Online threats test security companies

Tug of war between hackers and software makers Security companies have admitted they are struggling to cope with the new wave of online threats. Recent reports claim thousands of UK specialist websites have been embedded with malicious Javascripts. When people visit an infected site, their computer runs the Javascript, which then looks for flaws in software such as the Internet Explorer browser or Apple Quicktime video player. Once it finds these it can then download programs such as Trojans and keystroke loggers. http://www.computeractive.co.uk/computeractive/news/2208438/security-companies-struggle

Quarter of Apple iPhones "unlocked": analyst

More than a quarter of people who bought Apple Inc’s iPhone are using them on wireless networks other than AT&T’s, the exclusive iPhone carrier in the U.S., a “stunning” number that will pressure the company’s business model, an analyst said on Monday. Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi said analysis of sales numbers from Apple and AT&T Inc revealed about 1.45 million phones were “missing in action” at the end of 2007. Apple executives said last week the number of unlocked phones was “significant” but declined to give an estimate. Most analysts had estimated the portion of unlocked phones at under … Continue reading Quarter of Apple iPhones "unlocked": analyst

Symantec, WebWasher Score Highly in A/V Test

AV-Test in Germany is one of the top research facilities in the world for testing anti-malware protection.  24 different products were tested on over a million samples collected in the past 6 months. All testing was on Windows XP SP2. Only four products gave them all a clean bill of health: Symantec, McAfee, Microsoft and eTrust-VET. See the the result at http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/Results-2008q1.htm http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2254161,00.asp

Using gateway antivirus? You could be sued

Trend Micro is suing Barracuda Networks over its use of the free open source antivirus software, ClamAV. If it wins, open source advocates fear it threatens all users of the free software and will legitimise the use of patent law to attack OSS. http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Using-gateway-antivirus-You-could-be-sued/0,130061744,339285508,00.htm

FTC Settles Charges Against Telemarketer

FTC Settles Charges Against Telemarketer that Made More Than 46 Million Unlawful Prerecorded Calls FTC Settles Charges Against Telemarketer that Made More Than 46 Million Unlawful Prerecorded Calls The Federal Trade Commission today announced a complaint and proposed consent decree settling charges that a California-based “voice broadcaster” made over 46 million unlawful telemarketing calls. The proposed court order permanently bars the defendants from violating the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and requires them to pay $180,000 in civil penalties. According to the complaint filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), since October 1, 2003, Voice-Mail Broadcasting Corporation (VMBC) and its … Continue reading FTC Settles Charges Against Telemarketer

ICANN Moves To Disable Domain Tasting

Following Google’s crackdown on ‘domain tasters’, ICANN has voted unanimously to eliminate the free period that many domain buyers have been taking advantage of. At the same meeting they also discussed Network Solutions’ front running but took no action on it. http://www.icann.org/minutes/prelim-report-23jan08.htmhttp://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/30/0347216

Vista’s Growing Popularity Draws Hackers’ Malice

With more people finally switching to Windows Vista, the operating system is fast becoming a target for security researchers and–surprise!–hackers. Though Vista is generally more secure than earlier versions of Windows, hackers are increasingly finding ways through, or around, its defenses. Indeed, this is the first time since the operating system debuted last year that virtually every hole discussed in this column affects Vista in one way or another.http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,141780-c,vistalonghorn/article.html

Spammers dive into Google’s lucky dip

Google’s “I’m feeling lucky” button was designed to save web searchers time by automatically opening the first page of a query. It turns out the feature, and similar ones from other search engines, are increasingly helping junk mailers get around anti-spam products.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/30/google_feature_aids_spammers/

Schneier: Security vendors exploiting user emotions

Linux.conf.au kicked off its main proceedings in Melbourne on Wednesday morning with a stark message from security guru Bruce Schneier: “When security companies give you cost justifications, they’re complete bullshit.” Schneier, author of the books Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies and Beyond Fear and described by outgoing Linux Australia president Jonathan Oxer as “a walking security adviser on the entire human race”, told a sold-out keynote audience that IT security planning is rarely effective because it fails to take into account the emotional considerations involved in security. Most security products either address perceived gaps in security and provide an emotional … Continue reading Schneier: Security vendors exploiting user emotions

Security is always a tradeoff: Schneier

Security is essentially a tradeoff and the main question about it is not whether we are safe or not but whether it is worth it. Simple and to the point. That’s the way Bruce Schneier, probably the world’s foremost security expert, puts it.http://www.itwire.com/content/view/16363/1090/