsoft to buy antivirus company

Microsoft said Tuesday that it is buying Sybari Software, an antivirus and antispam software company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Companies form security alliance for VOIP

Leading computer security and telecommunications companies said they are joining forces to raise awareness of threats to VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) technology.

CipherTrust e-mail reputation system spots bots

E-mail security company CipherTrust has updated the TrustedSource e-mail reputation system that it claims will make it easier to block spam e-mail by weeding out traffic from "zombie" machines that have been taken over by malicious hackers, the company said Monday.

MySQL warning users, contemplating changes after worm

Open source database software maker MySQL AB warned its users to tighten security Thursday, after news broke about a new Internet worm that targets the popular relational database, according to a company executive. The company is looking at making bigger changes to harden its product against future attacks, the executive said.

DOD seized 60TB in search for Iraq battle plan leak

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) seized hundreds of computers and around 60T bytes of data as part of an investigation into how details of the U.S. invasion plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom were leaked to The New York Times, a DOD official said.

New Bagle worms making the rounds

Two new versions of the Bagle e-mail worm are spreading on the Internet and through peer to peer (P-to-P) file-sharing networks, according to warnings issued on Thursday by antivirus software companies.

New worm targets MYSQL installations

A new worm-like threat is spreading on the Internet and targeting computers running the MySQL open source database software. Thousands of Microsoft Windows machines running MySQL have been infected, according to one security expert.

MyDoom one year later: more zombies, more spam

Computer security experts remembered the MyDoom e-mail worm Wednesday, one year after it tore through the Internet, deluged e-mail systems with infected messages and set records for infecting vulnerable computer systems.