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Re:Viewing 2004: The security industry
Consolidation, outsourcing and the Microsoft factor... Yesterday we revealed what the year saw in terms of the changing face of security threats but the industry itself has undergone more than a little change, as Will Sturgeon explains. The security industry saw plenty of offline activity during 2004. The word 'consolidation' has long been inextricably linked with the sector and never was that more true than during the past 12 months. Mergers and acquisitions were...
'060' Spam Becomes Gadfly for Mobile Phone Subscribers
By Kim Tae-gyu Staff Reporter Unwanted spam mail and calls have become a major irritant for mobile phone subscribers these days, with unsolicited messages or calls from numbers with the dialing prefixes of 060 or 030 exploding. The bulk messages cost cell phone usersí precious time and effort and most typically carry sexual content, fanning concerns about the influence on youth. According to parliamentary data, the number of short messaging service (SMS) spam sent to handsets stood...
New Computer Viruses Hits Record High
By Kim Tae-gyu Stafff Reporter New computer viruses found in Korea amounted to 4,406 this year, even surpassing the accumulated figures for the past 16 years, according to a local cyber security firm. AhnLab, the nationís leading anti-virus program developer, said Wednesday Korean computer users saw 4,406 new viruses or their mutants in 2004 against 3,389 recorded from 1988 to 2003. ``The year 2004 will be remembered as the worst-ever year as far as computer viruses are concerned....
Spyware Floods Cyberspace
By Kim Tae-gyu Staff Reporter The relentless expansion of spyware floods cyberspace, growing at a pace that overwhelms spam, the biggest online strain until now. According to domestic anti-virus program developer AhnLab, monthly spyware reports stood at just 80 cases in January, but the figure snowballed more than 12 fold to 1,006 in September. This contrasts with government data showing the dwindling amount of spam, of which daily per-capita average decreased to 16.8 in Septembe...
Worm Seeks Out Network Passwords
By Robin Arnfield Enterprise Security Today September 14, 2004 4:48PM Sdbot "spreads via network shares using NetBEUI functions to get ... user names and passwords," says security firm Trend Micro. "It then drops a copy of itself on accessed shared folders. It has backdoor capabilities and may execute remote commands coming from a malicious user." It also performs DoS attacks and steals game keys. The latest version of the SDbot worm contains network-sniffing software th...
2-Way Internet Phone Scheduled for This Month
By Kim Tae-gyu Staff Reporter Within this year, tech-savvy Koreans will be able to make and receive calls through Internet-enabled phones as you would do on regular phones, at a lower cost. The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) said Thursday it will include the voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) as the nation's main telecom business from this month. That means the ministry has gained legal rights to approve VoIP firms to provide a full-fledged Internet...
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