Stories by Paul Roberts

Antivirus company warns of new Symbian Trojan

Antivirus company F-Secure is warning mobile phone users about a new malicious software program that infects phones that use the Symbian Series 60 operating system, preventing the phones from starting.

Web postcards hide Trojan horse programs

Beware of Web postcards bearing greetings. That's the advice from The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center (ISC), which is warning about e-mail messages that pose as Web postcards, then direct recipients to a Web site that installs a Trojan horse program.

DNS pharming attacks target .com domain

A new round of so-called "pharming" attacks is targeting the .com Internet domain, redirecting some Internet users who are looking for .com Web sites to Web pages controlled by the unknown attackers.

Symantec acknowledges two holes in AV products

Security software company Symantec acknowledged that software flaws in some of its antivirus products could allow malicious hackers to use denial of service (DOS) attacks to crash systems running the software, disrupting automatic protection features.

Microsoft to buy Groove Networks

Microsoft Corp. is buying Groove Networks Inc. of Beverly, Massachusetts, for an undisclosed sum, it said Thursday. Groove makes collaboration software that can be used by people who are geographically dispersed and is the brainchild of Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie.

Hackers grab LexisNexis info on 32,000 people

Hackers have compromised databases belonging to LexisNexis and stolen information on at least 32,000 people, according to a statement Wednesday from LexisNexis' parent company, Reed Elsevier.

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.

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.

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 spreading via MSN Messenger

A new computer worm is using Microsoft's MSN Messenger instant message network to spread on the Internet, according to antivirus software companies.

Experts warn of trick to bypass IE security

A computer security researcher and an antivirus company are warning Microsoft customers about an unpatched hole in the company's Internet Explorer Web browser that could allow a remote attacker to bypass security warnings and download malicious content onto vulnerable systems.

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