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  • Microsoft fixes IE, Windows Media Player flaws

    Posted December 12, 2006 - 4:28 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has rolled out its monthly security updates for December, patching critical flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows Media Format and the Visual Studio 2005 development software.
  • Hackers attack using second Word flaw

    Posted December 11, 2006 - 3:33 pm

    With its monthly security updates due out Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. has a new problem to worry about: Word flaws. The software vendor on Sunday confirmed a report that criminals are e-mailing maliciously crafted Word attachments to victims.
  • Veterans Affairs CIO: We're more secure

    Posted December 11, 2006 - 12:55 pm

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is "pretty confident" the agency will not have another large data breach like the one in May that could have exposed the personal records of 26.5 million military veterans and family members, the agency's chief information officer said Monday.
  • Security hole found in Windows Media Player

    Posted December 8, 2006 - 9:42 am

    Users are being advised to disable a certain type of file in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media Player software following the discovery of a new security hole in the software.
  • FTC launches program for victims of ChoicePoint breach

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 10:30 pm

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun mailing claim forms to more than 1,400 identity theft victims who spent money to clear up identity-theft problems due to a security breach at data broker ChoicePoint Inc. announced in early 2005.
  • Microsoft readies Windows, Visual Studio security fixes

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 10:12 pm

    Microsoft Corp. plans to patch its Windows and Visual Studio products next week, but it does not have a fix in the works for a widely publicized flaw in Word, which hackers are reportedly exploiting in targeted attacks.
  • Oracle releases single-ID products

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 11:33 am

    Oracle has launched a set of products designed to work across all its identity management software, which it says will help companies simplify and improve security.
  • Secunia produces free software audit tool

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 11:31 am

    Secunia has produced a free tool that can tell PC users whether they are running insecure versions of common software.
  • 2006: The year in security

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 10:23 am

    Though Internet-crippling virus attacks now seem to be a thing of the past, PC users didn't feel a lot more secure in 2006. That's because online attacks have become more sneaky and professional, as a new breed of financially motivated cyber criminals has emerged as enemy number one. Microsoft Corp. patched more bugs than ever and whole new classes of flaws were discovered in kernel-level drivers, office suites and on widely used Web sites. Vendors' chatter about security is at an all-time high, but the bad guys are still finding lots of places to attack. And, oh yes, spam is back.
  • Consumer group calls MP3 site 'worst of the bad'

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 9:38 am

    Two consumer protection groups are asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate FastMP3Search.com.ar, a Web site that distributes software that can be used to search for digital music on the Web.
  • Gaming sites being targeted with fake FBI take-downs

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 3:53 pm

    Hackers have found a new way to deface a Web site: The phony FBI take-down.
  • Firewall protection fantasy doused

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 3:20 pm

    Free firewalls are better than their paid-for cousins. That is the surprising conclusion of a test of desktop firewalls by security researchers.
  • EEye opens doors on zero-day flaws

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 3:17 pm

    EEye has produced a new service that will specifically track "zero-day" security holes. The security company said the service will include detailed information on mitigating unpatched bugs, as well as independent research that has, in the past, shown some threats to be more serious than originally thought.
  • Microsoft warns of new Word attack

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 9:30 am

    Microsoft Corp. warned Tuesday of a new, unpatched memory corruption error in its word-processing software, and said that it was investigating reports of "limited" attacks that exploit the problem.
  • Vista vulnerable to a third of malware

    Posted December 5, 2006 - 2:11 pm

    Windows Vista is wide open to nearly 40 percent of the malware currently circulating, Microsoft has admitted, following a report by Sophos. Remarkably, with the new operating system just released to business, the software giant said in effect that there is nothing it can do about the threats in question -- Stratio-Zip, Netsky-D and MyDoom-O -- because they rely on social engineering to invade systems.
  • MySpace worm uses QuickTime for exploit

    Posted December 5, 2006 - 8:45 am

    The social networking site MySpace.com is under what one computer security analyst calls an "amazingly virulent" attack caused by a worm that steals log-in credentials and spreads spam that promotes adware sites.
  • US-CERT warns of al-Qaeda cyberthreat

    Posted December 1, 2006 - 1:05 pm

    The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has warned U.S. banks and financial institutions of a threatened cyberattack by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.
  • Existing malware could affect Vista users, Sophos says

    Posted November 30, 2006 - 10:20 am

    Microsoft Corp. has touted Vista as a more secure version of Windows, but on the day of Vista's official launch, a security company has identified malware already in circulation that can infect computers running the OS.
  • Oracle launches open identity protection project

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 3:34 pm

    Oracle Corp., working with other technology vendors, has launched an open-framework initiative to develop software to protect identity-related employee, customer and partner information, the company said Wednesday.
  • Apple patches AirPort wireless bug

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 10:10 am

    Apple Computer Inc. has fixed a number of flaws in the software that ships with its personal computers, including a bug in its AirPort wireless drivers that was disclosed earlier this month.
  • Symantec buys Revivio on the cheap

    Posted November 28, 2006 - 2:04 pm

    Anti-virus and backup vendor Symantec has bought continuous data protection (CDP) vendor Revivio. With CDP every file change is immediately copied to disk, thus preventing data loss if a server crashes.
  • E.U. battles flood of unwanted e-mail

    Posted November 27, 2006 - 11:40 am

    The European Commission has warned its member states to beef up their efforts to cut spam, spyware and malicious software, after research showed that up to 85 percent of all e-mail received in the European Union is unsolicited.
  • E.U. panel asks Swift to stop giving banking data to U.S.

    Posted November 24, 2006 - 4:12 pm

    An international banking organization violated European Union and Belgian data privacy laws by turning over information to U.S. authorities for terrorism investigations, an independent panel set up by the European Commission has concluded.
  • Firefox vulnerable to password-stealing attack

    Posted November 23, 2006 - 1:22 pm

    A flaw in Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser makes it easy for cybercriminals to steal user information on Web sites where users create their own pages, such as MySpace.com.
  • Legal actions filed against Hotmail, MSN phishers

    Posted November 22, 2006 - 2:27 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has initiated 97 lawsuits throughout Europe and the Middle East during its eight-month investigation into fraudulent Web pages, with another 32 criminal complaints filed in cooperation with local authorities, the company said Wednesday.
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