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Mon, Feb 14, 2005 (Vol. 10, #7 - Issue #512)
Microsoft Customers Targeted By Phishing
This issue of W2Knews contains:
- EDITORS CORNER
- Reminder: Get W2Knews In Your Whitelist
- Microsoft Customers Targeted By Phishing
- HP's CEO Fiorina Ousted By Board
- New SunPoll: a $25K prize...
- ADMIN TOOLBOX
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- TECH BRIEFING
- Workstations Survey: First 100 Get A $10 Amazon Cert!
- Cell Chip Details Surface
- A Small Wrinkle For Windows Authentication
- Learning Guide: How To Design A Server Room
- Exchange Tip: Issues with OWA on Windows XP SP2
- NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
- W2K3 SP1 RC2 Released!
- Longhorn Beta: Expect It June 2005
- Should You Start Using 64-Bit Windows?
- Trojan Targets Microsoft AntiSpyware
- NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
- Microsoft To Acquire Maker Of Antigen
- iHateSpam for Exchange; New Engine Rocks
- Half Of Enterprises Not Ready For Disaster Recovery
- W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
- This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
- PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
- Centralized, Enterprise Antispyware Takes Off
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Microsoft Customers Targeted By Phishing
Tell your users not to fall for the latest scam. This week, some
spelling challenged fraudsters were trying to get people to expose
their credit card by claiming Microsoft will deny updates to users
that have pirated Windows copies. Find out how the scam works by
reading Paul Thurrott's story at the following URL:
HP's CEO Fiorina Ousted By Board
So, what's that mean? Good news for admins very likely. A lot of
system admins have been complaining about the decline in Compaq
hardware quality and it looks like this was caused by both cost
cutting and internal "reorganization turmoil". Another thing that
suffered was delivery times, reaching up to 6 weeks after PO's
were sent. Fiorina being replaced will hopefully get things
optimized. In the mean time I think I know one company who are
dancing on Carly's grave, or maybe not. Dell might be
disappointed she was fired because she was "helping" Dell sales.
And don't say I didn't predict this. In the '02 and '03 Crystal
Ball issues, I was ahead of the curve but dead right. [grin]
New SunPoll: a $25K prize...
Here's the new SunPoll! "For a coming 2005 tradeshow, if you'd
have the chance to win an approx. $25,000 value prize, which of
these four would you prefer?
- A Custom Harley Chopper
- Mini Cooper
- Subaru WRX
- A Superfast Japanese Motorcycle
Cast your vote:
Quote Of The Week:
"If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent Him."
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
-- Benjamin Franklin.
(email me with feedback: [email protected])
Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
Workstations Survey: First 100 Get A $10 Amazon Cert!
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Cell Chip Details Surface
This week, technicians of Sony, IBM and Toshiba told more about
then the new 'Cell'-chip. It will have nine processors embedded,
one 64-bit IBM Power and eight 'synergistic processing units'. It
will run faster than 4 GHz. The Power processor has a controlling
role. They plan to start production of test chips later this
year, and after that they will be used in graphics workstations
and the Sony PlayStation. Thanks to the fact there are more
processors on the same chip, developers can use more OS-en at the
same time and experiment with grid architectures. The Cell runs
at 256 gigaflops so is super fast. As a comparison, the slowest
machine in the top500 supercomputers runs at 851 gigaflops.
A Small Wrinkle For Windows Authentication
A new program to verify the authenticity of Windows-based
desktops should be a snap for most enterprise customers, with
one "key" exception. Details on Microsoft's Windows Genuine
Advantage program in this exclusive article from
Learning Guide: How To Design A Server Room
What are the key elements you need to consider when building a
data center or server room? This time-consuming task is broken
down for you in a new Learning Guide from SearchWinSystems.com.
Exchange Tip: Issues with OWA on Windows XP SP2
While it solves many OS quirks and security issues, XP SP2
includes some features that can create problems for Outlook Web
Access users. Free registration may be required:
NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
W2K3 SP1 RC2 Released!
It's on Redmond's website now, the home page for the Technical
Preview Program where you can find links for a technical
overview, features and functionality changes, networking features
and release notes.
W2K3 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate 2 (RC2) enhances
security infrastructure by providing new security tools such as
Security Configuration Wizard, which secures your server for
role based operations, improved defense-in-depth with Data
Execution Protection, and a safe and secure first boot scenario
with Post-Setup Security Update Wizard.
Note: Beta versions of software, such as SP1 RC2, are intended
only for installation in a test environment.
