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Common Pitfalls in Server Virtualization PDF Print E-mail

Executive Summary

For all its benefits, server virtualization can be difficult to implement and could actually increase your costs and complicate network management. Here are some common pitfalls to look out for and avoid.

Everybody’s talking about virtualization and server consolidation these days, and many companies are taking some kind of action, with large enterprises in the lead. Server consolidation through virtualization is a proven way to save money in many ways: less hardware, lower power consumption, less floor space and more.

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DOWNAD/Conficker Worm Update PDF Print E-mail

Update

 

TrendLabs has discovered a new Conficker variant (detected as WORM_DOWNAD.E). It appears that this may be the activity that was supposed to happen on April 1st. This new variant only affects those PCs that have been previously infected with WORM_DOWNAD.KK. If your Trend Micro products have been patched and they are running the latest engines and pattern files, they are protected from this variant.
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Web Threat Alert: DOWNAD/Conficker Worm PDF Print E-mail

Background

The first samples for the Conficker/Kido/DownadUp (detected by Trend Micro as WORM_DOWNAD.A) were discovered in November 2008 with new samples (detected as WORM_DOWNAD.AD and WORM_DOWNAD.KK) arriving in early 2009. DOWNAD exploits a vulnerability in Windows that Microsoft patched (MS08-067) in October.
 
DOWNAD.AD added the ability to spread through network shares and removable storage devices (e.g. USB drives) using the AutoRun function in Windows.
 
DOWNAD.KK shuts down security services, blocks infected computers from connecting to security websites, and downloads a Trojan. It also reaches out to other infected computers via peer-to-peer communications services, and includes an algorithm to update infected PCs.
 
What's the goal of this worm?

It appears that the goal of this worm is to create a large botnet of infected PCs so that its creators may at some point send spam, steal personal information (user IDs, passwords, credit card info, etc.) and direct users to malicious websites used for phishing or downloading additional malware.
 
What's happening on April 1st?

On April 1st, 2009, the latest variant (WORM_DOWNAD.KK) will begin to modify the way in which it communicates with other infected botnet nodes (PCs, servers), and will also increase the number of machines it attempts to contact in order to infect them. There is no evidence that the worm will do anything beyond modifying its communications methods.

How do I know whether my PCs are infected?

Scan your PCs using their current Trend Micro product or HouseCall to see whether they are infected. If it is determined that they are infected, find instructions for removal below:

How do I protect my customers' PCs from being infected?

  • Customers should immediately install patches/updates for MS08067 and other vulnerabilities as soon as vendors release these patches. They should configure their PCs to receive automatic updates and patches from Microsoft and software vendors.
  • Make sure your customers' security software is up to date.
  • Instruct customers to disable the “Drive Auto-run” feature to avoid infections from USB drives.
  • Your customers should employ secure passwords using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols and frequently change them. 
  • Educate your customers to take caution when searching online for DOWNAD and Conficker information. There are reports of rogue antivirus packages that are taking advantage of the situation. They will tell you that you are infected and ask you to pay money to download their application, which in many cases turns out to be malware.

Additional Information

  • Trend Micro CounterMeasures Blog: Downad/Conficker, who’s the April Fool?
  • TrendLabs Malware Blog: What Will Go DOWNAD on April 1? 
  • Latest variant: WORM_DOWNAD.KK

Additionally, this threat is an example of the new breed of Web threats being developed by cybercriminals who use multiple techniques and protocols to infect and propagate their attacks. The Trend Micro Smart Protection Network blocks threats before they can enter the network and our correlated in-the-cloud web, email and file reputation databases allow us to quickly analyze and block new threats as they appear. Smart Protection Network powers many of our consumer, SMB and Enterprise solutions today. Learn more.

 
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Top 10 Legal and Business Reasons to Retain and Archive Corporate Email PDF Print E-mail

By Nancy Flynn,
Executive Director, The ePolicy Institute
Author, The ePolicy Handbook, E-Mail Rules, Instant Messaging Rules, Blog Rules,
Writing Effective E-Mail, and E-Mail Management

1. Email creates business records that can protect the organization in the event of a lawsuit.

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10 M+ Conficker Worm Infections Prepare for April 1 Update PDF Print E-mail

Jason Mick / DailyTech

March 29, 2009

‘The worm that won’t go away will get an upgrade on April 1.’ -

 

The Conficker worm has been wreaking havoc on internet users ever since it climbed out of its slimy hole in the internet’s dark nether-regions back in 2008.  Now the worm is about to get even more dangerous when it receives its latest refresh in a series of periodic updates on April 1.  Security officials are bracing for the impact that the upgrade might have.

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