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  • Nashville laptop theft may cost $1 million

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 9:01 pm

    The theft of a laptop containing Social Security numbers of Nashville, Tennessee, area voters is expected to cost local officials about $1 million as they roll out identity-theft protection to those affected.
  • MySpace, states team up for children's safety

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 4:35 pm

    An agreement between MySpace and most U.S. state attorneys general will significantly increase the safety of minors on the popular social network and boost the ability of police to catch and prosecute sexual predators who use the Web, said MySpace and several participating attorneys general Monday.
  • 10,000 Web sites rigged with advanced hacking attack

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 4:22 pm

    A sophisticated hacking scheme seen early last year is affecting an increasing number of Web servers, including one owned by a major online advertising company, the chief technology officer of Finjan Software said Monday.
  • Fraudster poses as Barclays' chairman, withdraws funds

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    Barclays bank in the U.K. has found itself at the center of another security scam, this time around someone posed as the bank's chairman and scammed 10,000 ($20,000) out of his personal account.
  • Hacked MySpace page serves up fake Windows update

    Posted January 14, 2008 - 10:27 am

    There's now one more reason to be security-conscious while using MySpace.com: fake Microsoft updates.
  • Google can't keep secrets

    Posted January 11, 2008 - 5:26 pm

    'Google hacking' -- using Google searches as a hacking tool -- is a growing trend, and there is a huge amount of information available on how to use Google to search for sensitive information such as passwords, internal documents, database access, and more, says website monitoring company Pingdom. Here are 6 tips for preventing Google hacks on your site.
  • Congressional report rips US TSA Web site security

    Posted January 11, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    A Web site commissioned by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help travelers whose names were erroneously listed on airline watch lists originally had multiple security problems that could lead to identity theft, says a congressional report released Friday.
  • Holiday spirit helped double Storm worm

    Posted January 11, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Some clever, sexy Christmas-themed spam and a long holiday season helped the criminals behind the notorious Storm Worm more than double their network of infected PCs over the past few weeks, security experts say.
  • Microsoft sends patch to wrong users

    Posted January 10, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    A day after Microsoft Corp. accidentally sent a patch to some users running the Windows Vista operating system, the company updated the preview release of Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to a small group of testers, the company confirmed Thursday.
  • Oracle to ship critical security patches next week

    Posted January 10, 2008 - 5:45 pm

    Oracle plans to fix dozens of flaws in its software products next Tuesday, including critical bugs in the company's database, e-business suite and application server.
  • Storm splinters, starts phishing, say researchers

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 9:56 pm

    Part of the Storm botnet appears to have been rented out to identity thieves, who are using it to conduct traditional phishing attacks that target customers of a pair of U.K.-based banks, researchers said Wednesday.
  • Spam your printer from the Web? Researcher shows how

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 9:50 pm

    Aaron Weaver has made a discovery the world could probably do without: He's found a way to spam your printer from the Web.
  • Spammers hijack Microsoft site to push pill popping

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Spammers have found another great place to hide spam URLs in plain sight - on Microsoft's Live SkyDrive file sharing service.
  • Open source security bugs uncovered

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 3:10 pm

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) bug-fixing scheme has uncovered an average of one security glitch per 1,000 lines of code in 180 widely used open source software projects.

  • IT risk management: Why information security is everyone's job

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 12:44 pm

    Information security is everyone's job. The effectiveness of even the best technology and processes put in place by IT personnel is frequently undermined if employees do not understand both the value of the organization's information assets and their role in securing these assets. With proper education and training, employees can become an organization's strongest line of defense and its most valuable security asset.
  • New rootkit uses old trick to hide itself

    Posted January 9, 2008 - 10:47 am

    Over the past month, a new type of malicious software has emerged, using a decades-old technique to hide itself from antivirus software.
  • Microsoft: Flaw could lead to worm attack

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 5:02 pm

    Microsoft has fixed a critical flaw in the Windows operating system that could be used by criminals to create a self-copying computer worm attack.
  • First Trojan reported for the iPhone

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 4:24 pm

    While not a huge risk, the first Trojan for the iPhone has been discovered. The first reports came from iPhone enthusiast site Modmyifone.com and were later confirmed by security research company F-Secure.
  • Report: IRS information security still poor

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 4:10 pm

    The Internal Revenue Service continues to have 'pervasive' information security weaknesses that put taxpayer information at risk, and it has made limited progress in fixing dozens of problems the Government Accountability Office has previously identified, according to a GAO report released Tuesday.
  • Five data leak nightmares

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    Data breaches cost companies an average of $197 per record in 2007, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute. Here's a look at the five worst data leak nightmares of the past year and how they may have been avoided.
  • Five steps to evaluating business continuity services

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 12:21 pm

    Companies are stepping up their use of hosted business continuity and availability services--not just for those acts of nature, but also for everyday occurrences that might interfere with stringent uptime requirements. Here are some points to consider when evaluating business continuity and availability services and software.
  • Sears sued over privacy breach

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 10:46 am

    Sears Holdings is facing a class-action lawsuit after making the purchase history of its customers public on its Managemyhome.com Web site.
  • Researchers: Microsoft to patch Windows password flaw

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 10:25 am

    Microsoft will patch a flaw in the Windows operating system Tuesday that could give attackers access to passwords on a victim's system, according to security vendor SkyRecon Systems.
  • Does Al-Qaeda need a Second Life?

    Posted January 8, 2008 - 10:13 am

    Rohan Gunaratna, associate professor with Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the author of 'Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror,' believes that the real bad guys are starting to take a first look at Second Life. 'It is a space that is of high interest for a number of organizations, including the jihadists,' says Gunaratna.
  • 'Hacker safe' Web site gets hit by hacker

    Posted January 7, 2008 - 6:19 pm

    Just because a Web site has a certification claiming that it is virtually hackproof, that doesn't necessarily mean it's immune to all intrusions. Case in point: Geeks.com.

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