News Archives from 2004 (Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2004)
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    16 August 2004 - Virusz III v1.02 Released
   Georg Hvrmann has released a final version of his anti-virus program
   VirusZ III. For full release notes, see the VirusZ readme file. If this
   update causes problems on your machine, you can use VirusZ II v1.44
 
    02 June 2004 - Anti-Virus Boot Disk For VirusZ III Has Been Updated
   The VirusZ-III boot-floppy has the new v1.01 that was released June 2nd,
   2004. It is now available for download at VHT-Netherlands or VHT-Canada
   and soon in the files area of the vht-can maillist:
   http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vht-can/files/Boot-Disks

    02 June 2004 - Virusz III v1.01 Released
   Georg Hörmann has released a final version of his anti-virus program
   VirusZ III. For full release notes, see the VirusZ readme file. If this
   update causes problems on your machine, you can use VirusZ II v1.44

    27 May 2004 - Anti-Virus Boot Disks Updated With Xvs Library
   The anti-virus boot-disks that required the new Xvs.library have been
   updated and are available for download at any of the Virus Help Teams
   sites or the Boot-Disks files area of the vht-can maillist.
   The following disks were updated as of May 27, 2004
   * VirusChecker-II
   * VirusExecutor
   * VirusZ II
   * VirusZ III

    17 May 2004 - New Xvs.library v33.42 Released
   Georg Hörmann has released the latest version of the antivirus External
   Virus Scanner Library. This new update of the xvs.libary includes fixes
   and added "Elvin-Agga" bootblock virus. Read Xvs library v33.42 Readme
   for further details. Updated anti-virus boot-disks will follow in a few
   days.

    15 April 2004 - XAD is going OSS, and free keyfile released !!
   Dirk Stoecker has released a free keyfile for his XAD System on April
   3rd, 2004. In time, you can find it on the other Virus Help Teams sites
   Directions: Just place the xadmaster.key in your s: directory, and when
   you use the XAD system (ie. xadmaster.library), you will not get any more
   nagging requestors.
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     -<-<-@@                  Thankyou Dirk !!                  @@->->-
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    19 March 2004 - Amiga Inc. sells AmigaOS to KMOS
   Amiga, Inc. announced on March 15, 2004, that it has sold the Amiga
   Operating System to KMOS, Inc, allowing Amiga, Inc to focus on the
   growing mobile market. The announcement says in part:
   Garry Hare, KMOS' CEO, said "KMOS is very excited about the commercial
   potential of this innovative operating system. At Amiga's insistence to
   which we totally agreed, we will honor the terms of the November 2001,
   agreement with Amiga One Partners: Hyperion VOF and Eyetech Group Ltd.,
   an English Corporation, in their entirety. Mr. Hare continues, "I should
   point out, that except as they relate to the Amiga OS family of products,
   KMOS did not acquire the Amiga name, intellectual property or its DE line
   of products. These assets remain the property of Amiga Inc.".
 
    19 February 2004 - Virusz III v1.00 Released
   Georg Hvrmann has released a final version of his anti-virus program
   VirusZ III. For full release notes, see the readme file. If this update
   causes problems on your machine, you can use VirusZ II v1.44.

    21 January 2004 - VEPatchBrain v1.55 for VirusExecutor Available
   Jan Erik Olausen has released a new PatchBrain for his virus checking
   program VirusExecutor. This brain file can be used with any version of
   VirusExecutor v2.29 or greater. If you have your Amiga connected to the
   internet by PPP, your can run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). It is also available
   for download on any of the VHTeams websites
   * See the VEPatchBrain v1.55 Readme for complete changes
   * Old PatchBrains can be found here

    19 January 2004 - The Amiga Resource Offline For Forseeable Future
   Andy Mills who owns and operates The Amiga Resource, says "Due to personal
   reasons, I have closed the Amiga Resource for the foreseeable future."
   The service will be sorely missed as it was an excellent source of Amiga
   information and reviews.

