Security Bytes:

November, 2008


November 26, 2008  10:34 AM

New worm attacking MS08-067 vulnerability

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

More than a month after releasing an emergency patch for the MS08-067 RPC vulnerability, Microsoft on Tuesday warned that it is seeing increased levels of attack activity against the flaw. The company...

November 24, 2008  3:48 PM

VMWare loses top security researcher Sotirov and exec Mulchandani

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

VMWare has lost two of its key security people in the last couple of weeks: Nand Mulchandani and Alexander Sotirov. Mulchandani, the company's top security executive, left VMWare recently to take the CEO job at OpenDNS, a startup focused on providing cloud-based DNS operations and security...


November 21, 2008  1:08 PM

Antivirus is dead; long live antivirus

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft's decision this week to kill its Windows Live OneCare consumer antimalware suite has led to plenty of ruminations on the future of antivirus software and whether it is finally in its golden years. Industry analysts and security vendors have been proclaiming the death of AV for years,...


November 19, 2008  4:16 PM

Microsoft kills OneCare security suite

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft's experiment with a paid antimalware offering is over. The company announced on Tuesday that it is killing its Windows Live OneCare offering in June 2009 in favor of a free security suite...


November 18, 2008  3:42 PM

Speculation about John Thompson joining Obama administration running rampant

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Within an hour of the announcement yesterday that John Thompson plans to retire as Symantec CEO next April, speculation on Thompson's next move began in earnest. After 10 years at the reins of...


November 17, 2008  5:45 PM

John Thompson to step down as Symantec CEO

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

John Thompson is leaving Symantec in the spring, after 10 years as the CEO of the security company. Enrique Salem, currently the COO, will take over as CEO in April 2009 when Thompson steps down. Thompson has been at the helm of Symantec since the late 1990s and has guided the company through a...


November 17, 2008  12:00 PM

Free love: NetWitness Investigator and Mandiant’s Memoryze

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

In today's economic climate, security teams, just like the rest of the population, are looking for every way they can find to save money and make their budgets go farther. And that can often mean seeking out free alternatives to the enterprise applications and tools that can be brutally expensive....


November 12, 2008  3:42 PM

The MS08-068 patch: better late than never

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft used to be notoriously slow about releasing patches, taking months and in some cases years to produce fixes, much to the dismay of customers and the researchers who reported the vulnerabilities. That's certainly changed in the last few years with the advent of Patch Tuesday, but this...


November 11, 2008  3:08 PM

Google AdWords phishing scam on the loose

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

The creativity and resourcefulness of the criminal underground never ceases to amaze me. Granted, these guys have nothing else to do but sit around and come up with new scams, but still, some of these things are truly inspired. Have a look at this


November 11, 2008  10:40 AM

Will Barack Obama keep his promises on cybersecurity?

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

More than two months before he is even scheduled to be sworn in, Barack Obama already has become something of a darling in the technology community. His campaign relied heavily on the youth vote, which he courted through deft use of social networking sites, message boards and email fund-raising...


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