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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.