KL’s Airport Gets Infected

If there’s one place you hope you won’t get infected by a computer virus, it’s an airport. It’s not just that the virus may fiddle with your departure times; it’s the wider possibility that the virus may have infected more sensitive parts of the airport: ticketing, say, or—heaven forbid—flight control. Kuala Lumpur International Airport—Malaysia’s main …

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Is That a Virus on Your Phone or a New Business Model?

This week’s WSJ.com column (subscription only) is about mobile viruses — or the lack of them. First off I talked about CommWarrior, the virus any of you with a Symbian phone and Bluetooth switched no will have been pinged with anywhere in the world. CommWarrior isn’t new: It has been around since March 2005. But this isn’t much …

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A Patch in Time?

Further to my earlier post about what I felt was Symantec’s somewhat tardy and insubstantial public response to the discovery of a serious vulnerability in its own Antivirus software, I don’t feel much more at ease after an email exchange with their PR folk. First off, Symantec has, by midday in the Asian day, come …

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Symantec’s Hole

I am starting to be a bit concerned about the future of blogs, but there’s no question a blog is the best way to get information out to people quickly, especially if it’s about the Internet, technology or tech-related stuff. It needn’t be a blog, but it needs to share the blog’s most powerful features …

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Is Antivirus Software Still Up To The Job?

How often do antivirus manufacturers admit that their products are not really up to the challenge anymore? The only folks I know who do this are those from Trend Micro. I interviewed Steve Chang, its founder, a couple of years back, and he made it clear that antivirus software can’t keep everything out. But it doesn’t …

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Korgo Spreads Its Wings

Seems like the big anti-virus boys are waking up to Korgo, the ‘phishing worm’ that F-Secure was warning about a few days ago. Symantec have just issued an advisory upgrading W32.Korgo.F, a new variant of the worm, from a Level 2 to a Level 3 threat. As Symantec says, W32.Korgo.F is a worm that attempts …

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More On MyDoom, And Why

It’s not my intention for loosewire to become a realtime virus news service, but this is a special case, so here’s more on MyDoom/Novarg, the worm that I’ve reported on before. Doom, it seems, is being prepared for the SCO Group, a company that sells Unix software and has been the focus of several Internet …

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Zone Labs Snapped Up – Firewalls R Us?

My favourite firewall, Zone Alarm, is being bought by another firewall maker, Check Point Software Technologies [CNet News.com]. It looks to me as if there’s quite significant consolidation within the security software industry, not just from the point of view of big guys buying the smaller guys, but of companies trying to create products that …

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News: Norton Chips In

 I should have known, given the whole virus thing is big business, that if one company announces a new product, its rival down the street isn’t likely to stay silent. Hot on the heels (or maybe before, who knows) of McAfee’s upgrade to its VirusScan, Symantec Corp.announced Norton AntiVirus 2004, although tellingly it’s not ‘widely …

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