Malware threat

Fortinet, a leading network security provider and a worldwide leader of unified threat management solutions, released its August 2010 Threat Landscape report. The report revealed that ‘ransomware', a malware that locks out applications and data from a user's computer and then demands ransom for restored access, has made a big comeback. TotalSecurity loader (W32/FakeAlert.LU) was the most significant malware detected this month by Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs. “One indicator we observed this month was that the Ransomware application had gone server-side polymorphic. This means that the loader will connect to a single server and request a single file, but the code changes on an hourly basis in order to avoid detection,” said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research, Fortinet.

Fighting cybercrime

Norton from Symantec has released Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security 2011 in Bangalore. The products have been engineered to exceed industry-leading performance and protection benchmarks. Norton goes even further by providing a free tool to consumers, Norton Power Eraser, that is designed to aggressively target and eliminate fake antivirus or “scareware” applications, a release from Symantec stated. “Today's cybercriminals are not standing down – consumers need the very best protection to stay safe online,” said Janice Chaffin, President, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec.

Out-of-the-box hardware

Wind River, a leader in embedded and mobile software, has partnered with an ecosystem of processor board vendors to provide Embedded Development Kits that enable embedded developers to begin application development in less than one hour versus what traditionally can take days or weeks. As part of the new Wind River On-Board Programme, the kits comprise processor boards with optimised trial versions of Wind River's market-leading operating systems, development tools, and embedded hypervisor and graphics software.

Embedded Development Kits from Emerson Network Power, Eurotech and Kontron are available today, and those from Advantech, ADLINK, Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, GE Intelligent Platforms and RadiSys will be available soon. Each kit has a start-up guide and a set of tutorials that walk the developer through applicable use cases and workflows intended to make the developer productive in a matter of hours, using the self-directed documentation, play-by-play videos or both.

Enterprise solutions

Microfocus, a leading enterprise application modernisation, testing and management solutions provider, released the newest versions of two mainframe migration tools recently in Bangalore. Micro Focus Studio Enterprise Edition (Studio EE) and Server Enterprise Edition (Server EE) v6.0 SP1 deliver enhanced mainframe migration capabilities to companies looking to simplify their IT infrastructure, reduce risk, lower IT costs and deliver more innovative products and services.

Micro Focus Studio EE is a suite of graphical tools that allows users to migrate mainframe business applications to lower cost platforms and supports the entire applications development lifecycle — from analysis to testing. It supports the deployment of the migrated applications on the new platform with virtually no application code changes, making application migration a low-risk, high-performance alternative to re-writes or rip-and-replace strategies. New functionality includes a unique capability to migrate data to Microsoft SQL Server.

Beta release

Microsoft has released a beta version of its next-generation product for cloud-based and on-premises deployments. This marks the worldwide rollout of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service and it will be released to customers and hosting partners for on-premises deployment as Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. The beta for the new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online service will now be available in India along with 35 other markets and offered in eight languages globally. Those interested can download or sign up for the beta today at


Tech NewsSeptember 7, 2010