Stories by Sam Costello

Researcher: DDoS attacks are growing threats

Distributed denial of service attacks are growing in number and sophistication, though tools to fight them are just over the horizon, said Stefan Savage, a researcher at the University of California at San Diego and the founder and chief scientist at Asta Networks Inc.

Microsoft fixes security flaws in Windows Media Player

Microsoft issued its second security warning and patch of the week when it acknowledged and offered a fix for two flaws in Windows Media Player Wednesday. The flaws affect Windows Media Player 6.4 and 7 and can allow an attacker to run programs and read, modify or delete files on a user's computer. stops mirroring Web site defacements, the nonprofit Internet security site that has long hosted copies, or mirrors, of hacked Web pages will no longer feature defaced sites, the group announced Monday in a statement on its Web site.

New worm tries to fix infected Linux systems

A new worm spreading on Linux systems throughout the world is, counterintuitively, trying to do some good. The worm, called Cheese, attempts to fix any damage created by the Lion worm which plagued Linux servers in March.

Microsoft fixes bugs in IIS -- again

It must be not be much fun to work on Microsoft's Internet Information Services 5.0 (IIS) these days. The first two weeks of May saw the discovery of a number of security flaws in IIS, including ones that might lead to denial of service (DoS) attacks or allow an attacker to take near-total control of a system.

New worm spreads disguised as virus warning

Antivirus companies have long cautioned users against opening unexpected e-mail attachments or attachments sent by strangers, but thanks to a new e-mail worm spreading this week, antivirus companies can add themselves to the list of not-to-be-trusted e-mailers.

Microsoft warns of another DoS problem in Win2K

Microsoft Corp. Wednesday said that a new flaw in its Windows 2000 Server software can lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. The bug was the second DoS flaw in Windows 2000 announced this month.

Microsoft admits flaw in Windows 2000 server software

Microsoft on Tuesday acknowledged that an "extremely serious" flaw in an obscure extension included in Windows 2000 could allow a hacker to gain complete control of any system running both Windows 2000 and the company's Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 server.

Microsoft security flaw can lead to DoS

Microsoft has admitted that a flaw in its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 1.0 can lead to a Denial of Service attack (DoS), taking Web sites and users employing the product offline until the server is restarted.

Vodafone announces location-based services, Google deal

Standing on the corner of Main Street and looking for a restaurant? On the bus and desperate to find out about practically anything? If you've got a mobile phone from Vodafone Group your problems could be solved, thanks to two announcements made Tuesday by a division of the UK-based phone company.

RIAA blasts Napster for violating court order

There is no subtlety, no mistaking the position taken by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its latest legal brief: "Napster has failed to abide by either the letter or the spirit of this [US District] Court's Preliminary Injunction."