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  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    US Government admits massive data theft

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs has admitted that confidential information on up to 26.5 million former soldiers has been stolen from the home of one of its data analysts.

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    Microsoft sinks software pirate

    Microsoft has declared a victory in its battle against software pirates, after a UK software dealer trading in unlicensed software was driven out of business.

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    Beware rogue hotspots, users told

    Public wireless hotspots are a major risk to corporate IT security, according to research due out this week from RSA Security.

  • May 23, 2006 23 May'06

    RIP revival could cause IT headaches

    The government has revived plans to give the police powers to demand encryption keys from individuals and businesses.

  • May 22, 2006 22 May'06

    Skype warns of security flaw

    Voice over IP firm Skype has warned of a security bug in versions of its product for Windows that could give an attacker access to the user’s files.

  • May 19, 2006 19 May'06

    IBM to buy Rembo to ease client management

    IBM is acquiring Swiss company Rembo Technology which specialises in software to allow customers to automatically update their operating systems on many servers, desktops and laptops.

  • May 19, 2006 19 May'06

    Security clouds Vista’s future

    Windows Vista could annoy users and administrators so much that companies may delay adopting the new operating system, warns analyst firm Yankee Group.

  • May 19, 2006 19 May'06

    Business risk threatening to bring firms down

    A survey by Business Technology Optimisation (BTO) software and services company Mercury has found that IT business risk is running at an unacceptable level, especially within business in the UK.

  • May 19, 2006 19 May'06

    HSBC adopts SAS fraud spotting system

    HSBC is using SAS's Fraud Management for Banking software to try and stem criminal activity around its customers’ accounts. The bank is using the technology to analyse its full transactional database to look for patterns that can signify such ...

  • May 19, 2006 19 May'06

    Defending your data

    In the constant battle to maintain security IT directors are moving away from network defences to focus on data and asset protection.

  • May 18, 2006 18 May'06

    Firms waste billions of pounds on core networks

    Most businesses continue to implement outdated network design and procurement practices, leading to over-engineered, overpriced but under-performing networking infrastructures, says analyst Gartner.

  • May 18, 2006 18 May'06

    McAfee and Symantec to sue eBay software pirates

    McAfee and Symantec are to sue software pirates who are selling counterfeit copies of their anti-virus software on eBay.

  • May 17, 2006 17 May'06

    BSA urging software licence audit

    The Business Software Alliance is urging UK businesses to review their software licensing as part of its annual audit return campaign.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    One in six US firms hit by hackers

    More than one in six businesses has been hit by hacking tools or keyloggers – spyware that obtains passwords and usernames by registering users’ keystrokes as they type – research by security experts has shown.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Network to share security knowledge

    A government-backed IT security network that brings together specialists from business, universities and government aims to identify and plug the gaps in information security technology and practice.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    IT users hail new software asset standard

    A new standard in software asset management has been welcomed by the IT user community.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Get IT integrated for risk management, bosses told

    IT departments need to become more integrated with other departments if businesses are to make effective decisions on managing risk and protecting their reputations, executives of leading companies heard last week.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Flash patch proves tricky for some

    Some users had difficulty installing the critical Microsoft security update for Adobe’s Flash player, which was issued last week as part of the software company’s monthly patch regime.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Staff are biggest threat to security, conference told

    The biggest IT security threat in most organisations comes from employees, delegates at this month’s BCS Information Security Specialist Group Conference were told.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Learn the lessons of McKinnon case, says Lacey

    IT security chiefs have welcomed a UK court’s decision to recommend extraditing the former systems administrator accused of hacking into US defence systems.

  • May 12, 2006 12 May'06

    The security landscape 2006

    As ever, the recent InfoSecurity Europe show threw up some fascinating insights into the state of the IT security market. Here we present the highlights of the show and what is about to happen in IT security.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    Thousands of stolen web identities found in server stash

    Researchers at security firm Webroot Software have discovered tens of thousands of stolen identities from more than 120 countries on an FTP server in the US.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    Plans for .xxx sex domain rejected

    Internet regulators have rejected proposals to introduce a .xxx domain suffix for porn websites.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    Sophos software hit by security threat

    Security software company Sophos has warned companies of a security vulnerability affecting a wide range of its products.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    Microsoft Flash patch causes user problems

    Users are having problems installing the critical Microsoft security update for Adobe’s Flash player issued this week.

