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December, 2007

December 21, 2007  9:01 PM

Money for nothing and security for free

Eric Parizo Eric Parizo Profile: Eric Parizo

During a time of year when it seems like we all spend waaaay too much on presents, holiday decorations and travel, among other things, it's always nice to get a little something for free. To that end, I thought I'd take a moment to point out a few free security offerings, courtesy of...

December 20, 2007  2:53 PM

America’s Next Top H4×0r

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Maybe it's a result of the TV writers' strike or maybe it's just the natural next step in a world in which there are reality shows about dueling choirs and kids living alone, "Lord of the Flies" style. Whatever the reason, security is finally getting its due in the form of an upcoming Court TV...

December 20, 2007  12:52 PM

From Russia with love

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Bill BrennerBeing...

December 20, 2007  5:56 AM

Mozilla releases Firefox 3 beta 2

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Mozilla has delivered on its promise to release the second beta for Firefox 3 by year's end. Security is to be a major part of Firefox 3, and I recently asked some IT professionals to play around with it and offer some additional...

December 18, 2007  8:48 AM

Mega patch for Mac users

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

Apple users tend to have a false sense of security superiority when it comes to their beloved Mac machines. But you gotta give Apple some credit -- when a security hole is discovered, the company is pretty good about patching it quickly. This time around,

December 17, 2007  10:40 AM


David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Every once in a while someone gets it so right that there really isn't much to add. This post by Chris Hoff is as good as it gets. If you're not reading his frequent posts on security, survivability and other...

December 17, 2007  10:10 AM

Top 5 security stories of 2007? You tell us

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

It's that time of year where we in the news business love to make lists of the top news stories of the year. I've drawn up a Top 5 list of my own for your amusement, but admit that my judgment could be off. And so I ask you, the reader, to look over my list and tell me if there's anything you would...

December 13, 2007  3:30 PM

eEye founder Maiffret leaves the company

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Marc Maiffret, the founder and longtime CTO of eEye Digital Security, has left the company to work on other projects. Maiffret is among the best-known hackers on the security scene and made his name in the early part of this decade by exposing a series of serious vulnerabilities in Microsoft...

December 11, 2007  2:25 PM

Bad holiday PR

Leigha Leigha Cardwell Profile: Leigha

I absolutely love Christmas, and even have a soft spot for a lot of the tacky stuff that comes with it, like fake silver trees, loud-colored garland and the Coca-Cola version of Santa Claus. But there is one thing that will bring out the Grinch in me every time -- holiday-inspired PR pitches...

December 10, 2007  1:03 PM

Pay no attention to the pop-up box behind the curtain

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Bill Clinton may be the world's champion when it comes to parsing words and phrases to suit his own purposes, but to give credit where credit is due, executives from software companies are making up ground in this race quickly. One prime example of this is the reaction from a Microsoft executive in...

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