Twitter attack aimed at Georgian blogger

Twitter has confirmed that a recent wave of fatal DDoS attacks were 'geopolitical in motivation.' However, the company refused to engage in 'speculative discussion' about the massive cyber offensive.

US Marine Corps bans access to social networking sites

The US Marine Corps has officially banned access to all social networking sites. However, the seemingly draconian ban applies only to military personnel using Marine equipment, such as NIPRNET (Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network) and internal VPNs.

Journalists flunk online security 101

A recent survey commissioned by AVG found that 80 percent of media staff "rarely or never" informed their network administrator of online security concerns. In addition, more than half refused to change their passwords, even though 13 percent experienced critical data loss or system failure due to hostile malware.

Scientists get a million Linux kernels to run at once

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, have run more than a million Linux kernels as virtual machines.

Bank robbers stuff up placement of fake ATM

A bunch of would be bank robbers had an epic fail when they came to install a fake ATM machine in Las Vegas.

Researchers identify critical iPhone security flaw

Researchers have identified a critical iPhone security flaw that could allow hackers to take control of the shiny device. Although Club Cupertino was warned of the vulnerability in July, it has yet to issue a patch or even comment on the issue.

Claim: P2P "jeopardizes" national security

The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has claimed that P2P network sharing is responsible for "jeopardizing" national security. According to Chairman Edolphus Towns, most people who use P2P are "totally unaware" that they may expose some of the most private files on their computers to being downloaded by others.

Microsoft releases emergency IE patch

Microsoft has released an emergency "out of band" security update to eliminate multiple Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerabilities identified in Bulletin MS09-035. According to Microsoft, the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a "specially crafted Web page" with Internet Explorer.

Australian police set up Nigerian scam portal

Australian police are trialing a new tie-in with their opposite numbers in Nigeria to crush Internet scams which originate from that country.

Half million credit card details stolen from Network Solutions

Red-faced Network Solutions has admitted that its secure credit card payment system was hacked for more than three months before they noticed and that more than 43 percent of stores who use the service will have had their customers' credit card details compromised.

AT&T denies censorship charges over 4chan block

AT&T has admitted to blocking the adult-oriented 4chan.org website. According to AT&T, the block was implemented to "protect" customers from malicious traffic and "was in no way" related to 4chan's controversial content.

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.