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Archive for January, 2004

Symantec Upgrades Novarg Threat – Warns Of Feb 1 Attack

Symantec has upgraded the W32.Novarg.A@mm (also know as W32.Mydoom@mm) from a Level 3 to a Level 4 threat based on how fast the threat is spreading, the potential damage and the threat distribution.


Additionally, the Symantec DeepSight Threat Analyst Team has increased the global ThreatCon from Level 1 to 2 due to the number of sample submissions Symantec has received and because of the malicious nature of the backdoor that the Trojan installed. Symantec’s ThreatCon rating provides a digital weather forecast of Internet Security.


The worm will also attempt to perform a denial-of-service attack between Feb. 1 and Feb. 12, 2004 against www.sco.com. The worm creates 64 threads that send HTTP “GET” requests to the SCO site. SCO is a provider of software solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses and replicated branch offices.


Additional information on W32.Novarg@mm can be found on Symantec’s Web site.


link: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.novarg.a@mm.html.


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The World Says Linux Going Mainstream

Linux is everywhere. Beginning within a highly energized niche, Linux has grown into a product with proponents worldwide, and has a world-wide support program that includes developers of every stripe.  The BBC radio program, The World, is running a series on the transformation of Linux into the mainstream. Below is a link to the first program in the series.


The World: http://www.theworld.org/latesteditions/20040126.shtml


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MyDoom/Novarg EMail Virus Spreading

The Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team at Network Associates, Inc. has assigned a high risk outbreak to the recently discovered W32/Mydoom worm. Mydoom is a destructive worm that spreads via email as a binary attachment-making itself appear as if the attachment is a text file. The discovery of the virus was announced today by McAfee AVERT and has been found in as many as 25 companies and seen throughout Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the United States. More info: http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_100983.htm


The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center has named this virus Novarg.


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MyDoom EMail Virus Spreading

The Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team at Network Associates, Inc. has assigned a high risk outbreak to the recently discovered W32/Mydoom worm. Mydoom is a destructive worm that spreads via email as a binary attachment-making itself appear as if the attachment is a text file. The discovery of the virus was announced today by McAfee AVERT and has been found in as many as 25 companies and seen throughout Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the United States. More info: http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_100983.htm


The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center has named this virus Novarg.


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AssetPoint Releases TabAnyWare Mobile Inventory Management

AssetPoint has released TabAnyWare for Mobile Inventory Management (MIM).  The new solution allows inventory management functions to be performed at the point of issue, eliminating the dependency of accessing a terminal for data entry or updates.  Efficiencies for storeroom personnel are improved by having immediate access to data for recording inventory updates, issues, part movements, warehousing data and stock levels.  The TabAnyWare Mobile Inventory Management solution supports single or multi-warehouse management, on demand inventory counts for full physical inventory or random cycle counts and convenient bar code scanning to ensure part number accuracy. 


AssetPoint delivers MIM on ruggedized, hand-held portable PC device designed to withstand harsh environments and heavy usage. An RF option allows for real-time tracking of inventory issues and charges to work orders.  The system also synchronizes through dial-up or docking station to immediately update TabWare, AssetPoint’s CMMS/EAM. 


AssetPoint developed the solution application using Microsoft’s .Net Compact Framework and .Net Web Services.  This technology was chosen for its strong framework for building rich graphical user interfaces, interoperability among software languages and, integration with Microsoft’s operating system and enterprise server software.               


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“Sir” Bill Gates Recognized By Her Majesty

Bill Gates, Chairman and founder of Microsoft Corporation, has been awarded an honorary Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen. The honorary KBE is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom.


Commenting on the award today, The UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said “I am delighted that Bill Gates has been awarded this honour; he is one of the most important global business leaders of this age.”


Bill may not call himself “Sir Bill” unless he renounces his US citizenship, but may now use the suffix KBE when writing his name.


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palmOne Shifts Focus To Smartphones;Reduces Work Force

palmOne has announced it has initiated a second phase of the integration process that began when the company acquired Handspring, Inc. on Oct. 29, 2003. The company is rebalancing the investment levels in its handheld computer and smartphone product families, and reducing its work force by about 100 people, or 12 percent.
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palmOne Shifts Focus To Smartphones;Reduces Work Force

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — palmOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO), the world’s leading maker of handheld computers and maker of highly acclaimed smartphones, today announced it has initiated a second phase of the integration process that began when the company acquired Handspring, Inc. on Oct. 29, 2003. The company is rebalancing the investment levels in its handheld computer and smartphone product families, and reducing its work force by about 100 people, or 12 percent.


The work force reduction affects positions across most functions, streamlining the company as part of a plan to achieve growth and profitability in fiscal year 2005.


“We intend to maintain our lead in the handheld-computer category with new, innovative solutions while we shift more investment toward the higher-growth smartphone category,” said Todd Bradley, palmOne president and chief executive officer. “The Handspring acquisition continues to deliver synergies, and tough but strategic decisions coupled with operational discipline enable us to reduce overall spending. We are committed to delivering growth and profitability, and these actions will move us closer to those goals.”


After the work force reduction, palmOne will have approximately 740 employees.


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