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Channel news: OpenOffice users hit by malware; Cisco focuses on one future

Malware targets OpenOffice users Malware miscreants have crafted a cross-platform worm targeted at OpenOffice users that’s capable of infecting Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. The OpenOffice/StarBasic macro worm, dubbed BadBunny is a proof-of-concept worm that’s not been seen outside the lab. Most anti-virus firms describe it as a low-risk threat. [TheReg]

Cisco pushes forward, while being flanked by competitors CEO John Chambers promises impressive productivity increases, wider acceptance of advanced technology. But while Cisco plans, are Avaya, HP and others nibbling away at its base? [ChannelMarker]

Cisco warns of new IOS flaws The new flaws are classified as “low,” but if exploited they could result in a sustained DoS condition, Cisco said.
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IBM, HP dominate server market Sales lull has ended. [TheReg]

PatchLink moves to 100% channel strategy The Scottsdale, Ariz. security vendor, plans to sell all of its products through the channel; partners have brought in 340 new customers since the beginning of this year. Company executives hope their 100% channel strategy will drive that number even higher. [ChannelMarker]

McAfee launches IPS for 10g networks, but is IT ready? McAfee unveiled a new IPS offering for 10-gigabit Ethernet networks and announced the upgrade and integration of several other products. One analyst offers a mixed assessment.[SearchSecurity.com]

EMC’s new products target backup and recovery market EMC Corp. has a whole new set of hardware and software to sell to high-end cusomters, including the $1 million, 1.8 petabyte DL6000. But it also unveiled some new goodies designed for channel partners to sell into the SMB markets.

Mobile instant messaging enhances company’s business processes A mobile IM service acquired by a hosted VoIP provider encourages more companies to enhance their business processes.[SearchVoIP.com]

EMC users push for better power consumption EMC announces a 1.8 PB VTL, deduplication for VMware and bare-metal restore for servers as users caution the company to stay focused on everyday problems, such as power consumption.[SearchStorage.com]

True fixed/cell phone convergence seen years off It will be years before the much-hyped blending of services that run seamlessly over both fixed and cell phone networks will allow consumers to communicate freely on any device, industry executives say. [Reuters]

House approves less stringent anti-spyware bill The House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday that would impose specific penalties for the fraudulent use of spyware but would not impose new requirements on software makers. [Reuters]

Proposed national database raises privacy concerns News Analysis: Experts point out the security risks of the nationwide database of workers’ personal information that would be required under an immigration bill expanding the Employee Eligibility Verification System. [eWEEK]

Spy drones added to Britain’s “surveillance society” It could be the 4 million closed-circuit television cameras, or maybe the spy drones hovering overhead, but one way or another Britons know they are being watched. All the time. Everywhere. [Reuters]

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At Flexera Software, we get to see this chaos on a daily basis. Software vendors are fighting Moore's Law which enables end-users to get more done, faster with fewer, lower-cost computing resources. End-users are overwhelmed with licensing complexity that inevitably leads to growing unintentional overuse and the audit growth that naturally ensues. All of this leads one to wonder if some software suppliers are purposely trying to overwhelm their customers. Others may not see their licensing models as a problem, but combined with that of other suppliers yields unwieldy end-user challenges. Here's a radical idea. Why not put the onus on vendors to provide end-users with software that is self-compliant? In some cases, software could restrict itself to the number of concurrent, licensed users and in other cases it could log the information and present it to end-user administrators to alert them when compliance issues arise. Here's a blog I wrote a while back about the subject. http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/ecm/2011/09/making-software-audits-obsolete.html
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