08/20/2007 - Machine agents such as robots or crawlers (called bots) visit millions of Web sites daily. Sometimes the use is benign, as when search agents use them to update their information. But these programs can also be harmful. They can be used to hunt for Web site vulnerabilities or harvest e-mail addresses for future spamming. They can also reduce a Web site’s bandwidth.
A new site keeps an updated list of bad bots and crawlers. Web site host managers and business owners can download data for free from Botslist.com that can then be configured to block bad robots. It’s this month’s A Site to See.
08/20/2007 - The three biggest data security concerns for businesses: outside data harvesting attacks, exposing sensitive information to unauthorized users, and accidental loss of employee data. Read more about the report here.
08/13/2007 - In order to ensure that your PC is protected from malware, it helps to run a few tests. Auditmypc.com offers just that: a handful of free, relatively quick self-assessments. Options include testing the strength of your firewall and your protection against pop-ups.
08/13/2007 - Zero-day attacks - the name given to exploits of vulnerabilities for which no patch is available - are the bête noires of IT security. Unfortunately, discoveries of not-yet-patchable vulnerabilities are on the rise, raising the specter of more zero-day exploits. Learn more about zero-day attacks and what you can do to combat them here.
08/13/2007 - As a growing number of U.S. companies outsource software creation and data-handling functions to service providers located in other countries, the issue of data protection has gained prominence. One such problem is that 'backdoors' could be inserted in code for later use and that personal financial data could be stolen.
08/10/2007 - The National Institute of Justice has issued another in its series of reports on investigating high-tech crimes. It provides guidance on such issues as tracing an Internet address to its source. It also looks at specifics with regard to various issues such as Web site capture tools and Web archiving sites that may help an investigator determine the content of a site at the time the crime was committed. It likewise discusses the unique concerns involved in investigations of instant messenging (IM), chat rooms, and Internet Relay Chat. It notes, for example, "Service providers are not required to retain IP address information. Therefore, when an IM program is involved, time is of the essence." Read the complete report.
08/10/2007 - Hak.5 calls itself “a television show for geeks, hackers, and do-it-yourselfers” that is distributed online in short YouTube segments. Find out more about the exploits that are coming your way by visiting Hak.5., this month’s Site to See.