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Is Zionist-Owned ZoneAlarm Security Software

Another Israeli International Security Threat?

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This article appeared freely on the Internet on March 9, 2006 http://www.checkpoint.com/press/2003/zonelabs121503.html and is archived here only for scholarship, research, education, and personal use by those previously requesting it in accordance with the "fair use" provision in Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the copyright law.

Pro-Zionist Check Point Software Technologies of Israel to Acquire Zone Labs

 

Check Point Software Technologies to Acquire Zone Labs

Industry Leaders Combine Forces to Deliver End-to-End Network Security
Solutions for Enterprises, Small Businesses and Consumers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15, 2003 - Check Point Software Technologies (Nasdaq: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, and Zone Labs®, Inc., the most trusted provider of endpoint security solutions, today announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement providing for Check Point to acquire privately held Zone Labs for $205 million. Check Point will pay approximately $113 million in cash and approximately $92 million in shares, and will also assume employee stock options of Zone Labs, which could convert to approximately 2.9 million Check Point shares. The merger agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Zone Labs' award-winning endpoint security solutions for enterprises, small businesses and consumers will further strengthen Check Point's perimeter, internal and Web security portfolio and expand its opportunity to take advantage of the fast-growing Internet security segment - endpoint security. Additionally, Check Point will gain access to the talent of more than 200 Zone Labs employees and more than 25 million customers worldwide.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including Zone Labs shareholder approval and regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2004. After the close of the transaction, Zone Labs will operate as a division of Check Point.

"We believe Zone Labs has the very best endpoint security solutions for both consumers and enterprises through the ZoneAlarm and Integrity product lines. These complement Check Point's vision and our SecureClient™ VPN/security client solution," said Gil Shwed, chairman and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies. "Both companies share a deep commitment to customers, and this acquisition will enable us to deliver the industry's most comprehensive end-to-end Internet security to all types of customers - from consumers to the largest enterprises."

An Internet security pioneer and leader, Check Point is focused on delivering the industry's most intelligent perimeter, internal and Web security solutions. Its Next Generation with Application Intelligence product suite includes world-class VPN, firewall, management and performance solutions for enterprises of all sizes. These solutions protect 97 of the Fortune 100 companies, and are installed at hundreds of thousands of sites worldwide.

"Our shared passion for excellence and Check Point's commitment to Zone Labs' products, partners and customers were paramount in making this decision," said Gregor Freund, CEO and co-founder of Zone Labs. "Our common vision will result in the most complete and manageable security solution to protect the fastest-growing, most vulnerable segment - network endpoints."

Zone Labs' endpoint security products now protect more than 25 million Internet users and more than 1,100 enterprise customers from the threats posed by hackers, data theft and malicious code. Zone Labs' award-winning product line includes Zone Labs Integrity™, its flagship enterprise endpoint security solution, ZoneAlarm® Pro, its acclaimed personal firewall for consumer and small business users, and the IMsecure™ product line, the company's instant messaging (IM) security solutions for enterprises, small businesses and consumers.

"Check Point and Zone Labs share similar security visions, believing that proactive security is a requirement in today's increasingly dynamic and sophisticated Internet threat environment and that secure Internet access is a critical business enabler for business and individuals," Mr. Shwed continued. "This acquisition is a logical and natural step in the evolution of both companies and will result in new market opportunities and deepened relationships with customers and partners."

Conference Call and Webcast Information
Check Point will host a conference call with the investment community on December 15, 2003 at 2:30 PM PT / 5:30 PM ET. Please dial (973) 935-8512 to access the live call or visit the company's website at www.checkpoint.com/ir for the live webcast. Online presentation materials will be included on the call. A replay of the conference call will be available through December 28, 2003 at the Company's website or by telephone at 973-341-3080, confirmation code 4376681.

Safe Harbor Statement
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ materially from Check Point's current expectations. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: the impact on revenues of economic and political uncertainties and weaknesses in various regions of the world, including the commencement or escalation of hostilities or acts of terrorism; the inclusion of network security functionality in third-party hardware or system software; any unforeseen developmental or technological difficulties with regard to Check Point's products; changes in the competitive landscape, including new competitors or the impact of competitive pricing and products; a shift in demand for products such as Check Point's; unknown factors affecting third parties with which Check Point has formed business alliances; timely availability and customer acceptance of Check Point's new and existing products, and other factors and risks discussed in Check Point's Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2002, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Check Point assumes no obligation to update information concerning its expectations.