Longhorn Beta: Expect It June 2005
Microsoft is on track to release the first full test version of
the next major Windows release by the end of June, a Microsoft
executive told CNET News.com on Monday. The company has said
publicly that Beta 1 of Longhorn would arrive by the end of 2005,
though internally, the company has been aiming for a release by
midyear. The final version of Longhorn is slated for the second
half of next year.
"There will be a beta 1 of Longhorn...happening in the first half
of this year," John Montgomery, a director in Microsoft's
developer division, said during an interview at VSLive, a
conference devoted to the company's Visual Studio .Net toolkit.
The release will be primarily aimed at developers, Montgomery
said. "I do, however, expect that you will find IT departments
starting to look at it, kick the tires, figure out what's in it
and what's not in it." Read the story at c|net's news.com:
Should You Start Using 64-Bit Windows?
As with any computer technology decision, the focus should be
placed first and foremost on the application an enterprise
intends to run. If an application is a high-priority, mission-critical one that must be operational 100% of the time -- such
as a run-the-business transaction-processing application -- then
that app dictates what the 64-bit computing is all about placing
a lot more data in memory than 32-bit systems can handle. So, the
starting point in deciding whether to deploy 64-bit Windows should
be to examine the characteristics of that primary application.
There is a good story on this at SearchWinSystems:
Trojan Targets Microsoft AntiSpyware
A new electronic attack tries to disable Redmond's AntiSpyware
Beta (MSAS) and install malware. The nasty is called Troj/BankAsh-A and its goal is to steal passwords and get online banking access.
After the Trojan gets installed, it attempts to disable MSAS, stop
the MSAS notifications and delete all the files in the folder
named C:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyware.
A Redmond spokesperson said "Microsoft will continue to work with
law enforcement and the industry to help protect customers from
these types of threats." This Trojan will not affect CounterSpy
as that sits in another directory.
THIRD PARTY NEWS
Microsoft To Acquire Maker Of Antigen
This week Redmond announced they were planning to buy Sybari. No
wonder, it's a good product. In their marketing Sybari focused
mainly on enterprise and large business with their original
strength being protection of mail servers against viruses and
later spam. Microsoft intends to use the acquisition to provide
its corporate customers with technology to protect themselves
against malicious software. System Admins that use the Antigen
product, initially took a "wait-and-see" approach.
This is Microsoft's second "antivirus" acquisition since they
first purchased GeCAD Software Srl from Romania, in June 2003. It
also nicely coincides with the RSA Security Conference in San
Francisco where BillG is expected to announce plans for a
subscription-based consumer antivirus product. Personally I
expect it to be a combined AV plus antispyware offer.
Sybari uses other companies' antivirus engines for protection,
they do not use their own. Smart, why reinvent the wheel? This is
good for Microsoft too, as they promised to avoid domination of
the AV software market and play fair with other AV outfits.
Redmond will add their own AV engine to the Antigen product and
allow other engines to be added too. Mike Nash, corporate vice
president in charge of Microsoft's Security Business and
technology Unit, said that internally, Microsoft has already been
using the GeCAD engine, now referred to as the "Microsoft
antivirus engine," with the Sybari technology.
Enrique Salem, senior vice president of network and gateway
security at Symantec said: "Sybari has OEM'd a lot of third-party
technologies and integrated different anti-virus scanners and
antispam technologies through one common module". His position is
that large companies with heterogeneous networks do not want to
buy one security solution for one server and another for
another. "They run different operating systems, Solaris, Linux,
Windows and they need security at all those points... and they
need their desktops protected, their SMTP e-mail server, they
need an end-to-end security solution."
iHateSpam for Exchange; New Engine Rocks
Here is one of the first bits of feedback we received on the new
spam engine we plugged in V1.6:
"Thanks! The new Cloudmark engine is certainly a very different
animal, and it's hard to believe that it does such a good job.
As I watch (and participate occasionally) in the list server and
what all the other admins have to say, we're gaining confidence
in this version very quickly." Test or upgrade here:
Half Of Enterprises Not Ready For Disaster Recovery
New York-based Deloitte & Touche surveyed a bunch of corporate
and IT managers recently. Only half(!) said their companies had
rolled out business continuity and disaster recovery plans. Wow.
Meaning 50% of you are not well prepared. This is a job
Some of the conclusions out of the survey were that many outfits
have no higher-ups that champion redundancy, often there "is no
budget" for contingencies like the building on fire, and sometimes
they are just overwhelmed by just the idea alone! And then there
is the famous ostrich-policy: "won't happen on my watch".
What you need (to create) in your organization is a champion who
is willing to fight for the project, and have some "budget power".
You will be happy you did, and you will be the hero of the day/
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This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
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