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

Safari 3.1 For Windows Vulnerable To Hackers
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=207000123

PATCHES

Cisco delivers five IOS patches on new schedule
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/798210/cisco-delivers-five-ios-patches-new-schedule/

Mozilla releases latest Firefox browser
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/798209/mozilla-releases-latest-firefox-browser/
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39374395,00.htm

EXPLOITS & ACTIVE ATTACKS

MacBook Air Hacked In Two Minutes
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=207000434
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/105732
http://www.news.com/8301-13579_3-9905095-37.html
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62039476,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39375171,00.htm

Hacking competition: Vista cracked, but not Ubuntu
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/105734
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Hacking-competition-Vista-cracked-but-not-Ubuntu–/news/110429
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/29/ubuntu_left_standing/
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62039539,00.htm
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/29/ubuntu_left_standing/

Attackers booby-trap searches at top Web sites
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62039538,00.htm

Hackers may have accessed Sony PlayStation network
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/798345/hackers-may-accessed-sony-playstation-network/

Hackers step up search results attack
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2213090/search-engine-attack-lingers

GOVERNMENT SECURITY ISSUES

DoT asks RIM to set up server in India
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/03/29/stories/2008032951860400.htm

Laptops, weapons missing at DEA
http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080329/NATION/670184430/1001

Driver agency plugs data leaks
http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/datalockdown/0,3800014480,39178430,00.htm
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39376515,00.htm

U.S. Atty. Gen. Says Piracy Threatens National Safety
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=207000663
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/piracy-profits-linked-to-terrorism/2008/03/30/1206815303301.html

EU Debates Cybercrime Law Enforcement
http://news.smh.com.au/eu-debates-cybercrime-law-enforcement/20080401-22t7.html

EU outlines plans to tackle cyber-war
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2213177/eu-plans-infowar

SPAM, PHISHING & ONLINE SCAMS

Spam blights e-mail 15 years on
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/default.stm

Spammers are using hacked Facebook profiles
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2213180/spam-posters-target-facebook

PIRACY & COPYRIGHT

Virgin Media takes fight to illegal downloaders
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2008/03/30/cnvirgin130.xml

UK record industry in illegal file-sharing crackdown
http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/datalockdown/0,3800014480,39170492,00.htm

Snitching is less than golden for piracy informers
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/us_software_piracy_rewards/

Fast tackles illegal software auctions
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2213121/fast-illegal-software-auctions

Internet book piracy will drive authors to stop writing
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article3648813.ece

DATALOSS/INFORMATION SECURITY BREACHES

Hackers access information sent to Irish jobs agency
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/news/news.nv?storyid=single10628
http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0331/jobsie.html
http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/frontpage/2008/0331/1206752249000.html

German hackers threaten to publish Merkel’s fingerprints
http://news.smh.com.au/german-hackers-threaten-to-publish-merkels-fingerprints/20080401-22sj.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/30/german_interior_minister_fingerprint_appropriated/

Health agency crippled by computer bug last year
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080330/computers_worm_080330/20080330?hub=Health

Museum says data of patrons was public
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/03/28/museum_says_data_of_patrons_was_public/

San Quentin loses data on 3,500 visitors
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/29/BA4KVSJ9O.DTL

Computer Breach Hits Antioch University
http://news.smh.com.au/computer-breach-hits-antioch-university/20080329-22ah.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/28/AR2008032802398_pf.html

Hackers hit Indonesian Web site after ban on online pornography
http://news.smh.com.au/hackers-hit-indonesian-web-site-after-ban-on-online-pornography/20080328-225j.html

CastleCops Hit by Another DDOS Attack
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=149497

4 million credit card records stolen from US grocery retailer
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/4-million-credit-card-records-stolen-from-US-grocery-retailer–/news/110434
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62039539,00.htm
http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/03/28/advanced_tactic_targeted_grocer/

Euro 2008 sales site in drive-by download attack
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/euro_2008_sales_site_hack/

RCMP computer security breached, documents reveal
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=20ae6f79-876e-4bec-9a1f-e6b6ca111893

Identity breach affects hospital
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_8710866

ARRESTS, SENTENCING & CONVICTIONS

Hacker gets prison for false 911 report
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ellis-call-caller-2006151-calls-team
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/hacker-jailed-for-swat-team-prank/2008/03/28/1206207349894.html

Boeing lays out case against ex-worker accused of media leaks
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/356600_eastman27.html

COURT CASES AND LEGAL ISSUES

French court fines user-generated website for privacy breach
http://news.smh.com.au/french-court-fines-usergenerated-website-for-privacy-breach/20080328-220t.html

INDUSTRY STANDARDS, COMPLIANCE & REGULATORY ISSUES

Cybersquatting cases on the rise
http://news.smh.com.au/cybersquatting-cases-on-the-rise/20080328-220l.html

DATA PRIVACY & PROTECTION

German minister calls for law against spying on employees
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=222909&s=&i=&t=German_minister_calls_for_law_against_spying_on_employees

REPORTS & RESEARCH

Free Honeypot Client Could Sting Malware
http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=149408&f_src=darkreading_informationweek

Credit card fraudsters’ online marketplace exposed
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62039465,00.htm

Poisoned websites staying contaminated longer
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/compromised_site_survey/

COMMENTARY

Customer information vulnerable in the hands of corporates
http://techworld.nl/idgns/4773/customer-information-vulnerable-in-the-hands-of-corporates.html

STUDIES AND SURVEYS

Apple lags MS in security response
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/apple_security_response_pants/

UK web users fear privacy invasion
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2212982/uk-web-users-fear-privacy

SECURITY AWARENESS

Parents ignore government’s internet warning
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3646319.ece

DISASTER RECOVERY & BUSINESS CONTINUITY

HSBC e-payments system goes titsup
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/31/hsbc_epayments_badness/

MISC

Facebook, Bebo, My Space face censorship orders
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3635685.ece

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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