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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Mon, Feb 28, 2005 (Vol. 10, #9 - Issue #514)
Excited About New Anti-Fraud Capability
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
  1. EDITORS CORNER
    • Excited About New Anti-Fraud Capability
    • New: The SunBlog
    • The Insecure State Of Security
  2. ADMIN TOOLBOX
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. TECH BRIEFING
    • iHateSpam For Exchange Now Protects Against Phishing
    • Intel Ships 64-Bit Pentium 4 Chips
    • Exchange Migration Learning Guide
    • Security Checklist: Lockdown PCs, Workgroups and AD Domains
    • From The Fox-in-the-hen-house Dept
  4. NT/2000 RELATED NEWS
    • IBM Gives Windows Users A New Hardware Option
    • SQL Server 2005 Editions, Segmented Pricing
    • 'Blue Screen' Fix Pushed to Windows XP SP2 Users
  5. NT/2000 THIRD PARTY NEWS
    • Users Really Like The New iHateSpam For Exchange V1.6
    • New Freeware Tool For Inventory
  6. W2Knews 'FAVE' LINKS
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  7. PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
    • "Freebie" Antispyware Tools Aren't Cuttin' It
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  EDITORS CORNER

Excited About New Anti-Fraud Capability

You probably all noticed that I've been pretty upbeat about version 1.6 of iHateSpam for Exchange. The new engine has been an enormous improvement. But it has more benefits than just better and faster spam detection. The new engine has a so called "cartridge" architecture that allows plugging in other functionality. We're excited to announce iHateSpam now protects against phishing attacks! You can read about the technical details of our new micro updates in the Tech Briefing below.

New: The SunBlog

What's Sunbelt "think" about things? We're talking about defining Adware and Spyware, messaging frameworks, the antispam frontier, and of course about what Microsoft is doing. Here's the SunBlog:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228ED-SSD_Blog

The Insecure State Of Security

Well, after BillG's RSA appearance, several people commented on Redmond's security initiative. The overall tendency was: "We're three years into the "Trustworthy Computing Initiative" but MS stuff is still being hacked, even the new code (specifically WinXP SP2). Gartner's Top Honcho Pescatore said that he thought Redmond still did not have a good strategy: adding more tools to fix holes is not what we need. We want rock solid code that does not need patching all the time! But lacking that, you want a vendor that integrates AV, AS and a firewall at a total price of no more than 20% of what you pay for your AV now. And here is some food for thought regarding MS getting into the AV space: They are generalists but security is a very specialized area, and for various reasons they may not be able to filter out various malware. Imagine what would happen if MS would get big enough to do to the AV market what they did to Netscape... Hmmm.

And here is the new SunPoll: "Which client OS does your organization use for the majority of the workstations?"

  • WinXP SP2
  • WinXp SP1 or earlier WinXP
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 9x
  • Other

Vote here, rightmost column:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228ED-SunPoll

(PS, in the last SunPoll, the Custom Harley Chopper edged out the Mini Cooper by a hair, so come to Tech.Ed!)
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228ED-Results

Quotes Of The Week:
"I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun." -- Thomas Alva Edison
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression." -- W.E.B. DuBois

PS: Our Office in Europe decided to send the English version of W2Knews to the German territory, instead of sending the German translation. This way you will get the news a lot faster. Looks like they trust your English is good enough! [grin]

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])

  ADMIN TOOLBOX

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

  TECH BRIEFING

iHateSpam For Exchange Now Protects Against Phishing

Phishing is becoming exponentially worse. There were more attacks in the last 6 months than in the past 10 years. Here are some stats:

  • 92% of all Phishing attacks in past year, 76% in last 6 months
  • Over 50% growth rate of Phishing attacks month over month
  • 92% of Phishing attacks use spoofed emails and domains
  • Over 1.78 million people have fallen victim to email fraud as a result of phishing
  • More than $11.7 billion lost to fraud in the year ending in April 2004

Email fraud is different to Spam as it is targeted and traditional methods employing honeypots fail. As you may have heard, the new engine in V1.6 is Cloudmark's. Their 1.2M active users are providing real-time alerts of the latest attacks. This data on Spam and Fraud gets analyzed real-time and a set of algorithms is created called spamGenes. These identify inherent characteristics of spam, fraud and legit emails so as to predict and prevent attacks.

Through very frequent micro updates, our new spam engine receives a real-time feed of URI (Internet addresses, phone numbers, other) and associated reputation information that is derived from the millions of spam and fraud reports. Best is, all of this is transparent for the users, email that is tagged as a phishing fraud attempt will simply be routed to the quarantine box! Get the new V1.6 here and try it out at no cost for 30 days:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TB-iHateSpam_SE

If you need some ammo to get a purchase approved, check this article in ComputerWorld with the title: "Secret Service says Internet fraud threatens economy":
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TB-Fraud

Intel Ships 64-Bit Pentium 4 Chips

This week, Intel revealed its x64-compatible Pentium 4 chips, making a real start with mainstream 64-bit computing. The Pentium 4 6xx series chips are clocked at 3.2GHz to 3.6GHz, use a sizable 2MB L2 cache, and give you compatibility with the x64 platform that AMD came out with first. Next is Microsoft who are planning to release WinXP Pro 64 Edition in the coming few weeks. More at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TB-Intel

