Network Security Roundup for July 30, 2003

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BBC: Virus Writers Turn to Spam30-Jul-03 01:45 ET

Story Highlights:“Britain’s technology managers have issued a warning about spam e-mails that act as a new way for Windows viruses to penetrate organisations. The spam message tricks people into clicking on a link that takes them to a website but also, unseen, delivers a virus too.”

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TechWeb: Government Security: Stormy on Several Fronts30-Jul-03 10:35 ET

Story Highlights:“There wasn’t as much IT news as there was post-war news coming out of our nation’s capitol this past week — but it was close. With both identity theft and spam heating up as constituency issues, the last thing the Administration needed was a set of ‘Fs’ for Homeland Security’s handling of some of the digital aspects of its work.”

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The Register: Verizon Text Tapping Bug Run to Ground30-Jul-03 17:44 ET

Story Highlights:“A bug in Verizon’s text messaging system created a means for crackers to snoop on SMS messages, or worse, a security research firm warned last week. Verizon, while not admitting that anything was amiss, reportedly closed the security loophole last Friday (July 25).”

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InformationWeek: New Jersey Teams with the Army on Intrusion Detection29-Jul-03 16:10 ET

Story Highlights:“The Army will help New Jersey analyze the state’s network as a step in developing an intrusion-detection system. The agreement with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command Research, Development, and Engineering Center based at Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the first such collaboration between the center and a state.”

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The Register: Nortel in Network Security Product Blitz30-Jul-03 11:38 ET

Story Highlights:“Nortel Networks is retro-fitting its Alteon Application Security Switch with security features and reinventing the appliance as a security — rather than Web switching — product, much like Blue Coat Systems has done before it.”

Full Story on The Register

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