First vulnerability in Vista's Windows Mail discovered

The successor to Outlook Express links seamlessly with its predecessor's dubious reputation in matters of security. Just a few months after its official release, the first significant security problem has been uncovered: under certain circumstances, simply clicking on a link in an email can cause a program to be launched on the local computer.

Mozilla says security researchers wield too much power

Mozilla’s security chief Window Snyder has said that software developers are at the mercy of bug hunters where disclosure of critical flaws in programs is concerned.

Sony pitches new DRM technology “CLEFIA”

Sony said it has developed a new block cipher algorithm that is designed to enable “advanced” copyright protection and authentication for the distribution of digital content such as music and images.

United States the top source of online attacks

Most people probably think of China or Russia as the number one source of hacking attempts, but according to Symantec, most online attacks come from the United States.

Samsung to provide killer-robots to watch Korean DMZ

Korean sources have said that Samsung is to supply its SGR-A1 stationary weapons robot to the South Korean military for the purpose of keeping an eye on the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates North and South Korea, technically still at war since 1950.

Sophos unveils top 10 malware list for February

Mytob, Netsky, and the notorious HckPk were among the largest malware threats during February, according to Sophos's monthly report.

90% of emails could be spam by the end of the year

A vast majority of your emails could be spam by the end of the year.

Symantec announces Norton 360 suite

Symantec is throwing almost every security tool it can find into its new Norton 360 suite which contains antivirus, antispyware and antiphishing tools.

Mozilla offers Firefox/Thunderbird security updates

Mozilla has released a security update to its popular Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application.

Hacker uncovers Internet Explorer 7 phishing hole

A newly announced flaw in Internet Explorer 7 makes it much easier for hackers to circumvent the phishing filters.

Snort vulnerability opens door to remote code execution

Sourcefire, the company behind the free network intrusion detection software Snort, has confirmed a vulnerability in the Snort DCE/RPC preprocessor, which enables an attacker to remotely run programs.

Windows Defender fails spyware test

Windows Defender, Microsoft's built-in anti-spyware application in Windows Vista, has failed another security test.

Google patches desktop search flaw

Google has patched a vulnerability in its Google Desktop Search.

Say cheese, researchers want cameras in every airline seat

Terrorists better put on their makeup because European researchers are developing small cameras to be mounted in the backs of airline seats.

Valentine's Day emails hiding viruses and rootkits

Valentines' Day isn't all about hugs and kisses and some hackers are taking advantage of the day by sending virus and rootkit-laden emails masquerading as love letters.

Microsoft patches 20 security holes in February update

Microsoft's monthly security update for February has gone live. Though it marks the first update since the consumer release of Windows Vista, none of the 20 fixes are for the new operating system.

Valentines Day brings virus and spam

Engagement rings, roses and chocolates are often associated with Valentines Day, but computer users will also be receiving viruses and email spam.

DOJ Report: FBI loses three laptops a month

A Department of Justice audit has found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation loses approximately three laptops per month.

Myspace hands out anti-piracy tool to content owners

While Google continues to give somewhat fuzzy timelines about when it will rollout video piracy prevention mechanisms for YouTube, News Corp's Myspace today announced that it is going to make available to content owners a tool that would help the social networking site automatically weed out videos that have been posted without the media company's consent.

Microsoft preps 12 patches for February

In a blog posting at Microsoft's Technet site, Microsoft security program manager Christopher Budd announced details about February's monthly security update, which will be available to Windows users on February 13.