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Cisco: IT Managers Neglect Employee Security Threat

While enterprises may be on top of their security practices for the most part, data leakage as a result of end user misuse and abuse is something that might very well be flying under the radar. According to a newly released global study by Cisco, "The Challenge of Data Leakage for Business and Emplo...

Virus Writers Hope Users Bend for Beckham

International soccer celebrity David Beckham has joined the likes of the "naked wife," Britney Spears and tennis beauty Anna Kournikova as the basis of a computer virus ploy that entices users with explicit pictures. Instead of viewing pictures, users who click on an e-mailed link promising the pict...

Mysterious New Threat Secretly Plagues Internet

Computer and Internet security experts were closely watching the development of a mysterious outbreak that appears to have used a new tactic against an old vulnerability to infect thousands, possibly millions, of Web servers, Internet sites and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser users. The widesp...

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Can Lessons from the Common Cold Help Us Defeat Computer Viruses?

Through the years, some malicious computer programs have come to be known as viruses. Dr. Fred Cohen, a principal analyst with market research firm Burton Group, coined the term when he was working as a graduate student at the University of Southern California in the early 1980s. "There was a resemb...

Experts Warn of Worm from Windows ASN Vulnerability

Computer attackers are among those discussing and dissecting exploit code for a recently disclosed, serious security gap in all newer versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, following a pattern now familiar to victims of the SQL Slammer, Blaster, Nimda or Code Red viruses. And while past ex...

Microsoft Patches New Vulnerability, Worm Expected

A major security vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system has security experts concerned about widespread attacks even though Microsoft has issued a patch for the problem -- this time a security vulnerability in the widely used Abstract Syntax Notation (ASN.1) protocol. Microsoft, which...

Network Security Roundup for November 18, 2003

ECT News Network's daily roundup of network security news from around the world. Today's top story: Some industry watchers say Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), an up-and-coming tracking technology, has the potential to become a threat to user identification security....

The Ultimate Home-Computing Defense

Despite red-alert headlines about hackers, worms and viruses, and despite the threat of identity theft and misappropriation of personal data, many home computer users have yet to invest in the first line of defense against external attacks: a firewall. "Currently, only about 55 percent of antivirus ...

Symantec: More Computer Attacks Use Blended Tactics

Reinforcing the message that can be easily inferred from recent virus and worm outbreaks, security giant Symantec has reported that attacks on company computers -- up 19 percent to an average of 38 attacks per business per week -- increasingly are using a potent combination of disclosed security vul...

New Swen Worm Poses as MS Patch, Spreads

Despite the recent success of computer worms, such as Blaster, that have pounced on newly discovered vulnerabilities, a new threat that looks remarkably like a legitimate security e-mail from Microsoft is using a two-year-old vulnerability to infect thousands of computers. Known as "Swen" or "Gibe,"...

Network Security Roundup for August 14, 2003

ECT News Network's daily roundup of network security news from around the world.

Network Security Roundup for August 12, 2003

ECT News Network's daily roundup of network security news from around the world.

Windows Threat Realized – Blaster Worm Spreads

A widely anticipated threat materialized this week as a worm that exploits a Microsoft Windows flaw began infecting some of the millions of vulnerable machines around the world. Experts said the relatively simple "Blaster" worm -- also referred to as "LoveSan" -- was spreading at a steady pace Monda...

Published Code Exposes Windows Flaw

Nine days after Microsoft warned of a widespread Windows flaw, a program to exploit it has been published online by a group based in China, representing one of the shortest times between warning and worm. The exploit code, published by a group known as Xfocus, is not technically a worm itself, but i...

Investigative Report – Part I: Concerns Mount over Symantec

On paper, Symantec appears to be one of the hottest tech companies around. Propelled in part by users' need to defend against a rash of destructive and well-publicized computer worms like Code Red, Nimda and SirCam, its stock price has jumped 70 percent in the past year. Nonetheless, leading industr...

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