About Check Point Software Technologies
Check Point Software Technologies is the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. It is the market leader of both the worldwide VPN and firewall markets. Through its Next Generation product line, the company delivers a broad range of perimeter, internal and Web security solutions that protect business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. Extending the power of the Check Point solution is its Open Platform for Security (OPSEC), the industry's framework and alliance for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 350 leading companies. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of 1,900 Check Point partners in 86 countries. For more information, please call us at (800) 429-4391 or (650) 628-2000, or visit us on the Web at http://www.checkpoint.com or at http://www.opsec.com.

About Zone Labs, Inc.
Zone Labs®, one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, is a leading creator of endpoint security solutions protecting millions of PCs and the valuable, personally-identifiable information on those PCs, from hackers, spyware and data theft. The company's award-winning endpoint security product line is deployed in global enterprises, small businesses and consumers' homes, protecting them from Internet-borne threats. Zone Labs Integrity™ is an endpoint security management platform that protects corporate data and productivity. ZoneAlarm® Pro, ZoneAlarm Plus and ZoneAlarm are among the most popular and successful Internet security products available today while IMsecure™ Pro offers comprehensive security for instant messaging.

Founded in 1997, Zone Labs is a private company headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA, with European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany and offices in Japan and Singapore. For more information, please visit Zone Labs at www.zonelabs.com.

 


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INVITATION FOR TECHNOLOGICAL COOPERATION

Company: CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.

DOCUMENT STRUCTURE:

General information
Available R&D capabilities


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CONTACT DATA Organization: CHECK POINT SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
Contact: Name: Mr. Gil Shwed
Position: Chairman & CEO

Address: 3a Jabotinsky St., Diamond Tower
Ramat Gan
ISRAEL, 52520
Telephone: 03-7534555
Fax: 03-5759256
Email: info@checkpoint.com
WEB site: www.checkpoint.com

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Established: 1993
Type: Industry
Ownership: Private

Core business

Network security software.

Employees: 450
Turnover (KUS$): 82,900
Market regions: USA, Europe, Japan, East Asia
Main Markets: Small, medium and large organization. Internet service providers

Overview

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is the worldwide leader in securing the internet. The Company's Secure Virtual Network (SVN) architecture provides the infrastructure that enables secure and reliable internet communications. SVN secures business-to-business (B2B) communications between networks, systems, applications and users across the internet, intranets and extranets. Check Point's Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) provides the framework for integration and interoperability with "best-of-breed" solutions from over 200 leading industry partners.

Open Platform for Security (OPSEC) is the Check Point Software Technologies open architecture solution that (OPSEC) provides the industry's only enterprise-wide policy management and policy enforcement framework. The more than 200 companies which are part of the OPSEC Alliance leverage the OPSEC framework to provide customers choice and an integrated architecture that can centrally manage all aspects of secure enterprise networking. These partners have made OPSEC the most successful alliance in the industry by building certified products and solutions that fully integrate with the OPSEC architecture and expand the Check Point Software solution set.

OPSEC partners:

a) use published OPSEC application programming interfaces (APIs) and OPSEC initiated industry standards for policy management and enforcement integration of their security applications with Check Point FireWall-1 and Check Point VPN-1 Gateway (e.g. content security, authentication, authorization and intrusion detection, etc.);

b) embed Check Point Software technology into the network infrastructure (e.g. servers, internetworking, hardware and appliances);

c) integrate application-level policies which enable policy management and enforcement across the network to secure e-business and enterprise applications (e.g. multimedia, database, groupware, business process and workflow, etc.);

d) and integrate FireWall-1 and VPN-1 into a complete managed service offering (leading telcos and solution providers).
 


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Possible Security Hole or "Door" in ZoneAlarm?

Internet, Web, E-mail security update.

Regular readers will know that we take Internet, web and e-mail security seriously and have always used ZoneAlarm, Norton Anti-virus and AdSubtract. This way in the past we have been able to stop our computers from being attacked and infected. BUT.

Things change.

The other day we were going over one of our computers and found in the Windows Internet Logs folder a file that we had never seen before and was growing at an alarming rate. We used all our skills and knowledge to delete it and stop it from working. We eventually tracked this growing file down to belonging to ZoneAlarm. If you use ZoneAlarm then look at the 'IAMDB.RDB' and there is even a back up for it there as well. Wonderful we say.

