newspaper.jpgBelow is a round up of news stories relating to information security that we have collated from the past few days.  For ease of use we have categorised the stories under the most appropriate headings.  If there are other stories that may be of interest please let us know via the comments feature.

 

VULNERABILITIES

Security vulnerability in RealPlayer ActiveX
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Security-vulnerability-in-RealPlayer-ActiveX–/news/110276

Security flaws unearthed in Google’s Android
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038565,00.htm
http://networks.silicon.com/mobile/0,39024665,39170282,00.htm

PATCHES

Vista And XP Users May Need Daylight-Saving Time Patch
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206902428

Cisco hops onto patching treadmill
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/06/cisco_patch_cycle/

Sun Microsystems addresses critical Java flaws
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/789449/sun-microsystems-addresses-critical-java-flaws/

Microsoft to deliver four patches in March cycle
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/789440/microsoft-deliver-four-patches-march-cycle/
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211474/four-office-patches-coming

COMPUTER VIRUSES, WORMS & TROJANS

Automated malware hits Yahoo and Microsoft IM
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038719,00.htm

EXPLOITS & ACTIVE ATTACKS

Attackers hijacking web site search engines to push malware
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/104790

Chinese backdoors “hidden in router firmware”
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/173883/chinese-backdoors-hidden-in-router-firmware.html

High-tech thieves steal PINs
http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/hightech-thieves-steal-pins/2008/03/08/1204998261302.html

Researchers demo ‘easy’ Windows-based ATM hack
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39362134,00.htm

GOVERNMENT SECURITY ISSUES

Pentagon cyber attack more serious than previously assumed
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/104819
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39456
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/06/pentagon_breach_assessment/

India turns to Canada’s spies to avert threat of espionage via BlackBerry
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/india/article3516623.ece

Australia confirms cyber attacks
http://canberra.yourguide.com.au/news/local/general/australia-confirms-cyber-attacks/1198660.html
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,23335575-5014239,00.html

Cyber terrorism equates to ‘missile attack’
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038725,00.htm

DHS stages cyberwar exercise
http://www.metimes.com/Security/2008/03/10/analysis_dhs_stages_cyberwar_exercise/4c4c/

Fed networks increasingly under siege
http://federaltimes.com/index.php?S=3411563

E-games to test infrastructure security
http://news.theage.com.au/egames-to-test-infrastructure-security/20080306-1xnn.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/cyber_storm_ii_exercises/

U.S. unprepared for ongoing cyberwar, say top military and intelligence officials
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=39466

Nato beefs up cyber defenses
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038562,00.htm

Pentagon bans Google from US bases
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3503624.ece

UK government data protection is a shambles
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/uk_gov_data_protection_shambles/

SPAM, PHISHING & ONLINE SCAMS

Google Report Highlights Spam As Top Security Issue
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206902563

Gmail falls prey to spam bots
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038708,00.htm

Cybercrooks beating CAPTCHA to send more spam
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/789445/cybercrooks-beating-captcha-send-spam/

eBay warns of Romanian phishing threat
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170306,00.htm

Money or your life, scam warns
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10497340

Outlook bleak for Phishing defeat
http://weblog.infoworld.com/zeroday/archives/2008/03/phishing_apwg_m.html

PIRACY & COPYRIGHT

Olympics website hosting ‘pirated’ games
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211616/olympic-game-piracy-alleged

US cracks multimillion-dollar piracy ring
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211588/software-pirates-porridge

DATALOSS/INFORMATION SECURITY BREACHES

Cutting-edge PDP Tech Leaked to Chinese Firm
http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=040000&biid=2008030681038
http://news.smh.com.au/skorea-alleges-factory-design-espionage/20080307-1xox.html
http://news.smh.com.au/skorea-indicts-man-for-allegedly-passing-plasma-technology-to-chinese-company/20080306-1xni.html

245 computers stolen from 19 universities
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20080309TDY01305.htm

Missing Laptop Prompts ID Theft Concern at Blue Cross-Blue Shield of WNY
http://www.wgrz.com/sports/sports_article.aspx?storyid=56110&provider=gnews

Security breach investigated in Troy schools
http://www.thedailyreview.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19372545&BRD=2276&PAG=461&dept_id=465049&rfi=6

Hospital donor files compromised
http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080306/NEWS0107/803060442/1006&nav_category=

Widow, 65, humiliated by Bebo web page that painted her as a scarlet woman
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3498888.ece

Medicaid computers stolen from office
http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=a3aa2e57aa6c0cc5&-session=TheDailyNews:42F941E80785800A93KPm22DB644

ICO probes 40 fresh Govt data breaches
http://www.precisionmarketing.co.uk/Articles/256135/ICO+probes+40+fresh+Govt+data+breaches.html

