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Security Becoming Increasingly Difficult




Security Becoming Increasingly Difficult
Security Becoming Increasingly Difficult



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS:  Security Becoming Increasingly Difficult

NEWS AND FEATURES
   - Digital Monsters Unleashed at Monster.com
   - Skype Taken Down by Its Own Doing
   - China and USA Tops in Malware Storage Sites?
   - NetNation Opens Shop in USA, Offers New Domain Security Features
   - Recent Security Vulnerabilities

GIVE AND TAKE
   - Security Matters Blog: When Honors Aren't Really Honors
   - FAQ: No More WINS in Windows 2008
   - From the Forum: Restricting Remote Logons to One User 
   - Share Your Security Tips

PRODUCTS
   - Processor Adds Security Features
   - Product Evaluations from the Real World

RESOURCES AND EVENTS

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=== IN FOCUS: Security Becoming Increasingly Difficult ========   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

In the news last week were three interesting stories that offer clear 
indications that keeping an enterprise secure is becoming more 
difficult as services and exploits evolve. You can link to these 
stories by going to the SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES section below.

If you read the story "Digital Monsters Unleashed at Monster.com," 
you'll learn that intruders have switched tactics. Instead of 
specifically targeting a single vulnerability, the trend has moved 
towards targeting a list of vulnerabilities on a specific platform. 
Like MPack, which I wrote about (at the URL below) back in June, the 
exploit foisted upon unsuspecting Monster.com visitors was packaged in 
an innocuous-looking ad on multiple pages and worked by determining the 
visitor's OS and browser type, then delivering corresponding exploit 
code. 
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The Monster.com exploit took advantage of one of the most dangerous 
weaknesses in security: The failure to install patches or new versions 
of various applications and subsystems. Because many Monster.com 
visitors' systems were not up-to-date, the attack was highly 
successful. So far, reports indicate that hundreds of thousands of 
people had all sorts of private information stolen. The stolen 
information is already being used to exploit even more people. The 
entire ordeal clearly points to the need to keep systems as up-to-date 
as possible at all times, because even users who are very security 
savvy and know how to avoid email scams and suspicious Web sites might 
still fall victim by simply opening an email message that appears 
legitimate or by landing on a well-known Web site. 

In the second story, "Skype Taken Down By Its Own Doing," you'll learn 
how engineering oversights can readily lead to situations where a 
company's own developers take down the company's entire product 
infrastructure. Because the engineers at Skype didn't run through 
enough "what if" scenarios, the Skype VoIP peer-to-peer (P2P) network 
was rendered mostly useless for a significant amount of time. Skype's 
entire existence and income flow is based upon its P2P network. So if 
that network fails, the company is at risk of failing as an enterprise. 

This particular incident points out that security is not just for 
security administrators and end users and that secure software 
development must include an analysis of any and all potential points of 
failure--otherwise a company might wind up instigating a Denial of 
Service (DoS) attack against itself unwittingly.

The third story, "China and US Tops in Malware Storage Sites?" ties 
into the first story. Cyveillence reports that servers in China and the 
US host more malware binaries than any other countries in the world. 
The company also reports that US-based Web sites are used more often 
than sites in any other country to launch malware attacks against 
unsuspecting users. 

Even though intruders might be based overseas, they know full well that 
online activity is widespread and still growing rapidly in the US and 
that the rush to use the Internet has far outrun the population's 
general awareness of the dangers involved. 

The figures from Cyveillence, which you can learn more about in the 
news story, clearly point out why those of you who work as security 
administrators in the US need to be far more diligent than your 
colleagues in other nations. 


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=== SECURITY NEWS AND FEATURES ================================
Digital Monsters Unleashed at Monster.com
   Hundreds of thousands of people who went to Monster.com looking for 
jobs or new recruits got more than they bargained for when wily 
criminals used the site to silently install Trojans on unsuspecting 
users' computers.
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Skype Taken Down by Its Own Doing
   Millions of Skype users found themselves unable to connect to the 
VoIP network due to shortcomings in the company's P2P network 
management algorithm.
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China and US Tops in Malware Storage Sites?
   A new report from Cyveillance suggests that 60 percent of all 
malware binary storage sites are hosted in China or the United States--
the two countries with the largest online populations.
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NetNation Opens Shop in US, Offers New Domain Security Features
   Canadian-based NetNation recently opened shop in the US and launched 
a new set of domain security features that help protect against 
unauthorized changes.
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Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Alerts, which inform you about recently discovered security 
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discoveries at
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=== GIVE AND TAKE =============================================
SECURITY MATTERS BLOG: When Honors Aren't Really Honors
by Mark Joseph Edwards, http://list.windowsitpro.com/t?ctl=63F1E:57B62BBB09A692795430737F614D1BBB 

Sometimes honors bestow a lot of clout. Other times, honors are 
entirely worthless. If you download software because it has a "top 
rating," you might be surprised to learn that honorable mentions are 
often handed out blindly, so beware!
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FAQ: No More WINS in Windows 2008
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Q: What is GlobalNames in Windows Server 2008?

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FROM THE FORUM: Restricting Remote Logons to One User
   A forum participant is using a Windows 2000 Server and Windows 
Server 2003 domain environment and wants to know if he can create a 
policy, script, or registry tweak that makes it impossible for more 
than one user to log on to a remote server at the same time. Join the 
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=== PRODUCTS ================================================== by Renee Munshi, products@windowsitpro.com 

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