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Viruses and Spyware Cost Users $7.8 Billion
08/30/2006

Consumers paid as much $7.8 billion over two years to repair or replace computers that got infected with viruses and spyware, a Consumer Reports survey found.

That figure was down from a similar survey a year ago. Still, it suggests that people are paying large sums to cope with the flood of malicious viruses and other programs that can slow computers or render them inoperable.

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UK Teen Plead Guilty to DoS
08/28/2006

British prosecutors claimed a victory after an 18-year-old man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to crashing his former employer's server with a flood of five million e-mails.

David Lennon, of Bedworth, Warwickshire, had been charged with violating the Computer Misuse Act of 1990, which prohibits the unauthorized modification of a computer.

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Privacy Has Boundaries
08/29/2006

A trans-Atlantic dispute over US snooping on international financial transactions is turning into a full-blown test of legal authority, with US security interests on the one side and European privacy guardians on the other.

The Europeans believe this could also be as much a test for international business as international law, with Swift, the Belgian firm that has been caught in the middle, feared to be just the first case of many in which a firm has had its privacy trounced by zealous US anti-terrorist investigators.

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Security Concerns and Blogging
08/29/2006

There was once a time when you only had to worry about children I have heard many a blogger say that blogging fills a need. While blogging provides a humanizing effect on news and journaling, it also opens a window into personal lives. The details shared in blogs were once only available to a select group of friends, and while blogging has become common place, it has risks that should not be ignored.

Security Concerns and  Blogging

Searchable Security Databases
08/24/2006

Search these online security databases for specific information:

Intelligence Reform Act - The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 is an Act of Congress. he Electronic Frontier Foundation objected to Act's potential effects on civil liberties. Search the Intelligence Reform Act.

911 Commission Report - 9-11 Commission created a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The 9-11 Commission Report was released on July 22, 2004 and is available to search.

The National Security Strategy of the United States - The National Security Strategy of the United States of America is a document prepared periodically by the executive branch of the government of the United States for congress which outlines the major national security concerns of the United States and how the administration plans to deal with them.

National Strategic Plan for Iraq - The National Strategy for Victory in Iraq is a document by the United States National Security Council which articulated the strategy of the United States President, in 2003, and provided an update on progress in various challenges and conflicts, notably Iraq.

Factbook on Intelligence - This database contains a full-text searchable version of the Central Intelligence Agency's "Factbook on Intelligence".

Patriot Act - Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. To deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and for other purposes.

The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned - The criticisms of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina primarily consisted of condemnations of mismanagement and lack of leadership in the relief efforts in response to the storm and its aftermath.

IBM Purchases Internet Security Systems
08/24/2006

IBM said on Wednesday it agreed to buy Internet Security Systems Inc. for $1.3 billion, in a move to beef up its product line in the rapidly growing business of Internet security.

The Thought Police
08/27/2006

As the man approached the airport security checkpoint here on Wednesday, he kept picking up and putting down his backpack, touching his fingers to his chin, rubbing some object in his hands and finally reaching for his pack of cigarettes, even though smoking was not allowed.

Two Transportation Security Administration officers stood nearby, nearly motionless and silent, gazing straight at him. Then, with a nod, they moved in, chatting briefly with the man, and then swiftly pulled him aside for an intense search.

Another airline passenger had just made the acquaintance of the transportation agency’s “behavior detection officers.”

The Thought Police

RFID Passports
08/26/2006

Infineon is the first company to announce a major contract to supply RFID chips that will be integrated in US passports. The chips will carry digital copies of the citizen's picture as well as the printed documentation in the passport. Infineon promises that more than "50 individual security mechanisms" are protecting the data saved on the chip.

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Homeland Security Corporation to Begin Distributing Child Tracking Device
08/25/2006

Homeland Security Corporation has begun distributing a "Child Tracking" device to its current customer base.

Homeland Security Corporation has completed testing on a Tri-Band modem worldwide real tracking system and "Emergency Communicator." Through a password protected user interface, the customer can locate their tracking device(s). Through proprietary mapping software, a user can quickly obtain current location, including map and full street address, set-up geofencing alarm and obtain historical data.

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Kevin Mitnick Hacked
08/23/2006

Kevin Mitnick is a notorious hacker, turned white hat.

