Security Bytes:

June, 2008


June 10, 2008  4:10 PM

Critical flaw found in SNMPv3

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

US-CERT and others are warning enterprises about a critical vulnerability in the current version of the SNMP protocol, which could allow an attacker to bypass the protocol's authentication mechanism and pose as a legitimate user. The flaw would...

June 9, 2008  2:05 PM

Stanford issues alert about stolen laptop

Marcia Savage Marcia Savage Profile: Marcia Savage

Stanford University is notifying 72,000 current and former employees that a laptop containing their personal data was stolen. The university said on Friday that it's sending emails and letters to those whose confidential data may be at risk. The laptop contained personnel records of current and...


June 9, 2008  8:52 AM

Trend Micro warns of MySpace phishing attack

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

MySpace.comRather than sending a fake email from a financial...


June 4, 2008  3:54 PM

Hong Kong is the shadiest neighborhood on the Net

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Everyone knows which neighborhoods in their city are the ones to avoid, but figuring out where not to go on the Web is a much murkier proposition. There are plenty of specific sites that users should steer clear of, and now McAfee has come up with a list of domains that are the most dangerous for...


June 4, 2008  8:17 AM

Sophos video ties malware to Google Earth, Britney Spears

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

Some security researchers at malware protection vendor Sophos have created a video that really gives people a visual of how complicated Web-based attacks can be. No, they’re not exploiting erotic pictures of the...


June 3, 2008  10:57 AM

Walter Reed message discloses P2P connection to breach

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

SearchSecurity wrote a story this morning about officials at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center investigating how the personal information of 1,000 former patients was left unsecured...


June 3, 2008  8:53 AM

Users may be the weakest link, but it’s not their fault

David Schneier David Schneier Profile: David Schneier

Security experts and vendor execs are fond of saying that users are always the weak point in any security system. They open malicious emails, visit sketchy Web sites and write down their passwords on sticky notes. And, if you listen to the analysts speaking at the Gartner Security Summit this week...


June 2, 2008  8:53 AM

TrendLabs warns of fake Microsoft critical updates

Robert Westervelt Robert Westervelt Profile: Robert Westervelt

The members of TrendLabs’ Content Security Team is warning its customers about a fake email that purportedly comes from Microsoft, urging people to update their systems to correct a critical security issue. The Trend Micro folks admit that the fake notifications email is similar to those sent...


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