Archive for October 16th, 2007

Gathering ‘Storm’ Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets

October 16, 2007

Although it’s most commonly called a worm, Storm is really more: a worm, a Trojan horse and a bot all rolled into one. It’s also the most successful example we have of a new breed of worm. Storm represents the future of malware. Let’s look at its behavior…

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Billy Hoffman interview on Jikto in 90 minute video podcast Shmoocon specia

October 16, 2007

In this special episode of Hak5 the crew heads to Washington DC for ShmooCon, the only annual security conference with complementary foam balls. Featuring Bruce Potter, one of the conferences organizers, with all things about the con. Billy Hoffman on Jikto and more, Cachedump with Eoin Miller and Adair Collins, Ken Caruso with the NOC…

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SanDisk Launches TrustedSignins Authentication System

October 16, 2007

Online banking, shopping and other transactions will soon have added security with a new dual-factor authentication product called TrustedSignins, which was introduced today by SanDisk Corporation

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DOE Fails 5 Years In A Row: 22% Increase in “Significant” Security Risks

October 16, 2007

The U.S. Department of Energy still hasn’t done enough to strengthen its cybersecurity protections, exposing critical systems to compromise and putting data at risk, according to a report issued last month by the agency’s inspector general. The agency has received failing grades for its cyber­security efforts in each of the past five years.

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US online brokers hit by pump and dump fraud

October 16, 2007

Hackers in Eastern Europe and Asia have been infiltrating customer accounts at US online brokers and making unauthorised trades to artificially inflate the price of some stocks. The ‘pump and dump’ fraud has reportedly cost E*Trade at least $18 million in the third quarter alone.

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Cybercrime: Flourishes in Online Hacker Forums

October 16, 2007

Want proof? Just visit any of a dozen or so thriving cybercrime forums, websites that mirror the services of Amazon.com and the efficiencies of eBay. Criminal buyers and sellers convene at these virtual emporiums to wheel and deal in all things related to cyberattacks — and in the fruit of cyberintrusions: pilfered credit and debit card numbers…

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US to Shutter DoD TALON Database as it Works on Replacement

October 16, 2007

The Department of Defense’s eagle is losing a TALON. The military announced this morning that it is closing the much-criticized TALON Reporting System on September 17, but it plans to roll out a new threat reporting system in the future.

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What Is DES and 3DES?

October 16, 2007

The Data Encryption Standard (also known as DES) is a cipher (method of encryption) selected as an official Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) for the U.S in 1976, and was subsequently used internationally as a widespread encryption method.

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Should Schools Fingerprint Your Kids?

October 16, 2007

The lunch lines weren’t fast enough for the head of food programs at the Boulder Valley school district. Kids had barely enough time to sit and eat before the lunch period was over. Then a new technology was discovered that would allow a scanner to identify a kid qualified for lunch with the swipe of a finger. It turned out to be the perfect storm.

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Google Security Mishaps and User Trust

October 16, 2007

A steady stream of minor security incidents at Google can hurt them in the long run. Running applications for businesses is serious stuff, and Google needs to be diligent about security. Another minor incident came up this evening – a Google employee intended to post on her personal blog and wrote on the official Google blog covering Blogger instea

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