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Security Linux News for May 19, 2000

  • SF Mercury/AP: Variant of Love Bug virus spreading (May 19, 2000, 13:04)
    " mutates itself to evade detection... will send itself to everybody in the user's address book... then destroy most of the files on the hard drive... only recipients running Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program for Windows are vulnerable..."

  • CorporateIT: Microsoft goes it alone on biometrics (May 19, 2000, 12:52)
    "Microsoft has recenty acquired a biometric API and plans to include it in future versions of Windows to the chagrin of the BioAPI Consortium and industry representatives."

  • SecurityFocus: Ex-CIA Chief: Beware Spy-Viruses (May 19, 2000, 02:35)
    "As described by [Former CIA director R. James] Woolsey, an 'instructive' virus would spread covertly and use minimal system and network resources as it instructs computers to perform certain functions undetected, like stealing particular secrets from specific targets."

  • CNET Microsoft fixes quintet of security holes (May 19, 2000, 00:06)
    "The flurry of specific bug patches comes as Microsoft moves to implement broader security measures. The company came under heavy criticism for its security policies following the widespread damage caused by the "I Love You" virus, which exploited standard features of Microsoft's Outlook email application."