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  • December 09, 2005 09 Dec'05

    Microsoft to issue at least one critical security patch next Tuesday

    Microsoft will release two Windows operating system security fixes next Tuesday (13 December), with at least one of them addressing a “critical” flaw, said the company.

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    Sober worm set to hit on Nazi anniversary

    The next version of the virulent Sober worm is set to be spread on 5 January, to coincide with the 87th anniversary of the founding of the German Nazi party.

  • December 07, 2005 07 Dec'05

    Fears on standards as Microsoft pushes Office Open XML format

    Office 12, the next major version of Microsoft Office, has reached a key milestone with the release of a beta version of the software. But as users and developers start testing this early version, Microsoft has been facing criticism of the new file ...

  • December 06, 2005 06 Dec'05

    Cisco confirms OpenSSL flaws

    Cisco Systems has issued a security advisory over the potential vulnerabilities in using the OpenSSL open-source data encryption software with some of its products.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Crisis simulation tests City continuity plan

    The simulated failure of the Chaps wholesale payment system after a weekend upgrade was just the first headache to face the 80 financial firms and institutions taking part last week in the City of London's largest disaster exercise.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Lacey moves on from Royal Mail

    David Lacey, director of security at Royal Mail and founder of the Jericho Forum user group, has resigned after nearly six years in one of the UK's most high-profile IT security roles.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Hacker posts image on Foreign Office website

    A Foreign and Commonwealth Office website was defaced by a hacker last week, raising questions about the department's security procedures.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Competition Commission uses ethical hacker to test data systems

    The Competition Commission has used ethical hacking to test electronic document management systems before choosing a product.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Apache Web server sees major upgrade

    The Apache Software Foundation has announced a major upgrade to its popular open-source Apache Web server system, including improved caching and support for larger files.

  • December 05, 2005 05 Dec'05

    Panda patches all anti-virus products

    Panda Software has fixed a flaw in its anti-virus products that potentially allowed remote attackers to take over users’ PCs.

  • December 04, 2005 04 Dec'05

    Microsoft pads security partner competency

    The software giant is adding a pair of specialties to its Security Solutions Competency, and integrating certifications from ISC² and ISACA.

  • December 04, 2005 04 Dec'05

    Step-by-step guide: Hack to speed up security scans

    Security scans taking a long time? Starting with Windows XP SP2, Microsoft put a limitation on TCP connections. Improve your security scan speed by using a tcpip.sys hack.

  • December 02, 2005 02 Dec'05

    Anglian Water adopts VoIP in £25m deal

    Anglian Water has awarded Siemens Communications a five-year £25m outsourcing contract to manage its communications network and introduce Voice over IP services.

  • December 02, 2005 02 Dec'05

    Apple issues patch for 13 security holes

    Apple Computer has issued a patch to close more than a dozen “highly critical” security vulnerabilities in its main Mac OS X operating system.

  • December 01, 2005 01 Dec'05

    No patch available as Internet Explorer hit by critical flaw

    Microsoft has warned that remote attackers are taking advantage of an unpatched flaw in its Internet Explorer browser to contaminate PCs with a Trojan horse virus.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Now Google hits security hurdle

    After Microsoft, Yahoo and Skype, Google has become the latest household name to find its security under question after having to patch its Google Base content-hosting service to prevent attackers stealing sensitive information from users.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Scam FBI email carries Sober virus

    A mass email, purportedly from law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit, is circulating, carrying with it an attachment containing the Sober virus.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    New Sober threat storms to top of virus table

    The variant of the Sober virus which emerged last week has proved the most virulent threat of the past month, according to anti-virus company Sophos.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Microsoft widens anti-virus software testing

    Microsoft has opened up the beta testing of its OneCare Live anti-virus subscription software to the public.

  • November 30, 2005 30 Nov'05

    Perl open to format string security hole

    The Perl scripting language is susceptible to a new type of security vulnerability, with remote attackers being able to execute their own code.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Financial services industry tests infrastructure in bombs exercise

    The UK financial services industry tested its disaster response and recovery plans yesterday.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Cybercrime now outstrips drug trafficking

    Global cybercrime generated more cash than drug trafficking last year and is set to get worse as developing countries see a higher take-up of technology.

