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  • Nokia to launch all-in-one mobile enterprise VPN solution

    Posted January 13, 2005 - 5:26 pm

    Reacting to enterprise concerns about security, Nokia is going to start selling a VPN that will allow handheld users to seamlessly establish an encrypted connection to data stores.
  • U.S. Secret Service data compromised in T-Mobile hack

    Posted January 13, 2005 - 3:50 pm

    A malicious hacker penetrated the network of mobile phone company T-Mobile USA Inc. and accessed information on 400 of the company's customers, including sensitive information from the account of a U.S. Secret Service agent, according to statements by T-Mobile and the Secret Service.
  • Google patches Gmail security hole

    Posted January 13, 2005 - 1:09 pm

    Google Inc. has fixed a bug in its Web-based e-mail service, Gmail, that allowed users to read the contents of other people's messages.
  • DOD cyber sleuths swap secrets in Florida

    Posted January 13, 2005 - 12:01 pm

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is making changes to streamline its response to online threats across the various branches of the military, and deal with a steady stream of new online woes, from hacking attempts to child pornography and threats posed by powerful portable storage devices such as iPods, according to senior DOD officials.
  • Skype Soups Up Presence

    Posted January 12, 2005 - 12:24 pm

    You're used to a variety of non-authorized programs appearing on user's computers now and then. One of the worst was KaZaA, the peer to peer file sharing program used to download music files, many of which were "incorrectly" offered for free download.
  • Symantec: Spam growth slowing at last

    Posted January 12, 2005 - 11:28 am

    The volume of e-mail made up of spam has stabilized, according to figures from Symantec Corp.'s Brightmail unit. December's figures showed that 67 percent of e-mail is spam, identical to the previous month. That was after three months when spam volumes were stable at 66 percent.
  • New holes threaten media players

    Posted January 12, 2005 - 11:24 am

    Security researchers have discovered new security risks affecting media players from Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
  • Microsoft patches Windows, offers malware removal tool

    Posted January 12, 2005 - 10:07 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday offered patches for several serious Windows security holes and released a new tool that lets users remove malicious software from their PCs.
  • Reading for the New Year

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 1:41 pm

    Well gang, with the New Year under way and everyone making their resolutions, many folks will vow to grow their skills this year. As such, I've reviewed some new infosec-related books that you might want to check out. (I've given each book a ranking - with four stars being the best.)
  • Internet elite look ahead

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:11 am

    The majority of a wide variety of IT scholars, industry leaders and analysts agree that either the underlying network infrastructure of the United States or the U.S. power grid will come under a major attack sometime in the next 10 years, according to a survey of 1,300 Internet experts by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
  • Google exposes web surveillance cams

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:10 am

    Over 1,000 unprotected surveillance cameras enabled with Web interfaces to allow remote operation are coming up in Google searches, exposing a variety of office interiors to peeping Toms.
  • Microsoft scrubs security component for Exchange

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:09 am

    Microsoft Edge Services, a Message Transfer Agent that provides email hygiene features for Microsoft Server 2003, will not ship as a separate product and instead will be integrated into Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 and included as part of the next release of Exchange.
  • McAfee automates Google hacking

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:08 am

    McAfee has released SiteDigger 2.0, a new version of its tool that uses Google queries to help Webmasters hunt for corporate information that is indavertently exposed via their Web sites.
  • Hacker compromises data at George Mason University

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:06 am

    A hack into the ID card server at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., has exposed personal data, including names, social security numbers and photos, of about 32,000 students and staff members.
  • Cell phone virus turns up the heat

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:05 am

    Cell phones based on the Symbian operating system have come under attack from another virus, dubbed Lasco.A, which spreads via both wireless connections and by attaching itself to application files.
  • Spammers' new tactic upends DNS

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:04 am

    Seeking to get around the CAN-SPAM Act and new anti-spam technologies, spammers are coming up with new mass-mailing techniques that could destabilize the Internet's underlying DNS.
  • Encrypt this

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:03 am

    A new email encryption program provides transparent encryption and decryption, as well as digital signatures, to help reduce spam and other unwanted and malicious emails. Ciphire Mail, developed by Ciphire Labs based in Zurich, operates completely in the background and works with all standard email programs, the company said.
  • Forget about sleeping: It's Patch Tuesday

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 11:02 am

    Microsoft's monthly patch release on the second Tuesday jumpstarts a race between hackers and security professionals to exploit and protect against, respectively, the vulnerabilities announced with each patch. And for the engineers at one vulnerability testing tool vendor, that means no sleep till Wednesday.
  • Expect security leap after Longhorn, says HP exec

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 10:43 am

    While the computing industry has been working to tighten up the security of its products amid increasing threats from viruses and hackers, a truly trustworthy infrastructure is still a few years off, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s security head said in an interview this week.
  • Windows XP patches due Wednesday to plug IE holes

    Posted January 11, 2005 - 8:47 am

    Microsoft Corp. will release three new patches for Windows XP on Wednesday which are expected to plug "extremely critical" vulnerabilites in Internet Explorer.
  • IBM buys ID software company

    Posted January 10, 2005 - 12:51 pm

    IBM Corp. said Friday that it has purchased Systems Research & Development (SRD), a Las Vegas maker of so-called "identity resolution" software.
  • BMC to buy ID management company

    Posted January 10, 2005 - 12:35 pm

    Companies that make identity management software continue to be hot commodities in 2005, as they were in 2004, as BMC Software Inc. announced plans to acquire a company that makes user identity management and technology.
  • Windows smashed by Explorer exploit

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 3:20 pm

    Internet Explorer has become an even bigger security risk - even on Windows XP SP2 - with the publication of a new and extensive exploit.
  • Global phishing scam rumbled

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 3:17 pm

    Four teenagers have been arrested for helping a global phishing gang steal millions of dollars from online bank accounts.
  • Linux comes down with security flu

    Posted January 7, 2005 - 3:14 pm

    Linux vendors are issuing patches for several serious bugs affecting an imaging component, a pdf viewer, two widely used media players and the Shoutcast audio server.
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