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December, 2009


December 23, 2009  3:20 PM

Is mobile malware all hype? New figures show fragmented mobile phone market

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Despite being one of the hottest smartphones on the market, Apple iPhone 3G represents only 4% of devices in the United States. The popularity of smartphones from Apple’s super hot iPhone to Android and even BlackBerry devices have some security pros predicting a smartphone...

December 22, 2009  6:48 PM

Citigroup denies breach report

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Calls issue with customer an "isolated incident of fraud." Citigroup says a report that a Russian cyber gang broke into its computer systems and stole millions of dollars is false. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the


December 22, 2009  1:03 PM

Hathaway calls for international cybercrime task force

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Former White House official calls for international task force to combat cyberattacks against information systems. Melissa Hathway, who headed a White House study that is the being used as the blueprint for the White House's cybersecurity strategy, is urging for more...


December 21, 2009  6:33 PM

MasterCard reverses PCI compliance requirement

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Level 2 merchants do not need to obtain a QSA onsite assessment. MasterCard has apparently reversed its decision earlier this year that required Level 2 merchants to hire a PCI-approved auditor complete an annual on-site data security assessment. The credit card company made...


December 17, 2009  11:43 AM

Panda warns of American Express scam

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Standard phishing attack targets American Express customers. PandaLabs, the research arm of Panda Security, is warning users about a new phishing scam that attempts to trick people into giving up their 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


December 15, 2009  3:56 PM

FBI estimates rogue antivirus losses exceeding $150 million

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

New intelligence report warns of the phony antivirus and urges people to be cautious of pop-ups. The FBI has issued an Intelligence Note, warning of a surge in rogue antivirus tricking people into buying the phony software. The FBI note estimates the 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


December 11, 2009  1:03 PM

SQL injection attack knocks out at least 132K websites

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Attack in progress detects website errors and injects malicious scripts. More than 132,000 websites, many of them small and void of any Web administrators, are being plucked off one by one by an automated SQL injection attack that is detecting website errors and then injecting...


December 10, 2009  2:23 PM

New Koobface variant strikes at Facebook Christmas greetings

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

The latest version of the malware uses a holiday greeting to spread infections via Facebook. Security researchers at PandaLabs have discovered a new variant of the Koobface malware targeting holiday cheery users of social networking giant Facebook. Koobface.GK consists of a...


December 4, 2009  2:28 PM

The world’s top 5 riskiest top-level domains

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

McAfee’s 3rd Annual “Mapping the Mal Web” report highlights the top-level domains with the most road hazards. Like the auto industry, the Internet wasn’t designed with seatbelts and airbags. It took years and some determined people to get the auto industry to make...


December 1, 2009  11:34 PM

Bit.ly boosts malware protection

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

The popular link shortening service will use VeriSign’s iDefense IP reputation service to detect URLs, domains and IP addresses that host malicious code. For the security-conscious, those shortened URLs on Twitter can be unnerving. After all, where is that shortened URL really...


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