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Network Security Roundup for October 23, 2003

By Stephanie Losi E-Commerce Times ECT News Network
Oct 23, 2003 10:02 AM PT

Network Security Roundup for October 23, 2003

The Register: Slammer and Sobig Boost Symantec
23-Oct-03 4:36 ET

Story Highlights:
"Symantec yesterday posted bumper earnings on the back of recent viral epidemics -- like Sobig and Slammer -- that have boosted consumer demand for its anti-virus products. For the quarter ending October 3, 2003 (Q2 2004), Symantec posted revenue of $429 million, up 32 percent from $325 million in the same quarter last year. Net income for Q2 2004 was $83 million, compared to $52 million in Q2 2003."

Full Story on The Register

ZDNet UK: TippingPoint To Push into Euro Security Market
23-Oct-03 8:05 ET

Story Highlights:
"European firms will soon have another vendor encouraging them to secure their networks with an intrusion prevention system. American IT security firm TippingPoint is gearing up to begin selling its range of network intrusion prevention systems in Europe."

Full Story on ZDNet UK

ComputerWeekly.com: US Senate Approves Antispam Bill
23-Oct-03 10:30 ET

Story Highlights:
"The US Senate has approved a bill regulating unsolicited commercial e-mail and allowing fines as large as $3m for some types of illegal spam. The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (Can-Spam) Act went through after a compromise among members of the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee allowed an amendment authorising a federal agency to launch a national do-not-spam registry."

Full Story on ComputerWeekly.com

DC.Internet.com: Congress Turns Attention to International Piracy
22-Oct-03 13:23 ET

Story Highlights:
"U.S. House and Senate members said Tuesday they are forming a Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, a bipartisan group looking to deal with the problem of piracy and the Bush administration's efforts to obtain strong intellectual property protections in the context of international trade agreements."

Full Story on DC.Internet.com

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