M Edwards


Mark Joseph Edwards is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and writes the weekly email newsletter Security UPDATE (http://www.windowsitpro.com/email). He is a network engineer and the author of Internet Security with Windows NT (29th Street Press).

Ericsson Brings "Big Brother" To Laptops
In a stroke of what should never be referred to as genius, Ericsson AB has a new wireless modem that can "send a signal that completely disables the computer, making it impossible to turn on."
Forefront 2.0 Delayed
Microsoft was slated to release Forefront 2.0 in the first half of 2009. The date has now been pushed back to at least the latter half of 2009.
Nessus v4 Released
Tenable Networks recently released Nessus v4, which is a cross-platform security scanning tool. There are lots of new features, including 5-fold speed increase, smaller memory footprint, and much more.
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
Microsoft released its Security Intelligence Report. Be sure to read it carefully before taking any of the stats as any other than relative indicators.
Yet Another Reason To Keep Backups
If you're using hosted services, as so many companies do, then you better have some backups just in case the unexpected happens.
Worried About Confiker?
Personally, I think the Conficker worm might be a little over-hyped. After all, it's a symptom of a larger ongoing problem. Nevertheless, there's help for containment and cleanup.
Firefox 3.0.8 Due Out Soon
As expected, a few attendees of the CanSecWest conference produced some notable security cracks against the world's most popular browsers. Not to be outdone, Guido Landi unleashed his own exploit this week complete with example code.
Google Docs Not So Secure 2
Canadian consultant Ade Barkah discovered three security problems with Google Docs, all of which expose information that you might otherwise think is protected.
Confiker Set to Morph On April 1?
The Confiker worm - arguably one of the nastiest critters to be unleashed in quite a while - is set to morph itself on April 1.
BBC Rents a Botnet, People Complain
Spencer Kelly over at BBC News rented a botnet and took it for a spin. His antics including sending 10,000 spams and that drew the ire of Sophos' Asia-Pacific head of technology Paul Ducklin.
Firefox 3.5 Just Around The Corner
Beta 4 of the next version of Firefox is due out in April, complete with a new version number of 3.5. When it officially releases later this year it'll sport a new private browsing mode.
L0phtcrack is Back
After several years of hiatus L0phtcrack is back with version 6.
Wireshark 1.0.6
If you're using Wireshark and haven't upgraded to version 1.0.6. then you ought to do so. The new version fixes several vulnerabilities.
35 Percent Of Infected PCs Had Up To Date AV Software 1
PandaLabs released a rather staggering figure: 35 percent out of 67 million computers were infected with malware, and they were running up to date anti-malware software.
Adobe Releases Critical Updates
An update for Adobe Flash Player fixes 5 critical vulnerabilities while another update fixes 2 vulnerabilities in RoboHelp. The company intends to fix a critical flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat next week.
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