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After 21 Years, GSM Encryption is Cracked Putting 3.5B Users at Risk
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 31 December 2009 18:48

The cat's out of the bag -- after 28 years the 64-bit A5/1 algorithm that encrypts over 3.5 billion users' cell phone traffic, has been cracked and the results published. 
Cell phone industry group calls the research "illegal"; insists that there is little threat.

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Adobe Will Be Top Target for Hackers in 2010, Report Says
Security
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 18:15

From PC World

Adobe Systems' Flash and Acrobat Reader products will become the preferred targets for criminal hackers in 2010, surpassing Microsoft Office applications, a security vendor predicted this week.

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Christmas hackers take down retailers
Security
Written by Danrok   
Thursday, 24 December 2009 18:15

From The Inquirer:

HACKERS TARGETED the domain name service (DNS) providers for Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Expedia yesterday and bought them all to a grinding halt.

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White House Names Howard Schmidt As Cybersecurity Czar
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 20:15

From Dark Reading

Former Bush administration official will head U.S. cybersecurity initiative for Obama, but experts question whether the post has much power

After months of speculation about who and when the U.S. would get the cybersecurity czar promised by President Obama in May, the administration today officially appointed Howard A. Schmidt to the much-anticipated post of White House cybersecurity coordinator.

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Fatality! Ultimate Fighters no match for live Internet piracy
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 20:01

From Ars Technica

Major League Baseball, ESPN, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship explained to Congress last week that live Internet piracy is hurting their businesses, and that the DMCA just makes it too hard to stop violators... especially when they're in China.

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Drone incident serves up data encryption lesson
Security
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 18 December 2009 18:09

From ComputerWorld

Failure to encrypt surveillance feeds is a stunning security lapse, analysts say

The disclosure that Iraqi insurgents were able to intercept live video feeds from U.S. drones has focused the spotlight on a familiar IT security issue: data encryption.

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IBM Replaces Passwords With Palm-Vein Biometrics In Single Sign-On
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 18:43

From Dark Reading

Fujitsu's PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR is integrated with IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Single Sign-On

With a wave of his or her palm, an end user can now be signed on to all of his or her enterprise applications: IBM and Fujitsu have joined forces to replace passwords in IBM's single sign-on product with biometric technology from Fujitsu that scans a user's palm vein patterns.

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Hackers Take Aim At COFEE With DECAF
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 17:54

From DarkReading

Anti-forensics tool promises to inhibit popular law enforcement software

A pair of hackers says it has developed a defense for a popular computer forensics tool used by many law enforcement agencies.

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Bank Login Stealing Trojan Threat Grows
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 19:09

From Information week

Cisco (NSDQ: CSCO) released its Cisco 2009 Annual Security Report this morning, and it contains some interesting insight on many of the vulnerabilities and threat vectors we face today.

One of the most troubling is the continued effort by online criminals to steal banking and financial login information. The report specifically called out the Zeus and Clampi botnets. Both of these botnets attack online users to steal usernames and passwords.

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Product Watch: Voice Encryption Firm Offers $250K In Gold To Hack Its Technology
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 18:43

From DarkReading

Mobile security firm Gold Lock offers even bigger golden reward for successfully cracking its voice encryption

An Israeli mobile security firm that a month ago offered $100,000 in gold to anyone who could hack its voice encryption technology has upped the ante to $250,000. Gold Lock posted a sample of an encrypted voice conversation on its Website and is offering the golden reward to any hackers who can crack it and send the company a transcript of the call.

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