    17 January 2004 - Anti-Virus Boot Disks Updated With Xvs Library
   The anti-virus boot-disks that required the new Xvs.library have been
   updated and are available for download at any of the Virus Help Teams
   sites or the files area of the vht-can maillist. Also available in the
   Boot-Disks files area of the vht-can maillist.
   The following disks were updated as of January 17, 2004
   * VirusChecker-II
   * VirusExecutor
   * VirusZ II
   * VirusZ III

    15 January 2004 - New Xvs.library v33.41 Released
   Georg Hörmann has released the latest version of the antivirus External
   Virus Scanner Library. This new update of the xvs.libary includes many
   fixes, improvements and additions. Read the Xvs library v33.41 Readme for
   further details. Updated anti-virus boot-disks will follow in a few days.

    15 January 2004 - Cloanto licenses MPEG-4 and HighMAT-technologies
   Story at Amiga-News.de, says that on Jan 13th, Cloanto announced that it
   entered into a licensing agreement with MPEG LA, LLC to use MPEG-4 Visual
   technology, and with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and
   Microsoft Corporation to use HighMAT technology in its products.

    04 January 2004 - New Update of VirusExecutor v2.34 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen released a new version of his virus killer. The archive
   is named VirusExecutor234.lha.  The PatchBrain has been updated to v1.54
   PS! You have to run the update twice the first time for VE to remember
   * See the VirusExecutor Readme for complete changes
   * VirusExecutor Homepage at Virus Help Team Canada has links to all files
     required and recommended to run VE2.34
   Note Regarding The 'VirusExecutor Live Update' Files:
   For the latest versions from Jan Erik Olausen, you'll need your Amiga
   connected by PPP then run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have
   online,  may or may not be Jan Erik's latest version he has been
   working on.

    04 January 2004 - New 'Live Update' of VirusExecutor v2.34 Released
   Jan Erik Olausen has a new version of his VirusExecutor. You'll need your
   Amiga connected by PPP the run the Live Update within the VirusExecutor
   program (menu item Utilities >> Update files). The version we have
   online, may or may not be JEO's latest version he has been working on.
   Changes since last version
   - You don't have to restart VE when changing screen/WB-mode (F5) 
   - Turning on the 'Fast file checking'-flag will now disable ALL
     requsters even if a virus is detected (Logging will be turned on).
   - If the file scan took over 9 hours the time output was wrong.
   - Some other minor bugs that I can't remember...
   * Check out the latest online VirusExecutor Readme

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   Miscellaneous

    27 September 2004 - Lost a loving member of our family today
   Caliber has been a source of joy and love since he was born on
   February 12, 1997 when he was a gift to our son for his birthday
   from a friend of our sons.  Caliber will forever be remembered in our
   hearts.  Goodbye dear friend.  May God take good care of you.  Be sure
   to lookup your pal Starr when you get to doggie-heaven, where you can
   both again share your sunbeam together :) Love ya both Caliber and Starr
   --   _  _
      _(_)(_)_     .---------------------------------------------.
     (_).__.(_)    |  In loving memory of Caliber  1997-2004 !!  |
       /    \      `---------------------------------------------'
       \    /
        '--'
   ... Lord, help me to be the kind of person my dog thought I was
 
    25 August 2004 - HOAX: T-Virus used as publicity stunt
   VirusList.com Alert says viruses for mobile phones have been in the news
   recently. But if you get a message saying 'Outbreak: I'm infecting you
   with T-Virus. My code is (followed by a number)', you shouldn't worry.
   It's simply part of a marketing campaign aimed at players of computer
   games.  CE Europe has now issued a press release admitting that the
   'viral campaign' is a marketing ploy. Like any virus hoax, T-Virus is
   simply wasting everyone's time and resources.
   * Click here for F-Secure T-Virus Hoax Report
   * Click here for NAI T-virus Mobile Phone Hoax Report
 
    25 August 2004 - Polish police smash gang of 100 hackers
   ZDNet says the hackers stored pirated music and films on academic
   computer systems around the world
 
