Security Bytes:

July, 2007

July 31, 2007  2:29 PM

Benevolent keyloggers: Stroke of genius or hitting the wrong key?

Eric Parizo Eric Parizo Profile: Eric Parizo

Keystroke loggers are nothing new. Often surreptitiously installed on a user's PC, keyloggers record keyboard actions and log them, or subsequently upload the data to a third party. It was more than three years ago when the

July 30, 2007  10:06 AM

Halvar Flake a no-show at Black Hat thanks to Customs mix-up

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Halvar Flake, a fixture at the Black Hat training and briefings for the last several years, won't be there this year, thanks to a mix-up with customs. Flake, whose real name is Thomas Dullien, arrived in the U.S. this weekend from his home in Germany and passed through immigration without any...

July 27, 2007  3:56 PM

Black Hat ‘07: Nothing says fun like Vegas in August

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

We have a full crew of four reporters (me, Bill Brenner, Mike Mimoso and Rob Westervelt) heading out to Vegas next week for Black Hat and we'll be filing tons of stories and blog posts from the road. If past years are any indication, there will be no shortage of interesting things to cover. If...

July 26, 2007  2:27 PM

Security certifications gaining value – good times are here

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Companies are beginning to seek out more security talent in niche areas according to the latest job skill and certification research from Foote Partners LLC. Security certification premiums increased 2.2% over the last six months compared to other areas that are flat or losing ground, according to...

July 25, 2007  11:32 AM

Messy URL protocol-handling drama finally winding down

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

It appears that the big communal witch hunt over the URL protocol-handling bug has resulted in both Microsoft and Mozilla admitting some level of culpability. Originally, each vendor pointed the finger at the other one. Mozilla officials said it...

July 24, 2007  10:22 AM

Hackers get their 0wn awards: The Pwnies

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

You can add one more bit of goofiness to the usual fun and games at Black Hat this year: the first annual Pwnie Awards. A tongue-in-cheek look at the most notable security events of the year, the awards are meant for "celebrating (or making fun of)...

July 24, 2007  7:45 AM

Popular LinkedIn toolbar mired by critical flaw

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Security researchers have discovered a flaw in a toolbar issued by the popular business networking site LinkedIn that could allow an attacker to conduct a denial of service attack or take complete control of an affected system. The LinkedIn toolbar is used in conjunction with Microsoft Internet...

July 23, 2007  11:19 AM

Privacy is the new battleground for search providers

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Microsoft is trying to upgrade its image in the privacy community a bit and on Monday the company, along with, called on other search providers to come to the table for a discussion on how best to handle user search data for advertising purposes while still protecting users' privacy. The...

July 20, 2007  6:09 PM

DoS attack slows Virgin America inaugural sales

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

A denial-of-service attack on Virgin America's Web site Thursday temporarily slowed online ticket sales for the start-up airline. Based in Burlingame, Calif., Virgin America began selling tickets for its inaugural flights on its Web site and via phone on Thursday. In the afternoon, the site began...

July 20, 2007  5:33 AM

Symantec gives its ThreatCon a makeover

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

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