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posted in October 2007

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Apple's Latest Switchers: Malware Writers
News  |  10/31/2007
The Trojan, OSX.RSPlug.A, represents one of the relatively few Mac exploits to be spotted in the wild.
Al Qaeda Hacker Attack Scheduled To Begin November 11th
News  |  10/31/2007
An Israeli news site claims Bin Laden's cyber legions are retaliating against Western surveillance programs.
Google Squares Off Against Facebook With OpenSocial
News  |  10/31/2007
Google's upcoming APIs are expected to help build social applications that will work across social networking and other Web sites.
Cybercriminal Bets Users Will Trade Security For Sex
News  |  10/30/2007
Trend Micro says new malware is tempting computer users to enter CAPTCHA codes to remove clothing from the image of a model.
Google Begins 'Gmail 2.0' Rollout
News  |  10/30/2007
The new look has been made available to about 1% of all Gmail users and is being rolled out to the rest on an ongoing basis.
Spam Spoofs FTC E-Mail To Distribute Keylogger
News  |  10/29/2007
While the e-mail includes the FTC seal, it has grammatical errors, misspellings, and incorrect syntax.
Why Run Leopard On A PC? A Hacker Explains
Commentary  |  10/29/2007
In writing an article about how hackers had gotten Apple's new Leopard operating system to run on PCs, I corresponded with the individual responsible for posting a how-to-guide for creating a "hackintosh." The person who posted the how-to-guide goes by the forum name BrazilMAC and since he responded to my query at length, it seemed appropriate t
Apple's Leopard Hacked To Run On A PC
News  |  10/29/2007
Hackers also have been busy opening the locks Apple closed with its most recent iPhone patch.
'Bot Master' Gets 12 Months In Federal Prison
News  |  10/26/2007
Jason Michael Downey used an IRC account to compromise PCs to attack and subvert other computers and increased the size of his bot network to about 6,000 machines.
U.K. Kids Get RFID Chips In School Uniforms
News  |  10/25/2007
Trevor Darnborough, whose company, Darnbro, filed for a patent on securing RFID tags to clothing, hopes other schools will be interested.
Vonage Vulnerable To Eavesdropping Hackers
News  |  10/25/2007
Security software engineers with Sipera have found flaws in Vonage's VoIP Motorola Phone Adapter, its Grandstream HandyTone-488, and its Globe7 VoIP Client.
Google Takes No Prisoners
Commentary  |  10/24/2007
Google today began giving its Gmail users access to IMAP, an e-mail protocol that allows users to synchronize their e-mail across multiple devices. While Google's announcement is likely to be appreciated by users of Apple's iPhone (which supports IMAP) and business users, what's particularly noteworthy about the news is how Keith Coleman, Gmail product manager, describes Google's intentions.
Forgot Your Password? Just Crack It
News  |  10/24/2007
ElcomSoft's patent describes a way for a GPU and CPU to decrease the amount of time required to recover forgotten passwords
Adobe Fixes Vulnerability In Reader And Acrobat
News  |  10/22/2007
The vulnerability affects Adobe Reader 8.1 and earlier, Adobe Reader 7.0.9 and earlier, and a handful of Adobe Acrobat Professional versions.
Eve Online Shuts Down To Fix Security Breach
News  |  10/22/2007
Three previous uses of the exploit that took down the multiplayer science fiction game have been identified; no personal information or credit card numbers were exposed.
Identity Theft: Costs More, Tech Less
News  |  10/22/2007
With the help of a Secret Service case review, a Utica College study finds the median actual dollar loss for identity theft victims was $31,356.
Zero-Day Vulnerability Threatens RealPlayer Users
News  |  10/19/2007
For those using Microsoft Internet Explorer, visiting a malicious Web page could result in a compromised computer.
Emergency Services Hack Gets Teen Arrested
News  |  10/19/2007
Authorities used computer forensics to find and arrest a teenager who allegedly made a false 911 call that resulted in a homeowner staring into the barrels of a SWAT team's assault rifles.
