The California Department of Public Health has issued its findings
in the UCLA celebrity medical records snooping case. The department
found 14 more people snooped into the records of famous people
including Farrah Fawcett, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife
Maria Shriver. This brings the total to 68 people including
physicians, nurses, administrative staff and one volunteer.
Why hack into a server when you can simply steal the damn thing.
This is exactly what happened to a Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking
Corporation (HSBC) server containing 159,000 customer accounts, after
it went missing during a branch office rennovation.
Cyber crimes have evolved from hackers fighting against the
views of government to sophisticated identity theft, breaking into
banks and various criminal activities. So far, local police
organizations have been losing a lot of time to recover data from such
machines, and they need all the help they can get. Now Microsoft is joining the fight.
It is a rare thing when an anti-virus company raises an alert about a widespread trojan virus. However, that is exactly the case with the new trojan named Downloader-UA.h, with a million infections stopped by McAffee alone. This trojan is spreading through file-sharing networks, so caution is advised.
Several hundred to possibly a thousand laptops are missing from the
United States State Department, according to an internal audit. Many
of the laptops likely contain classified information and as many as 400
computers belonged to the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program which
provides counterterrorism training to other nations.
Secret agents have apparently been remotely scanning and decrypting
electrical signals since World War II, according to a newly
declassified NSA document. Titled “TEMPEST: A Signal Problem”, the
document describes leaky signals broadcasting from teletype machines
would cause nearby sensors to spike – those signals could then be
translated into keystrokes. Known as TEMPEST, this phenomenon was
mostly ignored by the United States in the following years, but it
appears the Soviet Union, Japan and other countries developed TEMPEST
scanning into an art form and used it against the USA.
You are concerned about spam and viruses? You ain’t seen nothing yet,
believe researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(UIUC): A next phase of more sophisticated viruses may not only exist
in software, but may be deeply embedded in hardware, or what the
scientists describe as ““malicious circuits”.
The initial uproar over news of Microsoft’s forensic USB thumb-drive
appears to be misplaced. Microsoft has confirmed that the drive is
just a compilation of publically available tools and adds that the
USB-based toolkit does not “backdoor” or bypass any of Window’s
An unclassified government PowerPoint presentation documenting
Chinese counterfeiting of Cisco routers has been published on the net.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation document was produced on January
11, 2008 and discusses how counterfeit routers, switches and interface
cards make it inside of American companies and government organizations.
The Department of Homeland Security has ceased operating its virtual
fence near Tucson Arizona because of complaints by Border Patrol
officers. The 28-mile fence had been touted as a high-tech way to
detect and capture hundreds of illegal immigrants that cross the area
every day, but the system couldn’t quickly alert officers to the
crossing. Furthermore, DHS complained that the remote controlled
cameras couldn't be turned quickly enough.
When PayPal's information security chief recently outlined new measures
the company will take to battle phishing attacks and online frauds, it
became evident that Apple's Safari browser lacks certain basic security
features. Some predicted PayPal will block Safari users from accessing
the online payment service altogether. A company spokesperson now
reassured users that this wasn't the case. However, there are no
security features in Safari to protect users from online scams and
RFID tags have long been touted as the successor to bar codes for
tracking products, but did you know that they can help track people as
well? At the Thailand RFID Forum in Bangkok, several companies told us
that RFID, when combined with Wi-Fi, can track hospital patients,
doctors and even lost children at theme parks.