NEWS & ANALYSIS

Hype About Conficker and Other Big Viruses Undermining IT Security, Says FBI

Increasing media coverage of large-scale IT security threats such as the recent Conficker worm could be undermining IT security, according to an FBI official, speaking at the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Obama Releases Cybersecurity Report

President Barack Obama released his 60-day cybersecurity review this morning. Click here for the document. 

Blog Software Creator Stands Up to the Great Firewall of China

Matt Mullenweg—the 25-year-old wunderkind creator of Wordpress, a popular blogging platform—sacrificed profits for principle when China blocked his software from being used by its people.

90 Percent of E-mail is Spam, According to Report

The report from MessageLabs also found that most spammers are active during the U.S. workday.

Two in Three Teens Have Tried Hacking, Study Finds

A recent survey from IT security firm Panda Security found that a little over two out of three teenagers have attempted to hack into their friends' online accounts, reports SC Magazine.

Facebook Fights Phishing Attacks

Hackers have launched a big phishing scam at Facebook's 200 million users to swipe their user names and passwords, reports Reuters.

Microsoft Issues Critical Patch for PowerPoint

Microsoft released patches yesterday for its popular PowerPoint program for PCs due to a vulnerability that would allow a hacker to gain complete control of a system, although Apple users will have to wait a little longer for their patch.

Heartland to Provide End-to-End Encryption

Heartland Payments Systems has announced that it will offer end-to-end encryption to its merchants for their payment card processing after last year's hack attack that may have compromised more than 100 million card accounts.

US-CERT: Phishers Dangle Swine Flu as Bait

Phishers and spammers are exploiting worldwide fear of swine flu to sell pharmaceutical products and steal personal information from anxious e-mail users, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team reports.

Most Cybercriminals and Victims American

Cybercrime is again on the rise, and the United States boasts both the most cybercriminals and victims, according to a British paper.
 




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