    25 August 2004 - Oracle moves to monthly patches
   ZDNet says a specific date each month will be designated for new patch
   releases, according to the database maker
 
    25 August 2004 - Yahoo mail flaws fixed
   ZDNet says security holes that potentially let hackers read users'
   cookies have been patched, says Yahoo
 
    17 August 2004 - Anti-phishing software detects fraudulent lures
   ZDNet says an Internet security firm has developed a program that can
   tell whether sites are legitimate
 
    13 August 2004 - Government launches anti-piracy plan
   ZDNet says a new strategy will see government agencies working together
   to stem the tide of pirated intellectual property
 
    13 August 2004 - F-Secure Reports: Sassy HOAX
   F-Secure says this is a widely spread AOL hoax. The original message looks
   like this:
       "DO NOT OPEN ANY EMAIL FROM Sassyced@aol.com !!!!!!!!!!
        IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL EMAIL!! She?? ALSO HAS A PROFILE!! But
        it crashes all your system and will not open AOL unless you
        type your address and credit card information!!!!! and u
        cannot even delete this virus!"
   F-Secure also says they have no evidence of the existance of this virus
   and they have not seen SASSY.SHS file so far. If someone ever gets it,
   please do not open it and send it to F-Secure's sample submission address
   for analysis. Read the report for another variant, using Yahoo. As always
   F-Secure asks that you please ignore these messages and don't spread them
   any further.
 
    31 July 2004 - Online shopping increase provides bait for phishers
   ZDNet says more and more people are shopping online, leading to an
   increasing number of incidences of phishing
 
    31 July 2004 - Seti's Boinc project hit by DDoS attack
   ZDNet says the search for extraterrestrial intelligence was disrupted
   temporarily last week, but normal service has now been resumed
 
    27 July 2004 - Close the E-Mail Wiretap Loophole
   SecurityFocus Newsletter article by Mark Rasch says some pretty sleazy
   operators are slipping through a hole in a federal wiretap law that
   arguably leaves your e-mail unprotected from snooping.
 
    01 July 2004 - Canadians - July 1st Canada Day
   Today Canada celebrates it's 137th birthday. Go Canada!!!
 
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   |||||  _|\|  |/|_  H A P P Y  137 th  B I R T H D A Y
   |||||  \        /
   |||||   }_/||\_{   Greetings from C-eh?-N-eh?-D-eh?  ;)
 
   * Drop by the Live Java-free VHT Webchat and say hi
   * Leave a birthday wish on the Virus Help Teams Guestbook
 
     11 May 2004 - Xbox to get videophone upgrade
   Story at Bell Globemedia, says that Xbox's video-chat service will be
   launched later this year exclusively in Japan and eventually will make
   its way to the North American network

    11 May 2004 - Single-use credit cards fight fraud
   Story at Bell Globemedia, says that credit-card issuers brandishing
   virtual account numbers as weapons in battle against identity theft,
   on-line fraud

    01 May 2004 - F-Secure Reports: Sassy HOAX
   F-Secure says this is a widely spread AOL hoax. Read the report for
   how the original message looks. F-Secure says they have no evidence of
   the existance of this virus and they have not seen SASSY.SHS file so
   far. If someone ever gets it, please do not open it and send it to the
   F-Secure sample submission address for analysis. Please ignore this
   warning and do not pass it on.

