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  • French President Sarkozy's bank account hacked

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Cyberthieves have stolen money from the personal bank account of France's president, Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Security can be measured

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:07 am

    Think security isn't measurable? In fact, there are many specific data points that can contribute to the evaluation of risk and security. Some of them are even derivable directly from a wide range of security products and integrated solutions.
  • Why technology isn't the answer to better security

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 10:55 am

    In this, CIO's sixth year of conducting the "Global State of Information Security" survey with PricewaterhouseCoopers, they got an earful about the challenges, worries and wins in security technology, process and personnel.
  • Inside Symantec's Security Operations Center

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 10:48 am

    The inside of the Symantec Security Operations Center looks like a scene out of the movie "War Games," and in many ways, the connection is fitting. The SOC, as it is known by Symantec employees, is in the business of detecting and analyzing network threats. And as malicious activity online gets increasingly more sophisticated, the war against cybercrime is definitely on.
  • Building an enterprise security program in 10 steps

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 10:21 am

    The following steps provide guidance for implementing an enterprise security program (ESP), a holistic approach to IT security
  • Anonymous proxy servers: Necessary or evil?

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 9:52 am

    If there is truly a gray zone in the struggle between online good and evil, anonymous proxy servers live there.
  • Alcatel-Lucent announces always-on protection for laptops

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 9:33 am

    Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new version of its OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian (NLG) that supports HSPA (High Speed Packet Access), it announced on Monday.
  • Digital Signatures

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 5:44 am

    I’ve spoken about Certificate Authorities and Certificates already. Remember that Certificates include: a public key, the owner and a digital signature. Well you’ve probably asked “what is a digital signature” and how do you “digitally sign” a certificate?
  • U. S. Presidential Candidates’ State Spam Legislation

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 5:40 am

    Some or all provisions of some individual state laws may be preempted by the United States federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, including provisions regarding a private right of action. Although not part of any platforms with the upcoming United States election, how does each of the presidential candidates’ individual state fare with spam legislation?
  • Oracle issues 36 patches, but is anyone applying them?

    Posted October 18, 2008 - 9:26 pm

    Many database administrators don't always apply security patches to their environments in a speedy fashion, but that's not stopping Oracle Corp. from releasing dozens of them on a quarterly basis.
  • Man charged in Scientology Web attack

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 8:59 pm

    An 18-year-old New Jersey man will plead guilty to the January online attacks that took down the Church of Scientology's Web site, federal prosecutors said Friday.
  • Facebook malware targets Windows PCs

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 10:17 am

    Fake pages on social networking site Facebook which claim to offer free videos will infect Windows PCs with malware, warns F-Secure.
  • FBI Ran a Forum for Phishers, Spammers and Hackers.

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 6:05 am

    While criminals thought it was based in Eastern Europe, the Internet’s top English-speaking cybercrime forum was secretly run by the FBI from this building on the banks of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh. Photo: John Monroe Butler/
  • FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:15 pm

    A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online fraudsters has netted 56 arrests and prevented millions of dollars in economic losses, the FBI said Thursday.
  • Electronic voting report: Several states still vulnerable

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 4:46 pm

    Several U.S. states still are not doing all they can to ensure the accuracy of votes over electronic voting machines and 10 states received inadequate grades in three of four categories of safeguards, a report from three voting security advocacy groups said.
  • Top data-breach causes

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 4:41 pm

    A recent research project has led me to look at information security and in particular, the root cause of data breaches. In recent years, organizations that have experienced breaches have been forced by law (in many cases) to report the occurrence. Therefore, we've seen a spike in incident reports. Collectively we can all learn from those reports to attempt to prevent similar occurrences in our own organizations.
  • Report: Botnet spam attacks to target cell phones

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    The same week one of the world's worst spam operations is being shut down, security researchers are warning the next big threat may not be for PCs at all -- but rather for cell phones.
  • Attack unleashed for new Microsoft mainframe bug

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 2:02 pm

    Hackers have released code that could be used to take control of a server running Microsoft's Host Integration Server 2006, used to connect mainframe applications to Windows PCs.
  • Woman is first to plead guilty in notorious spam case

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 9:44 am

    A woman accused of helping spam kingpin Alan Ralsky send out tens of millions of unwanted e-mail messages each day has pleaded guilty to spam charges.
  • CAPTCHA Ready For Retirement?

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:31 am

    Spammers are hitting Google’s Blogger service hard, using botnets to create hundreds of fake pages. The pages are full of spam ads, obviously, but some also redirect the viewer to a porn or other spam site.
  • Spam business is booming despite legislation

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:26 am

    Ferris Research recently predicted that there would be 40 trillion spam messages sent this year. It would seem then, that we have a continuing problem on our hands, especially since spam has morphed from simple, but annoying, advertisements to Trojan horses and links to malware-infected web sites. The focus of spam has changed.
  • Spammers Exploiting Windows Security Alerts To Deliver Malware

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:23 am

    A new wave of malicious spam is using fake Windows security alerts to deliver its payload. According to Microsoft, the emails claim the alerts are part of a new, experimental and private version of an update for all Microsoft Windows OS users.
  • New ISO standard for the healthcare industry

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:06 am

    If HIPAA is not enough for you IT security guys in healthcare out there, now we’ve got a new one for you to comply with: ISO 27799:2008.
  • What to do about email when traveling?

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 6:03 am

    Most of us take our laptops with us when we travel, and we use them to check and send email while on the road. Of course, it’s a risk. Besides outright theft of the device, there could be Wi-Fi data thieves sitting across from us at the airport looking through our files, compromised networks, and all manner of threats.
  • Obtaining Public Keys

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 5:56 am

    Last time I talked about Pretty Good Privacy or PGP. PGP you remember is a way to secure your email by using Public and Private keys. Well now I’m going to tell you how to exchange those Public keys.
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