  • May 11, 2006 11 May'06

    ISO issues software licence management standard

    The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published a standard for software asset management to help companies avoid legal action from using improperly licensed software.

  • May 10, 2006 10 May'06

    India moves to allay offshore data security fears

    India is creating a regulatory body to improve security at outsourcing companies.

  • May 10, 2006 10 May'06

    British hacker faces extradition to US

    Gary McKinnon, who is alleged to have hacked US military systems, will appeal against a judge’s recommendation that he be extradited to the US to stand trial.

  • May 10, 2006 10 May'06

    Critical fixes appear for Windows and Exchange

    Microsoft issues two critical security patches Microsoft has issued two critical security patches to protect its Exchange e-mail platform and its Windows operating system.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Malware spreader given five years’ jail

    A 21-year-old spreader of computer malware has been jailed for almost five years in the US.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Sophos warns of another football security threat

    Users have been warned of a new virus that infects Excel files under the camouflage of a fantasy football worksheet.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Trojans replacing viruses as biggest threat

    Research from IT security firm Sophos reveals that Trojans and spyware are edging out viruses as chief threats to business.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    Doubts raised over Vista PC security tool

    Questions have been raised about the viability of a new PC hardware component aimed at boosting the security of Windows Vista.

  • May 09, 2006 09 May'06

    New viruses to take root, users warned

    Businesses face a growing threat from malicious code which uses sophisticated technology, known as rootkits, to evade anti-virus software, security analysts claimed last week.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    Amex warns over ID-theft pop-up

    American Express has warned on-line account holders of an unauthorised security pop-up that appears on its home screen.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    ForeScout joins TCG

    Network access control and intrusion prevention solutions provider joins Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

  • May 03, 2006 03 May'06

    eSoft distributes intelligence to SMBs

    Security and content management system supplier eSoft has released Distributed Intelligence Architecture (DIA) on all eSoft gateways.

  • May 03, 2006 03 May'06

    SMEs bear the brunt of IT security risk

    The burden of security incidents in the UK is falling on small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) according to the latest government-sponsored survey of information security breaches in the UK.

  • May 03, 2006 03 May'06

    Uncle Sam still loves its spam

    The US still heads the ‘dirty dozen’ for sending spam, but China and Europe are fattening up fast, according to antivirus vendor Sophos.

  • May 03, 2006 03 May'06

    Security threat doubles for Internet Explorer

    Microsoft is considering issuing two security patches to address two newly exposed flaws in its Internet Explorer browser.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    Anti-phishing network relaunched

    Symantec has relaunched an anti-phishing fraud service it acquired as part of its purchase of WholeSecurity last year.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    US military made basic errors in data security, says hacking suspect

    The US military made basic security errors that left sensitive computer systems open to hacking, the former systems administrator at the centre of a high-profile hacking case claimed this week.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    VoIP ‘not secure enough’, warn bank chiefs

    Voice over IP technology is too insecure to replace traditional business telephone networks, the chief security officers of two City banks warned last week.

  • May 02, 2006 02 May'06

    Quantum key system breaks speed record

    The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated what it claims is the world’s fastest distribution of a quantum encryption key.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    Government pilots new NHS security system

    The government is to test secure data sharing systems at hospitals in the North East.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    Microsoft buys up asset-tracking firm

    Microsoft is expanding its management software product line with the acquisition of Canadian asset-tracking company AssetMetrix.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    Podcast plays out security drama

    Network security firm Arbor Networks is producing a podcast drama series aimed at getting business and IT professionals to take security seriously.

  • April 27, 2006 27 Apr'06

    DNS network attacks may be imminent

    Flaws have been found in the software used to administer the internet's domain name system (DNS), with a number of supplier products at risk of security attacks.

  • April 26, 2006 26 Apr'06

    Voice over Wi-Fi for business on the way

    Cisco Systems has announced it is working with chipmaker Intel, mobile phone giant Nokia and Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry mobile device, to provide voice over Wi-Fi systems for enterprises.

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    Cybertrust launches managed SEM system

    Managed security services (MSS) supplier Cybertrust is introducing through its subsidiary Ubizen a new managed security events management (SEM) offering. It is aimed at SMBs that require real-time monitoring and management of their security devices ...