  • November 29, 2005 29 Nov'05

    Exploit code unleashed for Windows DoS flaw

    Exploit code is circulating on the internet that can take advantage of a critical Windows security vulnerability disclosed by Microsoft last month.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Concern over rising global mobile costs

    Mobile network operators are failing to meet businesses' need for predictable global pricing, according to a survey by analyst firm Ovum and the Enterprise VPN User Association (EVUA).

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Microsoft strengthens anti-phishing filters

    Microsoft is bolstering the anti-phishing capabilities of its products by signing up three companies to help update its filtering technology.

  • November 28, 2005 28 Nov'05

    Netapp targets branch office security with Netcache 3100 launch -- and other network news briefs

    Short takes from this week's networks news

  • November 24, 2005 24 Nov'05

    Google hit by porn problem

    Google has fixed a technology glitch in its new Google Base personal listings service that delivered large quantities of pornography to unsuspecting users.

  • November 24, 2005 24 Nov'05

    Users frustrated by mobile costs, warns Ovum

    Mobile network operators are failing to meet business need for predictable global pricing according to a survey by analyst group Ovum and the Enterprise VPN User Association (EVUA).

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    New Sober worm continues to spread

    E-mail security companies are warning of a new variant of the Sober worm that is rapidly spreading worldwide, disguised as a message from the FBI.

  • November 22, 2005 22 Nov'05

    Microsoft employee jailed for software theft

    A former Microsoft employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing £10m-worth of software products and selling them on.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    IT departments get faster at patching systems

    IT departments have significantly reduced the time they take to patch their systems when new security vulnerabilities, viruses or worms become public.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Spotlight on mobile management

    All aspects of mobile IT will be covered by the Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems run by the International Federation for Information Processing in Leeds, from 5 to 6 December.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    From fusion experiments to dotcoms, ICI man climbs ladder to global security chief

    ICI global chief information security director Paul Simmonds has his own footnote in IT history. During the early 1990s, he was one of the first to build firewalls to protect his employer's IT systems.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Microsoft bolsters anti-phishing capabilities

    Microsoft is bolstering the anti-phishing capabilities of its products by signing up three companies to help update its filtering technology.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Copy protection software creates virus havoc

    Sony is to stop making CDs that use specialist copy protection software after a hacker hid a virus in the software with the potential to cause havoc on users’ PCs.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Instant message security threat

    Instant Messaging (IM) software vendor Imlogic has identified a 1,500% increase in security threats in October 2005 compared to October 2004.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Compliance is security's ticket to the boardroom

    The welter of compliance regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the EU's 8th Directive, have toppled worms and viruses as the prime driver for information security, according to accounting firm Ernst & Young's eighth annual security report.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Improved patching still failing to deliver adequate security

    Most companies remain vulnerable to remote data attacks despite increased efforts to improve security patching practices.

  • November 16, 2005 16 Nov'05

    United effort to provide safer software downloads

    A group of companies are getting together to make it easier and safer for users to download software without bugs, spyware and adware.

  • November 15, 2005 15 Nov'05

    VPN flaw could crash networks

    The National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) has warned of a security hole in a common virtual private networking protocol, which could leave firms open to denial-of-service attacks that crash their systems.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Niche security providers have the cutting edge

    IT directors will have to select niche IT providers to ensure their networks run the latest in cutting edge security, or wait up to two years before mainstream suppliers are ready.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Ice warriors to use Mindmanager to reach the North Pole

    The Ice Warrior Project, which aims to send a team to all four North Poles, is to use Mindmanager software to help plan its logistics and contingency planning for the expedition.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Online fraud has trebled, banks report

    Online fraud, caused by phishing e-mails, password-stealing, Trojans and other scams, has risen significantly over the past 12 months, the banking industry reported last week.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Cisco alerts users to security flaw affecting large Wi-Fi networks

    Users have been warned of a security flaw in Cisco wireless local area network controllers that could allow attackers to send malicious traffic on secured Wi-Fi networks.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    Sony rootkit uninstaller causes bigger threat

    Princeton researchers say a security hole that appears when users try to remove Sony's copy protection software presents an even greater risk than the original rootkit.

