Harvard servers hacked, contents placed on Torrent sites

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.

Trend Micro to offer online Internet security service based on cloud computing

Spammer attacks surging in early 2008

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 year.

Four ‘critical’ patches for Microsoft Office posted

Hackers crack Gmail’s CAPTCHA

Google Earth banned from US military bases

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. 

Extended Validation certificates and XSS considered harmful

Attackers harvest FTP credentials with new crimeware toolkit

Microsoft’s Hotmail and Xbox live servers down for the count

RAM exposes the key to your secret data

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: Anti-virus software needs to shape up

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.

Microsoft punches out 11 security fixes

Six "critical" updates join five more "important" vulnerability fixes in this month's regularly scheduled security bulletin from Microsoft.

IBM says cyber attacks a hit for organized crime

A new report from IBM shows that cyber crimes are increasing in sophistication and organization "at a rate never before seen on the Internet.

Russia emerges as spam superpower, Sophos says

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.

Complete data security a mission impossible, study claims

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 patches Quicktime flaw for Vista, Mac OS X

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 sells infected digital photo frames

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.

General Electric data loss compromises 650,000

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.

RIAA website wiped?

The website of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reportedly has been the target of two attacks of the weekend, one that aimed to overload the server with slow requests and another that deleted the site’s database.

Microsoft vulnerability hits Excel

A new flaw has opened up in Microsoft Excel, which could allow an attacker to compromise a remote user's computer.