Online vandals, apparently operating from Pakistan, broke into the computer hosting Mitnick's Web site on Sunday and replaced his front page with one of their own. As a result, four Web addresses belonging to Mitnick, including KevinMitnick.com and MitnickSecurity.com, displayed an explicit message on Mitnick and hacking.

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Search Security Databases
08/24/2006

Check out these searchable security databases. Search the Patriot Act, Intelligence Reform Act, CIA Factbook, Security Strategy plan and other security databases for relevant information.

MySpace Secuirity Leak Possible
08/23/2006

A UK STUDENT has stumbled on what he thinks is a flaw in Myspace’s password system. A source close to an AV outfit said that he stumbled on the flaw when he mistyped his password.

He discovered that if you drop the last character from your password it will still let you login happily also if you have entered the entire password correctly then you can have absolutely anything else after that and it will still log you in.

Culture Cause of Security Failures
08/16/2006

While helping to define the software industry, software licensing provisions shield vendors from legal and fiduciary responsibility for problems arising from their products. They also offer corporate protection rarely found in other industries. The technology industry apparently is the only business engaged in regular commerce that's immunized against gross negligence in the design or manufacture of its products.

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Security Issues
08/16/2006

This past weekend, security companies detected two variants and said once installed, the bots were able to control AOL Instant Messenger if it was present on the compromised computer.

As expected, an attack against Windows PCs developed over the weekend, although it came in the form of one-at-a-time bot pinpricks rather than a massive hammer of a worm, security experts and Microsoft said Sunday.

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Dangers of the Anonymous Internet
08/15/2006

Child exploitation and the rise of Internet related crimes is increasing. Child exploitation has no boundaries; pedophiles exist in every socioeconomic, ethnic and religious community. Consider these statistics, 20% of children online are approached sexually online. 89% of those advances take place over instant messaging. Online predators prowl, rebellious teenagers are opportune targets, and shared personal details often make them become victims.

The Dangers of the Anonymous Internet

33% Said to Be Victims
08/15/2006

The odds of becoming a victim of viruses, spyware, or phishing are about one in three, Consumer Reports said Tuesday in its annual report on the Internet.

In addition, U.S. consumers spent at least $7.8 billion over the last two years for computer repairs, parts and replacements, because of malware attacks, the non-profit magazine found in its 2006 State of the Net report.

Homeland Security Unhappy with Microsoft
08/15/2006

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned last week that a recently patched Microsoft Windows vulnerability could put the nation's critical infrastructure at risk.

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Mining Software Identifies Piracy
08/14/2006

Identity Systems will soon roll out software that lets media companies from music to movies search through unstructured text on the Internet to identify piracy.


The software called "Unstructured Data Module" applies analytics and algorithms to scan for hidden relationships in streams of digital data. Beyond information found in traditional databases and spreadsheets, the software digs into e-mails, file directory listings, search results for peer-to-peer (P2P) sites, and lists of top downloaded songs on Web sites.

AOL Mishap Energizes Privacy Advocates
08/14/2006

With privacy advocates preparing FTC claims against AOL in response to its publishing of customers' Internet search data, at least one Washington lawmaker is using the opportunity to push forward existing privacy legislation.

T Stops in Boston to Have Security Cameras
08/14/2006

Every subway station will have security cameras by April after the MBTA Board of Directors voted yesterday to install almost 200 new cameras funded by a $3 million grant from Homeland Security.

``It's a proven way for us to improve safety and security," said MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas.
The cameras will be placed at stations on the Red, Orange, Blue, Green, and Silver lines.

Some 300 cameras already in place at Boston stations have also monitored safety and crime, Grabauskas said.

Al Qaeda Present in Kashmir
08/13/2006

Security agencies in India-controlled Kashmir said they have found the existence of Al Qaeda militants, suspected to be mainly from Afghanistan or other countries, in the forests of Bandipore in the region.

"We are convinced that the global terror network has firmly established itself in Kashmir," Indo-Asian News Service on Saturday quoted an Indian intelligence agency official on condition of anonymity as saying.

Air Traffic Slowed By Security
08/12/2006

Passengers on transatlantic flights from Britain are facing cancellations and severe delays after the American authorities imposed new security requirements in the wake of last week’s foiled airliner bomb plot.

Ministers have been warned by airlines in Britain that the US checks, which require 34 separate pieces of information on each passenger to be sent to America before a plane takes off, are “unsustainable” and “impractical”.