National Research Council Calls For Open Science
News  |  10/19/2007
The possibility that the United States might lose its edge in technology and research represents one of the greatest risks to national security, claims a former U.S. undersecretary of defense.
Is China Messing With Google, Microsoft, And Yahoo?
News  |  10/18/2007
Unusual redirects to Chinese search engine Baidu this week may be coinciding with protests against the Dalai Lama's warm reception in Washington.
Simple Tactics Can Disrupt Internet Underground, Undermine Cybercriminals
News  |  10/18/2007
Computer researchers suggest several methods that can be used to attack the "reputation systems" used by hackers to conduct business.
SpaMP3 Floods the Net
News  |  10/18/2007
MP3 audio spam pitching a company called Exit Only is flooding the Internet, say security firms.
'Skype-Defender' Steals Rather Than Defends
News  |  10/17/2007
Pretending to be the plug-in, the PWS-Pykse Trojan is similar to the 32/Pykse.worm in that it depends on tricking victims into executing the malicious code.
An End To Exploit-Based Development On The iPhone?
News  |  10/17/2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs explains the SDK shipping in February will help third-party partners and protect iPhone users from malicious programs.
HP Secure Print Advantage Protects Printers From Hackers
News  |  10/17/2007
HP Secure Print Advantage consists of software and hardware designed to harden organizations' printing infrastructure against attacks and to protect potentially sensitive information.
Facebook Agrees To Police Pornography And Predators
News  |  10/16/2007
The social networking site said it will comply with an independent safety and security examination to report on Facebook's compliance for two years.
Google's YouTube Debuts Copyright Enforcement System
News  |  10/16/2007
The technology is designed to let content owners prevent YouTube users from uploading copies of their videos, or they can have the choice of monetizing unauthorized uploads with ads.
VoIP Hack Puts PCs In Peril
News  |  10/16/2007
A security researcher says attacking VoIP devices over SIP can be difficult, but many of the devices have embedded Web servers that can be hacked using a buffer overflow exploit.
Core Security Adds Web App Security Testing
News  |  10/15/2007
Version 7.5 adds the ability to test Web applications for SQL Injection and Remote File Inclusion vulnerabilities, two of significant areas of concern for Web applications.
Two Men Get Five Years For Sending Pornographic Spam
News  |  10/15/2007
Spammers Kilbride and Schaffer will also forfeit more than $1.1 million in illegal proceeds from their spam operation.
U.S. Government Seeks To Deny The Internet To Its Enemies
News  |  10/12/2007
The 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security focuses on the "uninterrupted use of the Internet and the communications systems that comprise our cyberinfrastructure."
Oracle Plans Patches To Fix 51 Security Issues Next Week
News  |  10/12/2007
The update includes 27 security fixes for the Oracle database, 11 for the Oracle Application Server, and eight for the Oracle E-Business Suite.
Russian Spammer Murder Story Deemed A Hoax
News  |  10/12/2007
Security professionals and bloggers suggest a hacker going by the name Alexey Tolstokozhev may never have existed.
Fake Microsoft AntiSpyware Site Aims For Credit Card Numbers
News  |  10/11/2007
The latest trend in social engineering actually installs Trojans on a PC instead of eliminating them, McAfee security researchers found.
Microsoft's Latest Word Exploit Was Made On A Mac
News  |  10/11/2007
Symantec researchers said they were tipped off when they realized the malware document wasn't in OLE format.
TSA Promises Privacy For Subjects Of Clothing-Penetrating Scans
News  |  10/11/2007
The millimeter wave scanning system being tested at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport can see through clothing to detect weapons, explosives, and other objects.
Google Opens San Francisco Office In Former Coffee Building
News  |  10/11/2007
Instead of busing to the Googleplex, local engineers can save anywhere from an hour to two hours a day that would have otherwise been spent on the road.