  • November 14, 2005 14 Nov'05

    CA to deliver improved IT management

    Computer Associates is using its CA World user conference in Las Vegas this week to launch a revamped version of its Unicenter IT management platform.

  • November 11, 2005 11 Nov'05

    Police chiefs get new information management head

    Ailsa Beaton has been brought in by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to revamp its information management strategy.

  • November 11, 2005 11 Nov'05

    Microsoft warns users about Flash threat

    In an unusual move Microsoft has issued a security alert to its customers about a security flaw in another company’s software.

  • November 11, 2005 11 Nov'05

    US Navy 'wastes' $1bn on SAP ERP

    The US Navy has wasted $1bn (£588m) since 1998 on four flawed enterprise resource planning pilot projects based on SAP software, according to a report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

  • November 10, 2005 10 Nov'05

    Blue Coat tackles 'blind spot' in ProxySG network security

    Blue Coat Systems has announced new Secure Socket Layer (SSL) proxy functionality for its ProxySG platform to tackle a “blind spot” in network security.

  • November 10, 2005 10 Nov'05

    Third-party cookies increasingly blocked by consumers

    Businesses using cookies to track webpage visitors are losing out as increasing numbers of consumers block them with anti-spyware, new research has found.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    Security is executive's chief fear

    More than two-thirds of company executives believe reliable network security is the single most critical factor in successful implementation of converged IP networks, new research has revealed.

  • November 09, 2005 09 Nov'05

    Microsoft pushes out critical patches

    Microsoft has warned of critical security flaws in the way its Windows operating system handles certain graphics files.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    McAfee plans security enforcement beta

    McAfee is to release a beta of desktop and laptop policy enforcement software which ensures users’ PCs comply with corporate security policies.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Australian government recruits ISP zombie hunters

    The Australian government has recruited five ISPs to hunt down computers used to spread spam, malicious software and denial of service attacks from within the country.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Flash users urged to upgrade against critical flaw

    Macromedia has admitted to a “critical” security flaw in its Flash Player software, which could allow attackers to run arbitrary code on a user’s PC.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Worm attacks Linux systems

    A new worm is attacking Linux-based systems by taking advantage of security vulnerabilities in web servers.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    E-mail scam disguised as Microsoft security update

    Internet security company Websense is warning users of a new e-mail scam disguised as a Microsoft security update for the recent plug and play vulnerability.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Messaging and security

    The recent Message 05 show in North London may not have had a glitzy title, nor to be honest did it seem to attract a huge turnout of visitors.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Compliance a major issue

    A survey on compliance and security by management consultancy Ernst & Young has demonstrated the lock that compliance has on the Boardroom’s mindset.

  • November 08, 2005 08 Nov'05

    Bringing in a law against Wi-Fi

    A suburb in New York State in the US has turned the heat on businesses and homes that could be a wireless security risk.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    HSBC piloting two-factor authentication

    HSBC is following Lloyds TSB in assessing the use of hardware tokens to improve the security of online banking.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    IBM unveils plans for cryptographic engine

    IBM is developing technology that will enable cryptographic keys to be distributed to remote devices such as point of sale systems and cash machines remotely.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Linux legal protection

    Two UK insurance companies have teamed up with a New York risk assessor to offer firms cover against legal action as a result of using open source software.

  • November 07, 2005 07 Nov'05

    Juniper hires Black Hat hacker

    Juniper Networks has hired a hacker who exposed serious security vulnerabilities in rival Cisco’s routers, and who was sued as a result.

  • November 06, 2005 06 Nov'05

    Hacking Windows: MSRPC vulnerabilities

    In this excerpt from "Hacking Exposed, Fifth Edition: Network Security Secrets & Solutions," authors Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray and George Kurtz introduce MSRPC vulnerabilities and countermeasures.

