Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots
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1. Editor's Note: A Serious Gap In U.S. Government Cybersecurity
2. Today's Top Story
- Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots
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- Former HP Chairman To Surrender On Thursday
- Best Buy To Launch Music Service With Real, SanDisk
- Microsoft To Impose Windows Vista Activation On Businesses
- Windows Vista To Take New Tough Line On Counterfeits
- Vista On Schedule, Says Wall Street
- Sept. Bug In IIS Impacts All IE Users, Too
- Wall Street Unmoved By Apple Stock Troubles
- Adobe Adds Blogging Support To Contribute Web Tool
- Digital Rights Management Takes Center Stage At Show
- Dell Pinpointed Sony Battery Flaw Last Year, Records Show
- Indian Outsourcing Security Questioned By TV Expose
- Google Launches Search Service For Computer Code
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- Managing IT For A Flat World (BusinessWeek)
- Musical Robot Composes, Performs, And Teaches (CNN)
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- The Rise And Fall (And Rise?) Of AOL
- Review: Roboform Handles Your Passwords
- Quad-Core Processor Forecast
- Sirius Satellite Radio Gaining On Rival XM
- Microsoft Plans Vista Upgrade Coupon For Holiday PC Buying Season
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1. Editor's Note: A Serious Gap In U.S. Government Cybersecurity
I'd like to call your attention to our top story today. It describes a serious gap in U.S. government cybersecurity. The article shows how thousands of computers in federal and state governmentsincluding defense-related agenciesare infected by software bots that can be used to mine confidential data, send spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks.
The article is the result of an investigation by reporters Tom Claburn, Larry Greenemeier, and Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, who have been tracking research done by security vendor Trend Micro and interviewing competing security vendors and government and business IT managers. Initially, Trend Micro (and we ourselves) believed the extent of the infection was much greater, with tens of thousands of computers infected. As government IT managers challenged the claim, Trend Micro revised the estimate downward to 7,000 infected machines.
But still, 7,000 infected machines is a big problem. What's unclear at this point is the seriousness of the threat. Thousands of PCs spewing spam is an embarrassment and an expensive nuisance, but nothing more than that. However, is that all there is to it?
Trend Micro: Thousands Of Government Computers Infected By Bots InformationWeek has learned Trend Micro is researching how PCs, including many computers in defense agencies, are infected with software that can be used to mine confidential data, send spam, or launch denial-of-service attacks. But government IT managers challenge those findings, and Trend Micro is backing down on some.
Vista On Schedule, Says Wall Street
Windows Vista looks like it's on track for release to businesses next month, an influential Wall Street analyst with a long history of closely tracking Microsoft said Thursday.
Wall Street Unmoved By Apple Stock Troubles
Wall Street on Thursday was unshaken by Apple's admission of its mishandling of stock options and its disclosure that chief executive Steve Jobs knew about some of the irregularities.
Indian Outsourcing Security Questioned By TV Expose
Britain's Channel 4 said on its Web site that after a 12-month undercover investigation, it would show in a program on Thursday that criminal networks in India had traded British consumers' bank account details and other commercial information for huge profits.
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