    01 May 2004 - First spammers charged under new US law
   ZDNet says four men face criminal complaints under the Can-Spam Act for
   sending out millions of unsolicited emails for weight-loss products

    27 April 2004 - Three UK arrests in global piracy crackdown
   ZDNet says Britain's high-tech cops swept on three locations on Thursday,
   recovering a large amount of pirated software and 100 CD copiers

    27 April 2004 - Network Associates adopts new name
   ZDNet says the security firm will change its name to reflect its most
   prominent product line

    27 April 2004 - Yahoo corrects email flaw
   ZDNet says a flaw in its Web-based email system could have let attackers
   control victims' Yahoo accounts

    21 April 2004 - Latest HOAX Reports from F-Secure
   * Click here for F-Secure Hoax Report: Hallmark Greeting Card
   Release Note: The described greeting card exists, but it doesn't do
   anything destructive. The clean file info is given below. If you
   receive a different version please send it to our sample submission
   address for analysis. Please ignore this hoax message and don't
   distribute it any further.
   * Click here for F-Secure Hoax Report: CellSaver
   Release Note: There are currently 2 variants of this hoax. The older
   one appeared in early 1998. In April, 1999, there appeared a sequel.
   If you receive messages like this please ignore them and do not pass
   them on. If you get a message with the CELLSAVER.EXE file as an
   attachment, please send it to our sample submission address.
   * Click here for F-Secure Hoax Report: Sassy
   Release Note: This is a widely spread AOL hoax. We have no evidence of
   the existance of this virus and we have not seen SASSY.SHS file so far.
   If someone ever gets it, please do not open it and send it to our sample
   submission address for analysis. Please ignore this Sassy warning and do
   not pass it on.
   * Click here for F-Secure Hoax Report: Email Bomb warning
   Release Note: Ignore this message and don't pass it on. If you ever
   receive the attachment with this name please send it to F-Secure for
   analysis.
   * Click here for F-Secure Hoax Report: AOL4FREE
   Release Note: The aol4free hoax message was spread in e-mail in early
   April, 1997. The A4F-Spoof trojan horse program was spread in the
   middle of April, 1997. In general, you should never execute programs
   received from unknown sources.

    15 April 2004 - Harsh sentences loom for spammers
   ZDNet says under new US law, senders of junk email will face similar
   penalties to those convicted of theft, fraud and property destruction

    15 April 2004 - Spammers 'using bugs' to find active email addresses
   ZDNet says just opening a piece of spam can be enough to turn your email
   address into a spam magnet

    15 April 2004 - US porn spam must be labelled
   ZDNet says the US Federal Trade Commission has ruled that, starting on
   15 May, pornographic email must have "Sexually-Explicit" in its subject
   line

    05 April 2004 - Court puts a stop to scammer's profits
   Kaspersky's VirusList.com News says the Crown Court in Caernarfon, Wales,
   has sentenced a Nigerian scammer to 20 months in jail for participation
   in a huge international email scam.

    05 April 2004 - Google and Yahoo tipped to ban gambling ads
   ZDNet says two of the Internet's most-visited sites are expected to stop
   accepting advertising from online gambling firms

    01 April 2004 - CNews: Netherlands bids farewell to Princess Juliana
   Her Royal Highness Princess Juliana, former Queen of The Netherlands
   died on March 20th, 2004. During the war the Royal Family came here to
   Canada where Princess Margriet was born at the Civic Hospital, in Ottawa,
   Ontario. We get tulips every year because our Canadian troops help
   liberate Holland from the Germans during World War II. It was the second
   time in 18 months that the royal House of Orange buried a member. Sadly,
   Prince Claus, the husband of reigning Queen Beatrix, died in October 2002
   All City of Ottawa flags flew at half-mask from sunrise to sunset, on
   Tuesday, March 30 2004, to honour the memory of Princess Juliana. The
   Dutch Royal House has a Memorial page set up for people wishing to leave
   condolences. Some links are courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    29 March 2004 - Cybersecurity may ensnare execs
   ZDNet says corporate liability for computer-security violations may mean
   executives are sent to prison, according to legal experts
 
    20 March 2004 - HRH former Queen Juliana of The Netherlands dies
   Her Royal Highness Princess Juliana died March 20 at age 94 after a long
   illness that kept her out of the public view for many years. In 1980 she
   abdicated in favour of her daughter Beatrix, after a 32-year reign.
   * Princess Juliana's Memorial website
 
