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[News] ASUS Linux Board Boasts Security, Windows Zombie Still a Total Mess

  • Subject: [News] ASUS Linux Board Boasts Security, Windows Zombie Still a Total Mess
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 21:22:22 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
New ASUS "Instant-On Linux" Details

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| One of the touted benefits of Express Gate / SplashTop was its optimized 
| Linux core so that it's immune from Windows spyware and viruses. The VAE 
| module is read-only and does not write anything to any attached hard disks so 
| it's intended as being a safer environment and any personal files are 
| isolated from the VAE.    


Also in the news today:

Viruses 'hit 1m China computers'

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| Almost one million Chinese computers were hit by viruses during last week's 
| national holidays, state media has reported. 


Greetings...you're infected

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| After making a January debut, transported by e-mail, the virus was notable 
| for the more than 50,000 variants that it subsequently spawned. 
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No wonder AV software is becoming ineffective and bloated (see links below).


Does antivirus have a future?

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| Peter Gutmann, a researcher at the University of Auckland who presented the 
| results of a study of the commercial market for malware at August's Defcon, 
| estimates that a good virus programmer can make as much as $200,000 a year 
| (here, a 660KB PDF). Alan Cox, an open-source security researcher, points out 
| some additional possibilities. One is malware designed to sit under today's 
| virtual machines. A proof-of-concept paper proposing such an attack, called 
| Subvirt (PDF), appeared last year, written by three researchers from 
| Microsoft and two from the University of Michigan. A presentation at last 
| year's Black Hat security conference from Joanna Rutkowska, a researcher at 
| Coseinc, a Singapore-based security company, covered a much leaner attack she 
| called Blue Pill, which targets the virtualisation built into Windows Vista 
|                                                              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| and into current processors from both AMD and Intel.           


Antivirus Tools Underperform When Tested in LinuxWorld 'Fight Club'

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| The results: Only three of the antivirus tools caught and blocked all 25 
| viruses thrown at them. One tool caught fewer than 10 percent. 


Symantec security products less than secure

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| Secunia rates the flaw "highly critical," the second-highest category in its 
| five-tier rating system. 


Is an antivirus gap looming?

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| The failure of antivirus companies to adapt to the dramatic malware 
| appearance rates in 2007 tells us there's time for a change and there's room  
| for a new class of tools. "AV is dead" is the battle cry of a new industry 
| analyst report. Antivirus companies may not be going the way of the dodo, but 
| to many customers, the concept of antivirus as the last line of defense has 
| been thrown out the window. It's time for a better approach, one that can 
| keep up and really defend networks.     


Analysts Work on Improved Antivirus Software Test

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| Antivirus testing groups have typically tested antivirus products by running 
| the detection engine against hundreds of malicious software samples. 


Predicting the demise of antivirus apps

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| "It's the beginning of the end for antivirus," says Robin Bloor, partner
| at consulting firm Hurwitz & Associates, who adds he began his
| "antivirus is dead" campaign a year ago and feels even more strongly
| about it today. "I'm going to keep beating this drum. The approach
| antivirus vendors take is completely wrong. The criminals working to
| release these viruses against computer users are testing against
| antivirus software. They know what works and how to create variants."


Linux Security: A Big Edge Over Windows

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| Linux is better at locking down a computer than Windows. The Linux OS
| uses configuration settings and user permissions to a much more
| efficient degree than the Windows administrator account. To do
| this, non-enterprise users should seek help from third-party
| security suites that serve as configuration managers, James
| Bottomley, chief technology officer of SteelEye Technology said.


Microsoft Windows: Insecure by Design


If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now About Windows XP

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| You can think of Windows XP as a house with a second floor built of
| spackle, wood filler and duct tape.


Why Windows is a security nightmare.


Study: Billions of dollars spent on security

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| Large U.S. businesses will spend $61 billion on security by the end
| of this year, representing 7.3 percent of total IT budgets in the
| country, according to a new report from Info-Tech Research Group.


Finally, anti “bot” technology is launched, and it’s from Norton

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| Now that a specific anti “bot” program has been released, from Symantec no 
| less, the threat from bots, botnets and zombified computers are hitting the 
| news more often, and is finally entering the mainstream users in a big way.  


Symantec Software Battles Vicious New PC Enemies: 'Bots'

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| "We are seeing rapid increase in botnet infections," says Ed Kim, director 
| of product management in the consumer division at Symantec. 


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
|                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
|                                     ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the BBC reports.


FBI to Notify Microsoft Windows Users Who Were Victims of Botnets

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| The Department of Justice and FBI have announced the results of 
| an ongoing cyber crime initiative to disrupt and dismantle 
| “botherders” and elevate the public’s cyber security 
| awareness of botnets.


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