Daily Report Thursday, December 21, 2006

Daily Highlights

The Associated Press reports blizzard conditions across Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas are causing major travel difficulties, with United Airlines, the busiest carrier at Denver International Airport, canceling more than 630 flights. (See item 11)
The Dayton Daily News reports the FBI has taken over the investigation of unaddressed letters containing a suspicious white powder that a number of residents in the Washington Township/Centerville, Ohio.area reported finding in their curbside mailboxes on Tuesday, December 19. (See item 16)
San Angelo, Texas, is scrambling to meet water needs after a break on Friday, December 15, in a main water line that has caused shortages and closures; a boil water notice remains in effect until further notice. (See item 21)

Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector

31. December 20, VNUNet — Ericsson acquires Redback for $2.1 billion. IP edge routing firm Redback Networks on Wednesday, December 20, announced that it has reached definitive agreement to be acquired by Ericsson for $2.1 billion. Redback will retain its management team after the acquisition and operate as a wholly.owned subsidiary of Ericsson.
Source: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2171344/ericsson.snaps.red back.2bn

32. December 20, VNUNet — Experts downgrade Skype worm threat. Security firm Websense has downgraded a security threat to Internet telephony application Skype that it warned about earlier this week. Websense Security Labs reported on its blog on December 18, that there was a potential worm propagating via Skype. On closer inspection the firm has discovered that this is not a self.propagating worm at all and is actually a Trojan horse. Websense confirmed Wednesday, December 20, that the Websites that were used to download the Skype API code and the site that is used to download new copies of the Trojan were both down.
Source: http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2171323/experts.downgrade. skype.worm

33. December 19, IDG News Service
— Two hackers plan to disclose bugs in Apple's products. Apple Computer will soon be a member of the "month of bugs" club. On January 1, two security researchers will begin publishing details of a flood of security vulnerabilities in Apple's products. Their plan is to disclose one bug per day for the entire month, they said Tuesday, December 19. The project is being launched by an independent security researcher, Kevin Finisterre, and a hacker known as LMH, who declined to reveal his identity.
Source: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/12/19/HNapplebugs_1.html

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