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posted in January 2008

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More Macs, More Mobile, More Open Source, Gartner Predicts
News  |  1/31/2008
By 2012, Gartner foresees mobile workers abandoning notebooks, despite their slowly diminishing size, for smaller, more portable mobile devices.
Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
TSA Launches Blog, Gets An Earful From Weary Travelers
News  |  1/31/2008
Officials set up the site to open a dialog with travelers and to reconcile the perceived need for security with the desire for unhindered transit.
RealPlayer Labeled As 'Badware'
News  |  1/31/2008 came to the designation after noting one version inadequately discloses advertising behaviors, while another installs additional applications without notifying the user.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
Davidson Companies Reports Data Breach Affecting 226,000 Clients
News  |  1/30/2008
The company reportedly hired a testing company last September to assess its IT security and the firm's hackers did not find any holes.
Microsoft's IGMPv3 Vulnerability Can Be Exploited
News  |  1/30/2008
Immunity Inc., a Miami computer security company, has posted a Flash video that demonstrates a proof-of-concept exploit of the networking protocol flaw.
Barracuda Networks Enlists Open Source Community In Trend Micro Patent Fight
News  |  1/29/2008
The e-mail and Web security firm is asking the open source community to provide information that can invalidate Trend Micro's patent on gateway antivirus scanning.
Sex Offender E-Mail Registry Proposed To Protect Minors Online
News  |  1/29/2008
Facebook and MySpace have committed to using the E-STOP registry as soon as it is operational.
New York State Employee Arrested For Selling Historic Documents On eBay
News  |  1/28/2008
The artifacts included a four-page letter written by the vice president of the United States under both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.
Miami Tops New York City For E-Commerce Risk
News  |  1/28/2008
After Miami, survey respondents cited New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Detroit; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco.
DEMO: Symantec Wants Kids Involved In Online Safety
News  |  1/28/2008
Symantec's Family Safety Initiative turns the usual Internet content monitoring paradigm on its head.
Google Takes Aim At Domain Tasting Profiteers
News  |  1/25/2008
In January 2007, the top ten registrars engaged in domain tasting accounted for 95% of all deleted .com and .net domain names, according to VeriSign.
Malicious Sites Post Heath Ledger Links To Dupe The Unwary
News  |  1/25/2008
Clicking on the malicious links redirects the victim to an unexpected Web site, which attempts to trick the user into downloading malicious programs onto his or her computer.
Estonian Hacker Fined For Cyber Attack
News  |  1/25/2008
Estonian had blamed Russia for the attacks, which now appears to have been conducted by a group of students.
Jihadists Get Encryption Upgrade
News  |  1/24/2008
Until recently, al-Qaida didn't pose much of a threat online because it used outdated technology. Having modern encryption tools changes the equation.
Best Buy Sold Infected Digital Picture Frames
News  |  1/24/2008
The 10.4-inch digital picture frames were sold under the Insignia brand and can potentially affect Windows users.
Windows Vista Deemed 'Most Secure'
News  |  1/23/2008
A new report from Microsoft bases the claim on the 36 vulnerabilities fixed in Windows Vista during its first year, compared to the 65 found in Windows XP, but analysts remain skeptical.
Poisoned Phishing Kit Steals From Criminals
News  |  1/23/2008
The phishing kit includes a back door that sends a copy of each victim's details back to the scam artists.
European Regulators Mull Protecting IP Addresses
News  |  1/22/2008
The proposal suggests that when a person can be identified by an IP address, that information should be treated as personal information.
Record Apple Revenue Fails To Impress Wall Street
News  |  1/22/2008
Apple said it shipped 2,319,000 Macintosh computers, representing 44% unit growth and 47% revenue growth compared with the same quarter last year.
Apple's Updated iPod Touch And iPhone Hacked
News  |  1/22/2008
The 1.1.3 "jailbreak" supposedly requires hardware modification, which will keep casual iPhone users away.
Skype Addresses Cross-Zone Scripting Vulnerability
News  |  1/18/2008
For the bug to be triggered, the target must find a specific video in Skype video gallery browser Dailymotion's section.
CIA Admits Cyberattacks Blacked Out Cities
News  |  1/18/2008
The disclosure was made at a New Orleans security conference Friday attended by international government officials, engineers, and security managers.
Adobe Fixes Flash Authoring XSS Vulnerabilities
News  |  1/18/2008
The security bulletins cover Dreamweaver CS3, Dreamweaver 8, Contribute CS3, Contribute 4, and Connect Enterprise Server.
GE Money Backup Tape With 650,000 Records Missing At Iron Mountain
News  |  1/18/2008
Iron Mountain can't find a backup tape belonging to GE Money that contains information on customers of J.C. Penney and about 100 other retailers.
Yahoo's CAPTCHA Security Reportedly Broken
News  |  1/17/2008
If a new software application posted to the Internet works, it could force Yahoo and other companies to spend yet more money to defend against spammers.
Many 'Hacker Safe' Web Sites Found Vulnerable
News  |  1/17/2008
Computer scientists say that more than 60 sites certified as safe by McAfee's ScanAlert service have been vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks.
Apple Patches Seven Security Issues, QuickTime Still Vulnerable
News  |  1/16/2008
Security officials with US-CERT recommend uninstalling QuickTime and blocking the Real-Time Streaming Protocol until a fix is made available.
Excel Vulnerability Affects Windows And Mac Users
News  |  1/16/2008
A Microsoft advisory Tuesday indicated that the security risk does not appear to impact the latest Excel releases.