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    Trend offers SMB anti-spyware system

    Security services provider Trend Micro has launched a new service designed to detect and remove evasive spyware and grayware.

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    RFID faces DoS attacks

    Researchers say they’ve found a way to breach the defences of RFID tags and cause a denial of service attack using cheap, shop-bought radio transmitters.

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    People are the biggest security threat

    The fourth annual Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) study reveals that reliance on technology alone will not stamp out computer crime. In fact people are the biggest security threat causing nearly 3 in 5 of incidents and the ...

  • April 25, 2006 25 Apr'06

    RSA buys banking security specialist PassMark

    RSA Security has acquired privately owned firm PassMark Security in a $44.7m (£25m) deal.

  • April 24, 2006 24 Apr'06

    News in brief

    Short takes on this week's news

  • April 24, 2006 24 Apr'06

    ID card costs on the rise

    Spending on the set-up costs of the ID cards scheme will more than double this year, the Identity and Passport Service's business plan has revealed.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    DTI survey worries about networks and identity fraud

    UK businesses are failing to adopt the security controls needed to protect their customers' information, according to the Department of Trade and Industry's biennial Information Security Breaches Survey.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Taking the hassle out of compliance

    Cybertrust has unveiled a new version of its Risk Commander compliance management system, which enables users to manage separate compliance controls as well as organisation-specific information security controls.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Microsoft upsets some HP users

    Users of Hewlett-Packard photo-sharing software have found a ‘critical’ Microsoft Windows patch is causing them trouble.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Microsoft fixes Explorer security hole…

    Microsoft has released its scheduled security patches for April, including one designed to address an unpatched bug in the Internet Explorer browser that had been exploited for a number of weeks.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Vista may not work on half of company PCs

    Analyst firm Gartner is warning IT directors and senior IT managers that while most of their firms’ existing PCs will be able to run the new Microsoft Vista in some form, only newer machines will be able to use all its features.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    UK boards have little faith in their firms’ security

    A doubting 38% of the 293 senior managers surveyed by nCircle expect their firms to suffer a network attack this year and 74% complacently think that security issues are a fact of business life.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Company executives in dark over IT security

    Company executives are in the dark about IT security, with a third admitting they do not know whether network security at their firms has been breached, research has revealed.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Microsoft loses another patent dispute

    Microsoft has been ordered to pay out $115m (£64m) to David Colvin, the founder of Z4 Technologies, in a patent dispute over anti-piracy software.

  • April 19, 2006 19 Apr'06

    Third party patches could break licence terms

    Businesses could be breaking software licensing agreements by using “unofficial” patches provided by third parties, security experts have warned.

  • April 19, 2006 19 Apr'06

    Oracle issues critical patch fix

    Oracle has released a critical patch update to fix more than 30 security vulnerabilities in a range of products, including its Database, Application Server, Enterprise Manager and Collaboration Suite software.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    Bagle worm on the loose

    A new round of Bagle worm attacks is targeting already infected machines, security experts have warned.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    Latest RFID technology at risk from denial-of-service attacks

    New ultra high frequency RFID tags are vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks, academics in Australia have warned.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    IBM lets users test drive SOA-tuned DB2

    IBM is offering users the chance to test drive Viper, the next version of its DB2 database server. The software can be downloaded from the IBM website.

  • April 13, 2006 13 Apr'06

    Security system deletes or encrypts files on stolen PCs

    A security system that deletes or encrypts all files on a stolen PC or laptop has been launched by Everdream.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    Security policies get Infosec focus

    A discussion on security policies at the Infosec World conference in Orlando suggested focus and simplicity are key elements in developing and implementing companywide information security policies.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    Microsoft to release new security patches

    Microsoft is to release five security patches for its products this week, including a highly anticipated Internet Explorer fix to sort out a bug hackers have been exploiting over the past two weeks.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    Kasperksy proves dual-virus threat

    Kaspersky Labs has found a new proof-of-concept virus capable of infecting both Windows and Linux systems.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    ISS offers intrusion prevention support for Linux servers

    Internet Security Systems (ISS) has announced Linux support for its Proventia Server Intrusion Prevention System product line, to serve a burgeoning Linux server market.

