We take, we look, we share … border search rules exposed

Newly disclosed Department of Homeland Security rules are instructing border agents to seize laptops and other data carrying instruments without probable cause.  An internal memo dated July 16th and disclosed by the Washington Post, tells officers of the Customs and Border Protection agency that they can examine and detain any traveler’s documents and electronic devices.  Furthermore the material can be shipped off for examination and even shared with other government agencies.  According to the memo, affected travelers will receive their property back in a “reasonable” amount of time.

Apple patches DNS vulnerability, sort of

Apple has issued a security patch that promises to fix a DNS vulnerability recently discovered by security researcher Dan Kaminsky, but it appears the fix doesn’t actually fix anything.  This leaves Apple computers still vulnerable to DNS spoofing attacks which can redirect web surfers to malware-laden or phishing sites.

Hell hath no fury like a gamer scorned – Hackers take down EA’s Scrabble

Scrabble Beta, the official Hasbro-licensed online game made by Electronic Arts, has been shut down by hackers.  Barely a week old, the official version of the game was meant to legally replace the immensely popular Scrabulous game which was taken down by legal action from Hasbro.  However, most players couldn’t access the replacement game yesterday and today.  Electronic Arts has released a statement blaming the problems on a “malicious attack” that resulted in the “disabling of Scrabble on Facebook”.  EA promises that its working hard to resolve the issue.

Mozilla patches nine security flaws in Thunderbird

Jailed San Francisco IT admin gives up codes, still jailed

Three out of four banking websites have serious security flaws – study

A soon to be released University of Michigan study will show that more than 75% of banking websites have serious security flaws.  According to Atul Prakash, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, these flaws are design issues that cannot be quickly solved with a simple patch or upgrade.

MXI Security gets government security certification for USB Drive

Former TV news anchor hacked co-worker’s email

Prime Minister’s office says Blackberry merely lost, not stolen

One Ministry of Defense laptop stolen every two days

Mozilla patches Firefox 2 and 3

Mozilla updated both Firefox 2 and 3 in order to plug security critical security holes, squash some annoying bugs and deliver a few user-centric tweaks. Although users are recommended to update their browser, TG Daily noticed that some popular add-ons for Firefox 3 are not yet compatible with the patched browser.

Illinois is the most spammed state

Chicago (IL) – A new study by anti-spam provider MessageLabs shows that Illinois is the most spammed state (by ratio) in the USA.  If you’re surprised, so are we, because we expected this dubious honor to belong to either New York or California as the most populous areas of the nation.  Interestingly enough, the other states in the top ten are also surprises.

Disgruntled IT worker holds San Francisco hostage

Webroot founder dies in Hawaii

Gmail adding protection and monitoring features

Google is adding two important security features to Gmail that lets users monitor their accounts and log out all their sessions.  In a Google blog post, Gmail engineer Erwin D’Souza says users can now see login details for current and previous sessions.  Dates, Times, access types and even IP addresses for recent sessions can be displayed along with the user’s current IP address.

The most spammed country in the world? Switzerland.

You may be complaining about the number of spam emails finding their way to your email account every day, but it may come as a surprise to you that the U.S. is actually not the most targeted country by spammers: According to a report released to today, Swiss users receive 10% more of spam than the average Internet user – and 23% more than U.S. users.

UK’s most spammed person bombarded with 44001 emails a day

Spam emails are the scourge of any Internet user, but chances are your email inbox isn’t bombarded with nearly as many emails as one British man.  Colin Wells, a workshop foreman, has been named England’s most spammed person by anti-spam provider ClearMyMail.  Wells receives 44001 spam emails a day and that works out to about 16 million messages a year, but thankfully, he doesn’t have to worry about clearing the spam messages because ClearMyMail does that task for him – a task that used to take almost two hours a day for Mr. Wells.

Internet Explorer 8 beefed up against hackers and phishers

Microsoft is beefing up its upcoming Internet Explorer 8 browser with several security improvements against hackers and phishers.  Eric Lawrence, Microsoft’s program manager of Internet Explorer security, says IE 8 Beta 1 will have more defenses against cross-site scripting, malware protection and URL highlighting.  File upload paths will also be changed to read only.  This will prevent hackers from reading direct paths to important files.

More than 600,000 laptops lost each year at US airports

Stolen USB flash drive divulges Japanese-U.S. troop deployments