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  • U.S. FTC shuts down spyware operation

    Posted September 7, 2006 - 4:54 pm

    An operation that allegedly installed illegal spyware on computers will give more than $2 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint.
  • Nasty bug found in 'classic' ICQ client

    Posted September 7, 2006 - 4:50 pm

    AOL LLC is advising users of its ICQ instant message service to update to the latest version of the instant messaging software following the discovery of a bug in an older version of the product.
  • Reflections on airline security

    Posted September 7, 2006 - 3:23 pm

    Is it my imagination or are we seeing many more security incidents around air travel these days? I mean, since the Brits discovered and stopped the plot that created the restrictions on liquids, there have been an alarming number of issues like delays, arrests, air marshals taking down dangerous passengers and other types of general chaos. Is all of this activity because we are paying more attention, or because there are really more issues?
  • Cisco, Microsoft demo network security cooperation

    Posted September 6, 2006 - 2:14 pm

    It has taken nearly two years, but Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. are finally ready to demonstrate how their network access security products will work together. The demonstration will be held at the Security Standard Conference in Boston this week, where the two companies also will announce plans to roll out an early beta program for certain customers who want to test the new products.
  • Advocacy groups organize to stop surveillance bills

    Posted September 6, 2006 - 12:01 pm

    A group of civil liberties and other advocacy groups are urging supporters to contact the U.S. Congress as it moves ahead to approve an electronic surveillance program run through the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Caller ID hacks go Hollywood

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 4:23 pm

    Who predicted the way to make Caller ID hacking a front page topic was to enlist a Hollywood tabloid princess and a brain-dead party girl? But that's exactly what we have with Lindsay Lohan accusing Paris Hilton of hacking her voice mail.
  • Interview: Ira Winkler, author of Spies Among Us

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 3:59 pm

    David Geer recently spoke with Ira Winkler, author of Spies Among Us. Winkler is also the President of Internet Security Advisor's Group and a former employee of National Security Agency. Following is an edited transcript of that conversation.
  • New Word flaw being used in attacks

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 3:42 pm

    Symantec Corp. warns that an unpatched flaw in the Windows 2000 version of Microsoft Office 2000 is being used by attackers to run unauthorized software on a victim's computer.
  • Symbian-to-PC worm on the loose

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 10:44 am

    A worm that can move from a Symbian phone to a PC has been reported by security experts F-Secure.
  • Codec promises video, delivers nasties

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 10:39 am

    Users looking for the latest and greatest video software may not just be in danger from media lawyers. Security firm Panda Software last week warned that zCodec, which claims to offer "up to 40 percent better (video) quality," is in fact an adware program that can install Trojans, rootkits and other malicious software.
  • Microsoft nets phishing filter technology

    Posted September 5, 2006 - 10:19 am

    Microsoft Corp. is using data-mining techniques from a third party in its Internet browsers to guard against "phishing" attacks, where dubious Web sites try to harvest personal information from unknowing victims.
  • Microsoft downplays latest malware warnings

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 10:32 pm

    With security vendors warning of new malware that exploits a recently patched flaw in Windows, Microsoft Corp. is saying that attacks are not on the rise.
  • Top 5 security settings to audit

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 12:42 pm

    In this article we will investigate 5 of the more important security settings that need to be audited to protect your computers at the highest level.
  • Uptick in Windows attacks reported

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 8:50 am

    8. Six variants of malicious code exist, one vendor says.

  • Microsoft offers free parental control service

    Posted September 1, 2006 - 8:38 am

    Microsoft Corp. has opened up testing of a new Web-based service that allows parents to control what their kids do on the Internet.
  • AT&T online store hacked, thousands affected

    Posted August 30, 2006 - 8:38 am

    AT&T Inc. confirmed Tuesday that its online store had been hacked and the credit card information and personal data of up to 19,000 customers possibly compromised.
  • Juniper crams security tools into appliances

    Posted August 29, 2006 - 12:23 pm

    Juniper Networks Inc. is delivering on a promise to pack lots of security features into its firewalls and appliances for medium-sized businesses and branch offices.
  • Nokia appliances to get a snort of Sourcefire

    Posted August 29, 2006 - 10:23 am

    Nokia Corp. plans to integrate Sourcefire Inc.'s intrusion prevention software into its line of network security appliances by year-end.
  • Hackers still important, Red Hat exec says

    Posted August 29, 2006 - 10:02 am

    Volunteer hackers still play an important role in open-source software development despite the many companies that pay developers to work on open-source products, according to Michael Tiemann, Red Hat Inc.'s vice president of open source affairs.
  • Paris Hilton accused of voice-mail hacking

    Posted August 28, 2006 - 10:40 am

    The feud between celebrities Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan has taken a turn for the geeky, with a small fake Caller ID seller accusing Hilton of hacking into voicemail accounts on an un-named mobile phone network.
  • Tips on keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

    Posted August 28, 2006 - 10:37 am

    Ubuntu is one of the hottest Linux distros out there - but do you know how to lock it down? These tips can help.
  • AOL 9.0 is accused of 'badware behavior'

    Posted August 28, 2006 - 9:03 am

    AOL LLC's free Internet client software has earned the company a slap on the wrist from StopBadware.org, a consortium set up to combat malicious software. In a report set to be released Monday, the group advises users to steer clear of the software because of its "badware behavior."
  • McAfee warns of 'SMiShing' attacks

    Posted August 28, 2006 - 8:55 am

    Cell phone users should watch out for text messages containing a Web site link which, when visited, could download a Trojan horse, security experts have warned.
  • Intel wireless patch a memory hog

    Posted August 24, 2006 - 4:51 pm

    Microsoft Corp. isn't the only company re-issuing security patches this month. Intel Corp. plans to re-release a critical security patch for its Centrino platform because of a memory hogging bug.
  • Microsoft finally re-issues botched IE patch

    Posted August 24, 2006 - 3:50 pm

    Two days later than expected, Microsoft Corp. has re-issued a critical security update for its Internet Explorer (IE) browser.

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