Stories by Sam Costello

Nokia offers multimedia phones, Bluetooth devices

Mobile phone giant Nokia took the wraps off three new mobile phones, including one outfitted for multimedia communication, as well as three Bluetooth wireless network devices at the Mobile Internet Conference in Barcelona Monday.

Virus numbers dwindle, but impact increases

Though the overall number of viruses being detected each month is falling, the severity of the viruses that are being written is increasing, with this year's Code Red and Nimda worms as perfect examples of this trend, according to Vincent Gullotto, the senior director of McAfee AVERT Labs, who spoke here at Comdex Wednesday.

Nimda variant makes headway, author sends message

The variant of the Nimda worm discovered Tuesday had spread across much of the globe by midday Eastern time Wednesday and the worm's author is also spreading a message of his or her own in this new version, according to antivirus firm F-Secure Corp.

Anthrax worm fails to spread on 'Net

A new mass mailer worm, purporting to provide information about the disease anthrax, has appeared on the Internet, but is being hampered because of a flaw in its design, antivirus companies said Wednesday.

Security flaw in Symantec's antivirus updater

The tool used to update the virus definitions in Symantec Corp.'s antivirus products has a security hole that can allow hostile code to be downloaded to PCs, according to the German hacking group Phenoelit.

Microsoft unveils new security program

In an effort to help its customers secure their computer systems and maintain that security, Microsoft yesterday announced a new program called the Strategic Technology Protection Program (STPP).

Major new worm poses serious threat

A new worm that can infect all 32-bit Windows computers and propagates using multiple methods has spread across the world Tuesday morning, according to Roger Thompson, technical director of malicious code at TruSecure Corp.

New software lets managers search through inboxes

Managers everywhere will soon have the power to remotely look through employee e-mail boxes, search for common words and even delete employee e-mail without notification, thanks to software from MicroData Software.

Sklyarov pleads not guilty, protests continue

Indicted Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, facing up to 25 years in prison for violating the terms of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, pleaded not guilty to charges in a San Jose, California courtroom Thursday.

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