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Patented Census Recognition Technology(TM) Automatically ID's Notorious
Cracking Tools

Dublin, Ireland, June 20, 2001 - In an effort to help organisations ferret out potentially malicious insiders, Tally Systems today announces the release of over 400 new “fingerprints” for its Census line of PC inventory and auditing software. The new recognition update for TS.Census, WebCensus, QuickCensus and PowerCensus will automatically detect software commonly used by crackers and hackers to gain illicit access to networks, author viruses, and perpetrate other mischief, such as cracking user passwords and conducting denial-of-service attacks.

With a new virus or hacker threat popping up virtually every week, IT managers are growing increasingly aware of the threat posed by insiders who abuse their rights and privileges to gain unauthorised access to data and wreak havoc on internal computer networks. The 1999 Computer Security Institute/FBI report notes that 55% of respondents reported malicious activity by insiders, while the 2001 survey reported 91% detected employee abuse of Internet access privileges.

The new fingerprints include recognition for such notorious hacker tools as Back Orifice, L0phtcrack, WinNuker, and VBS Worms Generator (used to create the infamous Anna Kournikova virus).

“Whether we like it or not, cyber crime presents the most fundamental challenge for law enforcement in the 21st Century,” says Michael A. Vatis, the FBI’s director of the National Infrastructure Protection Centre. “By its very nature, the cyber environment is borderless, affords easy anonymity and provides new tools to engage in criminal activity. While remote cracking once required a fair amount of skill or computer knowledge, hackers can now download attack scripts and protocols from the Web and launch them against victim sites. Thus, while attack tools have become more sophisticated, they have also become easier to use.”

“The [CSI/FBI] survey results over the years offer compelling evidence that neither technologies, nor policies alone, really offer an effective defence for your organisation,” says Patrice Rapalus, CSI Director. “Intrusions take place despite the presence of firewalls. Theft of trade secrets takes place despite the presence of encryption. Net abuse flourishes despite corporate edicts against it. Organisations that want to survive in the coming years need to develop a comprehensive approach to information security, embracing both the human and technical dimensions.”

Employers can also be liable for internal illegal activity, and damage can often run into millions of pounds. As part of his guilty plea, Melissa virus author David L. Smith stipulated to affecting one million computer systems and causing £50 million in damage, according to the FBI.

Hacker/cracker tools identified by Tally Systems’ Census products are classified as “Suspicious,” and include all types of mischievous software, such as audioware, bombers, breachers, cloakers, crackers, crypters, IRC, key loggers, nukers, PDA, phreakers, pranksters, scanners, sniffers, spoofers, trojans and virus makers.

Popular suspicious use/hacking tools now identified by Census recognition include:

Back Orifice – trojan
KaBoom! – bomber

BO FREEZE – trojan

Legion – cracker

Brutus AET – cracker

L0phtcrack – cracker

Cain – cracker

Mutilate – nuker

Cracker Jack – cracker

NetBus – trojan

Death n Destruction – bomber

Pinger – scanner

Dr. Spewfy – spoofer

PortScan – scanner

GirlFriend – trojan

SubSeven – trojan

Jill – cracker

WinNuker – nuker

John the Ripper – cracker

VBS Worms Generator – virus maker

“Identifying dangerous applications is an important function of auto-discovery software,” says Jon Mahon, Vice-President EMEA at Tally Systems. “By detecting these sorts of malicious applications quickly and early, Tally Systems’ Census recognition can hopefully act as an effective protective and preventive measure against these sorts of threats.”

About Tally Systems

Tally Systems Corp. is the world’s leading supplier of innovative technology investment and technology delivery products, aligning distributed technology with business goals. Tally Systems’ products, including TS.Census and TS.Ready, are currently licensed on over nine million PCs at more than 12 thousand client sites worldwide. Creativity, entrepreneurship and proven expertise continue to keep Tally Systems at the forefront of developments in an industry where the only constant is change. Visit Tally Systems on the web at: http://www.tallysystems.com/

For Further Information Please Contact

Randy Britton
Tally Systems
Tel: 00 + 1 603 643-1300 ext. 2282
or 00+ 1 603 359-0162 (cell).

Tamsin Keynton/Richard Bennett
MCC International
Tel: 01962 888100
e-mail: tamsin.keynton@mccint.com
richard.bennett@mccint.com

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