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  • McAfee firewall updated to secure mobile workers

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 12:54 pm

    McAfee Inc. has updated its firewall software to prevent threats from creeping into enterprise systems through insecure mobile clients, it said Monday.
  • E.U. task force to study IT critical infrastructure

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 10:05 am

    The European Union has set up a task force to explore what its 25 member states are doing in the area of combating cyber threats against the region's critical infrastructure.
  • USB keys can be used for good or evil

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 9:17 am

    A serious security threat faces enterprise from the invasion of easily-concealed USB keys, music players, and portable hard drives.
  • Five things to do if you want to get hacked

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 2:58 pm

    If you want to be hacked, follow these five steps.
  • Infosecurity in academia

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:35 pm

    Academic institutions face unique information security threats involving compromised private data, financial losses, and attacks on critical infrastructure -- all of which have significant ramifications for public safety and security. With incidents increasing in severity, academia's CIOs have been challenged to establish a delicate balance between maintaining a culture based on the free exchange of ideas and information and ensuring the security and privacy of sensitive information and networks.
  • Laptop security left to employees

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:23 pm

    Although 71 percent of European IT managers say that corporate laptops used outside the office and later reconnected to the corporate network pose a major security risk, nearly just as many -- 69 percent -- say that employees are responsible for how they use laptops outside the office, according to a recent survey by Websense.
  • Is your bank tracking your movements?

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:22 pm

    In a move to better understand customer interests and target advertising at branch visitors, some banks are embedding their credit/debit cards and marketing collateral, such as brochures, with RFID chips so they can track customer movements within a branch. But, such an invasive use of RFID for the sake of targeted advertising is seen by some as a privacy violation.
  • CISO Exchange dismantled

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:22 pm

    A recently formed public-private partnership that had aimed to improve federal IT security has collapsed after key government officials withdrew their participation in a disagreement over fees and structure.
  • Beware of toxic blogs

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:21 pm

    Security services vendor Websense says it has uncovered "hundreds" of blog sites that store and deliver malware, including keyloggers and Trojans, that infect the machines of unsuspecting blog readers.
  • A jump on security advisories (for a fee)

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:20 pm

    A security advisory firm, iDefense, based in Reston, Va., provides advance notice of security vulnerabilities to its subscribers, and usually reveals flaws -- like the Internet Explorer holes announced by Microsoft this month -- an average of 145 days before the public disclosure.
  • Retail trails other industries in IT security

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 1:19 pm

    Network security in the retail industry lags other industries by about 20 percent in benchmarks against various standard measures, according to a joint study by security services firms Solutionary and Espiria. Retailers simply haven't seen themselves as potential targets, notes one Solutionary executive.
  • Reuters shuts down system to fight Kelvir IM worm

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 9:26 am

    Reuters Group PLC was able to bring its instant messaging (IM) system back online early Friday morning, after an outbreak of the Kelvir worm led the company to shut down the system for most of Thursday.
  • Polo confirms data security problem

    Posted April 15, 2005 - 8:48 am

    Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. has identified itself as the U.S. retailer at the center of a scare over stolen customer data. The company said late Thursday that some of its customers' credit card information may have been "misappropriated."
  • Security holes plague Lotus Domino

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 2:28 pm

    Security researchers have disclosed several serious security bugs in IBM's Lotus Domino, one of the world's most widely used e-mail servers and used by over 80 million people. The most serious flaw could allow an Internet attacker to take over a server, with other flaws allowing cross-site scripting and denial of service.
  • Microsoft database bug goes unpatched

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 12:44 pm

    Security vendor Secunia has announced that a flaw in Microsoft's Jet Database Engine that was not addressed in the company's most recent security patch exposes data stored in the Access database and could be exploited by hackers to take control of a PC.
  • Porn in the picture at Infosecurity

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 11:36 am

  • HSBC warns 180,000 over retailer's security breach

    Posted April 14, 2005 - 10:04 am

    HSBC Bank PLC has sent letters to more than 180,000 of its credit card customers, warning that their card information may have been stolen during a security breach at a U.S. retailer.
  • Data brokers didn't notify consumers of past breaches

    Posted April 13, 2005 - 4:08 pm

    Two large data brokers that recently reported data breaches potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents have been compromised in the past and have not notified victims, executives from the two companies told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday.
  • Industry reels from IP flaw

    Posted April 13, 2005 - 11:08 am

    The U.K.'s National Infrastructure Co-Ordination Centre (NISCC) has warned of a flaw in Internet Protocol (IP) that could allow significant attacks on a wide range of products, including routers and Internet software from Microsoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Juniper Networks Inc. and others.
  • Microsoft investigates possible unpatched Office flaw

    Posted April 13, 2005 - 10:03 am

    Microsoft Corp. is investigating a possible unpatched flaw in its Office software suite that could allow hackers to remotely access users' systems, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft discloses 5 critical security holes

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 4:52 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released eight security bulletins on its products, including five concerning vulnerabilities rated "critical."
  • Tufts warns 106,000 alums, donors of security breach

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 4:45 pm

    Alumni of Tufts University in Boston have been notified that personal information stored on a server used by the university for fund-raising could have been exposed to intruders.
  • LexisNexis: 280,000 more possible data theft victims

    Posted April 12, 2005 - 12:48 pm

    An internal investigation at the LexisNexis division of Reed Elsevier PLC has uncovered evidence that as many as 310,000 more people may have had their personal information exposed to unauthorized individuals who compromised the security of a massive database of public and private information, including Social Security and drivers license numbers.
  • Rootkit Web sites fall to DDOS attack

    Posted April 11, 2005 - 3:42 pm

    Two prominent Web sites that specialize in remote access software known as "rootkits" have been taken offline by a large distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The take-down was allegedly ordered by a shadowy group of hackers and rootkit authors who took offense to criticisms of their software posted on the sites.
  • Trend Micro bolsters anti-spyware lineup

    Posted April 11, 2005 - 2:11 pm

    Security software vendor Trend Micro has updated its OfficeScan anti-spyware package and has introduced a bundled offering combining antivirus, antiphishing, URL filtering and anti-spyware technology into one product dubbed InterScan Anti-Spyware Suite.

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