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Dancing With Spammers

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Dancing With Spammers
2. Today's Top Story
    - Serious Snort Bug Could Lead To Next Slammer
    Related Stories: Security
    - Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
    - Mozilla's 'Spread Firefox' Site Back Online
    - CA Integrates Some Infrastructure Management With Unicenter r11
    - 10-Minute Guide To Killing Network Malware
3. Breaking News
    - Indian Outsourcing Firms Outpace Western Rivals; Wipro Latest To Report Double-Digit Sales Growth
    - Google Gives Up Gmail Name In U.K.
    - Ballmer Promises Innovation Timetable From Microsoft
    - Enterprise Software's Hot Topics: BPM And Compliance
    - Intel Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco
    - U.S. Businesses Unprepared For Global Sales Surge: Survey
    - Report: 80% Of Enterprises To Upgrade Or Deploy New VPNs
    - MP3 Players High On Holiday Gadget Lists
    - Fujitsu Unveils AMD-Powered Servers
4. In Depth: Virtualization
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Customers Win As Offshoring Drives Outsourcing Prices Lower
6. White Papers
    - Learning Tools
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." -- Mignon McLaughlin


1. Editor's Note: Dancing With Spammers

We--as in "we the world community of E-mail users"--are continuing to do the Texas two-step with those evil spam makers. But even as the number of spam messages continues unabated and is in fact rising, there have been a couple of recent developments that give me hope.

Maybe someday I'll be able to glance at my in-box and--dare I say it?--receive E-mail only from people or organizations I actually want to hear from. Not relatives of dead Africans who want to leave me their loved one's estates for a "small fee," and not mortgage companies or other types of, um, "service organizations." (Note to spammers: I'm not a guy, OK? So please stop with the Viagra mail already; I don't care if it's a good deal.)

OK, so call me an optimist. But in the meantime, I'll take some comfort in the FBI's announcement this week that it has shut down the operation of a man reported to be one of the world's biggest spammers. In September, the FBI raided the Detroit-area home of Alan M. Ralsky and his son-in-law, seizing all tech-related gear they could find as possible evidence of Ralsky's violating the federal Can-Spam law.

Another recent development is that the Direct Marketing Association will require its members to use authentication so consumers will know for sure that E-mail is really coming from, say, Disney and not some look-alike site that's set up for phishing or some other nefarious purpose. (That's fine, far as it goes. It would be even better for all marketers to use an opt-in approach to begin with. That one step would do a lot for reducing spam.)

The states are also weighing in. Massachusetts has levied a $37 million fine against the "Internet Spam Gang." The problem: To collect, the state's attorney general has to find Leo Kuveyev, the leader of the spam ring, who's believed to be in Russia.

The issue is getting global attention, too. Nigeria, for one, is considering a law that would give spammers jail time, fines, or both. But as one expert notes, laws without enforcement don't mean very much.

Which leads us to the two-step part of the equation. Spam is now turning up, of all places, in blog entries, and there's--of course--a name for the phenomenon: "splogging." (Spam + blog = splog. Hey, don't ask me; I didn't make this one up. I would have suggested "blam" or some such.) But the activity has drawn the notice of some prominent bloggers, who are blaming Google for allowing its Blogspot service to play host to the spammers.

There are some great tips for how to rid corporate networks, and personal E-mail boxes, of spam. Read my blog entry to find out more or to comment.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Serious Snort Bug Could Lead To Next Slammer
A vulnerability in the Snort open-source intrusion-detection software puts companies at serious risk, the researcher who discovered the bug said Wednesday.

Related Stories:
Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs

Cisco will target its NAC strategy on layer 2 of the network by offering support for its Catalyst switches as well as its wireless access points and controller platforms.

Mozilla's 'Spread Firefox' Site Back Online
The marketing site was offline for two weeks following a hack that may have exposed registered users' information.

CA Integrates Some Infrastructure Management With Unicenter r11
The newest release of the Unicenter suite provides a common data repository and user interface to make it easier to manage both storage and security in one place.

10-Minute Guide To Killing Network Malware
Here's a fast guide to killing spyware, viruses, and other infections by installing some simple tools, educating users, and keeping up with patches and updates.


3. Breaking News

Indian Outsourcing Firms Outpace Western Rivals; Wipro Latest To Report Double-Digit Sales Growth
India's Wipro Technologies said revenue for its second quarter grew 26% to $568 million, joining fellow Indian firms TCS and Infosys, which reported double-digit gains last week.

Google Gives Up Gmail Name In U.K.
New users will get accounts with the googlemail.co.uk domain, but existing users will keep their addresses ending in gmail.com.

Ballmer Promises Innovation Timetable From Microsoft
CEO tells ITXpo audience that Microsoft can't make customers wait three to four years for innovations, pledging short-term, midterm, and long-term innovation from the company.

Enterprise Software's Hot Topics: BPM And Compliance
Enterprise software comes in all sizes, shapes, and forms. But if there's one common denominator in today's software landscape, it's about helping users provide better processes.

Intel Wi-Fi Solution To Support Cisco
The support gives companies added assurance that their Intel-based devices will interoperate with Cisco Wi-Fi access points.

U.S. Businesses Unprepared For Global Sales Surge: Survey
Most U.S. businesses lack the IT infrastructure and other pieces needed for the uptick expected in international business within the next three years.

Report: 80% Of Enterprises To Upgrade Or Deploy New VPNs
IPSec-based networks continue to be the most popular remote-access technology.

MP3 Players High On Holiday Gadget Lists
Consumer electronics in general will be a big seller; a new study predicts that revenue for this sector will increase by 9% over last year's holiday sales period.

Fujitsu Unveils AMD-Powered Servers
Fujitsu Computer Systems unveils a blade server and rack server powered by dual-core Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices.

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4. In Depth: Virtualization

IBM Brings Virtualization To The Desktop With Blade Bundle
The system pairs an IBM xSeries or BladeCenter server with versions of VMware's virtual infrastructure software and Citrix's Presentation Server.

BMC Intros Virtualization Suite
The additions to BMC's service-oriented resource-management system are designed to help better allocate resources to virtualized servers and data-center and systems-management processes.

Microsoft Debuts Virtualization License Plan
Under new terms, customers can pay license fees for the number of processors the software will run on in virtual mode.

FirstMerit Bank Harnesses IBM Storage Virtualization
By using IBM's SAN Volume Controller, the bank's host applications can address much-larger storage arrays.

Altiris Adds Virtualization Platform For PCs
The software abstracts the installation of an application's files and registry settings to allow the app to be deployed without altering the host operating system or conflicting with other applications.


5. Voice Of Authority

Customers Win As Offshoring Drives Outsourcing Prices Lower
The latest figures portend an increase in offshoring, as companies become better at managing the process, Paul McDougall says.


6. White Papers

Learning Tools
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