Stories by Paul Roberts

The state of open source security

If there's a poster child for the challenges facing open source security, it may be Werner Koch, the German developer who wrote and for the last 18 years has toiled to maintain Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG), a pillar of the open source software ecosystem.

Paul Roberts | 26 Mar | Read more

Secure your enterprise data

For DuPont, Gary Min may have seemed a model employee. A research chemist at DuPont's research laboratory in Circleville, Ohio, Min was a naturalized U.S. citizen with a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania who had worked for DuPont for 10 years, even earning a business degree from Ohio State University with help from his employer. But Min's veneer of respectability began to crack on Dec. 12, 2005, when he told his employer he would be leaving his job.

Paul Roberts | 13 Mar | Read more

Building smarter authentication

Online scams that lure online banking and e-commerce customers to phony Web sites and trick them into giving up sensitive account information have been a mainstay of online criminals for years. However, the increase in so-called spear-phishing attacks is new, as is the increasing sophistication of the software they use to penetrate enterprise networks.

Paul Roberts | 03 Aug | Read more

ISPs join to 'fingerprint' Internet attacks

Leading global telecommunications companies, ISPs (Internet service providers) and network operators will begin sharing information on Internet attacks as members of a new group called the "Fingerprint Sharing Alliance," according to a published statement from the new group.

Paul Roberts | 29 Mar | Read more

Schneier: secure tokens won't stop phishing

Technology isn't going to protect e-commerce customers -- stronger government regulation is what will get the attention of online banks and merchants, forcing them to stop being casual about security, said Bruce Schneier, founder and chief technology officer of Counterpane Internet Security.

Paul Roberts | 15 Mar | Read more

Hackers post Paris Hilton's address book online

Hackers penetrated the crystalline ranks of Hollywood celebrity Saturday, posting the mobile phone address book of hotel heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton on a Web page and passing the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of some of Tinsel Town's hottest stars into the public realm.

Paul Roberts | 22 Feb | Read more