Colleges Fail Security
08/10/2006

A high volume of security breaches on college campuses, including about a dozen reports this summer, underscores a growing concern among privacy advocates: Colleges and universities aren't up to speed when it comes to safeguarding information on their networks.

"We're leaking data like a sieve," says Indiana University law professor Fred Cate, who directs a cybersecurity research center that was created after two incidents last year.

Security Spending on the Rise
08/09/2006

According to a new report released today by Heavy Reading Enterprise, organizations of all sizes will increase spending for security products and services over the next two years: 66 percent of respondents from both large- and medium-sized companies and 55 percent of small companies. These findings are in sharp contrast to vendor and analyst warnings of late that security spending is slowing.

Security Spending on the Rise

Online Child Safety Card Released
08/08/2006

The NetIDMe card can be swapped by children online when using chatrooms, instant messaging and social networks.
Parents and children can apply for the card using credit card details and a form countersigned by a professional who knows the child concerned.

It is hoped that the card will make it harder for adults to pose as children when online.

Microsoft Security Complaints
08/08/2006

18 months after announcing the Windows Genuine Advantage piracy check, Microsoft faces controversy and backlash, including two lawsuits. Some say the company clumsily handled several elements of the program, including a key privacy issue.

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AOL Research
08/07/2006

http://research.aol.com/ released a list of 20 million + searches by 500,000 AOL users. Contained in this list are social security numbers, credit cards and other personal information. There are some truly scary things in this database.

There are hundreds of searches from people looking to kill themselves and even more scary are searches from users that seem to be looking to commit murder.

Check out the search history for user 17556639, most recent search is at the bottom of the list..

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Cell Phone Bans
08/06/2006

Cell phones have been banned inside the five branches of the First National Bank in the Chicago area, to enhance security.

Even using a cell phone in the bank's lobby may result in the person being asked to leave the premises.

"We ban cell phone use in the lobby because you don't know what people are doing," Ralph Oster, a senior vice president, told the Chicago Tribune. Cell phone cameras are also a worry.

Hack a Mac
08/05/2006

Apple released patches for multiple exploits within OS X, tales of Mac hacking were heard at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. They ultimately decided to run the demo against a Mac due to what Maynor called the "Mac user base aura of smugness on security".

Hack a Mac

Security Software
08/04/2006

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Microsoft Invites Hackers to Break Vista
08/04/2006

After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best- known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.

Microsoft made a test version of Vista available to about 3,000 security professionals yesterday as it detailed the steps it has taken to fortify the product against attacks that can compromise bank account numbers and other sensitive information.

"You need to touch it, feel it," Andrew Cushman, Microsoft's director of security outreach, said during a talk at the Black Hat computer-security conference. "We're here to show our work."

MS Encourages Hackers

FBI Looking for Help From Hackers
08/04/2006

"We need your expertise and input as we develop strategies to battle cybercrime in the 21st century," Daniel Larkin, a unit chief in the FBI's cybercrime division, said in his opening address at the annual Black Hat security conference"

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Cryptography Captures Hitmen
08/03/2006

Bosses of an American racist prison gang have been convicted of murders and racketeering offenses after investigators broke the encoded messages they used to order attacks.

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Social Network Ban
08/02/2006

Children in the US could be banned from using social networking sites in schools and libraries by a new law.
The Deleting Online Predators Act tries to limit the access pedophiles have to the networking sites which have become hugely popular with minors.

The act has already been approved by a large majority in the House of Representatives.

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Tips to Keeping Children Safe Online
08/01/2006

There was once a time when you only had to worry about children when they were outside or not at home. Those times have changed. Strangers can now enter your home, without a key or coming through a door. How you may ask? These strangers enter your home using a keyboard. These strangers can befriend your children online.

Tips to Keeping Children Safe Online

Security Contracts Abused
08/01/2006

The multibillion-dollar surge in federal contracting to bolster the nation's domestic defenses in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has been marred by extensive waste and misspent funds, according to a new bipartisan congressional report.

Lawmakers say that since the Homeland Security Department's formation in 2003, an explosion of no-bid deals and a critical shortage of trained government contract managers have created a system prone to abuse. Based on a comprehensive survey of hundreds of government audits, 32 Homeland Security Department contracts worth a total of $34 billion have "experienced significant overcharges, wasteful spending, or mismanagement," according to the report, which is slated for release today and was obtained in advance by The Washington Post.

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