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  • Trojan Compromises Over 300,000 Accounts

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 10:02 am

    Over the past three years a powerful Trojan maintained by a cybercrime organization has been responsible for stealing the usernames and passwords of nearly half a million bank accounts and nearly as many credit card numbers.
  • Fake Greeting Card Emails Resurface

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 9:57 am

    According to security expert Bill Mullins, in the last year, email inboxes have being swamped with similar scamming emails from fraudulent sites like Greetings.com, and 2000Greetings.com, amongst others.

  • How do you create good visualizations?

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 5:32 pm

    I am sure you have seen graphs that were just horrible to look at. Even worse, it was almost impossible to determine what the graph was trying to communicate. One of the first things you should learn - before you even go ahead and generate a graph - are some simple visualization principles.
  • I’ve Got a Secret - Key, That Is

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 8:52 am

    How many of you use VPN?
  • Electronic voting could work

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 8:47 am

    There have been a rash of email scams related to the election. Besides the usual nonsense viral emails that describe the candidate of your choice as the boogeyman, complete with “absolute proof” that they eat babies and are BFFs with Osama bin Laden, there are some more dangerous ones floating around.
  • Educate your email users about phishing

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 8:04 am

    Last week one of my clients received the resurfaced American Express phishing email. And yesterday an associate told me a dastardly story about being fleeced out of $2,700 from his Citibank account. This was the result of responding to a phishing email.
  • IT worker let spammers into ex-employer's servers

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 9:36 pm

    A man has been sentenced to a year in prison for turning his former employer's e-mail servers into open relay systems for spammers.
  • ActiveX bugs pose threat to Vista, Microsoft reports

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:57 pm

    Although computers running Windows Vista are significantly less likely to be infected with attack code than machines running Windows XP, the newer operating system continues to be threatened by Microsoft's own ActiveX browser plug-in technology.
  • New worm exploits critical Windows bug

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 3:38 pm

    A worm that exploits the bug Microsoft Corp. patched in an emergency update 11 days ago is actively attacking systems.
  • Ed Felten on e-voting: What can go wrong

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 10:56 am

    Voting machines of all stripes have remarkably similar flaws and though geographically scattered, inaccurate tallies of votes are not likely to flip a whole presidential election, there is a "nightmare scenario" that could.
  • Microsoft: Data shows Vista more secure than XP

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Microsoft's latest security report shows the number of vulnerabilities found in its software fell for the first half of the year.
  • How Do You Get Started With Security Visualization?

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 1:27 am

    Are you in charge of analyzing large amounts of security data? Have you ever wondered whether there is a better way than reading your logs line by line? Here are some starting points on how to visualize your security data.

  • Android phone users get update for flaw

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    Users of the G1 Android phone on Friday have begun receiving a software update that fixes a flaw that security researchers found earlier in the week.
  • Microsoft warns of another update to Windows Update

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    For the second time in three months, Microsoft Corp. Friday again warned it would upgrade Windows Update, the service most users rely on to download patches and other fixes.
  • 'Ruthless' Trojan steals 500K bank, credit card log-ons

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 1:16 pm

    A sophisticated cybercrime group that's maintained an especially devious Trojan horse for nearly three years has stolen the log-ons to more than 300,000 online bank accounts and almost as many credit cards during that time, a security company said today.
  • Intel's Moorestown would make iPhone less secure

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 10:40 am

    Putting Intel's Moorestown chips in a future version of the iPhone could make the handset less secure, a researcher warned.
  • Where is Robert Morris now?

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:27 pm

    Robert Tappan Morris, the 21-year-old Cornell University student who unleashed the first worm attack on the Internet in 1988, has fully rehabilitated his reputation in the computer science community. Today, he is a respected associate professor of computer science at MIT.
  • Morris worm turns 20: Look what it's done

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:23 pm

    The Internet will mark an infamous anniversary on Sunday, when the Morris worm turns 20.
  • OpenOffice.org issues critical patches for older versions

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 12:58 pm

    OpenOffice.org has released two patches that repair older versions of its open-source office productivity suite.
  • ICANN Lowers Boom On EstDomains

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 11:55 am

    ICANN, the organization charged with overseeing the address system of the internet, has revoked the right of notorious registrar EstDomains to sell domain names. EstDomains is known as a registrar that caters to phishers, spammers, and other cybercriminals. ICANN handed down its decision after the company’s president was convicted of fraud.
  • Report: Malicious spam spikes in the enterprise

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:30 am

    Cyber criminals are increasingly turning to spam as a means of infecting computers, according to a new report from IT security and control firm Sophos.
  • E-mail blunders: Top 10 dumbest moments of 2008

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 9:24 am

    What do Halloween and a sent e-mail have in common? Both can be equally frightening. Here are some of the scariest e-mail blunders of 2008.
  • WabiSabiLabi may close 0day auction site

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 8:47 pm

    WabiSabiLabi may shut down its online marketplace for security vulnerabilities, focusing instead on the line of OneShield unified threat management (UTM) appliances it developed with Italian defense company EuroTech.
  • Worm uses Google to squirm around Facebook

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    A malicious program that sprang up on Facebook.com in late July has surfaced again, this time using Google's Web sites to sneak around security filters.
  • 10 tips to prevent identity theft while shopping online

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 7:27 pm

    Over 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that in 2007, the highest category of complaints was identity theft; attributing 32% of total complaints received to the category. Consumers reported fraud losses totaling more than $1.2 billion, almost double that of 2005.
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