Security Bytes:

January, 2008


January 29, 2008  9:10 AM

Metasploit gets a facelift

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

HD Moore has just released an upgrade for his popular Metasploit attack application, complete with a new Windows interface that will allow more researchers to use it. Moore says in his Metasploit blog that Version 3.1 features a graphical user interface,...

January 28, 2008  4:27 PM

ChoicePoint saga comes to a close

Eric Parizo Eric Parizo Profile: Eric Parizo

Remember ChoicePoint? Four years ago the data broker kicked off what became a years-long deluge of enterprise data breaches by allowing more than 160,000 customer records to be stolen. It seems like small potatoes today, but back in 2005 things were so bleak that ChoicePoint landed at the top of...


January 25, 2008  4:27 PM

Look how far we’ve come

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Once upon a time, it was fairly simple for security researchers to identify and eliminate phishing sites or sites hosting malware. Most of them were hosted on sketchy domains, often in countries such as Brazil, Russia or the Czech Republic. If researchers couldn't get the owner of the domain to...


January 24, 2008  7:57 AM

Cisco plugs security holes in PIX, ASA

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Cisco has delivered a security update for flaws in its popular PIX 500 Series Security Appliance (PIX) and 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). Says Cisco: "A crafted IP packet vulnerability exists in the...


January 22, 2008  12:37 PM

CIA confirms cyber attack caused blackout

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

In case there was any doubt left out there that attackers--whether state-sponsored or acting on their own--are aiming at high-value targets such as financial systems and large-scale control systems, a CIA analyst late last week told attendees at a conference that the agency has confirmed that a...


January 22, 2008  10:19 AM

Microsoft hires Linux security guru Crispin Cowan

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft has added yet another big name to is Windows Security team: Crispin Cowan. These hirings have become old hat at this point, but this one has an interesting twist in...


January 21, 2008  8:37 AM

Laptop stolen from Royal Navy

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

The latest entity to report the loss of a laptop with sensitive data is Her Majesty's Royal Navy. The BBC reported that police are investigating the theft of a laptop from a Royal Navy officer that had the personal details of 600,000 new and potential recruits to the Royal Marines, Navy and Air...


January 18, 2008  2:00 PM

Information security makes the silver screen

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Information security hit the big screen -- well, not so big screen -- with the debut of Fortify Software's documentary, "The New Face of Cybercrime" Thursday in San Francisco. Billed as a "world premier," the showing of the short film was in a small, private theater inside a movie complex, and...


January 17, 2008  8:38 PM

Security Wire Weekly video format

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Security Wire Weekly Video Edition.


January 16, 2008  8:30 AM

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Storm Trojan

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Valentine's Day isn't for another month, but that's not stopping controllers of the Storm Trojan from using the holiday theme to trick users into downloading the malware. A posting on the SANS Internet Storm Center Web site describes...


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