You might be tempted by the low, low prices, but going-out-of-business sales might come back to haunt you in the form of identity theft, says researcher Neal Krawetz of Hacker Factor. He posted a blog citing concerns over CompUSA closing all of its 103 stores. Bottom line: there currently is no regulation of or accountability for the sale of point-of-sale hardware that could contain credit card information and/or customer and corporate information.
If you're like me, you find many software reviews, especially those published in hard copy, lacking in detail. I recently ran across a long article All my Life's a Circle: More Rounds with new Security Guards written by someone who identifies himself only as Briard. I don't know this person, but the article is published in conjunction with The Support Alert Newsletter, which, in my opinion, is a credible source.
The article starts at a high level, reviewing and aggregating other reviews of antivirus programs. This led Briard to conclude there are six top antivirus programs (in … Read more
In late November 2007, hackers loaded more than 40,000 infected Web pages and thousands of search terms, then used botnets to elevate their search status. This led search results to list the poisoned pages high and even first in some cases. The iinfected sites contained no useful information, however, a click on a link would launch an attack. Although the attack was nefarious, experts still vouch for the safety of search engines--as long as your software is patched and up to date.
Read the full story on Yahoo News: Hackers rig Google to deliver malware .
The Air Force has extended its mission and is training 320,000 troops to protect against unseen enemies in cyberspace. The Air Force will not only patrol the skies, it will also be ready to combat enemy action on the Internet, over cell phones and through signals that trigger bombs. Computer warfare will be taught in basic training, the Air Force Academy and officer candidate school, according to Brig. Gen. Mark Schissler. Plus, the Air Force expects to graduate 100 candidates per year from its Undergraduate Network Warfare Training course.
There's a time and a place for giving your PC the once-over with an online scan. CNET Editor Tom Merritt explains when and why you may want to supplement your full-time antivirus software, and offers up some good destinations for making a quick system sweep from the Web.
Editors' note, 11:00 a.m. PST: This blog has been condensed from an earlier version.
A group calling itself Anonymous is continuing its war against the Church of Scientology with a new video posted Monday. In its latest video message, the group seeks to dispel the notion it is a group of super hackers and, as though to prove it, includes a call for real-world protests outside Scientology centers worldwide on February 10. Friday night, the Church of Scientology issued a statement about the online attacks.
The latest two-minute video from the group continues to use a computer-generated voice, … Read more
Correction 9:30 a.m. PST: This blog initially misstated the day the deal was announced. It is Monday.
eBay company PayPal announced Monday it plans to acquire Fraud Sciences in a cash deal valued at $169 million.
Fraud Sciences, a privately held Israeli company, will lend its online risk tools and analytics to both eBay and PayPal's fraud management systems. Fraud Sciences' technology will also be baked into the companies' next-generation fraud detection tools.
A U.S. spy satellite has lost power, is out of control, and could contain hazardous rocket fuel. Oh, and by the way, it will probably crash into an unknown part of our planet sometime in February or March, according to the National Security Council. On top of that, spy secrets could be revealed if the satellite is recovered by a foreign country. One possibility being considered is blowing up the satellite with a missile.
Read the full story on Myway: Disabled spy satellite threatens Earth.
Earlier this month President Bush signed a directive that gives the National Security Agency (NSA) and other intelligence agencies to monitor Internet traffic to protect all government computer systems. As the Washington Post reports, this is causing particular concern because the NSA's focus has traditionally been on overseas activity, not domestic.
Why does this matter? Consider:Allowing a spy agency to monitor domestic networks is worrisome, said James X. Dempsey, policy director of the Center for Democracy and Technology. "We're concerned that the NSA is claiming such a large role over the security of unclassified systems," he said. "They are a spy agency as well as a communications security agency. They operate in total secrecy. That's not necessary and not the most effective way to protect unclassified systems."
After several days of Internet attacks by a group calling itself Anonymous, the Church of Scientology has responded with a comment about the posting of one of its videos. A response on Friday evening from the Church of Scientology did not address CNET News.com's specific request for comment on the denial-of-service attacks themselves. Instead, Karin Pouw, public affairs director for the Church of Scientology, focused on the leak of a Tom Cruise video on YouTube earlier in the week. The response reads, in full:
As the Church previously announced, the pirated and edited excerpts of Mr. Cruise were … Read more