    19 March 2004 - MPs look at revising Computer Misuse Act
   ZDNet says a group of MPs are scheduled to hold a public hearing into
   whether the Computer Misuse Act needs updating
 
    09 March 2004 - PayPal in dock over fraud protection
   ZDNet says the online payment service is paying $150,000 to settle
   charges relating to refunds of problem transactions
 
     March 2004 - SCO.com emerges from virus battle
   ZDNet says SCO Group's primary Web site has only just returned to service
   after being knocked off the Internet more than a month ago by MyDoom.A
 
    04 March 2004 - University suggests students uninstall Kazaa
   ZDNet says spyware hidden in some versions of Kazaa can prevent access
   to its e-learning network, the University of Western Sydney, in Australia
   has advised students
 
    01 March 2004 - F-Secure Reports: SlaveMaster HOAX
   Slavemaster is a very old hoax that keeps reappearing every now and then.
   Originally it warned about a madman finding women through messenger app-
   lications and then killing them. Slavemaster actually did exist but has
   been behind bars for a long time already although he never killed 56
   women, the accurate number is not know, but it it considerably less.
   Please do not distribute the hoax.
 
    25 February 2004 - AMD packs security into chips
   ZDNet says a feature inside the Athlon 64 and Opteron processors will
   combine with Microsoft's Service Pack 2 update for Windows XP to combat
   viruses
 
    25 February 2004 - Gates predicts death of the password
   ZDNet says Bill Gates has said the days of the password are numbered
   because it is not used properly
 
    25 February 2004 - Microsoft says virus writer bounties are working
   ZDNet says the software giant has revealed that the $5m fund it set up
   to reward information about virus writers may yet lead to the arrest of
   the authors of three major viruses
 
    24 February 2004 - Zone Labs keeps infected workers off the network
   ZDNet says the security management firm has updated its software to
   improve handling of instant messages and policy enforcement
 
    24 February 2004 - HP rolls out worm-squashing services
   ZDNet says Hewlett-Packard will release two services aimed at curtailing
   viruses' paths of destruction
 
    24 February 2004 - Homeland security calls for whistleblowers
   ZDNet says companies can report holes in the US' technological infra-
   structure without opening themselves up to liability, under a new plan
 
    22 February 2004 - RIAA scales up legal attack
   ZDNet says another 531 individual file-swappers are being targeted by the
   Recording Industry Association of America
 
    09 February 2004 - Nokia admits multiple Bluetooth security holes
   ZDNet says Nokia has admitted that a number of its Bluetooth handsets are
   vulnerable to bluesnarfing - in which data can be stolen from a phone
   without the owner's knowledge
 
    09 February 2004 - Wireless can lead to trouble
   Story at Canoe.ca, says that wireless computer networks have become very
   affordable and user-friendly in recent years, making it more common for
   individuals to have WiFi (wireless fidelity) networks at home, as well as
   in offices. It allows them to access their own network and the Internet
   wirelessly. But it also allows anyone else in range of the signal to do
   the same.
 
    09 February 2004 - Feds considering anti-spam law
   Story at Canoe.ca, says that Industry Minister Lucienne Robillard said
   she's considering legislation to fight unsolicited e-mails. "I would like
   to have a miracle solution in my pocket to stop them," she said in an
   interview. Recent estimates suggest that seven million Canadians receive
   unwanted electronic mail weekly. About 14 million messages are sent over
   the Internet each week. Department officials have been searching for
   solutions for years.
 
