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RSA, COVID-19 and Risk

Two things are happening simultaneously: The RSA Security Conference is in full swing and so is COVID-19. It's a strange juxtaposition. The conference is going on undeterred just a few blocks from where the mayor declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing spread of the virus. There's also topi...

F-Secure’s Hypponen: RSA Lost Trust

Less than two months after publicly announcing that he was pulling out of the RSA Security Conference because RSA had accepted a $10 million contract from the NSA, F-Secure chief researcher Mikko Hypponen appeared somewhat mellowed. He alternated between criticizing RSA and offering an olive branch ...

FBI Grabs Botnet’s Wheel, Steers Into Tree

The United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have hammered the Coreflood botnet, which its owners used to conduct cyberfraud on a massive scale. They have seized five command and control servers and 29 domain names registered in the United States, obtained a tempor...

TECH BLOG

Al Gore’s Sudden Case of Secrecy

When the former vice president of the United States gives a speech at a major technology conference in San Francisco, you'd expect to see a story about it the next day, or -- since it was a technology conference -- later on that same day. You'd see a run-of-the-mill story in the Chronicle or the Exa...

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Yahoo Scrambles, Scrabble Scraps, Chertoff Coaxes

Unwilling to believe that resistance to a Microsoft takeover is futile, Yahoo is throwing a lot of strategies at the wall to see what sticks. Its latest effort is a trial advertising partnership with Google -- a two-week test of its AdSense service. Yahoo plans to run Google ads alongside up to 3 pe...

The Uneasy Future of Online Security

The face of online security will change drastically, Jim Bidzos, founder and chairman of trusted certificates vendor VeriSign, said in a keynote speech on Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco. "In the '70s in enterprises, there were mainly mainframes. The Internet, due to good w...

CONFERENCE REPORT

RSA Town Hall: It Takes a Village to Weather a Cyber Storm

How do you respond when hit by a cyber attack tsunami? That's the question Cyber Storm II, the most comprehensive cyber exercise ever held in the U.S., was designed to answer. Forty private sector companies, 11 Cabinet-level agencies, 10 states and five countries were involved in the March exercise,...

CONFERENCE REPORT

Chertoff on Cybersecurity: ‘Reverse Manhattan Project’ Needed

After working for years to prevent cyberterrorist attacks on the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has approached the private sector for help. At a talk given to information security professionals at the RSA Security Conference, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned that a cybe...

PRODUCT PROFILE

Archer Launches Exchange for Enterprise Apps

Archer Technologies on Tuesday launched the Archer Exchange, a virtual marketplace for on-demand application development wherein companies that have developed applications in-house can put them up on the exchange for sale to other corporations. The company made the announcement at the RSA Security C...

CONFERENCE REPORT

Symantec CEO Calls for Federal Hacking Law

The federal government should step in and pass laws to ensure computer security, the CEO of Symantec told a security conference Tuesday. In the last six months of 2007, nearly 50 million people worldwide were the victims of identity theft, and 70 percent of the most common malicious code used in att...

New Finjan Appliance Sniffs Web Traffic for Crimeware

Secure Web gateway products vendor Finjan unveiled version 9.0 of its Vital Security Web appliance on Monday at the RSA Security Conference. This includes a new active real-time inspection technology that checks both inbound and outbound Web traffic and SSL traffic for malicious content to provide e...

Cisco Buys IronPort for $830 Million

In a bid to further broaden its product offerings beyond core Internet gear, Cisco Systems said Thursday it would buy security software marker IronPort in a deal valued at $830 million. Cisco said the cash-and-stock purchase would enable it to extend its "self-defending network" approach to include ...

CASE STUDY

Battling E-Commerce Credit Card Fraud

The Internet is still a very dangerous environment for conducting business. Lurking in the cyberspace shadows are criminal masterminds bent on stealing personal information and credit card numbers to further fund their activities. Almost daily, stories involving new worms, phishing scams or large s...

Security Firms Bust Malware-for-Sale Racketeers

A malware-for-sale ring used to distribute customized copies of a data-pilfering Trojan has been cracked by two computer security firms. Panda Software of Glendale, Calif., and RSA Security of Bedford, Mass., "neutralized" several Web sites that were providing information thieves with customized ver...

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