Gambling site brought to its knees by ‘unstoppable’ botnet
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170296,00.htm
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038610,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39364638,00.htm

Confidential files stolen from MTV computers
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN0737164120080308?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9889035-7.html

Houstonians’ Personal Information Found On Internet
http://www.click2houston.com/news/15523600/detail.html

ARRESTS, SENTENCING & CONVICTIONS

NYPD breaks up massive credit card fraud ring
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-liring0307,0,283158,print.story
http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/697

Officer admits taking personal data from police computer
http://www.newsguardian.co.uk/latest-news/Officer-admits-taking-personal-data.3857063.jp

Brothers caged for selling pirated Adobe software
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/03/07/adobe_internet_piracy_ring_cracked/

Dutch court convicts Nigerian Internet fraudsters
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=internetNews&storyID=2008-03-10T172304Z_01_L10465441_RTRIDST_0_OUKIN-UK-DUTCH-FRAUD.XML&archived=False
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10497388

Exhibitors Raided at German Tech Fair
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211637/police-launch-massive-cebit
http://news.smh.com.au/exhibitors-raided-at-german-tech-fair/20080307-1xoo.html
http://news.smh.com.au/authorities-seize-gadgets-during-patent-raid-at-german-tech-fair/20080307-1xo2.html

COURT CASES AND LEGAL ISSUES

IBM Hit With $6 Million Software Fraud Suit
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206902734

NSW police to search computer networks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/06/2182021.htm

Tories want new ‘cybercrime’ police unit
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/06/ncyber106.xml
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170292,00.htm

DATA PRIVACY & PROTECTION

Ad system ‘will protect privacy’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7280791.stm

Bankrupt lenders throwing away your privacy
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23505497/

Google-Double Click merger raises privacy concerns
http://euobserver.com/9/25793

More FBI Privacy Violations Confirmed
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxSQM-Pj5GvDDx_r9HNZvtF6JAGgD8V7HN7O0

Denver airport blocking potentially racy sites from Wi-Fi system
http://news.smh.com.au/denver-airport-blocking-potentially-racy-sites-from-wifi-system/20080306-1x9u.html

Citizens must realise value of private data
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/analysis/2211306/citizens-realise-value-private-3859725

Gateway reviews must look at privacy, says Information Commissioner
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2211261/gateway-reviews-look-privacy-3862899

Facebook could cause “privacy chernobyls”
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Facebook-could-cause-privacy-chernobyls-/0,130061744,339286631,00.htm?feed=rss

REPORTS & RESEARCH

ID fraud – the top 25 leaky institutions
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/104799

Make vendors liable for exploits
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/security_economics/

77,500 cases of ID theft a year
http://news.scotsman.com/uk/77500-cases-of-ID-theft.3858822.jp

Misconfigured networks create huge security risks
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid14_gci1303728,00.html?track=sy160&asrc=RSS_RSS-10_160

COMMENTARY

Forum Sounds The Trumpets For Defense In Depth
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206901980

Sites With Anti-Fraud Sign Still Flawed
http://news.smh.com.au/sites-with-antifraud-sign-still-flawed/20080306-1xab.html

STUDIES AND SURVEYS

Airport ad-hoc hot spots could be dangerous
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038620,00.htm

Security skills are top IT priority
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2211454/security-skills-top-priority

Channel urged to plug the security skills gap
http://www.vnunet.com/crn/news/2211492/channel-urged-plug-security-3875031

Brits worth billions to online fraudsters
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2211510/brits-worth-billions-online

SMBs Plagued by Spyware
http://www.midmarket.eweek.com/c/a/News/Survey-SMBs-Plagued-by-Spware/

IT security lacking in best practices
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/030708-it-security-lacking-in-best.html?fsrc=rss-security

SECURITY AWARENESS

Don’t forget to secure your BlackBerry, companies told
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170322,00.htm

DISASTER RECOVERY & BUSINESS CONTINUITY

Computer problems threaten 2010 Census
http://www.miamiherald.com/top_stories/story/449154.html

MISC

Camera ‘looks’ through clothing
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7287135.stm
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206902745
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10497187

Legendary virus programmer group dissolved
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/104820
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/07/29a_rip/

HSBC forgets to renew its digital certificate
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/hsbc_cert_glitch/

South Korea grounds astronaut for security gaffe
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/10/south_korean_astronaut/

IE 8, Firefox 3 to tackle malware
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038618,00.htm

Linux tool speeds up computer forensics for cops
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62038612,00.htm

Stories courtesy of the following sources, RTE, The Irish Independent, SiliconRepublic.com, ZDNet, The Register, Pogowasright.org, Heise Magazine, BBC, SC Magazine, VNUNET, Sydney Morning Herald, New Zealand Herald, EU Observer, The Times & the Web Hacking Incidents Database.

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