It’s one thing when internet security firms tell people to give Internet Explorer a wide berth while a bug remains unpatched. It’s another when a national government gives the same advice.
Two major security firms say the people behind the Flame virus may have already developed three similar viruses that haven’t yet been discovered in action. The claims will raise more questions about the involvement of the US government in cyber-warfare.
Most virus creators rely on exploiting human behavior such as tricking people into clicking bogus links. Now it appears scammers in China find it simpler to just put the virus on the computer before the customer even gets it.
An American tech company has admitted it was the victim of a hacking that led to the publication of a million Apple device details. The revelation appears to prove the FBI’s denial that it was the source of the stolen data.
Security firm McAfee has hired a man to break into high-tech cars. But fortunately Barnaby Jack will be working to combat rather than promote crime.
News agency Reuters has been hacked for the third time this month. This time the culprits posted a bogus report claiming the Saudi Arabia foreign minister had died.
Last.fm has been hit with allegations that it missed a clear opportunity to catch a password breach before it became public. Meanwhile fellow-victim LinkedIn is insisting there’s no evidence that any user accounts were breached following its own password hacking.
Sarah Palin running for office. I’m F*!king Matt Damon. Financial stability around the world. Most things from 2008 are a distant memory but, Microsoft reveals, the Conficker virus is still very much with us.
Facebook is offering users a six month trial of security software. It’s also teaming up with the software developers to pool their databases of suspicious website addresses.
For many, the 2012 Olympics will be a once in a lifetime event watching world class athletes compete for the honor of being the best in the world. For the Interxion crew it means sleeping with the companies data center servers in London. The company fears that there will be problems with London’s transportation system making it difficult for critical staff to get into work. That’s why the company is providing sleeping quarters because having operators available on site 24/7 will reduce any problems that might arise.
Unfortunately cell phone theft is happening more and more these days. Most people know to call their wireless carrier to prevent outrageous calls, Sometimes they can get their private information wiped from their phone. Still cell phone insurance is costly and purchasing a replacement phone is even more expensive. For many of us, it also means losing a lot of personal information that may not automatically back up to Google or the iOS cloud.
For years one of the many selling points of buying an Apple computer was the fact that they rarely got a virus or a trojan. Unfortunately for at least 550,000 Mac owners worldwide, they have computers that are infected with the Flashback Trojan. Apple already knows about it and has already sent out a fix but that doesn’t mean that the infected computers are fixed. It’s a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has gotten out.
Security firm AVG has added a Do Not Track feature to its free and paid products. Unlike the current system favored by browser manufacturers, AVG actively blocks tracking by ad firms.
Email scams are certainly nothing new and plenty has been written about how to avoid them. Still, reminding people that the supposed security email in their inbox is really only a more sophisticated scam, bears repeating. There are of course, security scam emails like the one copied at the bottom as well as a more sophisticated “Nigerian” type scam that not only hijacks your address book but also signs your name to the email.
Microsoft has admitted that it’s own attempts to explain a security flaw may have been turned against it. A recent leak of code for exploiting a flaw looks to have come from one of Microsoft’s own security partners.
You’ve got to hand it to Google. Only they could celebrate a significant flaw being found in their browser, costing them $60,000.