BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Astaro Corporation reports that
Astaro Security Gateway appliances and other systems running its Astaro
Security Linux V6 software are now protecting customers from worms that
exploit a flaw in Windows 2000 systems. The worms can steal information, cause
severe performance degradation on infected systems, delete files, and launch
denial of service attacks against web servers.
These worms have already struck major corporations and the United States
Congress and pose a severe threat to computer networks throughout the world.
The worms and variants are known by various names including Zotob.a
through Zotob.f, WORM_RBOT.CBQ, IRCBot.Worm, Tpbot-A, Net-Worm.Win32.Bozori.a
and others. The worms exploit the Plug and Play features of Microsoft Windows
Astaro's technology detects and blocks these worms with its Virus
Protection and Intrusion Protection applications. Signatures were made
available to Astaro customers yesterday, August 17, within hours of the
detection of the latest variations of the worms.
"All IT managers and business owners should be concerned about new
threats, but Astaro customers can be assured that our products are updated
quickly and automatically, ensuring an effective defense against constantly
changing threats," said Jan Hichert, CEO of Astaro. "The best offense is a
good defense and we endeavor to make sure that threats do not get past our
customer's perimeter and into their network."
Microsoft has more details in Security Bulletin # MS05-039 at
Protection for All Types of Networks
The Astaro Security Gateway software and appliances sit between the
corporate network and the outside world and provide protection for all types
of networks and all types of computer systems, including Windows, Linux and
Unix-based PCs and servers.
* Firewall - with stateful packet inspection and application proxies
guards Internet communications traffic in and out of the organization.
* Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateway - assures secure communications
with remote offices, "road warriors," and telecommuters.
* Virus Protection - defends computers from both email and web-borne
* Intrusion Protection - detects and stops hostile probes and application-
* Spam Protection - eliminates the productivity drain of opening and
deleting unsolicited emails.
* Surf Protection (Content Filtering) - improves productivity by blocking
inappropriate activities on the web.
* Spyware Protection - detects and blocks spyware infection attempts as
well as spyware communication from already infected systems.
About Astaro - www.astaro.com
Astaro Corporation is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and with
facilities in Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro's software has won numerous industry
awards, and is protecting over 20,000 networks in 60 countries, including such
organizations as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford
University and Watsco, Inc. Astaro products are distributed by a worldwide
network of 350 solutions partners who offer local support and services.
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SOURCE Astaro Corporation