Frank Washkuch

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Attacks on health care organisations up 85 percent in past year

Attacks on health care organisations up 85 percent in past year

Attempted cyberattacks on health care organisations have increased 85 percent in the past year, according to SecureWorks, a software-as-a-service vendor.
Feb 15 2008 7:44AM
Juvenile pleads guilty to infecting military, Sandia Laboratories PCs

Juvenile pleads guilty to infecting military, Sandia Laboratories PCs

A juvenile cohort of botmaster Jeanson James Ancheta pleaded guilty this week to using botnets to infect thousands of PCs, including those used by sensitive government agencies.
Feb 13 2008 11:39AM
House bill mandates high-tech Social Security cards

House bill mandates high-tech Social Security cards

Two Republican congressmen from Illinois have proposed legislation that would update the Social Security card for the age of cybercrime.
Feb 13 2008 11:39AM
Mozilla plugs 10 Firefox vulnerabilities

Mozilla plugs 10 Firefox vulnerabilities

Mozilla released Firefox version 2.0.0.12 on Thursday, fixing 10 vulnerabilities -- three critical -- in the alternative web browser.
Feb 11 2008 9:59AM
Apple fixes HTTP-response vulnerability in QuickTime

Apple fixes HTTP-response vulnerability in QuickTime

Apple on Wednesday released a new version of its QuickTime media player, patching a flaw in the application on both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.
Feb 8 2008 9:53AM
Atheists' MySpace page restored after hacking incident

Atheists' MySpace page restored after hacking incident

The "Atheist and Agnostic Group" MySpace page has been reactivated, a month after the page was deleted following a November 2007 hacking incident where unauthorised users renamed it "Jesus is Love."
Feb 7 2008 10:17AM
Apple fixes iPhoto bug

Apple fixes iPhoto bug

Apple this week released a security update for iPhoto, patching a flaw that could allow remote code execution.
Feb 7 2008 10:17AM
Spammers plead guilty to "419" scams that netted US$1.2 million

Spammers plead guilty to "419" scams that netted US$1.2 million

Three men pleaded guilty this week in New York to running get-rich-quick spam schemes - including a scam where one of the men claimed to have terminal throat cancer - targeting email users.
Feb 1 2008 9:55AM
Yahoo names VeriSign's Balogh CTO

Yahoo names VeriSign's Balogh CTO

In a move overshadowed by sizable layoffs announced this week, Yahoo has named VeriSign's Aristotle Balogh its new chief technology officer (CTO).
Jan 31 2008 10:27AM
Barracuda claims Trend Micro patent complaint aims to stifle competition

Barracuda claims Trend Micro patent complaint aims to stifle competition

Officials from Barracuda Networks are suggesting that Trend Micro's patent complaint, which demands removal of virus-detection technologies from Barracuda and Panda firewalls, really aims to give Trend Micro a monopoly on gateway AV scanning.
Jan 30 2008 10:05AM
Woman accused of deleting US$2.5 million in data

Woman accused of deleting US$2.5 million in data

A Florida woman, fearing she was about to be fired from her job, has been arrested for allegedly deleting seven year's worth of her employer's architectural data.
Jan 29 2008 11:27AM
PayPal to acquire Fraud Sciences for US$169 million

PayPal to acquire Fraud Sciences for US$169 million

PayPal has agreed to acquire Fraud Sciences, a vendor of online transaction-verification tools.
Jan 29 2008 11:25AM
Will Google search for more security during a US recession?

Will Google search for more security during a US recession?

Jan 25 2008 12:17PM
Microsoft: Vista safer in first year than other operating systems

Microsoft: Vista safer in first year than other operating systems

Microsoft defended the security posture of its Vista operating system (OS) this week, claiming the platform has had a safer first year in terms of vulnerability management than any of its competitors.
Jan 25 2008 9:47AM
Drive-by pharming attacks seen in the wild

Drive-by pharming attacks seen in the wild

The first drive-by pharming attacks have been spotted in the wild, researchers said this week.
Jan 24 2008 10:35AM
U.S.-based website distributing powerful encryption software for al Qaeda

U.S.-based website distributing powerful encryption software for al Qaeda

An al Qaeda-linked website is distributing formidable encryption software -- a sign that the group could be improving other technological capabilities, researchers have warned.
Jan 24 2008 10:11AM
Data of 650,000 customers of JCPenney, other retailers, at risk after backup goes missing

Data of 650,000 customers of JCPenney, other retailers, at risk after backup goes missing

The personally identifiable information of about 650,000 customers of JCPenney and other retailers is at risk after a data tape went missing from storage vendor Iron Mountain.
Jan 21 2008 12:39PM
Malware up 800 percent in 2007, says Panda

Malware up 800 percent in 2007, says Panda

The amount of malware captured last year increased by 800 percent over 2006, researchers said this week.
Jan 18 2008 4:08PM
Excel exploit targets vulnerability in the wild

Excel exploit targets vulnerability in the wild

Microsoft this week warned Windows and Mac users that cyberattackers are remotely exploiting a flaw in Excel to take over computers.
Jan 17 2008 4:21PM
Year's first QuickTime vulnerability discovered

Year's first QuickTime vulnerability discovered

An Italian researcher has identified a flaw in Apple's QuickTime media application that can allow an attacker to perform a DoS attack or take control of an affected PC.
Jan 15 2008 4:28PM

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