Set a Hacker Alarm on Your Web Mail Box

Use a clever trick and free tools to find out if someone has been snooping into your e-mail to steal information. Erik Larkin of PC World published how to set-it up: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,134951/article.html

Vendors Spar over Security Freeware Release

Call it a case of who was on first first. Officials at CyberDefender and Crawler traded barbs recently over a press release issued July 27 about Crawler’s Spyware Terminator 2.0 and Web Security Guard. In the release, Crawler officials stated that the real-time anti-spyware protection in Spyware Terminator coupled with Web Security Guard’s Internet threat prevention produce “the industry’s first totally free, full Internet security suite available to consumers and businesses.” However, Alan Wallace, senior vice president of corporate communications at Los Angeles-based CyberDefender, said his company released a free version of its Internet security suite in November 2006. CyberDefenderFree … Continue reading Vendors Spar over Security Freeware Release

Google plans YouTube antipiracy tool for September

Google Inc. aims to deliver in September a long-awaited and much-promised technology to combat piracy in its YouTube video sharing site. During a hearing Friday in the copyright-infringement lawsuit that Viacom Inc. filed against Google, a Google attorney told the judge Google was working “very intensely” on a video recognition technology, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The technology will be as sophisticated as fingerprint technology used by the FBI and Google plans to roll it out in the fall, “hopefully in September,” attorney Philip S. Beck of Barlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP told U.S. District Judge Louis L. … Continue reading Google plans YouTube antipiracy tool for September

Mapping the Mal Web Report Forces Change

McAfee published last March about an in-depth look at country-level domains.  Tokelau (.tk) was the riskiest overall, with 10.1% of all tested domains rated red or yellow. Turns out that the people in a position to do something about that score took notice. More at http://blog.siteadvisor.com/2007/07/mapping_the_mal_web_report_for.shtml

Symantec Security Advisory SYM07-020

Symantec Security Advisory SYM07-020 Symantec Discovery Insecure File Permissions On July 23, 2007 security firm Secunia issued a security advisory relating to insecure file permissions on Symantec Discovery. This advisory relates to the default file permissions set at installation on the Symantec Discovery server. The Symantec Discovery product was designed by its 3rd-Party vendor, Centennial Software, such that anyone with access to the Discovery server should have the ability to run the Discovery Control Center. Symantec recommends that server access be restricted to administrators only. For most customers, administrative access only is allowed to the Discovery server. These customers are … Continue reading Symantec Security Advisory SYM07-020

Sun Java’s Control Panel is not Vista compatible yet; Good thing there’s work-around

I had this problem with Sun Java in Vista system where: Disabling Java Update Scheduler won’t work.  I mean, unchecking it from Java’s control panel will not make the jusched.exe go away as one of the startup items.   I know I can use MSCONFIG or any 3rd party software that handles startup items BUT that’s not the point 🙂 Stopping Java icon in systray just don’t work too.  I unchecked that thing in Advanced tab>Miscellaneous but each time I visit a site that requires it.. will still show the Java icon in my systray. Sun needs to make their Java … Continue reading Sun Java’s Control Panel is not Vista compatible yet; Good thing there’s work-around

Coalition Takes Run At Cybersquatters

More than 22,000 domain names are in use today that incorporate Apple’s iPhone brand name — though few belong to Apple. That’s how bad fraudsters’ practice of “cybersquatting” has gotten, says Josh Bourne. He’s president of a new group — the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) — that on Tuesday announced plans to combat the practice. The group is backed so far by AIG, DELL, Eli Lilly, Hilton, HSBC, Marriott MAR, Richemont, Verizon, Yahoo and Wyndham. http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/IBD-0001-18411393.htm

Government Spyware Not Protected in Ruling

Orin Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy has been looking at whether the FBI can legally install its CIPAV spyware on your computer without a search warrant or wiretap order under a recent U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision. Today the 9th Circuit clarified: no, it can’t. http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/07/appeals-court-c.html

CA to distribute web tool browser with Yahoo!

CA Inc., the Islandia-based company formerly known as Computer Associates, has announced an agreement to distribute a co-branded version of the Yahoo! web browser toolbar with the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based search-engine giant, the company announced Wednesday. The new toolbar, which will carry the logos of both CA and Yahoo! and will be bundled with upcoming releases of CA Home and Home office products, will incorporate additional features like desktop search, email alerts and links to CA-related information and services. http://www.newsday.com/business/ny-bzca0726,0,2695803.story?coll=ny-business-print

FTC official: peer-to-peer software poses risks

Peer-to-peer (p2p) file sharing programs often carry hidden packages containing spyware, adware and viruses, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) official testified on Tuesday before a US House of Representatives oversight committee. Mary Engle, associate director of the FTC’s division of advertising practices, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that consumer use of peer-to-peer file sharing technology can “be risky.” In addition to the bundled spyware and adware often associated with p2p downloads, she said users can inadvertently share personal or sensitive files with others. http://www.securecomputing.net.au/news/57239,ftc-official-peertopeer-software-poses-risks.aspx