Articles By Robert McMillan

Flower shop employee fired for death threat delivered through her e-mail account

An employee of 1-800-Flowers.com has been fired after an e-mailed death threat was linked to her account.The crudely worded e-mail was sent Sunday to Paul "PZ" Myers, an associate professor of biology at

Published on: July 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Microsoft fix pulverizes password theft software on 2 million PCs

Microsoft's June security updates were bad news for online criminals who make their living stealing password information from online gamers.The company's Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) – a program that detects and removes

Published on: June 24th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Misconfigured, virus-laden laptop nearly ruins a life

Last week, prosecutors dropped their year-old case after a state investigation of Michael Fiola's computer determined there was insufficient evidence to prove he had downloaded the files."We could not meet our burden of

Published on: June 19th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Why this Vista hacker tried to sell his laptop on eBay

When Shane Macaulay tried to sell the Fujitsu U810 laptop he won in a hacking contest last week, it seemed almost like an April Fool's joke.He said that a top quality hacker could

Published on: April 3rd, 2008 Robert McMillan

Vista falls, Linux holds strong in Canadian hacking contest

The MacBook Air went first; a tiny Fujitsu laptop running Vista was hacked on the last day of the contest; but it was Linux, running on a Sony Vaio, that remained undefeated as

Published on: April 1st, 2008 Robert McMillan

Spam King faces 26-year jail term after pleading guilty

The notorious spammer authorities dubbed "the King of Spam" is facing a possible 26-year jail sentence after pleading guilty in Seattle on Friday to charges of fraud and tax evasion. Robert Soloway, 28,

Published on: March 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Security vendor Trend Micro victim of massive Web attack

Security vendor Trend Micro has fallen victim to a widespread Web attack that splashed malicious software onto hundreds of legitimate Web sites in recent days.A Trend Micro spokesman confirmed that the company's site

Published on: March 17th, 2008 Robert McMillan

The bug finder whose name bothers Microsoft

When a hacker going by the name Chujwamwdupe published attack code that exploited a recently patched bug in Microsoft Office 2003 last week, it looked almost as if he were publishing the software

Published on: February 19th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Denial of service hacking attack hits Church of Scientology Web site

A group of hackers calling itself "Anonymous" has hit the Church of Scientology's Web site with an online attack. The attack was launched Jan. 19 by Anonymous, which is seeking media attention to

Published on: January 28th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Machiavellian malware uses age old tricks to evade detection

Over the past month, a new type of malicious software has emerged, using a decades-old technique to hide itself from antivirus software.The malware, called Trojan.Mebroot by Symantec, installs itself on the first part

Published on: January 10th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Massive WiFi virus outbreak possible

If criminals were to target unsecured wireless routers, they could create an attack that could piggyback across thousands of Wi-Fi networks in urban areas like Chicago or New York City, according to researchers

Published on: January 4th, 2008 Robert McMillan

Windows flaw could expose some to online attacks, says Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. said Monday that a flaw in the way its Windows operating system looks up other computers on the Internet has resurfaced and could expose some customers to online attacks.The flaw primarily

Published on: December 4th, 2007 Robert McMillan

Serious flaw leaves Lotus Notes vulnerable to hackers

A serious bug in IBM's Lotus Notes software could be used by attackers to run unauthorized software on a victim's PC, researchers at Core Security Technologies reported Tuesday. The flaw lies in the

Published on: November 28th, 2007 Robert McMillan

Latest AIM faces renewed security threat

AOL LLC has patched a serious flaw in its instant-messaging software, but more troubles may lie ahead, according to a security researcher familiar with the issue.The flaw affects how the AIM software uses

Published on: October 16th, 2007 Robert McMillan

Microsoft’s hackers reveal their craft

For the record, there are hackers at Microsoft. Just don't call them hackers.In August, a blogger using the handle “Techjunkie” started a Microsoft Developer Network blog called Hackers @ Microsoft that, he claimed,

Published on: October 6th, 2007 Robert McMillan