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The 2007 security hall of shame

How bad was 2007 for breaches, vulnerabilities and similar mayhem? On the bright side, it was better than 2008 is forecast to be. With more of every sort of meltdown predicted -- more criminalization of the hacker community, more Web-application attacks, more phishing, more spamming, more zero-day attacks and more virtualization-related threats -- we're happy to tell you that you are likely to look back on 2007 as the peaceful old days.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 27 Dec | Read more

Security scare turns out to be a lot of Skype

Last Friday while doing some online banking, I noticed two transactions I'd made recently, one a withdrawal and the other a deposit. The transaction amounts were accurate, and so were the dates. The records even referenced a phone number -- complete with a hyperlink -- that I could click on to make a Skype call to that number.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 26 Apr | Read more

How to mitigate zero-day threats like Windows ANI

The Windows animation bug (ANI) caused widespread concern because exploits against it became widely available before Microsoft could release a patch. But like other zero-day threats before it, there are measures companies can take to at least try to mitigate the risk from unpatched vulnerabilities, security experts said.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 04 Apr | Read more

Hackers offer subscription, support for their malware

Like many just-launched e-commerce sites in the world, this unnamed Web site has a fairly functional, if somewhat rudimentary, home page. A list of options at top of the home page allows visitors to transact business in Russian or in English, offers an FAQ section, spells out the terms and conditions for software use and provides details on payment forms that are supported.

Jaikumar Vijayan | 05 Apr | Read more