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  • Forensics and Dedupe

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 2:37 pm

    Disk deduplication (Dedupe) is a forensically untried solution to the need for more disk space within data centers. Untried does not mean unsound, but until the forensic science can catch up with the technology there may be issues.
  • Dell ships laptops with self-encrypting drives

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 1:18 pm

    Dell announced Monday that it is offering Seagate 's self-encrypting hard drives in its Latitude laptops, Precision Mobile Workstations and OptiPlex desktops as a security precaution to those machines being lost or stolen.
  • A solution to email-based bank phishing attacks

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 12:01 pm

    A research note from TowerGroup, sponsored by IBM, addresses the issue of security in online banking, and the techniques that cybercriminals are using to gain access to online bank accounts. Although the report, published in 2005, is a bit outdated, its message still hits home.
  • Educate yourselves about phishing and how to avoid it

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 11:53 am

    The Anti Phishing Work Group’s Internet Policy Committee (APWG-IPC) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Supporting Trust Decisions Project (STDP) have joined forces to educate consumers about phishing and established the AWPG/CMU Phishing Education Landing Page program.
  • Survey: One DNS server in 10 is 'trivially vulnerable'

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 11:43 am

    Over a million of the Internet's DNS servers are still vulnerable to a cache-poisoning attack patched in July.
  • Study: Viagra spam is profitable, but margins are tight

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 10:11 am

    Spam sent by the Storm network could be generating up to $3.5 million per year in revenue a year for pharmaceutical product sales.
  • Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report Highlights Email Threats

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 5:29 am

    Microsoft released its Security Intelligence Report this week, providing some interesting insights into vulnerabilities and security trends. According to the report, several common operating systems have dropped.
  • Former IT Manager Sentenced to One Year in Prison For Hacking Former Employer

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 5:22 am

    A California man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for hacking into his former employer’s computer system and giving spammers access to the mail server.
  • Credit Cards at McDonald's

    Posted November 8, 2008 - 2:51 am

    One of the more interesting doom and gloom stories I've seen recently is from John Mauldin's Thoughts From the Frontline newsletter. He says McDonald's is now the second largest merchant card processor. Does that mean we're paying for our cheap fast food at 29 percent interest rates?
  • Thousands hit in broad Web hack

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 10:12 pm

    Kaspersky warns that as many as 10,000 Web sites have been compromised in a mass Web attack.
  • Amateurs and pros vie to build new crypto standard

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 9:37 pm

    A contest, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hopes to find a new cryptographic hash algorithm to replace the SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm - 2) algorithm that NIST published eight years ago. The deadline for SHA-3 submissions was Oct. 31, and NIST hopes to cut the field down to 15 or 20 contestants by next August. That's when the hard work of hammering away at the submissions and knocking loose any flaws will really begin.
  • Top 10: Obama wins, e-voting questions, WPA crack

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 5:34 pm

    Senator Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president of the U.S. While Obama huddled with advisers to talk about the economy and other policy issues, we began to focus on what his election is likely to mean for IT. And the aftermath of Election Day also brought questions about what it will take to further reduce electronic-voting problems that cropped up yet again. There also was plenty of IT news unrelated to the election, including word that researchers have developed a way to partially crack the WPA encryption standard used on many wireless networks.
  • Whither the Mac mini?

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 4:32 pm

    Will the Mac's littlest iteration keep plugging along ... or move away from the consumer realm entirely?
  • Investing in Your IT Security Career in Tough Times

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 3:13 pm

    Some sound advice to security pros who are concerned about the future of their jobs. Think of it as a general checklist of things that you probably should be doing all the time but need to devote some time and consideration to right now, especially if your future is uncertain.
  • FBI investigates data theft blackmail scheme

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 11:00 am

    Data thieves are threatening to release millions of patient records held by a U.S. prescription drug management company unless the company pays up.
  • Android may not need antivirus software, researcher says

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 10:35 pm

    SMobile released what it says is the first antivirus software for Android, but one analyst said it's probably not necessary.
  • What is the right graph to use in what situation?

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 9:39 pm

    Do you like pie charts? Have you ever thought about replacing them with a bar chart? Or a line chart? Do you know when to use what chart?
  • Card breaches shake faith in e-payments

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    In the past three months, all three of my payments cards -- one credit card and two debit cards -- have been compromised.
  • Card breaches shake faith in e-payments

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    In the past three months, all three of my payments cards -- one credit card and two debit cards -- have been compromised.
  • Adobe fixes 6 flaws in Flash

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 3:09 pm

    For the second time in two days, Adobe Systems has warned users of multiple vulnerabilities in one of its most-popular programs and issued a security update to plug the holes.
  • Danger: 8GB USB Drive for $10

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    Don't you love the way technology prices drop and drop? Think about an 8GB storage device attached to your keyring. The cost of solid state memory keeps plummeting at an amazing rate, and I applaud the chip makers and manufacturers integrating such memory into their products.
  • Sarbanes Oxley Protects the Whistle Blowers

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    One important areas of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (”SOX”) of 2002 is to protect whistle blowers who speak out against a company not performing due diligence with document management and email archiving compliance. Section 1107 of SOX states:
  • Sarbanes Oxley Protects the Whistle Blowers

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    One important areas of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (”SOX”) of 2002 is to protect whistle blowers who speak out against a company not performing due diligence with document management and email archiving compliance. Section 1107 of SOX states:
  • Sarbanes Oxley Protects the Whistle Blowers

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 12:21 pm

    One important areas of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (”SOX”) of 2002 is to protect whistle blowers who speak out against a company not performing due diligence with document management and email archiving compliance. Section 1107 of SOX states:
  • Once thought safe, WPA Wi-Fi encryption is cracked

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 10:23 am

    Researchers plan to disclose a partial crack of the WPA wireless security standard next week.
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