Ericka Chickowski

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Mozilla update fixes Firefox security flaws

Mozilla update fixes Firefox security flaws

Mozilla on Friday released an update for its Firefox web browser that fixed several security flaws.
Feb 27 2007 5:09AM
US to spend US$687on security awareness

US to spend US$687on security awareness

The US government will spend over US$687 million on security awareness training within agency ranks over the next five years, an analyst predicted this week.
Feb 23 2007 4:37AM
US Judge  sentenced to prison for child porn

US Judge sentenced to prison for child porn

A former judge was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday for possession of child pornography that was initially found by a Canadian hacker vigilante who tipped off authorities six years ago.
Feb 22 2007 10:32PM
Report: Chinese hackers waging cyberwar on US

Report: Chinese hackers waging cyberwar on US

Chinese hackers are waging war against the United States through the cyber realm, a senior defense official said last week.
Feb 22 2007 2:12PM
US$400 million corporate espionage incident at DuPont

US$400 million corporate espionage incident at DuPont

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) pulled the covers off a previously-sealed case of corporate espionage by a former DuPont scientist who stole US$400-million in intellectual property from his employer.
Feb 19 2007 12:21AM
Researchers find similar unpatched flaw in IE and Firefox

Researchers find similar unpatched flaw in IE and Firefox

Security researchers have discovered a rare flaw affecting both Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer that can allow a hacker to read sensitive files on users' computers with the use of a bit of social engineering.
Feb 16 2007 11:32PM
1.8 million more people affected by latest VA loss

1.8 million more people affected by latest VA loss

The public relations nightmare for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) worsened this week with the announcement that last month's loss of a relatively low impact hard drive loss actually affected 1.8 million people.
Feb 15 2007 5:54AM
PayPal to deploy tokens to fight phishing attacks

PayPal to deploy tokens to fight phishing attacks

PayPal will offer a public beta in the Unites States next week for a new security token designed to combat phishing attacks on its customers, a company executive told SCMagazine.com last week.
Feb 12 2007 7:16AM
RSA:  Core Security says third-party software is Vista's fatal flaw

RSA: Core Security says third-party software is Vista's fatal flaw

Researchers attending RSA Conference 2007 yesterday announced a new vulnerability - with a working exploit - that they said demonstrates Microsoft's Windows Vista's weakest link: its third-party software.
Feb 8 2007 2:30AM
RSA Conference 2007: Microsoft's Mundie and Gates kick things off

RSA Conference 2007: Microsoft's Mundie and Gates kick things off

Microsoft helped to kick off the RSA Conference this morning with a joint keynote from Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie on the changing risk environment and the ways the company is working with the rest of the industry to adapt.
Feb 6 2007 5:54PM
IT security industry gathers at RSA Conference 2007

IT security industry gathers at RSA Conference 2007

Security professionals from around the globe gathered in San Francisco today to kick off RSA Conference 2007.
Feb 6 2007 12:10AM
FTC slaps alleged pornography spammer with hefty fine

FTC slaps alleged pornography spammer with hefty fine

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stung a pornography marketer with a US$465,000 civil penalty this week for breaking anti-spam regulations that require an email warning of sexually explicit materials.
Feb 2 2007 9:31AM
Data security firms start Payment Card Industry Vendor Alliance

Data security firms start Payment Card Industry Vendor Alliance

A handful of data security companies announced they're forming a new alliance to advocate for firms who must comply with the payment card industry data security standards (PCI DSS).
Jan 31 2007 3:46AM
Apple still offering Windows users flawed Quicktime version

Apple still offering Windows users flawed Quicktime version

This week Apple released a security update for a Quicktime vulnerability that was disclosed on the first of the month, but researchers with Secunia reported on Thursday that Windows users who download the latest version of the software are still vulnerable.
Jan 27 2007 1:18AM
Cisco reveals three flaws in Internetwork Operating System

Cisco reveals three flaws in Internetwork Operating System

Cisco released three security advisories on Wednesday for severe vulnerabilities in its Internetwork Operating System software (IOS), the most serious of which could allow remote arbitrary code execution.
Jan 26 2007 9:51AM
Academics warn of fingerprint biometrics weaknesses

Academics warn of fingerprint biometrics weaknesses

Experts from the University of California, Davis warned this week that the reliability of fingerprint biometrics has declined considerably due to technological concerns and a growing world population.
Jan 25 2007 6:50AM
Patching process

Patching process

There are many different names for the second Tuesday of every month: Patch Tuesday, Super Tuesday, Black Tuesday — and maybe even some other unsavory nicknames not suitable for print. This day, when Microsoft rolls out security updates, is the fulcrum around which most organisations' whole patch management cycles revolve. But just as there are different nicknames for the day, there are also differing opinions about how it should be handled and how quickly organisations should respond with changes.
Jan 22 2007 12:14AM
Fortify Software acquires Secure Software

Fortify Software acquires Secure Software

Fortify Software announced today that it reached a definitive agreement to acquire US based Secure Software.
Jan 18 2007 12:33AM
New death-threat phishing scams target professionals

New death-threat phishing scams target professionals

Spamming scammers claiming to be contract killers have hit unsuspecting email users with a new con trick, security experts warned this week.
Jan 12 2007 5:53PM
Month of Apple Bugs projects reveals highly critical Mac OS X flaw

Month of Apple Bugs projects reveals highly critical Mac OS X flaw

A highly-critical vulnerability in Mac OS X that can be exploited to compromise users' systems was disclosed on Thursday.
Jan 12 2007 7:06AM

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