Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Officials of the University of Southern California said they will contact everyone who used the school's online application system in the past eight years to warn them that a hacker may have been able to read their files.
A privacy rights advocacy group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to examine whether websites advertising investigative services capable of digging up personal information such as phone call records are violating federal laws.
What we need right now is someone in power who can put the burden for this problem right where it belongs: on the financial and other institutions who collect this data. Let's face it: by the time even the most vigilant consumer discovers his information has been used fraudulently, it's already too late. "When people ask me what can the average person do to stop identity theft, I say, 'nothing.' "
Last week, Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and John Dingell, D-Mich., the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively, floated a draft bill requiring businesses engaged in interstate commerce to encrypt sensitive personal data.
An outbreak of Trojan horse programs is hitting networks around the world, an e-mail security company has warned.
One of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested as he stepped off a plane in the US after a combined effort from the FBI and Spamhaus.
A serious security flaw has been identified in Zlib, a widely used data compression library. Fixes have begun to appear, but a large number of programs could be affected. Symantec Corp. reports that AIX, Debian, FreeBSD, Gentoo, SuSE, Red Hat, Ubuntu and many other operating systems are affected.
Internet users worried about spyware and adware are shunning specific Web sites, avoiding file-sharing networks, even switching browsers.
Linux distributor is falling behind rivals in releasing security updates, due to server configuration problems and manpower shortages
The Beijing government has joined the effort to fight spam by adopting the London Action Plan on International Spam Enforcement Collaboration, it emerged yesterday.
The C3 Expo offers products, services and seminars galore addressing the increasingly vast area of computer security. But what do IT managers and business users need most?
Bickering among software companies over who should set e-mail standards has allowed the amount of worldwide spam to jump to 69 percent.
ABOUT two weeks ago, I was alarmed by a phone message from my bank alerting me to some "unusual activity" on my debit card. Unusual wasn't the word. Someone had gone on a shopping spree. Between bouts of tears and frantic phone calls to my bank, I became obsessed with what I might have done to prevent this.
An Internet standards group approved two "experimental" antispam proposals, sidestepping a controversy dividing Microsoft and its e-mail competitors.
Two men and one woman were sentenced to prison terms Tuesday after pleading guilty to defrauding home improvement giants The Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Companies Inc. of more than $200,000 by selling improperly obtained store cards and merchandise on eBay.