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1. In Focus: An Innovative Approach to Spam Fighting
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- SonicWALL Brings New Email Security Appliances to Market
- MSN Search Toolbar Brings Microsoft Phishing Filter to IE 6.0
- Security-Related Products Earn Nods at Microsoft Management Summit
3. Security Toolkit
- Security Matters Blog
- Security Forum Featured Thread
- Share Your Security Tips
4. New and Improved
- Detect Malicious Insiders
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==== 1. In Focus: An Innovative Approach to Spam Fighting ====
by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
These days, spam is a multimillion-dollar industry. It generates millions of dollars for the spammers, millions for the companies that produce antispam solutions, and millions for the people who install and support those solutions.
Some people think that individuals who go after spammers on their own are vigilantes. Calling such people vigilantes implies that we should all sit around on our duffs while we let our respective governments make and enforce laws such as the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003. As time has shown, the act works to some extent, but it has problems and it's nearly useless when a spammer is located anywhere outside the United States.
Meanwhile, other spam-fighting methods, such as Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), Sender ID, and other technologies (some of whose real motives are questionable,) try to place controls on email flow. Most of these technologies will lead to increasing restrictions on email flow over time and could severely limit open and free communication, which in my opinion is anti-Internet.
Blue Security (at the URL below) has a tool called Blue Frog that seems to be an effective antispam defense. Individuals and businesses can put their email addresses on Blue Security's encrypted "do not spam" list. A user on the list who receives a spam message can notify Blue Security, which investigates and then notifies the proper authorities about offending spammers. Blue Security also sends an opt-out message to the spammer for each message sent to a Blue Frog user. If a spammer sends five spam messages to 1 million Blue Frog users, the spammer receives 5 million opt-out requests. This places a tremendous load on a spammer's resources, and rightly so.
Last week, Blue Security found itself under attack. Apparently, a spammer became so angry at the influx of opt-out messages that it decided to launch a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against Blue Security's network. The result was that the spammer (PharmaMaster) was exposed as the low-life scum that it is, so people can choose not to do business with it. Also, Blue Security received a ton of press coverage due to the attack, which will undoubtedly raise awareness about Blue Frog by many orders of magnitude.
You can read more about the incident at the URL below. Kudos to Blue Security are in order for helping people take matters into their own hands while acting as a team. According to a press release from Blue Security, six of the top ten spammers worldwide have stopped sending spam to users of Blue Frog. If every Internet user had technology similar to Blue Frog, the spam problem could be cured very, very quickly. Such technologies minimize the need to legislate or build solutions that could potentially limit the openness of the Internet.
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==== 2. Security News and Features ====
Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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SonicWALL Brings New Email Security Appliances to Market
SonicWALL introduced a new line of email security appliances that fit the full range of businesses from large enterprises to small businesses. The new appliances are based on technology gained when SonicWALL acquired MailFrontier in February.
MSN Search Toolbar Brings Microsoft Phishing Filter to IE 6.0
Originally designed for the upcoming Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0, Microsoft Phishing Filter Add-in for MSN Search Toolbar works with IE 6.0, provided that customers first install MSN Search Toolbar on a Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) system.
Security-Related Products Earn Nods at Microsoft Management Summit
Security-related products were well-represented among the winners and finalists in Windows IT Pro's Best of Show awards at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS--April 24-28, San Diego). Configuresoft's Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) won the Overall Best award, and Altiris's Software Virtualization Solution won Best New Product. Argent Software's Guardian, DesktopStandard's PolicyMaker Application, and Softricity's Virtualization Platform all received Runner Up awards. Other finalists were Quest Software's Vintela Authentication Services, Centrify's DirectControl, eXc Software's MOM and SMS eXctender Event Provider for non-Windows, NetPro's ChangeAuditor, and Iconclude's Repair System.
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Security Matters Blog: Apache Overtakes IIS as Most Popular SSL Server
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://www.windowsitpro.com/securitymatters
According to Netcraft, Apache accounts for 44 percent of all Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-enabled sites and Microsoft IIS accounts for 43.8 percent. The use of IIS leveled off in 2001, declined until 2002, climbed a little between 2002 and 2003, and since then has steadily declined. Read more about the trends in this blog article.
by John Savill, http://www.windowsitpro.com/windowsnt20002003faq
Q: How can I use a script to check the domain mode and forest mode of a client computer?
Find the answer at http://www.windowsitpro.com/Article/ArticleID/50156
Security Forum Featured Thread: Suspicious SNMP Traffic
A forum participant writes that in his Symantec firewall logs, he sees a "Suspicious SNMP traffic" event with the source IP address of one of his workstations. He can't find anything running on the workstation that would generate this event. Have any idea? Join the discussion at
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==== 4. New and Improved ====
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Detect Malicious Insiders
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