Missing National Archives hard drive lacked any encryption

A security firm has hit out hard at US careleness in losing a terabyte of data which wasn’t even encrypted.

Internal users pose severe threat to public sector networks

A recent study by Cyber-Ark Software indicates that 80 percent of system breaches in public sector networks are caused by internal users."Mismanagement of privileged identities poses serious risks to organizations – in both the public and private sectors – leaving them vulnerable to threats that can be nefarious in nature, or simply caused by human error," explained Cyber-Ark CEO Udi Mokady.

Mobile nuke detector to patrol Florida streets

The state of Florida has purchased a mobile nuclear radiation detection system from Raytheon. The mobile SUV-based unit is expected to improve the state's ability to safeguard against nuclear terrorist threats on highways, bridges, overpasses, tunnels, ports of entry and public venues.

Updated: Phishing campaign launched against unsuspecting Facebook members

An unspecified number of Facebook members have received malicious e-mails redirecting them to external websites. The sites, which included www.151.im, www.121.im and www.123.im, harvested user names and passwords after unsuspecting members supplied their Facebook login information upon request.    

Microsoft issues critical PowerPoint patch

Microsoft has issued a critical PowerPoint patch. The latest security update fixes several vulnerabilities that could allow malicious remote code execution."An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could take complete control of an affected system," Microsoft warned in a security bulletin.   

FBI appoints first cybercrime expert outside US

The FBI is to base a computer crime expert in Estonia later this year, the first such posting outside the US.

UC Berkeley confirms data breach affecting 160,000 people

The University of California, Berkeley, confirmed that hackers accessed databases containing critical personal data of about 160,000 individuals. Those affected are informed now, but the damage may already be done – the breach began on October 9, 2008, and continued until April 9, 2009.

Barclays Bank wants you to pay for identity theft

I got my renewed credit card last week. It had a number on it so you could verify that you were the actual person that had got it - it wouldn't start working until you called the 0800 number. And then what happened?

FBI investigates hacker's ransom demand

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - A hacker is demanding a $10 million ransom after claiming to have stolen patient information from a prescription drug database maintained by the state of Virginia.

Anti-missile system details sold on eBay

US missile secrets have been found on a used hard drive bought from an online auction site.

EU legislator claims Internet needs to be policed

Conservative British MEP Malcolm Harbour has reiterated his support for government regulation of the Internet. "Clearly the Internet has to be policed because it is being used for illicit activities such as terrorist activities, child pornography, child trafficking and so on," Harbour told the European Union parliamentary website.

Swedish man accused of Cisco, NASA hacks

A computer hacker has been accused of breaking into computer systems at network manufacturer Cisco and NASA.

INSA endorses US cyber security review

The INSA (Intelligence and National Security Alliance) has endorsed the Obama administration's decision to conduct a comprehensive cyber security study. The organization also proposed the appointment of a "single cyber security official" to clarify the roles, mission, and responsibilities of relevant government agencies.

UPDATED: Twitter hacker leaks info, peek behind the scenes at Obama

Yet again, the Twitter website is seeing security intrusions. This time, an administrator account at the microblogging website has been breached giving individuals a preview to the accounts of high profile users. Twitter CEO Biz Stone  confirmed that “unauthorized access” was gained earlier this week. Apparently, only 10 individual accounts were viewed.

Nefarious phishing attack plagues Facebook users

An unspecified number of Facebook members recently found themselves the target of a nefarious phishing scheme designed to steal user names and passwords.

Panda unveils cloud-based antivirus

Panda Security has introduced a beta cloud-based antivirus. According to Panda, the free thin-client offers 50 percent "less impact on PC performance compared to the industry average." In addition, the new antivirus reportedly processes and blocks malware "more efficiently" than locally installed products.

Mozilla updates Firefox, fixes critical flaw

Mozilla has released an upgrade for the popular Firefox browser. Version 3.0.10 reportedly corrects a critical flaw that caused frequent crashes for a number of users. 

US-CERT issues vulnerability warning for Adobe Reader

A new Adobe Reader vulnerability has reportedly been discovered. According to US-CERT (US Computer Emergency Readiness Team), the vulnerability is due to an error in the "getAnnots()" JavaScript function.

UK workers would sell company data for food

The recession must be hitting staff in the UK harder than we thought - two percent of them say they would sell company secrets for the price of a decent meal.

Smiths Detection unveils new handheld bio warfare detection device

Smiths Detection has unveiled a handheld biological testing unit designed for military and emergency response applications. Bio-Seeq Plus provides on-site identification of biological warfare agents (BWAs) such as Anthrax (pX01 & pX02), Tularemia, Plague and Pan Orthopox.