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

Vulnerabilities in Cisco IP telephony products
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Vulnerabilities-in-Cisco-IP-telephony-products–/news/110123

Multiple flaws reported in Linux
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037780,00.htm

PATCHES

FreeBSD closes vulnerabilities
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/FreeBSD-closes-vulnerabilities–/news/110129

Cisco plugs VoIP malware loophole
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/15/cisco_voip_update/

COMPUTER VIRUSES, WORMS, TROJANS & OTHER MALWARE

Sophos: Linux machines hijacked for botnets
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Sophos-Linux-machines-hijacked-for-botnets–/news/110132 

EXPLOITS & ACTIVE ATTACKS

Use of Rogue DNS Servers on Rise
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ifrgeDBfUGAvXtLH_vgVrKcm0s_wD8UPLR8O1 

Multifunction Printers: The Forgotten Security Risk
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Printers/Multifunction-Printers-The-Forgotten-Security-Risk/ 

Public information kiosks vulnerable to hacking
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037896,00.htm 

Exploiting QuickTime flaws in ‘Second Life’
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037883,00.htm 

Researcher releases exploit codes for Linux kernel 2.6 flaws
http://www.scmagazine.com/uk/news/article/783741/researcher-releases-exploit-codes-linux-kernel-26-flaws/

GOVERNMENT SECURITY ISSUES

OMB does not support bill to update FISMA
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151642-1.html

U.K. police unprepared for security ‘arms race’
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037857,00.htm
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170040,00.htm

Web porn software filter a dud
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/web-porn-software-filter-a-dud/2008/02/16/1203190635858.html

EU must educate SMEs on IT security
http://www.vnunet.com/computing/news/2209583/eu-educate-smes-security-3821213

HMRC gets bugging powers
http://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=179396&d=1025&h=1019&f=1026

Defense, GSA lead way on encryption technology
http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0208/021408n1.htm

PIRACY & COPYRIGHT

War on music piracy
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/war-on-music-piracy/2008/02/16/1203190635860.html

Legal attack dogs chase software pirates from eBay
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/02/14/ebay_pirate_auctions/

SPAM, PHISHING, ONLINE SCAMS & IDENTITY THEFT

UK banks targeted by phishing attacks
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037901,00.htm

‘Fake’ scam text messages warn against rip-offs
http://networks.silicon.com/mobile/0,39024665,39170059,00.htm

UK bank blames fraudsters for World of Warcraft ban
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/15/halifax_blizzard_block/

DATALOSS/INFORMATION SECURITY BREACHES

Another public sector laptop goes missing
http://www.heise-online.co.uk/security/Another-public-sector-laptop-goes-missing–/news/110127
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=514463&in_page_id=1770 http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/15/more_nhs_data_losses/
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2209789/nhs-laptop-discharged-patients

Inadvertent computer error places names of Texas A&M System Agricultural employees on Web site
http://agnews.tamu.edu/showstory.php?id=353

Major Linux security glitch lets hackers in at Claranet
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/14/claranet_linux_security_hole/

Stolen photos from laptop tell a tawdry tale
http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/stolen-photos-from-laptop-tell-a-tawdry-tale/2008/02/14/1202760468956.html

Internet security breach at Vodacom
http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/News/Article.aspx?id=707712

F.B.I. Gained Unauthorized Access to E-Mail
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/washington/17fisa.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1203331204-f6KYeP+WO3ONSi0MP+OhHw

Debit hackers make ‘huge’ haul
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2008/02/15/4849041-sun.html

San Jose councilman’s former intern accused of hacking into city e-mail
http://www.mercurynews.com/valley/ci_8280565

LGT says customer data stolen in 2002
http://www.guardian.co.uk/feedarticle?id=7313316

Lexmark employees notified of breach
http://www.kentucky.com/101/story/318946.html

Data breaches: No more than normal
http://software.silicon.com/security/0,39024655,39170070,00.htm

ARRESTS, SENTENCING & CONVICTIONS

Software police nab top UK chipper
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2209823/elspa-nabs-top-uk-chipper

COURT CASES AND LEGAL ISSUES

HP settles spying case
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2209799/hp-settles-spying-case

A ‘high-tech lock pick’ is upheld in Dorozhko insider trading case
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/14/business/norris.php

INDUSTRY STANDARDS, COMPLIANCE & REGULATORY ISSUES

SAFECode on software assurance
http://www.gcn.com/online/vol1_no1/45811-1.html

Data encryption requirement sought
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080216/BUSINESS/802160415/-1/LOCAL17

DATA PRIVACY & PROTECTION

Net firms reject monitoring role
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7246403.stm

Anger over pupils database plan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7242326.stm

Brussels attacks new US security demands
http://euobserver.com/9/25657

EU Commission criticizes watermarks on colour laser printouts
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/103576
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/15/secret_printer_tracking_dots/

Smeared on the internet? Then call in the cleaners
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3382175.ece

Data laws: protecting society or invading privacy?
http://www.enn.ie/article/10123901.html

REPORTS & RESEARCH

Conditions ripe for phone viruses to spread
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/conditions-ripe-for-phone-viruses/2008/02/14/1202760476621.html

Rise in Mac malware attacks ‘inevitable’
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2209812/macs-expected-targeted-future

US elections become latest malware lure
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2209756/elections-become-latest-malware

Friendly ‘worms’ could spread software fixes
http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn13318-friendly-worms-could-spread-software-fixes.html 
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/microsoft-wants-to-worm-its-way-into-your-pc/2008/02/15/1202760555255.html
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/15/ms_friendly_worm/

STUDIES AND SURVEYS

Execs should be jailed for data loss
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037843,00.htm
http://www.silicon.com/research/specialreports/fulldisclosure/0,3800014102,39170042,00.htm

COMMENTARY

Security expert: ROI figures are meaningless
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/security/0,39044215,62037905,00.htm

MISC

Anti-Spyware Company Accused Of Deception
http://www.informationweek.com/shared/printableArticle.jhtml?articleID=206600029

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