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Posts Tagged ‘Security’

Most security breaches unintentional, claims report

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

A report on business IT security has played down the notion of malicious “insider” computer security attacks, claiming that the majority of security flaws and breaches happen completely by accident. (more…)

Just what is an internet worm?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The Conficker or Downadup worm has been taking the headlines in the past few months, with a $250,000 bounty currently on the head of the man responsible for unleashing a bug that eventually hit an estimated 15 million PCs, making it one of the most widespread infections since the SQL Slammer in 2003. (more…)

Microsoft warn over internal threats

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

The economic downturn will lead to an increase in internal IT security threats, according to research from software giant Microsoft. (more…)

What’s the password?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The recent password scandal with the social networking site Twitter, in which several high profile users including Barack Obama and Britney Spears had their profiles vandalised, has raised the issue of password security once again. (more…)

90% of councils putting public at risk, according to report

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

90% of local authorities in the UK cannot guarantee that all sensitive data held on their laptops and other computer systems is encrypted, according to a new report. (more…)

Your personal data on sale for less than $8

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Online identities are being sold in so-called “cyber supermarkets” for as little as £5 (approx $7.50), according to research by an online safety group.

Research by the Get Safe Online Group in the UK revealed that batches of personal details such as names, addresses, passport numbers and confidential financial data such as credit card details are being “packaged” and sold on to criminals for as little as £80 each. (more…)

Spammers generate millions despite 1 in 12.5m response

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

A new report suggests that online spammers could be making multi-million dollar profits despite only receiving one response from every 12.5m emails sent.

Research by computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and UC, San Diego (UCSD) revealed that despite a response rate of 0.00001%, spammers could still generate seven-figure returns. (more…)

Intruders Break Into Republican Candidates Email

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Republican Vice-President candidate Sarah Palin was at the centre of an embarrassing security flaw this week as hackers broke their way into two of her personal email accounts.

Screenshots of two Yahoo email accounts belonging to Palin, as well as a contacts list, were posted on the Wikileaks whistle-blowing site as intruders utilised a flaw in Yahoo’s password administration system. (more…)