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On Tuesday US-CERT, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, warned that the instructions given by Microsoft to disable AutoRun, a protective measure to prevent infection by the "Downadup" worm, are ineffective and erroneous. AutoRun, when enabled, tells Windows to automatically run any program specified in the "autorun.inf" on... Read more...
Because of the computational power of today's GPUs, GPUs are starting to be harnessed more and more to help out CPUs with some hardcore number crunching. That is the concept behind Nvidia's CUDA, ATI's Stream, and Apple's OpenCL frameworks. There aren't many apps available yet that take advantage of these relatively new technologies, but the... Read more...
On the heels of the phishing attacks on Twitter and Digg, where all that immediately seemed to be at risk were logon credentials to the social sites, comes a potentially much more insidious problem.Security vendor Trusteer has found a JavaScript bug in all major browsers makes it easier for crooks to steal your login information while you're... Read more...
You may have heard of Schlage. It's a well-known company in the lock industry, and you've likely seen at least one Schlage lock in a door somewhere. Well, they've just launched Schlage LiNK, a suite of products that encompasses not just security, as in an alarm system, but a control system for your locks and a monitoring system for the house.... Read more...
Oops, they hacked Twitter again.  Yep, in a breach totally separate from the phishing scam from last weekend, Twitter has been hacked.  And not just any account, either.  We're talking about the accounts of none other than the President-elect (which had been idle since the election), Britney Spears, Fox News, and a lot more.In... Read more...
A phishing scam, in 140 characters or less? That's what we have here, as a phishing scam apparently hit Twitter on Saturday. According to Twitter, If you receive an email notice saying you’ve received a Direct Message with a link that redirects to what seems like Twitter.com, be careful about entering your Twitter credentials. Instead, look... Read more...
As Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and Apple’s Safari all compete against one another to try to see who can be the No. 1 Web browser, certainly privacy is a key factor that influences success. While many of us hope to never have to deal with the repercussions of a flawed browser and/or stolen information,... Read more...
A recent discovery of an exploit of the MD5 algorithm used to check the validity of Secure Sockets Layer SSL certificates (The little lock icon on the bottom right of your browser) may put to question whether your online transaction is in fact valid and secure.CNET reports that an international team of researchers will announce this today.They... Read more...
Digital photo frames are a hot gift item these days, but anyone buying a Samsung SPF-85H 8-inch digital photo frame through Amazon.com this year may have given their loved ones a little something extra: A computer virus.Amazon reached out to its purchasers with a note just before the holiday.Here's a snippet of their warning to customers:... Read more...
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the launch of the first-to-market 7” Wireless Internet Camera and Photo Monitor, model TV-M7. The world’s first 7” Wireless Internet Camera and Photo Monitor connects to your wireless network, detects wired and wireless TRENDnet Internet Security Cameras... Read more...
Lavasoft, developer of the long-time entrant in the spyware detection arena, Ad-Aware, has released a stand-alone antivirus application. The new product, Lavasoft Anti-Virus Helix is based on technology from antivirus vendor Avira. It's interesting that Lavasoft would make this move shortly after Microsoft's announcement to drop OneCare and... Read more...
Ericsson and Intel have announced that they are collaborating on a way to keep your laptop's contents safe when your laptop goes MIA. Using Intel's Anti-Theft Technology - PC Protection (Intel AT-p) and Ericsson's Mobile Broadband (HSPA) modules, lost or stolen laptops cans be remotely "locked."Similar to Lenovo's recently announced Lockdown... Read more...
Malware writers sobbed Tuesday as Microsoft announced that it will cease sales of its security product, Windows Live OneCare, as of June 30th, 2009. Instead, Microsoft announced that it would begin shipping a free product, codenamed "Morro," in the second half of 2009. The new offering will be less of a resource hog, according to the press... Read more...
Traditional antivirus (AV) testing, such as that done by organizations such as AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org, uses collections of malware to demonstrate the capabilities of security products. Secunia, on the other hand, focuses on exploits. For example, it has a scanner at its site that will search your system for unpatched vulnerabilities... Read more...
Data breaches are becoming increasingly common and more sophisticated, putting consumers' personal information and financials at risk. Not only can these data breaches lead to identity theft, but some can even lead to money being siphoned out of bank accounts and illegal purchases made on credit cards. The responsibility for preventing these... Read more...
The security vulnerabilities already discovered in Chrome appear to have been patched by Google. Of course, Google (much like Apple) hasn't provided any release notes, so discovering what's been fixed isn't that easy. Google said, in a group post: We're planning to do release notes. 149.29 is a security update and we released it as fast as... Read more...
If you use a computer on a regular basis, chances are you are running some sort of anti-malware application. If you aren't then you really should be, as recent studies show that malware is becoming more pervasive and more sophisticated. No operating system (OS) is immune from malware attacks, but Microsoft Windows is the most frequently targeted... Read more...
Apparently, Linux kernel creator, Linus Torvalds has no problem expressing his opinion, and did so vehemently via back-and-forth e-mails with the editors of Network World this week. What got Torvalds so heated is his perception of how security vulnerabilities are so incredibly over-hyped to the extent that he calls it a "security circus."... Read more...
It used to be fairly straightforward choosing a browser. Internet Explorer came bundled with everything, a few hardy souls got on the Firefox bandwagon early, Apple freaks used Safari, and Ron Paul voters used Opera. Since hackers concentrated their attention on the target-rich environment of massed IE users, everybody else benefited from... Read more...
Microsoft Releases Latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Company finds use of malicious software increasingly motivated by financial gain. LONDON - Microsoft Corp. today released the fourth volume of its Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) at Infosecurity Europe 2008. The report focuses on the second half of 2007 and uses... Read more...
A report released Wednesday by Infosecurity Europe revealed that not only is chocolate good bait for getting someone's password, so is an attractive appearance.576 office workers in total were polled by the fake researchers in a bid to raise awareness about information security.  Infosecurity Europe hired attractive “researchers” to hand... Read more...
The British company Thruvision has announced the T5000 Security Imaging System, a camera that can "see" under clothes using what the company calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays that they emit. The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls "passive imaging... Read more...
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