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  • 9 of 10 companies hit by computer crime, says FBI

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:09 pm

    A whopping 87 percent of 2,000 companies polled by the FBI experienced a security incident in 2005, and collectively the respondents spent $31.7 million recovering from the incidents.
  • Is secure computing coming soon?

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:08 pm

    Legacy computers are ill-suited for dealing with today's security threats, and ubiquitous security will not exist until the emergence of "a new generation of hardware and software where trustworthiness is fundamentally built in," says Tony Redmond, vice president and CTO of services at Hewlett-Packard.
  • 20 years of the PC virus

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:07 pm

    January 19 marked the 20th anniversary of the detection of "Brain," a boot-sector virus widely regarded as the first PC virus.
  • Spyware makers aiming for enterprises

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:07 pm

    Creators of malicious spyware are stepping up their attacks, moving from the consumer market to the potentially more profitable market of corporate enterprises, according to a study by security software vendor Panda Software.
  • FBI: Security improving but threats rising

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 11:05 am

    Despite improving security, organizations in the U.S. are facing a barrage of electronic assaults, ranging from nuisances such as spyware and viruses through sophisticated hacking attempts staged outside the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported in its 2005 FBI Computer Crime Survey.
  • New keylogging trojan races around the world

    Posted January 19, 2006 - 9:16 am

    A new keylogging trojan is racing around the world affecting thousands of new machines a day, warns security vendor PC Tools.
  • Backup software sees exploit, patches

    Posted January 19, 2006 - 9:12 am

    EMC has issued patches for security problems with its data backup software, while exploit code has been released targeting a flaw in backup software from Veritas Software that the company patched last year.
  • AOL patches photo flaw

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 5:53 pm

    America Online users may want to upgrade to the latest version of the company's software following the discovery of a critical flaw in the AOL suite of client software. The bug, which was reported Monday on the FrSIRT Web site could be used by attackers to run unauthorized software on an unpatched computer.
  • Beneficial Network Worms

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 12:50 pm

    Network administrators live in constant fear of the term "worm". Those who remember Nimda and Code Red easily and quickly recall late nights and long shifts working to disinfect systems and entire enterprises from these digital creepy crawlers.
  • Following questions, Microsoft explains WMF decision

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 11:00 am

    Following speculation that a widely publicized vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system may have been created deliberately, an executive within Microsoft's security group has published a detailed explanation of how the vulnerability was introduced. His conclusion: the WMF security bug, which first came to light last month, was not an intentional "back door" added to give Microsoft a secret way of gaining access to its customers' PCs.
  • Attacks mounting on 'Million Dollar Home Page'

    Posted January 13, 2006 - 5:06 pm

    The wildly successful pixel-powered Web page of a British university student is coming under increasingly intense DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks trying to knock down the profitable brainstorm.
  • Is the end of IPsec afoot?

    Posted January 13, 2006 - 12:34 pm

    Secure Socket Layer-Virtual Private Network (SSL-VPN) solutions will dominate over IP-Sec solutions for remote network access within the next two years, according to a study by Gartner Group.
  • Data goes missing at Connecticut bank

    Posted January 13, 2006 - 12:33 pm

    People's Bank, based in Bridgeport, Conn., said it lost a tape with confidential information for about 90,000 customers while the tape was enroute to credit reporting bureau TransUnion.
  • Firm: Demand IM integration plans

    Posted January 13, 2006 - 12:32 pm

    Expect more acquisitions of IM vendors by security vendors, a la Symantec's plans to acquire IMLogic, leading to an overall convergence in the IM security market. As a result, user should demand integrated IM security, according to Gartner Group.
  • Five mistakes of vulnerability management

    Posted January 13, 2006 - 12:31 pm

    Vulnerability management is more than just patching regularly and definitely more than just another buzzword, a security strategist says. He outlines five common mistakes companies make in this discipline.
  • Symantec, Kaspersky criticized for cloaking software

    Posted January 12, 2006 - 5:05 pm

    The Windows operating system expert who exposed Sony BMG Music Entertainment use of "rootkit" cloaking techniques last year is now criticizing security vendors Symantec and Kaspersky Lab for shipping software that works in a similar manner.
  • US DHS funds security for open source

    Posted January 11, 2006 - 5:36 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded a US$1.24 million three-year grant to Stanford University and software vendors Coverity and Symantec. The grant will fund daily security audits and analysis of more than 40 open-source projects including Apache, Linux, Mozilla, MySQL and PostgreSQL.
  • 55,000 customer IDs stolen from Bahamas hotel

    Posted January 11, 2006 - 5:30 pm

    Travellers who stayed at the upmarket Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas should keep a close eye on their bank statements in the months ahead. The hotel has admitted to an apparent database break-in in which personal information for 55,000 guests may have been stolen, including credit card and bank account numbers.
  • Novell kicks off Linux app security project

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:29 am

    Novell unveiled AppArmor, a new open-source project aimed at improving Linux application security, Tuesday.
  • Two new WMF bugs found

    Posted January 9, 2006 - 5:41 pm

    Just days after Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in the way the Windows operating system renders certain types of graphics files, a hacker has published details of two new flaws that affect the same part of the operating system.
  • What you need to know about the WMF vulnerability

    Posted January 9, 2006 - 3:20 pm

    IT staffers in the past week have been working to fend off attacks related to the recently disclosed Windows Metafile (WMF) vulnerability. With third-party patches already available, Microsoft released the official patch last Thursday, ahead of its original plan of issuing it on Tuesday, which is when it will release its monthly set of security patches and updates.
  • Trouble Comes in Meta Packages

    Posted January 9, 2006 - 12:14 pm

    The recent Windows Meta File (WMF) vulnerability has left quite a bit in its wake, and now that the patch is officially available, the dance of patching and testing has begun.
  • Spammer must pay $11.2 billion

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 2:25 pm

    CIS Internet Services, an Iowa-based ISP, has won an $11.2 billion judgement against James McCalla, a Florida man who sent more than 280 million unsolicited commercial email messages to the company's network.
  • Bogus spyware vendors settle FTC charges

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 2:24 pm

    The two companies that make Spykiller and Spyware Assassin, each of which caims to detect and eradicate spyware, have entered settlement agreements with the Federal Trade Commission, which had charged each with making deceptive claims.
  • Mobile viruses: If not now, soon

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 2:24 pm

    A potential mobile-virus threat to BlackBerry users, detected and averted by Research In Motion, illustrates that as mobile technology proliferates and improves, the risk of a major virus outbreak increases as well, analysts and security software vendors say.

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