Security

ID theft, vulnerabilities, privacy issues, etc

FBI Being Spoofed in Email

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"The FBI warned Tuesday that a computer virus is being spread through unsolicited e-mails that purport to come from the FBI."

security breach affects every state

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"ChoicePoint, under fire for being duped into allowing criminals to access its massive database of personal information, said yesterday that consumers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories may have been affected by the breach of the company's credentialing process."

Typing Style Can Be Password

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"The way you type is as unique as your eye color or speech patterns and can be used instead of a password to protect your computer, researchers at Louisiana Tech and Penn State say."

Security Showdown: Back & Forth

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Microsoft
Security

Battles continue today in the M$ security war. Yesterday news began circulating that M$ Windows2003 server was found to be more secure than Redhat Enterprise. I'm skeptical until details of the study are released, as apparently they used the criteria of

Whoops: KDE fliccd Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

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KDE
Security

"Erik Sjölund has reported some vulnerabilities in KDE, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges and potentially by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system."

Firefox Putting on the Pressure

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft must be feeling the pressure from competing browsers as they are putting a lot of thought into how to improve Internet Explorer. However, they probably won't have a new version ready until Longhorn goes gold planned for 2006. Eweek is carrying more on this story.

In other news, Bill Gates' trip to Turkey only proved that Linux is cutting into his profits more and more as well. The newer Turkix was found to be quite popular there and is picking up speed as other European nations begin to show interest.

UPDATE: More Passing the Buck from M$.

Firefox to Blame for Increased Attacks on M$

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My first reaction was OMG, but after reading the article it actually makes sense. It's a matter of doing the math I suppose. I guess the thing to do is for everyone to stop using Internet Explorer! Big Grin

A new Windows Media Player virus is being reported this morning as well. At least they are getting their viagra, but don't forget your Trojans boys!

On the Redmond Front

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Microsoft
Security

It's being reported that Microsoft has had to issue more patches for several vulnerabilities. In fact "six of the patches deal with code that was updated in Windows Service Pack 2." I wonder if this has been addressed. This comes on the heels of announcing the purchase of an anti-virus software company and being countersued by ITAC for libel. Here's that story. Makes one really glad they use Linux huh?

97 bugs found in MySQL

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"Coverity analyzed MySQL 4.1.8 last month and found a total of 97 bugs among the open source database's approximately 425,000 lines of code." That's a quote from Sean Michael Kerner's article over on internetnews.com. Seems like a low percentage to me, yet I think I better update!

New O'Reilly Security Book Released

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Security

Linux Server Security has recently been made available as a follow-up to last falls Building Secure Servers with Linux. Here's a nice little review.

Moooore Spam!

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Spam has new way to evade security

E-mails via service providers clogging system

Yep, just what we need, more spam. Apparently they aren't as concerned with hiding from their isps as getting the mail out as they are now just sending it through their isps servers. Read the gory details here.

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