IM a Worm

Instant messaging has long been a bane of my computing existence. I never know how to end an IM conversation, my kids have somehow blocked me from talking to them over IM, and I blame IM for infecting my kid’s computers with all kinds of nasties. Akonix Systems feels my pain and is hard at work identifying malware that spread via IM. This week the company discovered a doozy -- a worm that disguises itself as a holiday greeting and then opens several backdoors that let hackers wreak havoc with your PC. If you see:

This AIM user has sent you a Greetings Card, to open it visit:
http://g{BLOCKED}aol.com/index.pd?source=christmastheme?my_christmas_card.COM

Don’t click!

Details on this worm and other IM worms can be found here.

IBM and OpenDoc
IBM has been out for Microsoft blood ever since OS/2 lost every bit of its meager market share to Windows. Still seeking revenge a decade after the fact, IBM is pitching Linux against Windows. Sensing a little weakness, IBM is also pushing the OpenDoc file format as an alternative to Office formats and will use OpenDoc in the Workplace Managed Client.

Old timers may have noticed that the industry has recycled the name. A decade ago it was the name given to an object-oriented software development scheme (also aimed at unseating Microsoft) that was backed by, you guessed it, IBM.

Two Microsoft CIOs in One
Microsoft has a brand new CIO. No, Ron Markezich didn’t leave or get promoted. He’s still CIO but now has help from co-CIO Stuart Scott. It’s a pretty cool concept. Markezich runs IT infrastructure, the network, servers, desktop environments and the roll out of Web services. Meanwhile, Scott rules over the automation of business processes, which he mastered in his years at GE. This could well be an interesting new model for IT.

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NetIQ Sells Off Marshal Line
A group of NetIQ managers is buying out the NetIQ Marshal line of products, which includes WebMarshal, MailMarshal, as well as NetIQ’s Firewall suite and a reporting tool. The new company built upon these products is called Marshal and will be based in the U.K. NetIQ will use the cash and the freed-up attention to push its Knowledge-Based Service Assurance plans, known as KBSA. KBSA is designed to reduce risks to IT systems, ensure compliance, and maintain security and availability -- all of which means your shop can meet internal service objectives.

Find out more about Knowledge-Based Service Assurance here.

To learn more about the buy out, go here.

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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