AVG removes false iTunes "quarantine"

AVG has confirmed that a recent database update placed several iTunes DLL files in quarantine after falsely identifying them as a Trojan virus. However, a revised update removed the quarantine just five hours after the error was first identified.

Pentagon blasts computer contractor

Pentagon investigators have discovered that one of its contractors failed to provide adequate computer security for a military health services operation.

Government faces geek shortage

Federal agencies are facing a severe shortage of computer specialists according to a private study.

Mozilla patches JavaScript engine with Firefox 3.5.1

Mozilla patched a “critical” security issue in Firefox 3.5 less than a month after the browser’s release. Version 3.5.1 corrects “several” vulnerabilities, including an exploitable memory corruption problem that could allow an attacker to access client computers.

'Neighborhood watch' warns of cyber attacks

US Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories have developed a 'neighborhood watch' cybersecurity system that they say could be extended to the private sector.

Twitter hack highlights Google Apps vulnerability

The hacker who broke Twitter's rather feeble security last month was able to find and copy confidential documents because they were shared between Twitter employees using Google's web apps.

Mozilla working on fix for "critical" JavaScript vulnerability

Mozilla has confirmed that it is "working on a fix" for a recently discovered JavaScript vulnerability. However, the critical vulnerability can be temporarily mitigated by running FF in safe mode or disabling the JIT in the JavaScript engine.

Iphone "is a security threat" - maybe

Companies don't appreciate the security risks that iPhones pose, according to a self interested survey from yes, you've guessed it, a security firm.

IBM inks UK biometric passport deal

IBM has today finalised a seven-year deal to provide the core elements of the UK government's plans to upgrade to biometric passports.

CSI criticizes Microsoft's hack-and-patch strategy

The Cyber Secure Institute (CSI) has criticized Microsoft's current "hack-and-patch" strategy. According to executive director Rob Housman, the industry would be better off focusing on the deployment of "new technologies" that are inherently secure and certified against the "types of threats we face today."

Face recognition system can see through disguise

A new algorithm could improve the speed an accuracy of facial recognition, and even see through a disguise.

US hit by massive DoS attack

The department of Homeland Security, along with other government sites including the Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation department, have been hit with a massive denial of service (DoS) attack. The White House, the Department of Defense, the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the Washington Post were also targeted.

Social Security numbers can be cracked by fraudsters

Criminals can easily predict a person's Social Security number using publicly available data, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

Microsoft warns and fixes vulnerability in ActiveX control without use

Microsoft said it is “is investigating a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control” that could allow an attacker to gain the same user rights as a local user on your Windows PC. What makes this security issue especially interesting that it aims at a component Microsoft apparently had no idea still exists.

China's still got Green Dam on its mind

News of the death of the software filter Red China wants to put on every PC that enters the country is, it seems, greatly exaggerated.

Jackson's death sparks wave of spam

Spam scams relating to Michael Jackson's death are spreading like wildfire across the internet.

Quantum key distribution network breaks all records

Researchers from across Europe have built the largest quantum key distribution network ever, sending secure, quantum-encrypted information over an eight-node, mesh network.

Sony first major vendor to follow China’s censorware rules

As we are hearing more and more stories about flaws in “Green Dam” censorware, a software that is required to be installed on all computers sold in China beginning July 1, it is reported that Sony is already shipped PCs with the software, which is designed to filter “unhealthy” content.

Universities and schools hacked to sell Viagra and porn

Educational websites around the world, including MIT and Berkeley, have been hacked to include links to sites selling products such as Viagra and Cialis. Oxford, UK - Educational websites around the world, including MIT and Berkeley, have been hacked to include links to sites selling products such as Viagra and Cialis.

Mozilla patches critical Firefox bugs

Mozilla has patched a number of security and stability issues plaguing its popular Firefox browser. "We strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to this latest release. If you already have Firefox 3, you will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours," the company said in a statement.