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Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions
03/31/2010

CCDC competitions are becoming more and more common! Teaching students to defend against cyber attacks.

Poisoned Dumplings
03/30/2010

A man has been arrested in China accused of poisoning dumplings in a case which led to a diplomatic rift with Japan, state media reports.

Temporary factory worker Lu Yueting, 36, allegedly put insecticide in some frozen dumplings because he was unhappy with his pay and colleagues.

Student Loan Data Stolen
03/29/2010

A Minnesota company that guarantees federal student loans... is working with police to figure out who stole personal information on three-point-three million borrowers.The Educational Credit Management Corporation is based in suburban Saint Paul and is a contractor for the U-S Department of Education.Company C-E-O Richard Boyle says the theft was discovered last week when security found something odd in a hallway.

New Version of RSS2HTML
03/29/2010

A new version of RSS2HTML php script is now available. It includes an update for PHP 5.3.

Google and Privacy
03/28/2010

Google is not exactly known for its respect for privacy, but a recent blog post shows the search giant may be attempting to turn a new leaf on what has been called an irresponsible stance on user privacy. Maybe.

The Google Analytics team has been working to give users a choice on how their Internet browsing data is collected by the analytics and marketing tool, according to a blog post by Amy Chang, group product manager.

Malware on Phone Memory Cards
03/27/2010

Malware-tainted memory cards may have ended up on as many as 3,000 HTC Magic phones, a greater number than first suspected, Vodafone said Friday.

The problem came to light earlier this month after an employee of Panda Security plugged a newly ordered phone into a Windows computer, where it triggered an alert from the antivirus software.

Software Industry Conference $229 per person for only
03/26/2010

The Software Industry Conference July 15-17th in Dallas, Texas has invitations available for only $229.00 on April 1st the price of attendance will increase. Register Now.

Free Web Security Scanner
03/26/2010

Google on Friday released an automated Web security scanning program called skipfish to help reduce online security vulnerabilities.

Security Presentations
03/25/2010

Create professional security presentations for staff, conferences or meetings. Use security powerpoint presentation backgrounds and templates to make the presentations look even more professional.

Drones for Border Security
03/24/2010

The federal government may soon send unmanned aircraft to scour West Texas and the states coastal waters in an effort to boost border security, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a letter to the governor sent Friday.

20 Zero Day Flaws in Mac OS X
03/23/2010

Charles Miller, a computer security researcher who's worked with the NSA, is planning to reveal 20 zero-day security holes in Mac OS X at CanSecWest, a digital security conference, in Vancouver BC this week.

Cybercriminals
03/22/2010

Cybercriminals have been spreading malware by targeting the subjects users are most interested in. From the Facebook Password Reset Scam to basketball and gossip, web users are getting infected. Basketball brackets are promoting malware and hackers are getting their sites ranked high in searches about Sandra Bullock's marriage woes.

Moving Nuclear Weapons
03/18/2010

The US is taking a go-slow approach on one of the touchiest and least discussed national security issues: Whether to remove the last remaining Cold War-era US nuclear weapons in Europe.

Some officials in Germany and other US allies in Europe are advocating a withdrawal, citing President Barack Obama's call last year for a nuclear-free world.

US Security
03/17/2010

Air France flies non-stop to Mexico by the shortest route, over the United States.

But at least twice last year, Air France Flight 438, from Paris to Mexico City, was diverted from flying over the United States because one of its passengers was on a U.S. government terrorism watchlist.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security already diverts flights away from U.S. air space for security reasons. But starting in December with the introduction of Secure Flight, the latest U.S anti-terrorism measure, passengers from all over the world - including Canada - whose views raise a flag with U.S. authorities or who share the name of someone on a U.S. watchlist could be barred from boarding flights that fly over the United States.

Pirate Ships
03/16/2010

Signaling a new offensive mindset, international military officials vowed Friday to fight the pirates as swarms of Somalis moved into the waters off East Africa. Four shootouts with pirates showed that high-seas attacks are intensifying with the end of the monsoon season.

Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April €” the most dangerous months of the year for ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Cloud Security
03/15/2010

At the RSA conference in San Francisco, Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes discusses the companys plans for building private clouds within public clouds.