  • November 04, 2005 04 Nov'05

    Microsoft signs web book deal with British Library

    Microsoft and the British Library have announced a deal to allow the world’s biggest software company to digitise 25 million pages of its books and make them available on the MSN web portal.

  • November 03, 2005 03 Nov'05

    Cisco patches Wi-Fi hole

    Cisco has closed a security flaw in its wireless Lan controllers could let attackers send malicious traffic to secured Wi-Fi networks.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    IT security takes back seat to compliance

    Complying with regulatory requirements is now the key driver for firms implementing information security rather than tackling traditional security threats such as worms and viruses.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Get safe online – eventually

    The long-awaited Internet security campaign dubbed Project Endurance, has finally been launched.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Oracle’s turn for security scrutiny

    A security paper presented at a network security conference held by the SANs Institute in Los Angeles has warned that an attack on Oracle databases because of “weak” protection for users' passwords could put corporate data at risk of exposure.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Coalition establishes anti-spyware guidelines

    The Anti-Spyware Coalition, which includes Microsoft, AOL, Computer Associates, Lavasoft and Symantec, has put together standard guidelines for detecting, rating and protecting against unwelcome spyware programs.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Gartner and German government give VoIP warnings

    Gartner is advising business users to steer clear of IP-based voice services based on proprietary protocols.

  • November 01, 2005 01 Nov'05

    Firms offered open-source insurance cover

    Two UK insurance companies have teamed up with a New York risk assessor to offer firms cover against potential legal action brought as a result of using open-source software.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Channel Five to use remote access

    Broadcaster Channel Five is rolling out remote access technology that will allow staff to make programming decisions from home. The move is part of a drive to strengthen its business continuity planning.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Passwords for Oracle were 'cracked in 20 days'

    Oracle database users could be at risk because of weak encryption mechanisms around the password system, security experts have warned.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    News in brief

    Short takes from this week's news

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Further trials to tackle challenges of biometrics

    The government is planning further trials of the biometric technology behind its £5.6bn ID card programme.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    User audience left wanting more

    Bill Gates' briefing to the BCS Elite group left his audience of IT leaders impressed by his vision of the future and frustrated that the Microsoft chairman did not talk more about the UK's corporate IT agenda.

  • October 28, 2005 28 Oct'05

    Bird flu Trojan virus spreads

    A Trojan horse is loose on the internet trying to entice PC users with details of avian bird flu.

  • October 28, 2005 28 Oct'05

    German body lists dangers of VoIP

    Germany's Federal Office for Security in Information Technology (BSI) has warned businesses of almost 20 threats when using voice over IP systems.

  • October 28, 2005 28 Oct'05

    Anti-spyware group publishes industry detection guidelines

    The Anti-Spyware Coalition has updates its guidelines on how to tackle the growing spyware problem.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Government launches internet security campaign

    The government, the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit and a group of private sector sponsors have launch a campaign to raise public awareness of internet security.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Fiorina joins Cybertrust

    Ex-HP chief executive officer Carly Fiorina is joining the board of computer security company Cybertrust.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Spyware costing the UK £445m, says Webroot

    Meanwhile, the spyware threat raised its head again last week, when a report by Webroot Software suggested it was costing the UK around £445m a year in lost time, productivity and in computer repairs. There are as many as 18 “spies” on an average ...

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Gartner predicts improved security efficiency

    The need to have effective processes in delivering information security has come under scrutiny this week.

  • October 27, 2005 27 Oct'05

    Processes are key to IT security, says Gartner

    Businesses can spend less on security and still be more secure, according to analyst firm Gartner.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    War against malware still rages according to readers

    Readers sound off on the state of malware defense and Microsoft's role in the battle.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Letter #8: Rootkits are killing us

    Rootkits are difficult to remove and time consuming.

  • October 26, 2005 26 Oct'05

    Editorial: The next worst thing in malware

    How hard it is for enterprises -- and vendors -- to keep up with the likes of hackers, crackers and the unremitting spread of malware?

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