Security Bytes:

September, 2009


September 30, 2009  3:03 PM

Twitter gets condemned by CISOs at Forrester forum

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Security professionals are worried the social network could cause security problems for their companies. CISOs attending Forrester Research Inc.’s security forum held Sept. 10-11 in San Diego must have gotten an earful from the forum’s keynote speaker: Marcus Ranum....

September 30, 2009  1:01 PM

Microsoft makes free antivirus software widely available

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Software meets the needs of those looking for lightweight, free antivirus. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), free antivirus software for Windows users, has been...


September 29, 2009  2:08 PM

Experts, vendors search for PCI’s holy grail

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

The First Data-RSA partnership is pitted against the Heartland-Voltage E3 project in the payment industry race for securing transactions. Like the Betamax vs. VHS format war or the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD scuffle, the transaction processors in the payment industry are wrestling with...


September 25, 2009  1:52 PM

Video shows Twitter attacks using shortened URLs

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Symantec video highlights shortened URL problems on Twitter. Back in June, I wrote about 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 24, 2009  1:42 PM

Attackers target PDF, DirectShow flaws with malicious banner ads

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Advertising networks DoubleClick, YieldManager and FastClick have supplied a series of malicious banner ads to several popular legitimate websites this week. Security vendor ScanSafe says it has discovered a series of malicious banner ads appearing on popular websites,...


September 23, 2009  1:28 PM

Conficker analysis finds P2P coding limited, less sophisticated

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

New analysis of Conficker finds peer-to-peer coding less sophisticated and not likely coded by the same developers who coded the other major components of Conficker. Researchers at SRI International have conducted additional 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 17, 2009  1:13 PM

Successful rogue antivirus hinges on social engineering

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Attackers are getting better at social engineering because Internet users are ignoring privacy. Attackers have gotten very good at tricking end users into clicking on links to malicious content and they’re likely to get even better, according to a blog entry this morning in...


September 16, 2009  1:29 PM

Zeus Trojan evades antivirus software, Trusteer says

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

A study of 10,000 PCs infected with the Zeus showed that the machines had antivirus installed. The Zeus Trojan has already proven...


September 15, 2009  1:24 PM

VeriSign extends DDoS attack protection service

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

VeriSign has entered into the DDoS protection market, hoping the latest spate of DDoS attacks have raised enough concern among companies that they are shopping for solutions. The firm is using the word “cloud” to describe their 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


September 14, 2009  1:54 PM

ShmooCon soliciting papers

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Organization announces an open call for papers and presentation proposals for the annual ShmooCon event. The Shmoo Group is soliciting papers and presentations for the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


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