BotNet Masterminds Caught
03/13/2010

Police believe the men were not expert hackers and bought their virus program on the black market before using it to take over other peoples computers in order to create a botnet, a network of enslaved computers.

Fortunately this botnet of 13 million computers was controlled by someone who had not realized how powerful it was, Juan Salon, the head of the cybercrime unit of Spains Civil Guard Police, told a news conference.

Security Worries are Hindering Cloud Development
03/12/2010

There is a definite buzz of concern about cloud computing security as companies try to figure out when, how and whether they're going to use public (as opposed to private or internal) cloud services. Companies want to know that cloud service providers will protect their information, and service-level agreements and SaS 70 audits may not offer them enough reassurance.

Scott Brown Focusses on Security Committees
03/11/2010

Sen. Scott Brown, who campaigned on the idea of freezing federal worker salaries to control the deficit, may soon get to explore the topic further.

Senate Republicans announced Tuesday that Brown will join the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees.

Apps for Army
03/10/2010

The Army announced its first internal applications-development challenge March 1. The program, called Apps for the Army, or A4A, gives Army personnel the opportunity to demonstrate their software-development skills.

Open to all Soldiers and Army civilians, the challenge's top submissions will be recognized at the LandWarNet Conference in August. Winners will receive monetary awards from a cash pool totaling $30,000.

Secure-Me
03/09/2010

New software could be used by banks and e-commerce firms to secure customers online Web security firm Network Intercept today announced the UK launch of its Secure-Me online security and privacy solutions, promising faster browsing and increased protection from identity theft.

Google a Spy?
03/08/2010

A deal between internet giant Google and the US National Security Agency on cyber-attacks may pose serious threats to other countries national security and internet users.

Analysts worry the collaboration would allow Googles data to flow to the spy agency.

Old Security Threat to New Smartphones
03/07/2010

Rutgers University researchers say they have identified an old computer security threat that can attack new generations of smartphones.

The researchers, led by Professor Liviu Iftode and Assistant Professor Vinod Ganapathy, said smartphones are essentially becoming regular computers. They run the same class of operating systems as desktop and laptop computers, so they are just as vulnerable to attack by malicious software

Comcast Test Security
03/06/2010

Comcast unveiled on Tuesday an aggressive plan to deploy new DNS security mechanisms that are designed to protect Web site operators and consumers from a specific type of hacking attack that involves hijacking Web traffic and redirecting it to bogus sites.

Congress to Do More to Secure Net
03/05/2010

The US government must take a more active role in securing the Internet, industry experts told Congress yesterday, arguing that the prospect of a serious attack is growing as businesses and governments rely more on cyberspace.

Europe Launches an Anti Trust Probe of Google
03/04/2010

Google is being investigated for possible anticompetitive behavior in Europe following complaints filed against it there by three competitors, Google revealed in a blog post Tuesday.

The investigation, which has been described as preliminary, follows complaints filed with the European Commission by a U.K. price comparison site called Foundem, a French legal search engine called ejustice.fr, and a German search site called Ciao that was recently acquired by Microsoft, Google said.

Journalists or Spies in Iran
03/03/2010

More than 65 journalists, bloggers and writers have been detained in Iran since last Junes disputed presidential polls and could be tried on charges of spying for the foreign media, a New York-based media rights group said Tuesday

Software Industry Conference July 15-17, 2010 Dallas Texas
03/02/2010

The Software Industry Conference is a three day event, July 15-17, 2010 in Dallas, Texas with educational sessions and networking events.

Chinese Schools Implicated in Cyber Attacks
03/01/2010

Two Chinese schools have been linked to the cyber attacks on Google and dozens of other companies last year.

Computers at Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School in China reportedly played a role in the attacks, according to unnamed sources cited in The New York Times.

Jim Christy, the Director of Futures Exploration at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center, talks about the increasing sophistication of attacks that he is starting to see.Lanxiang Vocational School, The New York Times says, was created with funding from the Chinese military and trains computer scientists for the Chinese military. Its network is operated by a company with ties to Baidu, Googles most significant rival in China.



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