Security Bytes:

November, 2007

November 15, 2007  12:34 PM

Swedish cops catch and release embassy hacker Egerstad

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

There's a really interesting story making the round today about the arrest of Dan Egerstad, a Swedish security consultant who claims to have compromised a private data network used by...

November 15, 2007  5:43 AM

Security holes plague IBM DB2, HP OpenView

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Secunia has released advisories for security holes in IBM DB2 and HP OpenView. In both cases, the vendors have issues patches. Secunia advisory SA27667 describes three vulnerabilities in IBM DB2, some of which have unknown impacts, and...

November 12, 2007  8:56 AM

Another sign Visa was on to TJX’s security troubles

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

In his StoreFrontBacktalk blog, Evan Schuman offers another historical nugget about how Visa knew as far back as 2005 that TJX's security posture was not even close to upright. According to more court...

November 12, 2007  8:39 AM

Security consultant hijacked 250,000 machines

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

A security consultant based in L.A. has pleaded guilty to leading a double life as a bot herder, infecting 250,000 computers and stealing thousands of identities in the process. John Schiefer pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and wiretap charges that could saddle him with a $1.75 million fine...

November 9, 2007  12:31 PM

KnujOn takes the spam fight to the enemy

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

By Neil Roiter Garth Bruen is on a mission--to bring spammers down. His KnujOn project, (“no junk” backwards, pronounced “noo-jon”) hit a milestone this week, claiming 50,000 spam sites put out of business.

“Filtering and blocking...

November 9, 2007  7:45 AM

Researcher warns of MySpace attacks

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Here's another reason for IT shops to block employees from visiting MySpace pages on company machines: Roger Thompson, chief technology officer at Exploit Prevention Labs, keeps discovering MySpace pages laced with malicious content. "We keep finding MySpace pages that have had some sort of...

November 8, 2007  2:53 PM

Hot security times in the chilly Second City

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

I am just getting back into the swing of things after returning from our Information Security Decisions conference, which was held in Chicago Monday and Tuesday. I've always liked this conference more than just about any other...

November 8, 2007  2:00 PM

PCI DSS application standard will boost security

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Bill BrennerThere...

November 7, 2007  1:14 PM

Social networking backlash

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace aren't very popular in the corporate world, according to a study by Barracuda Networks. Analyzing data from businesses using its Web filtering appliance, the company found that 44 percent block MySpace while 26 percent block Facebook. More than 50...

November 6, 2007  11:19 AM

Microsoft privacy guru: Cyberspace needs CardSpace

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

It's been awhile since I've heard anyone talk about Windows CardSpace, the Microsoft client software Bill Gates has pushed as the best way to do away with passwords. But at the CSI 2007...

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