Stories by Joris Evers

Juvenile arrested for creating Blaster variant

SAN FRANCISCO (09/26/2003) - Another person has been arrested in relation to the Blaster worm that infected computers worldwide last month. This time the individual is a juvenile, prosecutors in Seattle said Friday, which in the U.S. typically means under the age of 18.

Australia signs up for access to Microsoft source code

Australia has signed on to Microsoft Corp.'s Government Security Program (GSP), giving the Australian government access to the programming code underlying several versions of the Windows operating system, Microsoft said in a statement Thursday.

Microsoft issues first patch for Windows Server 2003

Two serious security flaws that could allow an attacker to take over a user's system exist in all current versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser, including the one shipping with Windows Server 2003.

MS Creates New Group To Clean Its Coding Act

Microsoft is expanding its security business unit with a group that will establish new software development processes and create tools for its programmers so that future Microsoft products will have fewer security flaws.

Microsoft expands Software Assurance

Microsoft is expanding its Software Assurance (SA) software upgrade plan to appease customers who complain the plan costs too much and offers too little.

Spammer cuts deal with SEC to settle case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reached a settlement with a 20-year-old Kentucky man who allegedly conned Internet users into sending him money through phony investment Web sites, the SEC said Monday.

'Palladium' for servers a long way out

Although Microsoft and its hardware partners see clear value in using Microsoft's Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB) in server computers, it could be many years before the hardware-based security technology moves beyond the PC.

Recording industry warns file swappers via IM

Expanding its battle against online piracy, the recording industry is using the instant messaging feature in file-swapping software to tell users that sharing copyright protected music is illegal.

Leaked Longhorn features minor improvements

A third internal test version of the successor to Microsoft Corp.'s desktop Windows XP operating system was leaked onto the Internet last week, showing incremental enhancements over the version that surfaced in March, according to Windows experts.