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  • NAC to move to top gear: Gartner

    Posted July 19, 2006 - 9:21 am

    Network access control in appliances and client-side applications will become the industry norm within two years, but a lack of open standards in network protocols may hinder the quick adopters.
  • HP's Memory Spot presents security challenge

    Posted July 19, 2006 - 9:05 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co.'s tiny Memory Spot chip is designed to put digital information on documents and photos. However, the chip's size and wireless capability can also be used by corporate thieves to copy and steal valuable data.
  • PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 4:06 pm

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  • Bot masters fool with Paris Hilton

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 1:03 pm

    Paris Hilton being exploited? It's hard to believe, but virus writers are becoming more sophisticated in their use of celebrities such as Paris Hilton to entice users to unknowingly install malware.
  • Poorly stored credit card data a risk: Visa

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 9:11 am

    Visa International Ltd. said merchants should take a greater responsibility for credit card security, for example by complying with the security standards in the Account Information Security program (AIS).
  • Gartner: Mature organizations can cut security spending

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 8:26 am

    Organizations that have reached a high level of IT security practice maturity can safely reduce spending to between 3 and 4 percent of the IT budget by 2008, according to research firm Gartner.
  • Researcher posts Google-based malware search tool

    Posted July 18, 2006 - 7:50 am

    A well-known security researcher has released code that can be used to mine Google Inc.'s database for malicious software.
  • Reformed adware vendor still under fire

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 4:32 pm

    One of the central players in the advertising software field, Zango Inc. is trying to be the leopard that changed its spots. Despite the adware company's efforts to improve its reputation, it is still drawing fresh accusations of dubious business practices.
  • McAfee: Hackers learning from open source

    Posted July 17, 2006 - 11:02 am

    Hackers are taking a page from the open-source playbook, using the same techniques that made Linux and Apache successes to improve their malicious software, according to McAfee Inc.
  • Phishers try to beat banks' strong authentication

    Posted July 14, 2006 - 8:50 am

    Scammers have found a way around new token-based authentication systems that have been adopted by some banks. Over the past few weeks, approximately 35 phishing Web sites have been set up that use the new attack.
  • New PowerPoint flaw used in attacks

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 4:46 pm

    Attackers have found another hole in Microsoft Corp.'s Office products. On Thursday, Symantec Corp. reported that it has discovered a targeted attack that takes advantage of an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's PowerPoint software.
  • Consortium builds super firewall to stop DDOS

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 9:54 am

    Computer researchers in Europe are developing a new prototype architecture for halting distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, where a barrage of traffic is directed at a Web site or server to shut it down.
  • Researcher to show code for 'wormable' Windows flaw

    Posted July 13, 2006 - 9:23 am

    With security vendors worrying that a recently patched Windows bug may lead to a major worm outbreak, the researcher who discovered the flaw said Wednesday that he is weeks away from releasing code that exploits the problem.
  • Forget phishing, first 'vishing' attack surfaces

    Posted July 12, 2006 - 11:36 am

    Secure Computing has reported an ingenious new type of phishing scam that uses VOIP telephony to entrap its victims.
  • Secure Computing to buy CipherTrust

    Posted July 12, 2006 - 9:26 am

    Secure Computing Corp. plans to acquire e-mail security vendor CipherTrust Inc. in a deal valued at close to $274 million.
  • Beyond stored procedures: Defense-in-depth against SQL injection

    Posted July 11, 2006 - 4:13 pm

    By adopting a defense-in-depth strategy, you can avoid most or all of the damage that a SQL injection attack can cause to your application. Learn how.
  • Microsoft patches Excel, Office bugs

    Posted July 11, 2006 - 3:13 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday released its monthly round of security patches, fixing a number of widely reported bugs in its Excel and Office products.
  • McAfee ready to hold its own against Microsoft

    Posted July 11, 2006 - 2:53 pm

    George Samenuk, the chairman and chief executive of McAfee Inc., is not losing any sleep over Microsoft Corp.'s impending entry into the security software market.Microsoft wants to muscle its way into the market with Windows Live OneCare, a set of software and services designed to protect computers from viruses and other malware. Samenuk is not overly concerned, saying the effort falls short of what customers need. The recently released beta of Falcon, McAfee's next major software release, offers features that rivals Microsoft Corp. and Symantec Corp. won't be able to match when it hits the market in August, he said. Samenuk sat down with IDG News Service during a recent visit Beijing to discuss Microsoft's plans to enter the security software market and McAfee's response.
  • Microsoft to show off Vista at Asia hacker conference

    Posted July 11, 2006 - 2:46 pm

    Microsoft Corp. plans to give a hacker conference in Asia an inside look at new security features on Windows Vista later this year, the organizer of the event said Tuesday.
  • IT security gains momentum as a managed service

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 4:11 pm

    The trend toward outsourcing IT security is on the rise among small and large businesses alike, as effectively protecting data from increasingly sophisticated attacks has become far too costly to manage in-house.
  • McAfee ready to hold its own against Microsoft

    Posted July 10, 2006 - 10:05 am

    George Samenuk, the chairman and chief executive of McAfee Inc., is not losing any sleep over Microsoft Corp.'s impending entry into the security software market, saying Microsoft's effort falls short of what customers need. Samenuk sat down with IDG News Service during a recent visit Beijing to discuss Microsoft's plans for Windows Live OneCare and McAfee's response.
  • Spammers lead pump and dump campaign

    Posted July 6, 2006 - 3:14 pm

    Spammers are profiting from share manipulation by coaxing victims into investing in junk bonds. The spammers purchase cheap shares (which artificially raises the stock price) and sell them off as victim investment raises their value further.
  • Targeted Trojan attacks on the rise, report finds

    Posted July 6, 2006 - 10:42 am

    Computer hackers are increasingly tailoring attacks using Trojan horse programs for certain businesses in hopes of filching intellectual property, a new security report released Thursday said.
  • McAfee sees 400,000 virus definitions by 2008

    Posted July 5, 2006 - 10:35 pm

    Although widespread virus outbreaks may be a thing of the past, the total amount of malicious software being written is on the rise, according to McAfee Inc.
  • After feud, researcher promises daily browser bugs

    Posted July 5, 2006 - 6:41 pm

    The creator of a widely used hacking tool has promised to publish details on one browser vulnerability per day for the month of July.
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