Mozilla's New CEO, John Lilly Steps Up To The Task
News  |  1/15/2008
The former COO talks about launching the group's e-mail client, modifying the browser for mobile devices, and dispelling rumors about taking the company public.
Severe UPnP Flaw Allows Router Hijacking
News  |  1/15/2008
Security researchers warn that 99% of home routers are vulnerable to this attack.
Mac Users Targeted By 'Scareware' Fraud Application
News  |  1/15/2008
MacSweeper claims to find fictitious malware and then tries to trick the user into purchasing unnecessary and fraudulent anti-malware software or services.
Top 10 Cybersecurity Menaces For 2008 Listed
News  |  1/14/2008
Expect increased attacks on Web browsers, more botnets, and sophisticated cyberespionage, according to the annual SANS Institute report.
Coghead App Platform Moves To Amazon Web Services
News  |  1/14/2008
The company hopes to attract the 20 million to 30 million knowledge workers who have some technical proficiency but aren't quite professional programmers.
Google Enhances Its iPhone Interface For Macworld
News  |  1/14/2008
Improvements include the addition of auto-complete to hasten e-mail composition and the ability to access iGoogle widgets while browsing the Web with an iPhone.
Hacking Toolkit Compromises Thousands Of Web Servers
News  |  1/11/2008
The kit generates one-time use random URLs to prevent malicious Web pages from being blacklisted or analyzed by security researchers, according to researchers with Finjan.
Congressional Report Slams TSA For Security Breach
News  |  1/11/2008
At least 247 travelers submitted their personal information through the unsecured "file your application online" link, a House Oversight committee said.
Oracle Plans To Patch 21 Security Holes Next Week
News  |  1/11/2008
Oracle's January patch contains significantly fewer fixes than in previous quarters. In October, the company released 51 fixes; in July, it released 45.
Hijacking Printers For Spamming
News  |  1/10/2008
The latest technique is based on the concept of cross-site scripting, whereby an attacker can inject malicious code into Web pages viewed by others.
Zero-Day Exploit For Apple's QuickTime Posted
News  |  1/10/2008
The vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac OS X versions of Apple's QuickTime software.
Online Video Sites Double Popularity in 2007
News  |  1/10/2008
Some wonder whether the growth of video-sharing sites like YouTube is related to a decline in Americans' reading skill.
You Can't Cut Off The Head Of Modern Crimeware
News  |  1/10/2008
The Storm and Nugache botnets are hard to stop because they use encrypted peer-to-peer networking to update themselves and exchange information.
Phony iPhone Upgrade Hides Malware
News  |  1/9/2008
Computer security experts say the "iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep" is designed to dupe people into downloading it as the Macworld Expo show opens next week.
Former Medco SysAdmin Gets 30 Months for 'Logic Bomb'
News  |  1/9/2008
The government says it believes the 30-month sentence is the longest to date for an attempt to damage computer systems.
Windows Live SkyDrive Used For Spam-Related Hosting
News  |  1/8/2008
The spammers appear to be uploading single-line HTML files that redirect Web visitors to a Web site used to sell spam-promoted products.
Zango Denies Involvement With Facebook Malware
News  |  1/8/2008
The company refutes a security research report that a widget formerly called "Secret Crush" and since renamed "My Admirer," attempts to install Zango software.
Microsoft Issues Two Security Patches, One For 'Critical' Flaw
News  |  1/8/2008
One flaw in the way Windows handles TCP/IP processing could let an attacker take control of a computer.
Update: 'Hacker Safe' Hacked
News  |  1/7/2008
The site discovered last month that customer information, including Visa credit card information, may have been compromised.
Sears Data Breach Draws Lawsuit
News  |  1/7/2008
A New Jersey resident has filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against the retailer charging breach of contract and a violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.
CES Risk: Free USB Flash Drives
News  |  1/7/2008
Security researchers warn that flash media given away at trade shows -- or even bought off the shelf -- may contain malware.
Sears IT Practices Called Into Question
News  |  1/4/2008
A noted spyware researcher claims the retailer is installing online tracking software from ComScore without adequate consent and exposing its customers' purchase histories.
Facebook Widget Spreads Spyware
News  |  1/4/2008
Fortinet has identified a malicious Facebook widget called Secret Crush that may subject people to unwanted ads and phone charges.
Microsoft Plans Two Windows Security Bulletins Next Week
News  |  1/4/2008
The "Critical" bulletin affects Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Google Patent Imagines Robots Indexing The Grocery Aisle
News  |  1/3/2008
The two computer scientists behind "recognizing text in images" search technology also worked on Google Street View and Google Book Search.
US-CERT Warns Of Flaws In Flash Files And RealPlayer 11
News  |  1/3/2008
A Google security engineer says hundreds of thousands of Flash files are vulnerable and a considerable percentage of major Internet sites are affected.
Antitrust Lawsuit Charges Apple With Monopolizing Online Music
News  |  1/3/2008
The complaint takes issue with Apple's refusal to support the Windows Media Audio format.
Data Breaches: Getting Worse Or Better?
News  |  1/2/2008
Tabulating the number of records exposed is difficult because in 56% of the 2007 breaches reported, there was no accurate count of the number of records exposed.
New Malware Demands Pay-By-Phone 'Activation Fee'
News  |  1/2/2008
A Web search of the 900 number shown to U.S.-based victims is associated with a porn site registered to Global Voice S.A.
NASA Report On Air Safety Draws Criticism
News  |  1/2/2008
NASA initially declined to release the survey because of respondent privacy and fear that the findings could undermine public confidence in air transportation safety.

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