The servers of the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences at Harvard were hacked last month and the intruder appears to
have placed the data on Torrent sites. School officials say the
personal information – including addresses and Social Security numbers
– of up to 10,000 applicants were compromised.
Spammers have increased their activities in 2008, adjusted their
strategy and apparently are increasingly successful at getting more and
more spam into email inboxes. Security firm MX Logic found that, other
than in previous years, the amount of spam has not come down since the
holidays, indicating that we could see a new surge in spam attacks this
Google has been banned from surveying US military bases after it
took street-level photographs of a Texas army base. The Department of
Defense believes the photographs could compromise security and has
ordered base commanders to prohibit Google Earth teams from driving
their picture taking vehicles onto military property. The
order was issued by Gene Renuart, an Air Force General and head of the
US Northern Command. According to Google, the Earth teams accidentally
asked for access to Fort Sam Houston which is not in Google’s policy.
Researchers from Princeton University are describing a new and apparently very effective security attack that will allow hackers to access encrypted data on your PC. Technologies such Microsoft’s BitLocker, Apple’s FileVault and Linux’s dm-crypt have no defense against this new attack.
Google is painting a scary scenario about potentially dangerous websites on the Internet: More than 1.3% of all search queries are now directing users to at least one malware site – and only seven out of ten threats are caught by the best security applications available today.
Six "critical" updates join five more "important" vulnerability fixes in this month's regularly scheduled security bulletin from Microsoft.
A new report from IBM shows that cyber crimes are increasing in sophistication and organization "at a rate never before seen on the Internet.
Boston (MA) – Spam originating from Russian computers have seen a dramatic rise in recent months, according to Sophos. The security software firm found that the number of spam messages sent from compromised Russian computers nearly doubled from the third to the fourth quarter of last year. The country now is the world’s second largest spam distributor, accounting for 8.3% for global spam. Back in June 2007, Russia was ranked 8th with a share of 3.7% in Sophos’ list.
Even what we perceive to be foolproof IT systems will never be able to safeguard sensitive information, according to researchers from the University of Leeds. The “human autopilot” gets the blame.
Apple has released an update for Quicktime to fix a potentially dangerous flaw that affects most versions of Mac OS X and Windows Vista, as well as Windows XP Service Pack 2.
Best Buy has sent notices to customers who purchased a certain Insignia brand digital photo frame because it spreaded malware when connected to a Windows PC.
A backup tape of credit cards issued by GE Money has been lost, causing owners of credit card holders from around 230 retailers to be at risk of identity theft.