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Are nations paying criminals for botnet attacks?
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 18:17

From ComputerWorld

Nations that want to disrupt their enemies' banking, media and government resources don't need their own technical skills;  they can simply order botnet attack services from cybercriminals.

That's a point made in McAfee's new report "Virtually Here: The Age of Cyber Warfare," which draws from the opinions of about 20 experts, including William Crowell, former deputy director of the U.S. National Security Agency.

U.S. cyber war policy needs new focus, experts say

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Data breach notifications one step closer to law... again
Security
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 09 November 2009 17:44

It's frustrating to be a consumer these days, especially knowing that your personal information could be exposed anytime there's a major data breach. Two new Senate bills aim to improve notification to customers when their information is exposed to thieves and, despite their shortfalls, experts  are  still holding out hope.

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Scramble on to fix flaw in SSL security protocol
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 05 November 2009 17:10

From Computer World

Inadvertent disclosure forces vendors to speed effort to produce a fix

IDG News Service - Software makers around the world are scrambling to fix a serious bug in the technology used to transfer information securely on the Internet.

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Researchers Create Hypervisor-Based Tool For Blocking Rootkits
Security
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 17:45

From DarkReading:

New technology 'patches' the operating system kernel, protects it from rootkits

Researchers at North Carolina State University and Microsoft Research have come up with a way to combat rootkits by using the machine's own hardware-based memory protection: the so-called HookSafe tool basically protects the operating system kernel from rootkits.

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Microsoft re-patches last month's critical IE update
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 18:53

Third correction traced to October's massive Patch Tuesday

By Gregg Keizer
November 3, 2009 11:47 AM ET

Microsoft yesterday re-patched Internet Explorer, the third time it's been forced to repair one of the updates from its largest-ever bug fix, which was delivered on Oct. 13.

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iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm Pre All Vulnerable To Spear-Phishing Experiment
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 29 October 2009 17:35

Phony LinkedIn invitation from 'Bill Gates' lands in smartphone inboxes

Oct 28, 2009 | 04:59 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins


Three of the most popular smartphones -- iPhone, BlackBerry, and Palm Pre -- fell victim to a recent spear-phishing experiment that sent users a phony LinkedIn invitation from "Bill Gates," according to the security expert who conducted the research.

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ISPs: Email Abuse Down But Not Out
Security
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 17:07

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) says ISPs, bad guys at a draw when it comes to spam, malicious email

Oct 26, 2009 | 09:37 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins


MESSAGING ANTI-ABUSE WORKING GROUP (MAAWG) GENERAL MEETING -- PHILADELPHIA -- Internet service providers reported a slight dip in email abuse in the second quarter of this year, according to data revealed today by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) at its general meeting here.

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From Security Perspective, Windows 7 Off To A Rocky Start
Security
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 23 October 2009 17:40


Experts express consternation over early vulnerabilities, UAC configuration issues

Oct 22, 2009 | 05:02 PM
By Tim Wilson


The global launch of Microsoft's next-generation Windows 7 operating system today was greeted with fanfare -- and some grumbling from security professionals who worry the new OS already has too many holes.

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'China using elite hacker community to build cyber warfare capability'
Security
Written by Danrok   
Friday, 23 October 2009 12:56

From Economic Times:

The Communist regime in China with the help of a elite hacker community is building its cyber warfare capabilities and appears to be using a long-term computer attack campaign to collect US intelligence.

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Mozilla Blocks Add-ons from Microsoft Because of Vulnerability
Security
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 17:19


A war has been raging between different web browsers for a long time now.

Shane McGlaun (Blog) - October 19, 2009 9:29 AM

The two main combatants in the battle are Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox from Mozilla. Microsoft is still in the lead in marketshare with IE, but Firefox is grabbing up a large portion of the market for itself.

Firefox hit the one billion download mark in August and has 32% of the browser market while IE holds about 60% of the market.

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