Microsoft to issue one critical Windows update this week

Microsoft today said it will issue four security updates next week, only one of which is pegged as critical, to patch 22 vulnerabilities in Windows and Visio 2003.Next Tuesday's patch lineup is smaller

Published on: July 11th, 2011 Gregg Keizer

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

Sony’s peril causes hackers to pile on the pressure

The apparent ease with which hackers have breached Sony networks in recent days shows how much work is still needed to fully secure the company's networks, analysts say.Sony, along with three external security

Published on: May 24th, 2011 Jaikumar Vijayan

PSN breach: Sony’s security approach ‘outdated’, experts say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

Vancouver contest prompts Google to patch Chrome browser

Google patched 25 vulnerabilities in Chrome today in one last update before the Pwn2Own hacking contest starts Wednesday in Canada.The company has a lot on the line at Pwn2Own, which runs March 9-11

Published on: March 9th, 2011 Gregg Keizer

Anonymous ‘warring with God’ says hacked church

A Twitter message from Monday suggests that a self-proclaimed "hacktivist" using the handle The Jester may have been responsible for knocking the controversial Westboro Baptist Church offline . In the message , the

Published on: February 24th, 2011 Jaikumar Vijayan

Wireless network passwords cracked with Amazon’s EC2 service

German security researcher Thomas Roth has found an innovative use for cloud computing: cracking wireless networks that rely on pre-shared key passphrases, such as those found in homes and smaller businesses.Roth has created

Published on: January 11th, 2011 Keir Thomas

Popular hacked Gawker passwords include ‘password’

The most popular password among nearly 400,000 exposed by the Gawker hack was "12345," according to an analysis done by a security firm. In second place was the word "password" itself. The most

Published on: December 15th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Microsoft uncovers, fixes 1,800 bugs in Office 2010

Microsoft uncovered more than 1,800 bugs in Office 2010 by tapping into the unused computing horsepower of idling PCs, a company security engineer said today.Office developers found the bugs by running millions of

Published on: April 5th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Bug off — Find your bugs yourself, Pwn2Own winner tells Microsoft, Apple

The only researcher to "three-peat" at the Pwn2Own hacking contest said today that security is such a "broken record" that he won't hand over 20 vulnerabilities he's found in Apple's, Adobe's and Microsoft's

Published on: March 29th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

New wave of ransom-style scams hit the Internet

Criminals reused an attack from 2008 to hit the Internet with a huge wave of ransomware in recent weeks, a security company has reported.In the space of only two days, February 8 and

Published on: March 9th, 2010 John E. Dunn and Joaquim P. Menezes

Cybercrooks use card-sniffing malware to hack into ATMs

Diebold has released a security fix for its Opteva automated teller machines after cyber criminals apparently broke into the systems at one or more businesses in Russia and installed malicious software.Diebold learned of

Published on: March 19th, 2009 Robert McMillan

E-payment site breach compromises 5 million customers

CheckFree Corp. and some of the banks that use its electronic bill payment service are notifying more than 5 million customers that criminals took control of several of the company's Internet domains and

Published on: January 8th, 2009 Robert McMillan

How to not have your Web site hacked like Sony’s

The U.S. Sony Playstation Web site is the latest high-profile victim of a hacker attack on business sites that's spreading malware at breakneck pace, says a security vendor. Sophos PLC reported that Sony

Published on: July 4th, 2008 Brian Jackson