Archive for December, 2006
Identity thieves love Christmas too, and with many of us traveling abroad or visiting family and friends, it’s the perfect time for them to steal your identity. Even airline boarding pass stubs can, in some cases, contain enough information for identity fraudsters to steal your identity.
Internet security firm Websense has discovered a worm that uses Skype to propagate.
Two security researchers have made an early New Year’s resolution, promising to release information on a security bug in Apple’s software every day for a month, most likely January.
The main problem for users in 2007 will be Internet fraud. The most well-known is the classic phishing. If gullible users receive an email from their bank, they will go where they are told to and leave enough data to seriously compromise their checking account without thinking twice. But there are fewer and fewer users of this kind, as the information is slowly getting through to Internet users.
Rapid-fire announcements this week by U.C.L.A. (800,000 records) and Aetna (130,000) moved the total to the threshold, when Boeing revealed the other day that a laptop recently stolen from an employee’s car contained names, Social Security numbers and other data on 382,000 current and former employees of the aerospace giant – bringing the total to a grim 100,152,801 records.
Web applications written in PHP likely account for 43 percent of the security issues found so far in 2006.
All too often people talk about the disadvantages of the Windows operating system: it has too many security flaws, it is not properly patched, it is not security oriented… Until the much talked about Vista system finally reaches our computers, there will still be plenty of time to protest.
When you use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to visit a Web page, the computer may respond very slowly as the Phishing Filter evaluates Web page contents.
In order to be able to exchange packets with their counterpart as directly as possible they use subtle tricks to punch holes in firewalls.
Underground hackers are hawking zero-day exploits for Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system at USD$50000 a pop, according to computer security researchers at Trend Micro. The Windows Vista exploit – which has not been independently verified – was just one of many zero-days available for sale at an auction-style marketplace.
By the end of 2007, 75% of enterprises will be infected with undetected, financially motivated malware that evaded their traditional perimeter and host defenses, according to a new Gartner report.
Backframe attack console is a full featured attack console for exploiting web browsers, web users and remote applications. The console is based on a client-server interaction.
SANS Experts Predict the Future.
by Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema is now online for free.
This article presents an analysis of the security mechanisms, risks, attacks, and defenses of the two most commonly used password management systems: those found in Internet Explorer and Firefox. The article specifically addresses IE 6 and 7 and Firefox 1.5 and 2.0.
Antivirus experts from Kaspersky Labs have predicted that 90 percent of current malware will run on Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Vista. Although at the moment Vista appears to be more secure than previous Windows operating systems, Kaspersky researchers warned last week that as Vista becomes more popular, it will increasingly become a target for hackers.