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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in November 2007

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USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain,
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Google Commits To Wireless Spectrum Bid
News  |  11/30/2007
The winner of the auction will have to pay at least $4.6 billion for the so-called "C Block" portion of the spectrum.
Dell Fights Cybersquatters And Rogue Resellers In Court
News  |  11/29/2007
The company has filed lawsuits in Florida against several individuals and a handful of domain name companies for typosquatting more than 1,100 domain names.
FBI Arrests Bot Masters As Cyber Crime Worsens
News  |  11/29/2007
The FBI says that since June, eight individuals have been indicted, plead guilty, or were sentenced for criminal activity related to botnets.
Google Dabbles In Digg-Style Democracy
News  |  11/29/2007
In its Experimental Search test, Google users can add, move, and remove search results returned by their queries.
IBM Warns Of Lotus Notes Vulnerability
News  |  11/28/2007
The flaw exists because Lotus Notes displays an icon associated with the attached file's extension rather than its MIME Content-Type header.
Mac Hack Attack Exposed As A PR Stunt
News  |  11/28/2007
Defaced versions of and were hoaxes, but real Mac-specific hacks are widely expected as Apple gains market share.
Google Purges Malware Sites Targeting Searchers
News  |  11/28/2007
Sunbelt Software said many search results on Google led to malicious Web pages that expose visitors to exploits that can compromise vulnerable systems.
Adobe And Yahoo Partner To Put Ads In PDFs
News  |  11/28/2007
Ads for Adobe PDF Powered by Yahoo allows publishers to generate ad revenue from their digital content.
The Cost Of Data Loss Rises
News  |  11/27/2007
Other costs include reputation fixes and customer support in the form of information hotlines and credit monitoring subscription for victims, according to a new survey.
Firefox Fixes Three Security Flaws, Though More Remain
News  |  11/27/2007
The vulnerabilities could be used to gather sensitive data from sites in other windows or inject data or code into those sites, Mozilla said.
Buggy Web Apps And Carelessness Top 2007 SANS Threat List
News  |  11/27/2007
For example, Microsoft Office vulnerabilities spiked 300% this year primarily because of the new Excel vulnerabilities, the SANS Institute survey found.
Security Breach Exposes Patient Data In Canada
News  |  11/26/2007
A consultant's lost laptop includes names, Medical Care Plan numbers, age, sex, physician and test results for infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis.
Apple QuickTime Vulnerability Threatens Firefox, iTunes
News  |  11/26/2007
The exploit requires that the victim is duped into clicking on a Web link in an e-mail message or on a Web page that points to what appears to be a media file.
Firefox 2 Security Update Coming
News  |  11/21/2007
The fix addresses a Java Archive handling bug that could allow a malicious attacker to hide exploit code in a .jar file. Unknowingly Recruited Bots For Crime Work
News  |  11/21/2007
The incident marks the second significant attack on in recent months.
Apple Mail Bug Rises From The Dead To Menace Leopard Users
News  |  11/20/2007
The security flaw could create an e-mail attachment that executes malicious code when clicked on.
Meebo Mixes Instant Messaging With Social Networking
News  |  11/20/2007
The company now offers 20 interactive games that command as much time as the average Internet session.
Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Beta 1
News  |  11/20/2007
Improvements include Web Page Forgery Protection, clearer SSL Error messages, automatic plug-in checking, and compliance with Windows Vista parental controls.
Math Error Could Compromise Cryptographic Systems
News  |  11/19/2007
The increasing sophistication of computer chip design raises the risk that undetected bugs could be used to crack public key encryption systems, security luminary Adi Shamir says.
Chinese Espionage Cited As Top Risk To U.S. Technology Industry
News  |  11/19/2007
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission claims espionage is used to save China the time and cost of researching and developing its own advanced technologies.
Amazon Planning E-Book Debacle
Commentary  |  11/16/2007
Amazon is apparently planning to release a $399 e-book reading device called Kindle on Monday. I'd have thought that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would know better since he was around at the turn of the century, during the first e-book flop.
Symantec's Top 10 Internet Security Trends
News  |  11/16/2007
Data breaches, Vista, spam, and the professionalization of cybercrime top the security firm's list of the year's security perils.
Microsoft Releases Windows Live OneCare 2.0
News  |  11/15/2007
The service's main new feature is the OneCare Circle, which links PCs together over a wireless connection to make them manageable from a single place.
Apple Updates Security On Leopard, Tiger, And Panther
News  |  11/15/2007
The download also improves reliability when using VMware's Fusion and synchronization between iPhone and Yahoo address books.
