Big increase in data breaches during 2012

We’ve heard a lot of anecdotal cases of password leaks and other data breaches from some high-profile services this year, but now software vendor SecurityCoverage is showing some research that indicates data breaches

Published on: August 23rd, 2012 Brian Jackson

Disable Windows Gadgets or risk attack, Microsoft advises

Rather than fix vulnerabilities with Gadgets and the Sidebar in Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft is advising users to disable the features altogether.Gadgets and Sidebar allow users to add visual information and

Published on: July 11th, 2012 Jared Newman

Flame and Stuxnet creators collaborated: Kaspersky Labs

Security researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Labs have found evidence that the development teams behind the Flame and Stuxnet cyberespionage threats collaborated with each other.The Kasperskyresearchers determined that Flame, which is believed to

Published on: June 11th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Anonymous

Organizations that look to protect themselves against attacks launched by the Anonymous hacktivist collective should make sure that their Web applications are secure before deploying anti-DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) solutions, says security firm Imperva

Published on: February 27th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

‘Self-healing’ cloud that detects, destroys threats in the works at MIT

What if a cloud computing infrastructure could recognize a cyberattack, eliminate it, and never stop working while all that is being done? That's what researchers at MIT, with help from the federal government,

Published on: February 27th, 2012 Brandon Butler

‘All Hell breaks loose’ when DDoS attacks strike, Toronto victim says

Pagers start buzzing, Tweets start flooding the screen, phones start ringing and every other incoming information sensor starts blinking – that's how Mark Jeftovic knows his Toronto-based domain name server service is being

Published on: November 21st, 2011 Brian Jackson

Anonymous not behind vulgar Facebook spam attack: researcher

The recent spam attack that planted pornographic images on Facebook was not the work of Anonymous, a security researcher said Thursday.On Tuesday, Facebook confirmed what it called"a coordinated spam attack" that resulted in

Published on: November 18th, 2011 Gregg Keizer

IPv6 eyed by torrent users to avoid network throttling

Experts are reporting a rise in the number of attacks that take advantage of known vulnerabilities of IPv6, a next-generation addressing scheme that is being adopted across the Internet. IPv6 replaces the Internet's

Published on: August 26th, 2011 Carolyn Duffy Marsan

Chinese government refutes Google accusations over Gmail attacks

A Chinese official today denied accusations that the government was responsible for attacks that accessed hundreds of Google Gmail accounts. "The so-called allegations that the Chinese government supports hacking is completely fabricated with

Published on: June 3rd, 2011 Gregg Keizer

PSN breach: Sony’s security approach ‘outdated’, experts say

As the PlayStation Network outage enters its fourth week, with no definite answer to the question of when service will be restored, security experts have said that Sony could have done more to

Published on: May 16th, 2011 Jared Newman

Wave of online scams, malware follows bin Laden’s death

On Sunday, a Twitter account called @ReallyVirtual based in Abbottaba, Pakistan, tweeted about helicopters and explosions in the area, just about six hours before news broke that United States intelligence operatives have attacked

Published on: May 3rd, 2011 Nestor E. Arellano and Joan Goodchild

Twitter patches flaw after malicious link runs rampant

A serious security flaw was apparently found on Twitter on Tuesday but was quickly fixed. Hackers had exploited a flaw in Twitter, which results in pop-ups and third-party websites being opened despite users

Published on: September 22nd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

How to fight the malware pandemic

If malware were biological, the world would be in the grip of the worst pandemic in history. In 2009, more than 25 million different unique malware programs were identified, more than all the

Published on: August 10th, 2010 Roger A. Grimes

Explosion of online malware confounds security firms

New research has further confirmed the difficulties security software companies are having keeping up with an explosion in malicious software programs on the Internet.Security software from major vendors can take an average of

Published on: June 22nd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk