July 15, 2002

NetIQ Releases Protection Against New Hacker Tool "Camera/Shy"

Security Analyzer Enables Customers to Detect and Eliminate the Existence of "Camera/Shy" and Security Manager Detects its Launch and Terminates it in Real Time


Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif.

NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions, today announced that two updates were made available on July 14, 2002 to help the IT community combat "Camera/Shy," a hacking tool released by Hacktivismo, a small offshoot of the notorious hacker group, Cult of the Dead Cow, on July 13, 2002.

"Camera/Shy" permits the hiding and viewing of sensitive or incriminating information inside an innocuous looking picture file and allows even extremely novice hackers to send either obscene or dangerous data without detection by existing security solutions. This could result in sensitive corporate and personal data being exposed to third parties thereby increasing corporate legal liability. NetIQ has responded by issuing two updates: a vulnerability signature update for Security Analyzer™, that allows IT administrators to detect the presence of "Camera/Shy" on corporate servers and workstations and eliminate it; and a rule update for Security Manager™ that allows IT administrators to automatically detect the launch of the “Camera/Shy” process and terminate it in real-time.

NetIQ Security Analyzer customers simply need to auto-synch to obtain the updated signature tests and Security Manager customers current on product maintenance may download the new rule on the NetIQ extended technical support site. Security Administrators may request a free 14-day trial of Security Analyzer and a free 30-day trial of Security Manager by simply going to http://www.netiq.com/products/sa/trial.asp. For additional information on the hacker tool visit http://www.netiq.com/support/sa/camerashyinfo.asp

"The recent release of this new hacker tool shows how important it is for IT administrators and security staff to maintain a high state of readiness against new threats," said Scott Hollis, director of security product management at NetIQ. "Keeping up to date on all of the latest vulnerabilities and threats is a daunting task for already overworked IT professionals. NetIQ’s Security Analyzer and Security Manager work together within the NetIQ Security and Administration suites to proactively ease the overwhelming burden of securing corporate assets by providing out of the box security intelligence and empowering centralized security management and administration."

About Security Analyzer
Security Analyzer, part of the NetIQ Security Suite, is a comprehensive, award-winning vulnerability scanning and assessment product that discovers vulnerabilities and identifies fixes. Systems are analyzed on demand or at scheduled intervals, vulnerability tests are automatically updated via auto-synch, and customers may easily create and manage their own vulnerability tests as well. The results are used to generate comparative reports, recommend security fixes and prioritize responses. For more information about NetIQ Security Analyzer, please go to http://www.netiq.com/products/sa/default.asp

About Security Manager
Security Manager is a centralized security management system that provides real-time security monitoring, platform and third-party security application event consolidation and correlation, alerting and automated incident response, security policy enforcement, host-based intrusion detection and a central point of security management for all of an enterprise’s Windows applications/systems and security defenses. For more information about NetIQ Security Manager, please go to http://www.netiq.com/products/sm/default.asp

About NetIQ
Founded in 1995, NetIQ Corp. (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of Systems Management, Security Management and Web Analytics solutions. Historically focused on the Windows management market, NetIQ now delivers cross-platform solutions that enhance business performance resulting in higher returns on infrastructure and Web investments. NetIQ products are sold across all continents directly and through a network of authorized NetIQ partners and resellers. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please call (888) 323-6768.

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