Hacker redirects Barack Obama's site to hillaryclinton.com

CNN.com hit by Chinese attackers

PayPal won't block Safari, but browser still considered unsafe

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 identity theft.

RFID industry touts accuracy and speed in tracking both people and products

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.

Firefox 2.0.0.14 update plugs memory hole

Late Wednesday, Mozilla issued an update for its Firefox browser that finally patches the garbage collection bug in the JavaScript engine. The bug can result in unexpected crashes, memory leaks and represents a “critical” security risk for users.

Apple patches Safari bug from hacking contest

Apple has released a new security patch for its Safari browser, to fix the infamous bug that a hacker was able to exploit in a matter of minutes.  Cyber security researcher Charlie Miller was one of three participants in the "Pwn 2 Own" contest at the CanSecWest conference, and beat out his Windows and Linux competitors by breaking into a Mac the same day the contest began.

Women four times more likely than men to divulge passwords for a chocolate bar

Getting someone’s computer passwords could be as simple as dangling a tasty chocolate bar in front of their faces.  Infosecurity Europe reps, posing as market researchers, asked several hundred office workers for their passwords, date of birth and other sensitive information at a busy London train station.  Astonishingly, 45% of the women gave their passwords while only 10% of men did the same.

Researchers crack iPhone’s Wi-Fi positioning system

It was just a matter of time: Researchers from the ETH Zurich breached the iPhone’s/iPod’s Wi-Fi positioning system and found that the technology is vulnerable to location spoofing. If you get a kick out of upsetting iPhone users, you may be able to trick the device into displaying a false location with very little effort.

Hackers break into power station, in less than a day

FBI says cyber crimes reach all-time high

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that in 2007, Internet crimes were higher than ever before, with the cost of such crimes reaching nearly a quarter of a billion dollars.  The governmental body said that over 206,000 official complaints were filed, but added that many more cyber offenses were undoubtedly committed with no consequence.

Patchday: Microsoft preps eight updates for next Tuesday

Apple patches up 11 Quicktime flaws

Apple has released an update for its Quicktime media player, patching 11 vulnerabilities, some of which could allow a hacker to gain remote access of someone's computer.  Apple gave credit to security company Tipping Point.  In addition to fixing remote code execution vulnerabilities, the update also patches some file compatibility issues and problems with third-party interactions.

Hacked Vista notebook from security conference taken down on Ebay

The man who hacked a notebook computer during the ConSecWest conference in Washington listed the item for sale on Ebay, saying the exploit of the operating system "is most likely still present."  However, after being up for just a few hours, the listing "has been removed or is no longer available," according to the former item page that now shows a listing error.

Vista gets hacked, Linux remains unbroken in contest

Over the weekend, a hacker managed to exploit a vulnerability in the Windows Vista Flash player, as part of the CanSecWest's "Pwn2Own" contest.  The competition pitted a Windows, Apple and Linux computer side-by-side to see which would crack first.  The Apple notebook, a Macbook Air, was the first to fall in just two hours after the contest started.

Macbook Air first to be hacked in contest

During a contest in Vancouver where competitors tried to hack Windows, Linux and Apple computers, the Macbook Air was the first to be compromised, taking the winner just two minutes to break into Apple's new thin notebook.  Security researcher Charlie Miller pointed a browser to a website with malicious code, and the computer did not even put up a fight.  The Macbook Air was installed with nothing more than the programs that come out-of-box.

Forensic software takes aim at the iPhone

iPhone owners and software developers aren’t the only ones complaining about the access restrictions to their iPhone, it is also pretty much the only cellphone that is giving government agencies and criminal investigators a tough time accessing data that is or was stored in the phone’s memory.  Now there is the first application that actually squeezes through the iPhone OS to acquire some (read: not all) data that, for example, can be used as evidence in court.

Microsoft warns of critical Word bug

Microsoft has issued an advisory for a critical vulnerability in Microsoft Word that, while "very limited" in scope, could lead to damaging attacks without an official fix yet.  The software giant confirmed the vulnerability that was reported earlier this month from Ismael Briones, a researcher at antivirus company Panda.  According to the reports, the vulnerability lies mainly within Microsoft's Jet Database Engine, which is used in the company's professional software applications like Access and Visual Basic.

UCLA hospital bans laptops and cellphones

Huge supermarket data breach exposes 4.2 million accounts

Washington gov’t employees get new thumb drives