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.

Microsoft to launch free anti-malware software as beta “soon”

Microsoft confirmed that it is getting ready to make a test version of its upcoming anti-malware software soon. Code-named “Morro”, the software is promised to offer “basic protection” against common threats from malware on the Internet.

IT staff stealing company secrets

More than a third of senior IT workers in the UK and US are snooping at work, according to a survey.

Microsoft goes security patch crazy

A total of 31 vulnerabilities are addressed in security updates for software, Microsoft said.

Speaker calls for probe into nuclear information leak

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called on the US Government Accountability Office to investigate how a secret list of nuclear sites was accidentally released on the internet.

Twitter blocked in China

Fears of reaction to the 20th anniversary of Tianamen Square appear to have caused the Chinese government to block the phenomenon called Twitter.

Obama to appoint "cyber czar"

Digital security is clearly an important matter to President Barack Obama and he will today announce that he will appoint a "cyber czar" to oversee the nation's computer defenses.

RST develops advanced nuclear shield

RST has developed an advanced shield that protects individuals against ballistics, improvised explosive devices, dirty bombs and other types of radiological incidents.

AOptix develops air-to-ground laser communications system

AOptix Technologies has successfully tested an ultra-high bandwidth air-to-ground laser communications system. The system, developed for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is capable of providing uninterrupted coverage over 15,000 square kilometers.

Phone scams and virus 'epidemic' could be just round the corner

Experts are warning that an epidemic of viruses and mobile phone scams could be just around the corner.