    09 February 2004 - Stiller Research Reports: SULFNBK.EXE Virus HOAX
   Stiller Research says this is another silly virus hoax but this one fools
   many people because of the fact that it looks like you are confirming the
   existence of a virus on your PC. The reason this fools many people is
   because Windows 98 and ME systems have a file called sulfnbk.exe (this
   is a DOS program  used to restore long filenames) that few people are
   aware even exists. Read the report for the description of the more common
   forms of this hoax (but there are quite a number of similar version and
   there even versions that mention other common but little known filenames)
 
    06 February 2004 - New versions of F-Prot Antivirus released
   FRISK Software International has released new versions of all F-Prot
   Antivirus products for UNIX based platforms. These newest versions of
   F-Prot Antivirus for Linux, BSD, AIX, Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86
   provide improved archive handling capabilities and include bugfixes for
   enhanced security. Frisk recommends that users of F-Prot Antivirus for
   any of these systems update their programs to these newest versions.
   To update your version of F-Prot Antivirus to the latest version,
   please visit: http://subscription.f-prot.com/download.html
 
    06 February 2004 - Sharman offices raided by piracy investigators
   ZDNet says the offices of two file-sharing firms in Australia have been
   searched by Music Industry Piracy Investigations
 
    28 January 2004 - SCO offers reward for MyDoom author
   ZDNet says SCO will pay $250,000 for information leading to the
   conviction of MyDoom's creator

    28 January 2004 - US primes cyberalert system
   ZDNet says the US Department of Homeland Security is preparing to make
   public, a system that will warn of cyberattacks

    28 January 2004 - New wave of lawsuits hits file-swappers
   ZDNet says the RIAA has launched legal action against another 532 people
   accused of trading music online

    19 January 2004 - Morpheus infiltrates other P2P networks
   ZDNet says StreamCast has released a test version of its file-sharing
   software that taps into all major file-swapping networks, including Kazaa

    19 January 2004 - File-swapping booms again
   ZDNet says market researchers says illegal downloads have started to
   climb the charts

    15 January 2004 - Location change for VHT Online Help Forums
   Due to ongoing problems with the Bravenet Service that had the forum,
   I have changed the url to a new site, that uses a cgi script to post.
   There are some alternatives that will be looked into, in order to have
   the forums run by a different service, and not involve scripts that have
   to run on my own webpage.
   * Click here for archived forum messages

    15 January 2004 - Ottawa firm creates herd of oliphants
   Story at CanWest News, says a tiny Canadian high-tech firm that helped
   bring The Lord of the Rings to the big screen is also in the running to
   bring 20 characters from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, to life.
   XYZ RGB, a six-person company in Ottawa, has also just started on director
   Peter Jackson's US$100-million remake of King Kong for Universal Studios,
   slated for release in 2005.

    08 January 2004 - Lawsuits scare music downloaders off the Net
   ZDNet says the music industry's legal campaign against song swappers has
   slashed the number of people downloading music, according to new research

    08 January 2004 - Convenience of technology drives 'infoglut'
   Story at CNEWS Tech News, says that  sure, it's wonderful that we can get
   online from a hotel room, a coffee shop, even a cruise ship. But for many
   of us, that convenience can become an obligation - and a burden. A whole
   generation now growing up is taking a "because you can" attitude to the
   next step.

    08 January 2004 - Coffin up: dead passwords do talk
   Story at Australian Financial Review, says that as an ambulance whisked
   Jon Hansen to the hospital earlier this year, he held tightly to his
   wife's hand and told her things she needed to know if he were to die.
   "Write down this password," he told her. "Oh, you'll need this one, too.
   And you don't have this one either." Estate planners recommend that
   people make complete lists of their passwords and online accounts and
   store them with their wills. There's even a new email service designed to
   send notes - love messages, lists of computer passwords or any other
   important information - to survivors in the event of someone's sudden
   demise. When a My Last Email certificate is left behind by the deceased,
   survivors mail it to the company, which then begins the delivery of
   stored email.
   * Click here to visit the MyLastEmail.com website

    02 January 2004 - Virus Help Denmark - 10 years birthday.
   Jan of Virus Help Denmark announced that Virus Help Denmark has it's 10
   years birthday. His thanks goes out to all the people that have supported
   them in the last 10 years, and hopes they will live on for many years to
   come. Click here to see the official press release

    02 January 2004 - VHT-Denmark www.vht-dk.dk back online....
   Jan of Virus Help Denmark announced that their website is now up and
   running on a faster server with the ULR: www.vht-dk.dk

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