McAfee Sees Cybercriminals Targeting Web 2.0, Windows Vista, And Online Games
News  |  11/15/2007
McAfee also is predicting a 50% increase in VoIP attacks in 2008, compared to this year.
Bomb Scare Forces Evacuation Of 200 eBay Workers
News  |  11/14/2007
The affected areas of campus have since been reopened.
Microsoft Releases Security Guide For Office Apps
News  |  11/14/2007
The guide is a set of documents and software to help organizations secure one of the world's most popular set of applications.
Google's Postini Adds Message Management Features
News  |  11/14/2007
Lexical data analysis for e-mail messages and attachments is now available to Postini E-mail Security and Google Apps Premier Edition customers.
UK Survey Finds Social Networking Sites Raise Security Risks
News  |  11/13/2007
Out of the 10.8 million in the UK signed up for social sites, one in four have posted confidential or personal information, according to "Get Safe Online."
Help Desk Worker Pleads Guilty To Running Bot Net
News  |  11/13/2007
The L.A. man known as "acidstorm" admits he assisted in creating a network of compromised computers that he helped control through IRC commands for more than a year.
Microsoft Marks Light Patch Tuesday With Two Security Updates
News  |  11/13/2007
The Security Bulletins mostly impact non-Microsoft Windows Vista products, but analysts warn against complacency. Visitors Risk High Exposure To Malware
News  |  11/9/2007
The English-language version of the newspaper contains 434 malicious scripts, binaries, cookies, and images, according to a ScanSafe report.
Microsoft Plans Light Patch Tuesday
News  |  11/9/2007
One fix addresses a "critical" issue and one addresses a flaw rated "important," and neither is needed for Windows Vista.
Seventeen Indicted For Cybercrime And ID Theft In New York
News  |  11/9/2007
The defendants are charged with participating in a multinational, Internet-based criminal enterprise that trafficked in stolen credit card data and personal information.
Social Networks Find Ways To Monetize User Data
Features  |  11/9/2007
Sites are quickly finding ways help advertisers parlay user data and actions into targeted marketing.
Privacy Vs. Personalization: Can Advertisers Ward Off Looming Threat Of Do Not Track List
Features  |  11/9/2007
It's time to give consumers a say over all that data being collecting on them. Otherwise, a Do Not Track list--or worse--could be in the future.
MySpace Hacked, Exploits Target Alicia Keys' Page And Others
News  |  11/8/2007
Visiting the page exposes the visitor to an exploit that installs malware unless the user is fully patched against the most recent security vulnerabilities.
Former DuPont Scientist Sentenced For Trade Secret Theft
News  |  11/8/2007
Shortly after he began working for a rival company, Gary Min uploaded some 180 DuPont documents to his new corporate laptop.
Security Worries Leave Federal IT Personnel Sleep Deprived
News  |  11/8/2007
More than half of the agency officials queried were concerned about bots and spyware, security breaches, and inadequately trained users.
Trend Micro Offers Free Security Service For Sony PS3
News  |  11/8/2007
Trend Micro claims that as game consoles with Web browsers proliferate, so too will security problems. To date, however, such risks remain largely theoretical.
Symantec Acquires Vontu For $350 Million To Clamp Down On Data Leaks
News  |  11/7/2007
Vontu's acquisition fits in with analysts' valuation of a data leak prevention market that is expected to jump to as much as $150 million this year.
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell Top List of IT Influencers
News  |  11/7/2007
Gates was named by 84% of the participants, Jobs by 73%, and Dell by 53% of CompTIA voters.
Apple Patches QuickTime Holes, Microsoft Warns Of Macrovision Driver Flaw
News  |  11/6/2007
The two companies offer fixes for vulnerabilities that could give hackers elevated privileges to a networked computer.
Facebook And MySpace Monetize Friendship With Targeted Ads
News  |  11/6/2007
Facebook and MySpace, the two largest social networks, are giving advertisers better tools to reach their predominantly youthful audience.
Google's Android Open Handset Alliance Challenges Incumbents
News  |  11/5/2007
Apple, AT&T, Microsoft, Nokia, Palm, RIM, Symbian, and Verizon are absent from Google's coalition focused on a Linux-based software platform for mobile phones.
Ad Blocking. You Know...For Kids.
Commentary  |  11/2/2007
With the commencement on Thursday of a Federal Trade Commission Town Hall meeting, "Ehavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology," The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG), two public interest advocacy groups, again asked the FTC to investigate and regulate online marketing. The two groups filed a 74-page supplemental statement that expands u
IBM Launches $1.5 Billion Security Initiative
News  |  11/1/2007
The program is designed to recalibrate a customer's compliance and security offerings across IBM's five domains of information technology security.

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