Sunday, November 19, 2006

Weekend Reading

Malware goes to the movies

Online attackers have started to experiment with embedding malicious code or links to such code in different video formats. McAfee warned Windows users that the company had discovered a worm, dubbed W32/Realor, actively infecting Real Media files. The infected video files do not contain an exploit for the RealOne or Real players, but a hyperlink that points to a malicious Web site. When infected files are opened, the victim is referred to the Web site, which attempts to compromise their computer using a previously patched flaw in Internet Explorer.

Read the entire article HERE.

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The A to Z of security

Be afraid. Threats to corporate security are everywhere. Just when you thought your network was safe from hackers, along came wi-fi - or your iPod-wielding workforce - and opened a whole new can of worms.

Security is by its nature ever-evolving. Just as one threat is apparently locked down, another springs up to take its place - or an old one rears its head in a new form. Grappling with this malicious hydra it's no wonder the security space spawns new terms and phrases at a rate of knots - and you're supposed to keep up with them all.

Read the entire [27 page] article HERE.

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Spyware Threat Marches On

Despite having technology and procedures in place to prevent and remediate attacks from spyware, many companies still have difficulty stopping the threats, researchers report. According to a new study published by Ponemon Institute, based on interviews of over 500 North American IT security professionals, a resounding majority of workers admit that their companies are still plagued by problems related to spyware.

Read the entire article HERE.

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How Much Do You Trust Computers

Last week, for the first time, I cast my vote in a national election with no piece of paper to back up my selections. We've had electronic ballots for a while, but the ones I used in the past printed out a paper ballot that was then dropped into a locked box just like the old punch card or even older "X marks the spot" types were. This time, the only record of my vote was in some computer's memory.

We also trust our money to computers - most banking transactions are done electronically now. If you use direct deposit and pay your bills online, you may never see a paper version of your money (cash or check). The day will probably come when money as we know it is a thing of the past, and electronic bits and bytes are all we earn for our hard work.

Read the entire article HERE.

See also -
Electronic voting : the silent catastrophe

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