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Content by Thomas Claburn
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posted in December 2007

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Record Number Of Data Breaches Reported In 2007
News  |  12/31/2007
Researchers with the Identity Theft Resource Center cited 443 breaches in the U.S. in 2007 in their annual report, compared to the 315 they identified in 2006.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
Hacker Profile Becomes More Social, Adds Women
News  |  12/20/2007
People who author malware are part of a thriving underground economy that's expected to grow in 2008, according to computer security researchers.
Google Exterminates Its 'Orkut' Worm
News  |  12/20/2007
The attack worked because the social networking site allowed users to embed Flash content in their scrap posts.
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, GoDaddy Subpoenaed
News  |  12/20/2007
Grisoft seeks info on companies that promoted counterfeit AVG antivirus products through sponsored text ads.
Apple Silences Think Secret
Commentary  |  12/20/2007
Think Secret, the target of an Apple lawsuit to find out who leaked information to the site, has announced that it has reached a settlement with Apple at the cost of its existence, though not its integrity. Nick Ciarelli, publisher of Think Secret, said the site will close.
Microsoft Provides Fix For Crashes Related To IE Patch
News  |  12/19/2007
Many of those affected are puzzled that Microsoft would recommend editing the Windows registry rather than fixing and reissuing the patch.
Firefox 3 Beta 2 Arrives As Mozilla and Microsoft Jostle for Security Crown
News  |  12/19/2007
If you visit a malicious site using Firefox 3, it will block the site and do it with a user interface that doesn't allow a click-through, say company executives.
New Trojan Software Swaps Google Ads For Malware
News  |  12/18/2007
BitDefender says a new Trojan replaces Google AdSense text ads with ads from a different, potentially malicious provider.
Apple Patches Safari and Core Mac OS X Components
News  |  12/18/2007
If exploited, the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution, denial of service, data exposure, cross-site scripting, privilege escalation, and file deletion.
Facebook Faces Off Against Sex Site
News  |  12/17/2007
Facebook is suing companies and people that it says tried to harvest personal information about its users.
U.S. Adults Too Busy Googling Each Other to Worry Much About Privacy
News  |  12/17/2007
The Pew survey found that 60% of Internet users say they are not worried about how much information about them is available online.
United States of America v. Apple iPhone, Model number MA712
Commentary  |  12/17/2007
It's not every day that the U.S. government files a lawsuit against an Apple iPhone. I noticed the lawsuit over the weekend and started looking into it, thinking at first that the government might be taking action against Apple's decision to offer the iPhone exclusively through AT&T.
Amazon Launches New Database Service
News  |  12/13/2007
While the S3 Web service is designed to store large objects or files, Amazon's new SimpleDB is optimized for storing smaller bits of data and accessing that data swiftly.
Google-DoubleClick Deal Suffers Setbacks
News  |  12/13/2007
Privacy implications top a ranking congressman's concerns, while potential conflict of interest is on the minds of online rights groups.
Google Keeps What Erases
News  |  12/12/2007
Google uses AskEraser data to fight click fraud and to present contextually relevant ads, but should you be worried?
Vulnerabilities Found In Microsoft Access And HP Laptop Software
News  |  12/12/2007
US-CERT is warning the weaknesses may allow an attacker to execute remote code without additional user interaction.
Symantec Releases Leopard-Compatible Norton AntiVirus
News  |  12/11/2007
Among other features, the software will remove worms and viruses that affect only PC users from Mac e-mail to prevent the user from passing malicious files on.
Insiders Remain Greatest Security Threat
News  |  12/11/2007
Workers and other insiders admit to risky behavior -- such as accessing corporate e-mail from Wi-Fi hotspots -- in a survey by security firm RSA.
Microsoft's Patch Tuesday Targets Seven Vulnerabilities
News  |  12/11/2007
The critical vulnerabilities patched this month exist in Microsoft DirectX, Windows Media File Format, and Internet Explorer.
Trojan 2.0 Crafted Using Web 2.0 Technology
News  |  12/10/2007
Blogger, MySpace, and Facebook can provide an easily accessible place to store stolen data until it can be collected and deleted, security researchers warn.
Americans Ingested Too Much Holiday E-Mail Spam, Survey Finds
News  |  12/10/2007
Symantec also sees spammers trying new techniques, such as spamming via bot-net, audio and video spam, and spamming using protocols for IM, SMS, and online games.
DOE Lab Hacked
News  |  12/7/2007
No classified information was lost but the personal information of visitors may have been stolen from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Cisco Issues Security Advisory For Security Software
News  |  12/6/2007
The alert warns of a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Cisco Security Agent (CSA) for Windows, with remote code execution as the possible outcome.
Google Opens 'Mac Developer Playground'
News  |  12/6/2007
The Web site houses open source code and demos from Google's Apple-oriented engineers.
Malware Doubled In 2007; Next Year Isn't Looking Better
News  |  12/5/2007
Analysts with F-Secure and Websense predict an explosive growth of malware, bot attacks, QuickTime exploits, and viruses that target the iPhone.
Google Revamps iPhone Interface
News  |  12/5/2007
Google's iPhone home screen makes services such as Gmail, Calendar, and Reader more accessible through the use of Ajax menu tabs.
Social Networks Lead Ask, Google, Yahoo Search Terms For 2007
News  |  12/4/2007
The lists were edited to remove adult-oriented queries and common searches, like "weather," that prove perpetually popular.
Watch For Holiday E-Card Spam, Symantec Warns
News  |  12/4/2007
Some malware authors have even gone so far as to include the phrases "no worm, no virus" in the e-card's text, as if such an assurance made the message safe.
Microsoft Warns Of Web Proxy Flaw
News  |  12/4/2007
The vulnerability was patched in 1999 but has since resurfaced in subsequent versions of Windows.
Microsoft Removes Windows Vista 'Kill Switch'
News  |  12/4/2007
Currently, Microsoft penalizes Windows Vista users who fail to activate their operating system software within 30 days.

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