  • April 12, 2006 12 Apr'06

    Business and government join forces to tackle cyber crime

    A number of government departments and companies have joined forces to help tackle cyber crime in business and government.

  • April 11, 2006 11 Apr'06

    McAfee unveils new security research portal

    McAfee has introduced a new online security portal to help users research and tackle a wide range of internet threats.

  • April 11, 2006 11 Apr'06

    Microsoft issues five security patches, fixes critical browser hole

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  • April 11, 2006 11 Apr'06

    Wi-Fi hotspot providers link their networks to offer secure wireless

    T-Mobile International and T-Com are to link their European Wi-Fi hotspot networks into the iPass Global Broadband Roaming network. iPass has more than 37,000 Wi-Fi and hotel Ethernet hotspots worldwide.

  • April 11, 2006 11 Apr'06

    Businesses hang back on data encryption

    Companies are failing to encrypt sensitive financial data about their customers, despite a rise in the number of attempted hacking attacks against financial websites.

  • April 10, 2006 10 Apr'06

    OFT puts off US acquisition of nCipher

    A US encryption systems company has abandoned its attempt to buy a UK company in the same field, after the Competition Commission was brought in to investigate the deal.

  • April 10, 2006 10 Apr'06

    IBM unveils data encryption solution for chips

    IBM has developed a new microprocessor encryption technology to protect users’ data.

  • April 07, 2006 07 Apr'06

    Internet Explorer hit by new phishing flaw

    Another serious security hole has been unearthed in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, which could lead to users being tricked into thinking fake phishing sites are genuine.

  • April 07, 2006 07 Apr'06

    Cisco patches telco networking kit to tackle DoS attacks

    Cisco Systems has been forced to issue security fixes in some of the optical networking systems it sells to service providers and telecommunications companies.

  • April 07, 2006 07 Apr'06

    Microsoft set to patch critical IE bug

    Microsoft is to issue five security patches for Windows and the Office productivity suite next Tuesday (11 April), including a critical fix for the widely publicised CreateTextRange vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

  • April 06, 2006 06 Apr'06

    HP warns of printer software security threat

    HP has warned that software bundled with some of its printers could allow remote hackers to steal data from users’ PCs.

  • April 05, 2006 05 Apr'06

    Firms hit as domain-name registrar is knocked out again

    Domain-name registrar Network Solutions suffered its second outage in a matter of days yesterday, meaning thousands of companies could not manage their websites.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    MIT conference considers phishing solutions

    A US conference on spam, phishing and email fraud has suggested that ways of combating attacks should be based on economic incentives and aiding law enforcement.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Hackers target IE browser

    Hackers have posted code on the internet to make it easier for them to exploit an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) browser.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Florida banks face smart security threat

    Three Florida banks have had their websites compromised by hackers who targeted servers run by their internet service provider.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Online payment gatekeeper used by fraudsters

    A US online payment provider has admitted its processing service was used in an attempt to charge money to stolen credit and debit cards.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    University opts for Cisco San

    The University of Minnesota, which serves 60,000 students on its five campuses, has selected Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer directors to consolidate its widely dispersed storage resources onto a single storage area network (San).

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    IBM Billy Goat protects SMBs

    IBM has launched intrusion detection capabilities to help SMBs detect, prevent and analyse hacker attacks. The company’s researchers have designed a novel intrusion detection tool, codenamed Billy Goat, which provides early detection of worm attacks...

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    New version of Internet Protocol promises 'evolutionary' upheaval

    Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) has been designed by the Internet Engineering Task Force to replace the current IP version 4 network layer protocol in the TCP/IP communications standard.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Vista take-up likely to be slow, survey suggests

    Only one in eight IT organisations are likely to deploy Vista, the next release of the Windows desktop operating system, in its first year, according to research published last week.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Barclays to increase security with card readers for online customers

    Barclays is to offer its banking customers an interoperable card reader by the end of this year or early 2007 as part of efforts to strengthen its online security.

  • April 04, 2006 04 Apr'06

    Security fears delay mobile take-up, says EIU

    Businesses are holding back on deploying mobile devices such as PDAs and smartphones because of concerns over their impact on network security, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and anti-virus specialist Symantec.

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