After browsing the web to see if anybody else knew anything about this file we found this:

"It seems that ZA comes with two spy dlls that according to the their manufacturer "utilizes its patented metering methodology to measure actual Internet and digital media audience user behaviour in real-time - click-by-click, page-by-page, second-by-second."

I found these two:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VSMONAPI.DLL
C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\VSUTIL.DLL

Had been left on my system after uninstalling ZA. It seems that your system configuration and maybe the activity is logged to the file Iamdb.rbd, then transmitted. This discussion also implicates Steve Gibson of Grc/ShieldsUp/Opout in this as well."

These were new to us but we knew that some program or other was continually accessing the web while our computers were on but as ZoneAlarm did not say it was anything suspicious and we just assumed it was one of our security programs checking for a new version or whatever we did not worry much, as one would.

But it did annoy us that it seemed to be going on continually and should not. Thus we started searching to find out what was happening and why which is why we found the IAMDB.RDB file and that it was growing at an alarming rate. There always was a ZoneAlarm file in the past that grew but that was easy to replace every-so-often with a blank file. But not this.

Bear in mind that we use the paid for Pro version and not the free version that one might expect some checking which would be reasonable, but not if you have been a loyal paying customer for years.

Thus we have e-mailed ZoneAlarm twice now and eventually got an automated reply back saying they will get in touch with us in a couple of days. We have told them in no uncertain words that we will publish our findings as this policy of ZoneAlarm spying on peoples computers is totally unacceptable.

We have now tried using another firewall software called Sygate Personal Firewall which is free. There is a paid for version but as you can appreciate at first we are trying the free version to see what we think of it and to see if it works.

Well. Now we have a free firewall blocking the spying activities of a paid for firewall. Can you believe that. We can also say that the Sygate Firewall is working and stopping ZoneAlarm from phoning home all the time with our private and confidential computer use data.

Here is the web site link for Sygate which is part of Symantec.

We are just very pleased that we are now blocking ZoneAlarm but it makes our blood boil.

We hope you find our compact review helpful to you along with all our independent reviews of computer hardware.
U.S. Government Investigates Check Point-Sourcefire Deal
By Paul F. Roberts
 

 

 


This article appeared freely on the Internet on August 3, 2006 http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1933443,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594 and is archived here only for scholarship, research, education, and personal use by those previously requesting it in accordance with the "fair use" provision in Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the copyright law.

Check Point / Sourcefire Deal On Hold
Possible National Security Threat Investigation of Israeli Owned Company
August 3, 2006

(www.eweek.com), August 3, 2006

CHECK POINT DEAL SCRUTINIZED FOR ISRAELI SECURITY RISK AT PORTS

The U.S. federal government agency at the center of a political controversy over foreign management of U.S. ports is scrutinizing a deal by Israeli company Check Point Software Technologies to acquire Sourcefire.

Check Point, of Redwood City, Calif., notified investors in February that its planned acquisition of Sourcefire was being investigated by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, CFIUS, a U.S. inter-agency committee that is chaired by the U.S. Treasury.

The agency has elected to conduct a 45-day examination of the acquisition to satisfy national security concerns, according to a Check Point statement dated Feb. 13.

Both Check Point and Sourcefire declined requests to discuss the matter, citing the ongoing inquiry.

CFIUS is the same agency that, in January, approved the sale of The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) to Dubai Ports World, a state-owned company based in the United Arab Emirates.

That decision has spawned a political firestorm in Washington, D.C., over what are perceived to be national security risks stemming from foreign management of U.S. ports.

PointerClick here to read more about Check Point's acquisition of Sourcefire.

Check Point, which has dual headquarters in Ramat Gan, Israel, and Redwood City, Calif., was a software security pioneer with its network firewall and VPN technology.

eWEEK.com Special Report: Securing the Network

In October, Check Point said it intended to buy Sourcefire, which sells the popular Snort IPS (intrusion prevention system) technology for around $225 million.

The deal was expected to close by the first quarter, 2006, but Check Point notified the SEC in February that the deal was on hold pending approval under the 1988 Exon-Florio provision of the Defense Production Act of 1950, which gives the president the ability to suspend or prohibit a foreign acquisition, merger or takeover of a U.S. corporation that threatens national security.

PointerFor advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internet's Security IT Hub.

Sourcefire's Snort IPS product is used throughout the world, and is used extensively by U.S. government. According to a published report, both the FBI and Department of Defense objected to the sale of the Sourcefire technology to an Israeli company.

PointerCheck out eWEEK.com's Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer's Weblog.


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