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Hacking Grades of a Politician
12/29/2006

The press attaché of a Montana Congressman has been left red faced after "hackers" he was trying to hire to change his lowly college grades published his email exchanges instead.

Todd Shriber, 28, a press officer for US Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, was looking to persuade hackers to break into the systems of Texas Christian University and change his grades. The motive for his illegal actions was apparently to bolster his academic credentials ahead of a possible run for office.

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Security in 2007
12/28/2006

More Security Predictions for 2007

Who will find the first major security flaw in Windows Vista? Will it be released as zero-day? Is there an end in sight to the botnet menace? Is spam close to being canned? Just who are these criminals phishing for your credit card data?

Identity Theft Rampant on MySpace
12/27/2006

MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link.


First, though, he was directed to a page where he was supposed to re-enter his password. Rogers realized that someone was trying to steal his information, and he didn't take the bait. At best, he would be spammed with junk e-mails; worse, the Web thief might steal his real-life identity.

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2006 Year of Security
12/26/2006

Though Internet-crippling virus attacks now seem to be a thing of the past, PC users didn't feel a lot more secure in 2006. That's because online attacks have become more sneaky and professional, as a new breed of financially motivated cyber criminals has emerged as enemy number one. Microsoft patched more bugs than ever and whole new classes of flaws were discovered in kernel-level drivers, office suites and on widely used Web sites. Vendors' chatter about security is at an all-time high, but the bad guys are still finding lots of places to attack.


And, oh yes, spam is back.

Following are five of the top computer security stories in 2006.

Find Security Feeds
12/20/2006

You can easily locate RSS feeds related security at these 2 RSS sites:

Security Feeds - Complete directory of RSS feeds related to security.

Government Feeds - Directory of all feeds generated by the government.

Background Checks
12/20/2006

If you have ever been employed, chances are good that you’ve had a background check run on you. Employers looking for reliable, trustworthy individuals will often use these reports to confirm that information given on a resume is true and ensure that they are hiring persons of high standards. But what is included in a background check? Do you have control over who can access your report? How can you find out what is on your record?

Background Checks

Google Fixes Adwords Security Flaw
12/20/2006

According to the description of the flaw posted by security researcher Debasis Mohanty, the HTTP Response Splitting flaw becomes possible when the user input is injected into the value section of the HTTP header without properly escaping/removing CRLF (carriage return line feed) characters, which can lead to two HTTP responses instead of one response.

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Apple Acknowledging Security Issues
12/19/2006

Following a number of attacks against OS X in 2006, Mac users are finally getting the message that they are not immune, according to an IT security manager responsible for over 5,000 Apple systems.

Yahoo Messenger Security Hole
12/19/2006

A vulnerability discovered in the Yahoo "serious" Messenger and classified as for the proper Yahoo can allow cracker to assume the control of the PC that twirls the operational system Windows.

Consumer Reports Scam Report
12/18/2006

As 2006 draws to a close, a review of ConsumerAffairs.com's Scam Alerts archive shows that scammers have had a busy and -- we suspect -- lucrative year.

Targeting the most vulnerable citizens and using increasingly sophisticated tools, most have been able to easily elude law enforcement as they pick their victims' pockets, sometimes even making off with their life savings.

Scam Report

CyberWars
12/12/2006

Computer hackers will open a new front in the multi-billion pound "cyberwar" in 2007, targeting mobile phones, instant messaging and community Web sites such as MySpace, security experts predict.

Homeland Security Passenger Screening Questionable
12/11/2006

A newly revealed system that has been assigning terrorism scores to Americans traveling into or out of the country for the past five years is not merely invasive, privacy advocates charge, it's an illegal violation of limits Congress has placed on the Department of Homeland Security for the last three years.

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Six Security Fixes Due From Microsoft
12/10/2006

Microsoft's monthly patch day will be next Tuesday, December 12, and this month's batch appears smaller than the last few. The company will issue five security bulletins for Microsoft Windows, and one for Visual Studio.

With the Windows updates, at least one will be Critical, and some of them will require a restart. The Visual Studio fix is also considered to be Critical, the highest level of concern.

List of Top 10 Security Concerns
12/07/2006

McAfee Labs unveils predictions for top ten security threats in 2007:

1. Password Stealing
2. Spam Volume
3. MPEG Files with Malicious Code
4. Mobile Phone Attacks
5. Malicious Adware
6. Identity theft and data loss
7. Use of Bots to Increase
8. Parasite Malware
9. Rootkit Issues
10. Vulerability Growth

Tension Between Software Developers and Bug Hunters
12/06/2006

The long-standing tension between software vendors and independent vulnerability researchers who find security holes in vendors' products shows little signs of abating -- despite recent talk about responsible vulnerability disclosure practices.
Last week Oracle Corp. criticized independent vulnerability researchers after it came under fire for its security practices. In a company blog, Eric Maurice, manager for security in Oracle's global technology business unit, said the company would not let external perceptions drive its security policies.

In the blog, Maurice reiterated Oracle's commitment to strong security practices and said that it would continue to prioritize vulnerabilities based on their criticality and not on who discovered them. Maurice also blasted security researchers who disclose zero-day bugs before fixes for them are available.

Security Issues Raise Ire

Security Feeds
12/05/2006

If you are looking for RSS feeds for Security Issues or Alerts, take a look at the Security Feed Directory. It is composed of all feed related to security and alerts.

If you currently have a security website that has RSS feeds, you can submit security feeds free of charge. They will be categorized and made searchable.

Security Vendors Scrambling for Vista Products
12/05/2006

With the enterprise version already shipping and the consumer version due in January, security software vendors are facing a race against time to get their own Windows Vista-enabled solutions out the door.

Despite the long-running beta program for Vista itself, disputes over how much technical information Microsoft should share with security developers mean that relatively few have been able to ship their products simultaneously with the OS itself.

Cell Phones and Roaving Bugs
12/04/2006

Cell phones are capable of providing more information about us and our whereabouts than we usually realize. We familiar with the ability of cell phones to be used to track users' locations, but now the FBI has begun using them for eavesdropping—even when they are turned off.

How is that possible? Read More

US Financial Interested Threatened by Al Quaeda
12/02/2006

The US government has warned of an Al Qaeda call to attack US online stock market and banking services. The threat, seen on an Al Qaeda website, applied to the whole of December.



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