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  • Microsoft plans one critical patch on Tuesday

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 11:10 am

    Microsoft is planning two software security fixes -- at least one of them rated as critical -- as part of December's release of security updates.
  • Aussie university turns from Linux to appliances to fight spam

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 11:04 am

    Struggling to cope with increasing volumes of spam, Australia's Deakin University was forced to redeploy its Linux e-mail servers and implement an alternative system for e-mail security.
  • Airport passcodes leaked from virus-infected PC

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 11:01 am

    Passcodes needed to enter secure areas at 16 Japanese airports and one in Guam have appeared on the Internet after a virus infected a computer belonging to a Japan Airlines co-pilot, the airline said Friday.
  • New attacks target small U.S. banks

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:39 am

    Smaller U.S. banks have come under attack from nine new, highly sophisticated phishing attacks over the last three months, according to research from managed security services provider SecureWorks.
  • Sophos security threat management report 2005

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:35 am

    New malware threats increased 48 percent this year over 2004; one in 44 emails contained a virus; and new Trojans outpaced Widows-based worms by 2:1, according to a year-end report from security software vendor Sophos.
  • Sony fixes security hole in CDs, again

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:34 am

    Sony BMG once again is replacing the patch it had released for its CD antipiracy software. This time, security researchers at Princeton University discovered a flaw that could open up to hackers computers on which the patched CDs are played.
  • Security startup nets $11.5M

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:33 am

    Reflecting a trend of increased interest in security startups among venture capitalists, Third Brigade, a maker of network intrusion prevention systems, has received an $11.5 million investment from three VC firms.
  • Rootkits making more spyware, adware stick

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:32 am

    Rootkits are increasingly being employed by purveyors of spyware and adware not only to hide the installation of their programs but also to make them more difficult to eradicate, according to security software experts.
  • Worker privacy: You have none

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:30 am

    Only two states -- Connecticut and Delaware -- require employers to inform employees when they are being monitored at the office. And you may be monitored at home, as well.
  • Face it: Privacy is endangered

    Posted December 9, 2005 - 10:29 am

    A new multimedia search service from a company called Riya uses facial recognition software to generate automatic meta-tags for photographs posted online, raising questions about privacy and surveillance laws in the digital domain vs. the analog world.
  • Sober variant has mysterious agenda for Nazi anniversary

    Posted December 8, 2005 - 11:50 am

    Security vendors have discovered a variant of the Sober worm which they say is programmed to download an unknown piece of code from various Internet addresses early next month, launching a potential barrage of digital traffic.
  • NEC develops e-mail-initiated VPN system

    Posted December 8, 2005 - 11:40 am

    NEC has developed a system that can initiate a secure VPN connection between an office network and out-of-office computer at the receipt of an e-mail, it said Wednesday.
  • Sony. Full of baloney.

    Posted December 7, 2005 - 5:08 pm

    Today's new vocabulary word is "rootkit." Thanks to a bonehead move by Sony BMG, we've been hearing about rootkits a lot lately. But what are they really, and what's the problem?Simply put, a rootkit is a piece of software that it hides itself and other software from view and easy detection. I've scoured the Web looking for a legitimate uses of this technology; so far, I've found none.
  • New malicious IM bot chats with you to spread virus

    Posted December 7, 2005 - 11:19 am

    On Monday, IMlogic first published details of a new instant messaging threat known as IM.Myspace04.AIM. Once the computer of an AOL IM user is infected by IM.Myspace04.AIM, the bot sends messages to people on the infected user's buddy list, making the messages appear to come from the infected user.
  • Ebay tricked by phony e-mail

    Posted December 6, 2005 - 11:57 am

    A sophisticated phishing attack has proven to be so successful, it has tricked eBay's own fraud investigations team into endorsing it as legitimate, according to an independent security consultant who reported the attack to eBay.
  • MCI launches security risk management service

    Posted December 6, 2005 - 11:41 am

    MCI is introducing a security risk management service to help enterprises take proactive action against systems threats and vulnerabilities. The NetSec Security Risk Management Service will correlate and calculates diverse threats across the enterprise, using a scorecard-based approach that allows users to prioritize and resolve security risks.
  • D-Link bolsters line of SMB security products

    Posted December 5, 2005 - 5:35 pm

    D-Link Monday fortified its NetDefend security product line for small and medium-sized businesses with new firewall products and a security appliance, a company spokesman said.
  • Phishing IQ Test

    Posted December 5, 2005 - 2:25 pm

    Think you can spot a phishing attempt? If so, test your expertise here with these 10 new suspect "phish" from Mail Frontier. Good luck!
  • Gmail virus scanning draws some user complaints

    Posted December 5, 2005 - 2:06 pm

    The virus-scanning feature Google Inc. added to its Gmail Web mail service this week has generated concern, bewilderment and disappointment among some users.
  • U.K. cyberfraud shuts down tax credit portal

    Posted December 5, 2005 - 11:23 am

    The U.K. tax authority shut down a tax credits Web site Thursday and a criminal investigation is underway concerning possible identity theft, a spokesman confirmed Monday.
  • IE bug lets hackers phish with Google Desktop

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 5:18 pm

    A bug in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser gives phishers a way to scan the hard drives of Google Desktop users, according to an Israeli hacker. Because of a flaw in the way IE processes Web pages, a malicious Web site could use the attack to steal sensitive information like credit card numbers or passwords from the hard drives of its visitors.
  • Security Reading

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 5:09 pm

    Here are some infosec and related books you might consider or rule out. I've given each book a ranking - with four stars being the best.
  • E-mail, collaboration and security

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 1:45 pm

    A new all-in-one appliance from Mirapoint, dubbed the M50, is designed to help SMBs with 100 to 500 employees with email management and security; spam and virus prevention; and shared calendaring, scheduling and address books.
  • IT security turns inside out: Outbound content compliance fuels continued market growth, IDC says

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 1:45 pm

    An emerging market segment of security products -- being termed OCC or outbound content compliance products -- designed to detect and prevent outbound content that violates corporate policy or other regulations will swell to $1.9 billion by 2009, according to IT market research firm IDC.
  • Sober attack biggest virus outbreak ever

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 1:44 pm

    The recent Sober outbreak is the largest virus outbreak to date, according to email security vendor Postini, which said that over seven days in November it blocked more than 218 million messages infected with Sober. That represents a 1,500 percent increase in virus-carrying emails over a regular month, the company said.
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