Exchange Migration Learning Guide

This exclusive SearchExchange.com learning guide introduces you to migration of an Exchange environment, explains best practices and pitfalls to avoid and provides troubleshooting help and advice. You'll find Exchange migration articles, tutorials, tips, tools, white papers, expert advice and more to pump up your Exchange migration know-how quickly.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TB-Exchange

Security Checklist: Lockdown PCs, Workgroups and AD Domains

Don't look at security as an optional component of a Windows implementation. Roberta Bragg explains why good security practices are a must and lists some security policy do's for standalone and workgroup computers, as well as Active Directory domains.
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TB-Checklist

From The Fox-in-the-hen-house Dept

On the Slashdot site, pcidevel writes "D. Reed Freeman, the "Chief Privacy Officer" of Claria Networks (formerly Gator), the creators of the pervasive spyware package GAIN, has been appointed to the Department of Homeland Security's "Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee"."
Now how come I think this is somewhat ironic? [grin]

  NT/2000 RELATED NEWS

IBM Gives Windows Users A New Hardware Option

IBM's xSeries 366 server, which features a new IBM-developed chipset architecture, could be a good fit for those moving to 64-bit Windows, industry observers say. Good article at SearchWinSystems:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228RN-IBM

SQL Server 2005 Editions, Segmented Pricing

Microsoft will raise prices for SQL Server 2005, but it will continue to also come free, and a new low-end edition will be added. MS also announced that high-end functionality will be migrated to lower-end versions. The product line-up will consist of the following:

  • SQL Enterprise Edition - a complete data and analysis platform targeting large mission-critical applications.
  • SQL Standard Edition - a complete data analysis platform for mid-sized organizations.
  • SQL Workgroup Edition - database solution for small, mid-sized organizations.
  • SQL Express Edition - no cost, easy to use version of SQL Server for building simple data-driven applications.

It's clear that Redmond is trying to drive incremental revenue by fine-tuning the products to appeal to numerous different user segments, such as small businesses. The Workgroup flavor retails for $3,899 per CPU, (or $739 per server with five client access licenses), supports up to two processors, 2GB of memory, a database of unlimited size and is pretty competitive with other database products and provides an alternative for open source. It comes with a management tool that they called Management Studio, making it easier to use for "rookie DBAs" Check the WinITPro site for prices of the other flavors:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228RN-SQL_Server

'Blue Screen' Fix Pushed to Windows XP SP2 Users

Microsoft pushed a rare non-security fix to Windows XP users through Automatic Update this week for a problem that can cause the infamous "Blue Screen of Death" in Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003. Read more at ENTMag:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228RN-Blue_Screen

  THIRD PARTY NEWS

Users Really Like The New iHateSpam For Exchange V1.6

Just read the following success story:

"Hey gang, as an original user of iHateSpam SE since its public release in 2003, I have to congratulate you on the rollout of version 1.6. Our users were starting to notice the lack of def updates on version 1.5 as spam increased in their inboxes. The day we implemented 1.6 (without announcement), a couple users called to ask if something changed because they noticed the improvement that quickly. Over the past couple of weeks we have continued to receive nothing but compliments about the lack of spam going to the Inbox, the lack of false positives, and the "cleaner" quarantine with the 249 delete score. I also wanted to give you a pat on the back for yet another seamless upgrade from the previous version. Because of the smoothness of these upgrades, there has been no need for us to announce the changes to our staff or provide any retraining, wasting valuable IT resources and time. I continue to be impressed by iHateSpam and am glad we chose Sunbelt as our anti-spam vendor. Keep up the good work!" -- Ian Wilshaw, Network Administrator, Central Corporate Credit Union.

Test the new V1.6 with Phishing Protection gratis for 30 days:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TP-iHateSpam_SE

New Freeware Tool For Inventory

A W2Knews Subscriber (a Sysadmin in Europe) sent me this: "I just made my new freeware program available: It's a soft- and hardware inventory program for small/medium windows networks. The program is intended for administrators/power users, and has been tested in 15 small/medium companies and is now ready for production sites. The program also scans running processes, autorun programs, browser plugins, (ideal for identifying malware/spyware) The program also scans almost all things available in programs like HijackThis. Maybe it is interesting for your readers. Check it out at:
http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228TP-LANSweeper

  FAVE LINKS

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

  PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

"Freebie" Antispyware Tools Aren't Cuttin' It

For the enterprise, "freebie" stand-alone antispyware products aren't cuttin' it. Last week Forrester Research released "Anti- Spyware Adoption in 2005," a study done by two of their analysts. The study showed surprising stats: 39 percent of respondents, which are technology decision makers, were not aware of the percentage of desktops in their outfit infected with spyware. And 56 percent were not sure what percentage of help desk calls were related to spyware issues.

Meet CounterSpy Enterprise: it is the ONLY antispyware product that gets threat database updates from THREE sources: our own spyware research team, YOU via ThreatNet? and from Microsoft's antispyware research team. CounterSpy is a policy-based anti-spyware tool built from the ground up for enterprise deployment and easy centralized management. It supports AD and has a strong Centralized Admin Console with many different ways to deploy agents. Now running in more than 400 production sites. Recently tested as the eWEEK #1 centralized antispyware solution!

http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=050228PW-CSE