Cybercriminals Could Steal Elections, Security Researcher Warns
News  |  10/10/2007
Risks include the dissemination of misinformation, fraud, phishing, malicious code, and the invasion of privacy, according to Symantec analysts.
Security Researcher Warns About Citrix Vulnerability
News  |  10/10/2007
The flaw could allow an attacker user-level access to execute remote commands on Citrix servers.
FTC Sues to Stop Spam Touting Bogus Weight Loss and Anti-Aging Products
News  |  10/10/2007
The FTC has filed a complaint against several individuals seeking to halt e-mail messages promoting weigh loss and anti-aging products.
Google's Enterprise Hardware Gets Universal Search
News  |  10/9/2007
Improvements let companies see single-line results from apps like, EMC Documentum, IBM FileNet, OpenText Livelink, and Microsoft SharePoint.
Microsoft Patches Critical IE Flaws And Windows Vista Holes
News  |  10/9/2007
Many of the vulnerabilities addressed by the fixes could be exploited if a Windows user simply clicks a malicious Web link.
Google Brings Ad-Supported YouTube Videos to AdSense Publishers
News  |  10/9/2007
Publishers can earn revenue from companion ads, which sit atop the video window like banner ads on a Web page, and text overlay ads, which occupy the bottom 20% of the video frame.
IBM Introduces Mashup Starter Kit For Business
News  |  10/9/2007
The kit includes the IBM Mashup Hub, a mashup server that stores RSS, Atom, or XML data feeds and allows them to be merged, transformed, filtered, or otherwise manipulated.
Intel Goes Social, Launches Digg-Like Site To Spot Trends
News  |  10/8/2007
Cool Software is intended to provide Intel with market intelligence rather than to foster a community.
Google And IBM Partner To Push Cloud Computing
News  |  10/8/2007
To prepare students "to harness the potential of modern computing systems," the companies will provide universities with hardware, software, and services to advance training in large-scale distributed computing.
MSNBC Acquires Social News Site Newsvine
News  |  10/8/2007
MSNBC is following in the footsteps of other media companies that have bought into socially-oriented Web sites and blogs, including Conde Nast, CNET, News Corp.
Math Whizzes Turbocharge An Online Retailer's Sales
News  |  10/5/2007
Zara, a Spanish clothing chain, has developed an analytical model to optimize the distribution of inventory across its stores with help from some brains at MIT and UCLA.
Apple iPod Nano Catches Fire, Burns Man's Pants
News  |  10/5/2007
Danny Williams wasn't injured as a result of the trouser conflagration. The iPod, alas, perished in the fire.
EBay, PayPal, And Yahoo Join To Fight Phishing
News  |  10/4/2007
The companies will use Yahoo's Domain Keys technology to block e-mail messages that claim to come from eBay or PayPal but really originate elsewhere.
Apple DRM Patent Contemplates Media Sharing
News  |  10/4/2007
Despite its current iTunes retail model, a 2006 patent application shows that Apple has been developing the technical infrastructure for a subscription service for digital content.
Bungie Escapes From Microsoft. Apple, Revisit The Pippin!
Commentary  |  10/3/2007
Reports are swirling that Bungie Studios, the game developer responsible for the Halo series, the Myth series, and other good things, has arranged to buy back its name from Microsoft and part ways.
AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Sued Over Competitive Bidding Patent
News  |  10/2/2007
Performance Pricing alleges that Google AdWords, AOL Search Marketplace, Microsoft adCenter, and Yahoo Search Marketing all violate its "competitive bidding" patent.
Google Apps Gains Enterprise Options From Postini
News  |  10/2/2007
Google plans to begin offering policy management and message recovery services for business customers using Gmail as part of their Google Apps Premier Edition subscriptions.
Microsoft Swallows Jellyfish For Live Search
News  |  10/2/2007
The acquisition is expected to enhance Microsoft's online search products with Jellyfish's social shopping search service and "Value Per Action" compensation.

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