Security

ID theft, vulnerabilities, privacy issues, etc

Some MasterCard holders exposed to data theft

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Global bank HSBC Holdings is notifying at least 180,000 people who used MasterCard credit cards to make purchases at Polo Ralph Lauren that criminals may have obtained access to their credit card information, and that they should replace their cards, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Bogus blogs snare fresh victims

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Cyber criminals are starting to use fake blogs to snare new victims. The bogus web journals are being used as traps that infect visitor's machines with keylogging software or viruses.

Tufts warns of security breach

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Security

Tufts U. warns 106,000 alumni and donors of security breach. Personal data on a server used for fundraising may have been exposed.

Security Advisories

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Security
  • Gentoo update for gld & axel

  • Red Hat update for kdegraphics, dhcp & gaim

  • Debian update for axel

LexisNexis profiles theft worse than reported

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Security

Up to 10 times as many people as originally thought may have had their profiles stolen from a LexisNexis database in the United States, publisher and data broker Reed Elsevier Group PLC said today.

OpenOffice Confirms Buffer Overflow Flaw

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Security

The OpenOffice.org community on Tuesday confirmed the existence of a potentially serious heap-overflow vulnerability in its freely distributed office productivity suite.

Other Security Advisories

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Security
  • Gentoo update for phpmyadmin

  • SUSE update for kdelibs3

  • Mambo zOOm Media Gallery Module "catid" SQL Injection

KDE kdelibs PCX Image Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

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KDE
Security

Bruno Rohee has reported a higthly critical vulnerability in KDE kdelibs, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.

Rootkit Web sites fall to DDOS attack

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Two prominent Web sites that specialize in remote access software known as "rootkits" have been taken offline by a large distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. The take-down was allegedly ordered by a shadowy group of hackers and rootkit authors who took offense to criticisms of their software posted on the sites.

Net users learn to live with spam

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Net users are as annoyed as ever about spam, but seem to be getting used to it, says a report.

Electronic Passports May Make Americans Targets

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Security

Remotely readable RFID chips in the new passports could introduce privacy and security risks.

Security Advisories

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Security
  • Ubuntu has issued updates for the kernel.

  • SUSE Updates for Multiple Packages

  • KDE KMail User Interface Spoofing Vulnerability

  • Red Hat Patches Critical Hole in XFree86

Microsoft warms up for patch Tuesday

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft is to release a slew of new patches on 12 April as part of its monthly upgrade cycle, the company said in a posting on its website.

Eight new patches from Microsoft

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft will release eight Patches For Windows, Office, Exchange, and MSN Messenger, at least half of which will be marked "critical."

Stolen computers contain data on 185,000 patients

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A San Jose-based medical practice has notified about 185,000 current and former patients about the theft of their personal information contained on two computers stolen from its offices during a burglary March 28. The computers contained names, addresses, confidential medical information and Social Security numbers.

Maine man sentenced to 6 years for eBay scam

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A 21-year-old man was sentenced to more than six years in prison and assessed $118,000 in restitution for perpetrating an extensive Internet fraud scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Maine.

"We're glad he's going to jail," an Ebay spokesman said.

Uncle Sam Leads Top 12 Spam Producing Nations

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Based on the analysis, experts found that the United States topped the Dirty Dozen chart once again, exporting an average of 35.70%, or more than one-third of the world's total volume of spam.

Judge Sentences Spammer to Nine Years

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Security
Legal

A Virginia judge sentenced a spammer to nine years in prison Friday in the nation's first felony prosecution for sending junk e-mail, though the sentence was postponed while the case is appealed.

Big brother will watch you in the office

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Security

HITACHI is demonstrating a system which means that if you're in the office you'll be able to run, but you may not be able to hide.

Geeez...

Company develops way to restore cookies

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Software
Security

The company behind those floating ads that dance across Web pages has developed a way to restore the data profiles that many privacy-conscious users try to delete from their computers.

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