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Do yourself a favor this week. Avoid falling for the latest malware malarkey, which involves none other than Osama Bin Laden. Internet message boards are awash with a bogus posting claiming that CNN journalists have found the body of Osama Bin Laden, but have been forced to hold back on the news while the US government verifies the identity of the remains. Informed sources suggest that 30,000 postings have already been detected. The posting includes a link purporting to be evidence of Bin Laden's death but in fact linking to file that installs the "Hackarmy" Trojan horse and turns an unsuspecting user's computer into a so-called "zombie" - an infected machine that can subsequently be used by attackers to carry out DDoS attacks. Here's how the message typically reads (note the spelling error in the first line - "Wedensday"): "Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two C... (more)

McAfee Extends Tiger Support

McAfee Virex for Macintosh now offers support for the Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) operating system. With extended support for Apple's newest Mac OS X, small to large businesses can implement real-time prevention of viruses, worms, Trojans and other potentially unwanted programs across their Macintosh and heterogeneous environments, McAfee says. McAfee Virex the company’s scan engine for “complete, proactive virus protection for Macintosh systems, stopping virus and malicious code threats, including hidden threats buried in archives and other compressed file types,” t... (more)

Operation Data Recovery Launched for Katrina Victims

Tugboat Enterprises, the maker of the new data rescue product Lifeboat, is offering complimentary Lifeboat Data Rescue programs and technical support for the program to individuals and companies whose computers were hit by Hurricane Katrina. The offer is extended as a part of corporate goodwill toward individuals and companies who are most affected. Operation Data Recovery is valid for anyone living in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee or South Carolina. "When people are affected by this kind of natural disaster, it's important that we pull together. Hurricane ... (more)

"Google-Spoofing" Worm Busted

Malware-fighting specialists PandaLabs has managed to close the web page that hosted one of the files of the P2Load.A "Google-spoofing" worm, after contacting the Internet Service Provider hosting the file. One of the main actions of this worm was that it replaced the host file on affected computers with a file downloaded from the website which has now been shut down. So, now that this web page has been shut down, the danger level of this worm has been significantly reduced. "The host file is essential when browsing the Internet, and so the closure of this website is another step ... (more)

Symantec Delivers Data Center Availability With Broad Support for Leading Data Replication Solutions

Symantec Corp has extended the capabilities of VERITAS Cluster Server, the industry's leading independent heterogeneous clustering and availability software, to lude full support for leading replication solutions that lude: EMC SRDF (luding SRDF/A), EMC MirrorView, Hitachi TrueCopy, HP Continuous Access XP, the IBM High-Availability Disaster Recovery capability of DB2 Universal Database. It also offers full support to the IBM Peer to Peer Remote Copy capability of IBM Enterprise Storage Server, NetApp SnapMirror, Oracle DataGuard and the company's own VERITAS Volume Replicator p... (more)