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Florida Man Pleads Guilty To A DDoS Attack  08 December 2006 
Source: Help Net Security - Posted by LogError   
A Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to hacking into computer systems at two major universities as part of establishing a "bot" network of compromised computers from which he could launch distributed denial of service attacks on computers and networks attached to the Internet.

 
E-mail Content Security: Filtering Out The Hype  06 December 2006 
Source: Help Net Security - Posted by LogError   
E-mail is at risk - vulnerable to external attack from viruses, spam, spyware and phishing technologies. And vulnerable to abuse from within, which could result in: acceptable use policies being compromised; regulatory compliance violations; and/or confidential corporate data being leaked externally.

 
Open Source Linux Security on opensourceloudspeaker.com  05 December 2006 
In this edition of the Open Source Loud Speaker broadcast, the topic is the Linux platform as a secure platform and the benefits of Linux in a secure open source environment. Amongst those interviewed by Herb Kraft is founder and CEO of Guardian Digital Dave Wreski. Wreski discusses Guardian Digital's secure version of Linux, EnGarde Secure Linux, and how it impacts the open source security community.

 
Introducing Stealth Malware Taxonomy  04 December 2006 
Source: Help Net Security - Posted by LogError   
Joanna Rutkowska writes: "At the beginning of this year, at Black Hat Federal Conference, I proposed a simple taxonomy that could be used to classify stealth malware according to how it interacts with the operating system. Since that time I have often referred to this classification as I think it is very useful in designing system integrity verification tools and talking about malware in general. Now I decided to explain this classification a bit more as well as extend it of a new type of malware - the type III malware."

 
What are the most common causes of security breaches?  03 December 2006 
Source: Help Net Security - Posted by Administrator   
One of the key internal threats to corporates is spyware, because itís all too often introduced without malicious intent, by employees that naively click through a couple of pop-up browser windows, or install an unapproved yet Ďcoolí application on the network. The situation isnít helped by the myths that surround spyware.

 
Bring Back Deleted Files With Lsof  17 November 2006 
Source: Linux.com - Posted by Eric Lubow   
There you are, happily playing around with an audio file you've spent all afternoon tweaking, and you're thinking, "Wow, doesn't it sound great? Lemme just move it over here." At that point your subconscious chimes in, "Um, you meant mv, not rm, right?" Oops. I feel your pain -- this happens to everyone. But there's a straightforward method to recover your lost file, and since it works on every standard Linux system, everyone ought to know how to do it. Briefly, a file as it appears somewhere on a Linux filesystem is actually just a link to an inode, which contains all of the file's properties, such as permissions and ownership, as well as the addresses of the data blocks where the file's content is stored on disk. When you rm a file, you're removing the link that points to its inode, but not the inode itself; other processes (such as your audio player) might still have it open. It's only after they're through and all links are removed that an inode and the data blocks it pointed to are made available for writing.

 
Common Security Solutions Can't Prevent Data Theft  11 November 2006 
Source: Help Net Security - Posted by LogError   
Widely used data security solutions have been found useless against several methods of data theft, according to tests conducted by a data security Innersafe Corporation. Types of data exposed included those useful for fraud, identity theft, phishing, or spamming. And, like tampered votes in certain electronic voting machines, data theft can remain undetected after it happens.

 
Hacking Doesn't Crack the Code  04 November 2006 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Eric Lubow   
Something -- maybe a lot of things -- is wrong with how America conducts its elections. As you might have heard, there were a few problems down in Florida back in 2000, and more recently in the Maryland primary. No doubt, voting and vote-counting can be messy, complicated and subject to potentially outcome-shifting flaws. With that as backdrop and five days before Election Day, HBO weighs in tonight with "Hacking Democracy," a somewhat torpid documentary that is itself complicated, flawed and messy.

 
Google Thanks Bug Hunters  02 November 2006 
Source: ZDNet - Posted by Eric Lubow   
A new page, quietly added to Google's corporate Web site last month, gives information on the security and safety of the company's Web properties. It also includes a list of people and organizations that Google wishes to thank for reporting security vulnerabilities to it. That's a first among major Web companies, security researchers say. "We want to thank those people for doing the right thing. I wanted to make sure we gave them lots of public 'geek cred,'" Douglas Merrill, vice president of engineering at Google, said in an interview. "The security researchers I know are partially in it for the geek credibility of it--the 'Hey! Look what I did. I am cool.'"

 
Sharp Rise in the Cost of Data Breaches  24 October 2006 
Source: Net-Security.org - LogError - Posted by Administrator   
PGP Corporation, Vontu and The Ponemon Institute released the 2006 Annual Study: Cost of a Data Breach. This benchmark analysis details the financial impact of data loss incidents on affected companies. According to the study's 2006 findings, data breaches cost companies an average of $182 per compromised record, a 31 percent increase over 2005. The Ponemon Institute analysed 31 different incidents for the study. Total costs for each ranged from less than $1 million to more than $22 million.

 
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